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  • Italy president pledges to solve government crisis fast
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    Italy president pledges to solve government crisis fast

    By Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella pledged on Saturday to act quickly to solve a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister, with all major parties calling for elections as soon as possible. Before any vote can

  • After impeachment of South Korean president, anti-Park rallies resume
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    After impeachment of South Korean president, anti-Park rallies resume

    By Jack Kim and Nataly Pak SEOUL (Reuters) - Protesters demanding that South Korean President Park Geun-hye step down marched on Saturday for a seventh straight weekend, a day after parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach her and put the fate of her presidency in the hands of a nine-judge court.

  • U.N. Security Council condemns Gambia's Jammeh, urges restraint
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    U.N. Security Council condemns Gambia's Jammeh, urges restraint

    The United Nations Security Council on Saturday condemned Gambia President Yahya Jammeh's rejection of election results announced last week that saw him lose power after 22 years, and it urged all parties to refrain from violence. "(Security Council members) called on him to respect the choice

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Arkansas same-sex parents won't be listed on a child's birth certificate

    Arkansas same-sex parents will not be listed on their children’s birth certificates, the state’s highest court ruled on Thursday. The ruling by a four-member majority of the Arkansas Supreme Court determined that only biological parents can be listed on a child’s birth certificate. At the same time

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The ISIS breakers: How moderate Muslims are countering extremism

    Mohammed Zorgui is decked out in sweatpants, a teal Portugal soccer jersey, and a crisp New York Yankees cap. As he works the crowd in a smoked-filled cafe in Kasserine, Tunisia, he looks more American East Coast rapper than the Middle Eastern jihadist he once pledged to be – more Jay Z than Islamic

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump team’s 'intrusive' memo alarms DOE climate scientists

    Donald Trump’s transition team has sent a list of 74 questions to the Energy Department (DOE), asking, among other things, for the identity of all employees and contractors involved in international climate meetings and domestic attempts to cut carbon emissions. The questionnaire specifically asked

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why US intelligence agencies say Russia was trying to help Trump

    According to the intelligence officials, the same hackers who shared files from the Democratic National Committee with WikiLeaks also accessed the Republican National Committee. For US intelligence agencies, the hackers' choice to withhold RNC documents is proof positive that they were trying to

  • Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul
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    Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi army says troops have entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul.

  • 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.

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    Twins minor league pitcher Yorman Landa dies in Venezuela

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yorman Landa, a minor league pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, has died in Venezuela.

  • Greece passes austerity 2017 budget, eyes 2.7 percent growth
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    Greece passes austerity 2017 budget, eyes 2.7 percent growth

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Parliament has passed a budget of continued austerity as mandated by the country's creditors, but which forecasts robust growth for 2017.

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    Puerto Rico police seize $13.5 million worth of cocaine

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three men are in custody after police in Puerto Rico seized shipments of cocaine worth an estimated $13.5 million during two operations.

  • Suspected car bomb wounds around 20 outside Istanbul soccer stadium
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    Suspected car bomb wounds around 20 outside Istanbul soccer stadium

    By Murad Sezer and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A suspected car bomb outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul wounded around 20 people on Saturday, hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams, in what appeared to be an attack targeting riot police. Interior Minister

  • Hanyu and Medvedeva retain their GP Final titles
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    Hanyu and Medvedeva retain their GP Final titles

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Russian teen Evgenia Medvedeva and Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu did not even need their best skating to successfully defend their Grand Prix Final titles on Saturday.

  • Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies
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    Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, died Saturday, the Culture Ministry announced. He was 62.

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    Sydney scores late penalty to remain undefeated in A-League

    SYDNEY (AP) — Bobo's late penalty helped 10-man Sydney FC avoid its first defeat of the season and maintain a six-point lead atop the A-League after drawing with second-place Melbourne City 1-1.

  • Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo but IS back in Palmyra
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    Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo but IS back in Palmyra

    The Syrian army tightened its grip Saturday on rebels besieged in Aleppo with thousands of civilians but suffered a setback as jihadists retook much of the ancient city of Palmyra. Air strikes pummelled the shrinking rebel enclave in east Aleppo as US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian regime

  • Istanbul car bomb injures some 20 police officers
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    Istanbul car bomb injures some 20 police officers

    Around 20 police officers were injured in a car bomb explosion outside an Istanbul football stadium on Saturday, in the latest attack to rock Turkey this year. The car bomb blast struck the area outside Istanbul giant Besiktas football team's stadium after a match against the Bursaspor club, targeting

  • Associated Press

    Glencore, Qatari fund finalize deal to acquire Rosneft stake

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Rosneft oil company said Saturday that commodities company Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund will invest $3 billion of their own funds to acquire a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft.

  • Ghana's new leader urges respect for democracy in Africa
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    Ghana's new leader urges respect for democracy in Africa

    The winner of Ghana's presidential election Nana Akufo-Addo on Saturday warned that African leaders who reject democracy were "fighting the tide of history", following his nation's high-stakes vote. Defying predictions that the presidential race would be neck-and-neck, Akufo-Addo sailed

  • Islamic State militants enter Palmyra after heavy fighting: monitor
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    Islamic State militants enter Palmyra after heavy fighting: monitor

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State militants on Saturday captured most of Palmyra after breaking through Syrian army defenses and securing the heights around the ancient city in eastern Syria following a surprise assault, a monitoring group and rebels said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory

  • Vardy shreds Guardiola's City, Arsenal go top
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    Vardy shreds Guardiola's City, Arsenal go top

    Jamie Vardy broke his three-month goal drought with a hat-trick as Premier League champions Leicester City sensationally inflicted a humiliating 4-2 defeat on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Saturday. At a rain-sodden King Power Stadium, Vardy hit his first top-flight treble and Andy King also

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    Turkish soccer team Bursaspor says none of its fans injured in blast

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish soccer team Bursaspor said none of its fans appeared to have been injured in an explosion outside one of Istanbul's main stadiums hours after the end of a match on Saturday. "We have contacted our fan groups. There appear to be no injuries among our fans. We wish

  • Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement
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    Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

  • US-led coalition strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon
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    US-led coalition strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

    The US-led military coalition has killed a leader of the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Pentagon said on Saturday. "Coalition warplanes targeted and killed Tunisian Boubaker al-Hakim, in Raqa, Syria" on November 26, Pentagon spokesman Ben Sakrisson said in a statement emailed to