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  • Syrian rebels lose more ground in Aleppo: monitor
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    Syrian rebels lose more ground in Aleppo: monitor

    Syrian government forces have captured 60 percent of the area previously held by rebels in eastern Aleppo after gaining new ground on the city's eastern edge, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. At least seven plumes of smoke were seen rising from rebel-held areas of the city

  • Reuters

    Chinese mine disasters kill at least 38

    At least 38 people have died in two separate coal mine disasters in China in the last five days, state media said, the latest accidents in a country with a poor record of industrial safety. In the first incident, authorities confirmed on Friday night that 21 people died after a coal mine blast in the

  • Reuters

    Indonesian police plane with 15 on board goes missing

    By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) - A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing on Saturday with 15 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police and rescue authorities said, as search teams scoured the area. The plane, which took off from Pangkal Pinang

  • 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

    IS attack breaches militiamen's defenses in northern Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An official from Iraq's state-sanctioned Shiite militias says Islamic State militants have breached their defenses at a village west of the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar.

  • Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament
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    Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament

    Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of opposition-backed protesters outside parliament Saturday as lawmakers debated the annual budget. Demonstrators led by loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapakse held up traffic and blocked the main access to the parliament complex for

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 10:43 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — In a break with decadeslong diplomatic tradition, President-elect Donald Trump spoke directly with the president of Taiwan, a move that drew an irritated response from China and looked set to cast uncertainty over U.S. policy toward Asia. It is perhaps unprecedented for a U.S. president

  • S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster
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    S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protests ever, demonstrators in Seoul on Saturday got the closest yet to the president they desperately want removed.

  • China lodges protest after Trump call with Taiwan president
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    China lodges protest after Trump call with Taiwan president

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the "petty" move. The 10-minute telephone

  • Associated Press

    Iran condemns US senate vote to extend sanctions

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister condemned the U.S. Senate's extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation, state TV reported Saturday.

  • Russia's Lavrov says difficult to solve peace treaty issue with Japan
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    Russia's Lavrov says difficult to solve peace treaty issue with Japan

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday it would be difficult to close the gap in positions over a peace treaty with Japan. A territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow over a chain of western Pacific islands, seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two, has upset diplomatic

  • Reuters

    EU's Mogherini says fall of Aleppo won't end Syria war

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is convinced the fall of rebel-held areas of Aleppo to the government would not end the war in Syria, she said on Saturday. "I'm convinced the fall of Aleppo will not end the war," Mogherini said during

  • Intense Syrian bombing of besieged Aleppo, troops advance
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    Intense Syrian bombing of besieged Aleppo, troops advance

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds have pounded areas in the eastern rebel-held Aleppo enclave, killing at least three, according to opposition activists.

  • Beijing protests to US over Trump Taiwan call
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    Beijing protests to US over Trump Taiwan call

    Beijing has lodged a protest with the United States over a call between US President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, the foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday. It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China'

  • Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash
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    Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash

    Chapecó (Brazil) (AFP) - A small Brazilian city will hold a massive funeral Saturday to honor its football team, wiped out at the height of their glory in a plane crash that killed 71 people. The southern city of Chapeco is expecting some 100,000 people -- half its population -- to descend on Conda

  • Associated Press

    Thai activist arrested for Facebook 'share' about new king

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have arrested a student pro-democracy activist for sharing a story about the country's new king that was posted on Facebook by the Thai-language service of the BBC.

  • South Koreans march close to presidential Blue House demanding Park resign
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    South Koreans march close to presidential Blue House demanding Park resign

    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans rallied in Seoul on Saturday in the sixth straight weekend of protests demanding the resignation of scandal-tainted President Park Geun-hye that took them closer than ever to the presidential Blue House. The march came after three

  • May's Brexit plans face British Supreme Court test
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    May's Brexit plans face British Supreme Court test

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's government launches a challenge on Monday against a court ruling that it requires parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, a decision that could upset Britain's Brexit plans. If the Supreme Court

  • Associated Press

    Pilot suffers heart attack on Scottish runway

    LONDON (AP) — Dutch airline KLM says one of its pilots suffered a heart attack while taxiing to the runway at Glasgow Airport in Scotland for a flight to Amsterdam.

  • Le Pen victory would be 'body blow' to Europe: ex-British PM
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    Le Pen victory would be 'body blow' to Europe: ex-British PM

    Britain's former premier said Saturday the election of France's Marine Le Pen would be a "big body blow" for Europe, saying he hoped for the victory of a mainstream party. David Cameron said the recent rise of "anti-system, populist" and "quite extreme political parties

  • Malaysia player beats Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist
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    Malaysia player beats Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist

    A Malaysian footballer has beaten the likes of Neymar and Messi to score a place in FIFA's shortlist for top three goals of the year. Midfielder Mohamad Faiz Subri's cracker of a free kick for Penang state in the Malaysian Super League in February was reminiscent of the swerving thunderbolt