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  • Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal
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    Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and

  • Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer
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    Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer

    By Joel Schectman and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking could be handed over by U.S. authorities to Mexican authorities as early as next week as he has nearly exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his

  • Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13
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    Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13

    By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening

  • Christian Science Monitor

    $32 million Bloomberg-Harvard 'mayor school' supports leaders' changing role

    On Thursday, however, Harvard University and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Philanthropies announced their plan to partner on a groundbreaking executive education program targeted at educating urban executives as many mayors take on increasingly ambitious challenges, responding to

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The man behind the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum

    Even as a youth, Lonnie Bunch was captivated by history.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Caught between two allies, US makes a clear choice

    For the US, Turkey is a problematic but crucial NATO ally and a bridge between Europe and the East. The Syrian Kurds, meanwhile, have proved to be the only effective fighting force inside Syria against the so-called Islamic State – but Turkey fears them. Recommended: Think you know Turkey?

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Olympic spirit controversies still under spotlight, as US Soccer benches Solo

    US Soccer served legendary, but often controversial, National Women’s Soccer Team goaltender Hope Solo with a six-month suspension from international play on Wednesday, after she made disparaging comments about another team during the Olympics. The United States fell to Sweden during the women's

  • Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns
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    Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

    By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. "People like myself have

  • Reuters

    Italy's Renzi promises to rebuild earthquake ravaged communities

    Italy will rebuild communities devastated by this week's earthquake and will relaunch efforts to protect the country's buildings and infrastructure from natural disasters, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday. At least 250 people died after an earthquake struck the mountainous heart

  • Reuters

    Turkish forces shell Syrian Kurdish fighters south of Jarablus town: source

    The Turkish military shelled a group of Syrian Kurdish fighters south of the town of Jarablus on Thursday, a Turkish security source said, a day after Turkey launched its first U.S.-backed incursion into Syria. The shelling occurred near Manbij, an area controlled by the U.S.-allied Kurdish militia

  • Associated Press

    Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring

    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury convicted the son of a Russian lawmaker Thursday of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars.

  • EU to map future minus Britain at upcoming summit: Merkel
    AFP

    EU to map future minus Britain at upcoming summit: Merkel

    EU leaders will tackle security and migration policy as well as economic growth at a key September summit in Slovakia to plot the bloc's future without Britain, Angela Merkel said Thursday. "The Bratislava summit will accent ways that we can improve economic power, create more job for young

  • Associated Press

    Rio police question top Irish Olympic executives in probe

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police began questioning two of Ireland's top Olympic executives on Thursday in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest official.

  • Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Syria after warning
    AFP

    Turkey shells Kurdish fighters in Syria after warning

    Turkey on Thursday shelled Kurdish militia fighters in Syria on the second day of a major military operation inside the country, saying they were failing to observe a deal with the US to stop advancing in jihadist-held territory. Turkey says Operation Euphrates Shield -- its most ambitious offensive

  • Reuters

    U.N. aviation emissions pact to let states opt out in first phase: sources

    By Allison Lampert and Julia Fioretti MONTREAL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new global deal on curbing aviation emissions will likely give states the right to opt out of its initial voluntary phases, according to sources familiar with the matter, in a concession to developing countries like aviation powerhouses

  • Guardiola returns to Barcelona with City in Champions League
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    Guardiola returns to Barcelona with City in Champions League

    Manchester City's new coach Pep Guardiola will be heading back to Barcelona after the Premier League club was pitted against his former team in the Champions League draw on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Turkish artillery strikes Syrian Kurdish militia
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    The Latest: Turkish artillery strikes Syrian Kurdish militia

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war, following Turkish ground forces' incursion (all times local):

  • Associated Press

    Reed, Laird share early lead at Barclays

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed didn't break anything Thursday except par.

  • Gunmen storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu: AFP
    AFP

    Gunmen storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu: AFP

    Several gunman attacked a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, prompting an exchange of fire with the security forces, an AFP correspondent said. Somali security forces at the scene then exchanged fire with the gunmen who were holed up inside, the correspondent said. An

  • Reuters

    Asylum seekers and refugees donate money, help clearing up after Italian earthquake

    By Pietro Lombardi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Asylum seekers in Italy have rallied to help survivors of the earthquake that killed at least 250 people in Italy, donating money and helping to clear up after the disaster, charity workers said on Thursday. In the southern region of Calabria

  • Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo
    AFP

    Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo

    Eleven children were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said. "Fifteen civilians, among them 11 children, were killed in a barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nayrab neighbourhood" in

  • Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby
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    Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby

    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto police say three people are dead in what they are calling a homicide that may have involved a crossbow.

  • Three killed in apparent crossbow attack in Canada
    AFP

    Three killed in apparent crossbow attack in Canada

    Ottawa (AFP) - A 35-year-old male suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with an apparent crossbow attack outside Toronto, police said.

  • The Latest: Clinton praises Colombia peace deal
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    The Latest: Clinton praises Colombia peace deal

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on Colombia's peace deal (all times local):

  • Zimbabwe opposition seeks court backing ahead of new rally
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    Zimbabwe opposition seeks court backing ahead of new rally

    Zimbabwe's main opposition parties went to court Thursday to block police from disrupting a march planned for Friday, the latest of a string of protests in the southern African country. The planned rally is to demand electoral reforms before 2018 when 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has