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  • Women bombers emerge from Islamic State redoubt to attack Libyan forces
    Reuters

    Women bombers emerge from Islamic State redoubt to attack Libyan forces

    Several women blew themselves up on Friday in suicide attacks that killed four Libyan soldiers who had granted them safe passage to leave buildings under the control of Islamic State militants, a spokesman for government forces said. The Libyan forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, are close to taking

  • Exclusive: Iraqi commanders examined strategy shift to avert Mosul war of attrition
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    Exclusive: Iraqi commanders examined strategy shift to avert Mosul war of attrition

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Facing brutal urban warfare in Mosul and with their push slowed by the presence of one million residents, Iraqi commanders examined changing strategy last week to help civilians leave to give the army a free hand to strike Islamic State fighters

  • Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call
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    Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call

    By Martin Petty and David Brunnstrom MANILA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How an Aleppo clown's mourners see the loss of a potent symbol

    Anas al-Basha, a Syrian man who worked as a clown and counselor at a network of social services centers in rebel-held Aleppo, was killed earlier this week by a missile strike on the besieged neighborhood of Mashhad. "All what [sic] Anas wanted is to bring happiness to the children of Aleppo,"

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Creating a college behind bars

    Up a lonely road lined with signs warning drivers not to pick up hitchhikers, on a hilltop surrounded by forest, the Clallam Bay Corrections Center at the northwest tip of Washington State feels like the ends of the earth. “We want to build a university in prison,” says Mr. Carter, a soft-spoken man

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What Stephen Hawking learned from Brexit and Donald Trump

    Stephen Hawking says it’s time for the world to come together. 

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Goodbye peak oil, hello peak demand

    The threat of the world facing a declining supply of oil, so-called peak oil, has given way to a forecast that is calling forth its much more benign cousin: peak demand. The relatively subdued reaction to an agreement this week by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to cut oil production

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 12:53 a.m. GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China. It is highly unusual, probably unprecedented, for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan, a self-governing island the U.S. broke diplomatic

  • Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, risking China tensions
    Associated Press

    Trump speaks with Taiwan's president, risking China tensions

    NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with the president of Taiwan, a move that will be sure to anger China.

  • Mourinho demands United improvement
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    Mourinho demands United improvement

    Jose Mourinho returns to the technical area for Sunday's visit to Everton on a mission to urgently improve Manchester United's disappointing Premier League form. Mourinho served his second one-match touchline ban of the season on Wednesday as United beat West Ham 4-1 in the League Cup to set

  • AFA hired firm to fly Argentine team without knowing plane
    Associated Press

    AFA hired firm to fly Argentine team without knowing plane

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's soccer association hired the plane that was used to transport superstar Lionel Messi and the rest of the team for a World Cup qualifying game without knowing the name of the airline or the model of the plane.

  • Reuters

    'Unprecedented' numbers face severe hunger in South Sudan: U.N.

    Some 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages - the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time - and the crisis is likely to worsen when food from the current harvest runs out next year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. The country's hunger levels have doubled since

  • Associated Press

    Vathje wins skeleton World Cup opener

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Elisabeth Vathje of Canada won the opening race of the women's skeleton World Cup season Friday night, easily prevailing on the track that hosted the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

  • Gambia's president concedes defeat after election loss
    Associated Press

    Gambia's president concedes defeat after election loss

    BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's president of 22 years acknowledged his election defeat on state television Friday night, vowing to step down hours after news of the results prompted thousands to celebrate in the streets in an unprecedented display of disdain for his rule.

  • Slovenia's Stuhec wins World Cup downhill at Lake Louise
    Associated Press

    Slovenia's Stuhec wins World Cup downhill at Lake Louise

    LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec won the season-opening downhill at Lake Louise on Friday for her first World Cup victory.

  • US moves to block Chinese purchase of German tech firm Aixtron
    AFP

    US moves to block Chinese purchase of German tech firm Aixtron

    US President Barack Obama on Friday moved to block a Chinese company's purchase of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron by rejecting the inclusion of Aixtron's US business in the deal. The US Treasury Department said a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

  • Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows
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    Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows

    TOKYO (AP) — "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it's the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in Japan.

  • Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned
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    Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned

    RIO NEGRO, Colombia (AP) — Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said

  • Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call
    AFP

    Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

    President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of cautious US diplomacy Friday to speak with the president of Taiwan, at the risk of provoking a serious rift with China. It was not immediately clear whether Trump's telephone call with President Tsai Ing-wen marked a deliberate pivot away from Washington

  • Alpine skiing: Stuhec wins season-opening downhill
    AFP

    Alpine skiing: Stuhec wins season-opening downhill

    Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec won the season-opening ladies downhill at Lake Louise on Friday with the first World Cup victory of her ski racing career. "I knew I could ski fast and I just needed to put it in a race and I did," said Stuhec, whose best previous result on the World Cup circuit

  • Reuters

    Americas' top rights commission urges Argentina to free activist

    The Inter-American Commision on Human Rights on Friday called on Argentina to release social activist Milagro Sala, who has been jailed since the beginning of the year in the northwestern province of Jujuy. The commission, part of the Organization of American States (OAS), said Argentina should "

  • White House reaffirms 'One China' policy after Trump calls Taiwan leader
    AFP

    White House reaffirms 'One China' policy after Trump calls Taiwan leader

    Washington (AFP) - The White House reaffirmed Friday its backing for the policy that recognizes Beijing as the sole government of "One China" after President-elect Donald Trump risked Chinese ire by calling the leader of Taiwan, in a break with US norms.

  • Associated Press

    Price, Parel top PGA Tour Champions' Q-School

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Phillip Price and Scott Parel shared medalist honors Friday in the PGA Tour Champions qualifying tournament to top the five fully exempt qualifiers.

  • Cheika unimpressed by 'clown' attack on Jones
    AFP

    Cheika unimpressed by 'clown' attack on Jones

    Australia coach Michael Cheika said a newspaper had gone too far in depicting England counterpart Eddie Jones as a 'clown' ahead of Saturday's clash at Twickenham. The hype intensified when Jones was depicted as a clown in Saturday's edition of The Australian newspaper. Eddie Jones