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  • Italian PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties
    Reuters

    Italian PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties

    By Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned on Wednesday after a bruising referendum loss at the weekend, with most parliamentary factions pushing for an early election in a few months' time. The 41-year-old's decision to quit after less than

  • Reuters

    Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons

    Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes. The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe

  • Reuters

    Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say

    Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said. The hospital sources said 55 civilians were killed, including 12 women and 19 children,

  • Christian Science Monitor

    McKnight shooting raises questions on 'stand your ground' law

    Joe McKnight was a 28-year-old black man and a 205-pound former NFL running back and kick returner. Ronald Gasser is a 54-year-old white man. When Mr. McKnight walked up to Mr. Gasser’s sedan midday Thursday, uttering obscenities at Gasser in what authorities would later describe as a road rage incident

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump's national security adviser pick promotes 'fake news,' too

    The Trump transition team fired the son of Lt. General Michael Flynn – the president-elect’s pick for national security adviser – on Tuesday, after Gen. Flynn’s son tweeted that the fake-news story, which had inspired a gunman to storm a Washington, D.C., pizzeria, had yet to be “proven false,” and re-shared

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The legal exemption making life easier for ethical hackers

    Cybersecurity researcher Brian Knopf specializes in hunting for vulnerabilities and flaws inside connected devices and wireless gadgets. 

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

    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.

  • Iraqi forces battle jihadists deep inside Mosul
    AFP

    Iraqi forces battle jihadists deep inside Mosul

    Bartalla (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi forces battled jihadists deep inside Mosul Wednesday, edging closer to the River Tigris that divides the city and looking for a breakthrough in the seven-week-old offensive.

  • Glencore, Qatari fund buy 19.5 percent in Russia's Rosneft
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    Glencore, Qatari fund buy 19.5 percent in Russia's Rosneft

    MOSCOW (AP) — Commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund have together acquired a 19.5 percent stake in Russia's top state-controlled oil company, Rosneft, in a deal worth 10.5 billion euros ($11.3 billion), officials said Wednesday.

  • Associated Press

    Nebraska lawmaker bashes report on failed execution drug buy

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker said he's disappointed by a recently released report about the state's failed attempt last year to purchase execution drugs from overseas.

  • Associated Press

    US Senate 'torture' report sought in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay asked a judge Wednesday to secure a copy of a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's harsh interrogation tactics before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, at which point they fear it might be

  • Norwegian and Royal Caribbean get approval for Cuba cruises
    Associated Press

    Norwegian and Royal Caribbean get approval for Cuba cruises

    Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruises on Wednesday announced that they have received permission from the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans sailings on ...

  • Brazil top court rules Senate head can stay, defuses crisis
    Reuters

    Brazil top court rules Senate head can stay, defuses crisis

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned an injunction that ordered the indicted head of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, to step down, voting to allow him to continue in the post but not in the presidential line of succession. The 6-3 ruling defuses a clash

  • Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote
    Associated Press

    Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians began lining up at polling stations before dawn on Wednesday to elect their next president as the West African nation hopes to reaffirm its reputation as a model of democracy on the continent.

  • NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup
    Associated Press

    NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff.

  • Trump seeks another retired general for top administration job
    Reuters

    Trump seeks another retired general for top administration job

    By Steve Holland and Warren Strobel NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate a third retired general for a top job in his new administration with the choice of a battle-hardened Marine commander to lead the agency set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to protect

  • Assad says Aleppo win will change course of war
    AFP

    Assad says Aleppo win will change course of war

    Syria's Bashar al-Assad, whose forces have recaptured all but a fifth of east Aleppo from rebels, including its historic centre, said victory in the city will be a "huge step" towards ending the war. "It's true that Aleppo will be a win for us, but let's be realistic -- it