• Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. has 'no excuse' to keep coup suspect Gulen

    Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. has 'no excuse' to keep coup suspect Gulen

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he would tell U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Washington has "no excuse" for not handing over the Pennsylvania-based cleric blamed for last month's failed coup. Erdogan, who is due to meet with Biden in Ankara later on Wednesday, said

  • Thai junta rules out link between latest bombs and tourist-town attacks

    Thai junta rules out link between latest bombs and tourist-town attacks

    By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government said on Wednesday there was no connection between two bombings overnight that killed one person in the southern town of Pattani and a wave of deadly attacks on tourist spots this month. One Thai

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    Japan, China, South Korea to urge North Korea to stop provocation

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Xiao Yu TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, China and South Korea agreed to urge North Korea to refrain from provocation and follow U.N. Security Council resolutions, after its latest missile launch towards Japan early on Wednesday. Foreign ministers from the three Asian neighbours also

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    Nigeria kills a top terrorist, and the world shrugs

    When the Nigerian air force claimed Tuesday that it had “fatally wounded” the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the report was met with skepticism and little fanfare. Partly, that’s because Nigeria’s military has claimed to have killed Abubakar Shekau before – only to have the mastermind behind

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    Why Turkey's shelling of ISIS and Kurds in Syria is a big deal

    On Tuesday, Turkey entered its second consecutive day of shelling Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces in Syria, amid reports that more than 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have gathered in Turkey to launch an offensive against Jarablus, the last town controlled by ISIS on the Turkish border. The

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    Inmates covet ramen: Why is this a bad thing?

    Instant ramen, the tasty, cheap, and everlasting noodle packet, has replaced tobacco as the most popular form of currency in many US prisons, according to a study soon-to-be published through the American Sociological Association. It may look like a sign of progress, but Michael Gibson-Light, the study

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    Clinton emails: A political controversy with the lifetime of a Broadway hit

    Federal District Court Judge James E. Boasberg has ordered the State Department to scrub the emails of possible classified or personal material on an accelerated schedule, and then release them. Clinton set up her much-criticized private email server while secretary of State at least in part to control

  • Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town
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    Turkey in cross-border operation to free IS-held Syrian town

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — After a pre-dawn barrage of heavy artillery and airstrikes, Turkey sent tanks and special forces into Syria on Wednesday to help clear a border town of Islamic State militants, marking the NATO member's most significant military involvement so far in the Syria conflict.

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    Turkey's foreign minister warns Syrian Kurdish fighters to return east of Euphrates

    Syrian Kurdish fighters must return to the east of the Euphrates river or Turkey will "do what is necessary", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday, after Turkish forces launched an operation in northern Syria. Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by warplanes from the

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    The Latest: Sudanese man dies in migrant clash in Calais

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local):

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    UN envoy: No more 'taboo' issues in Cyprus peace talks

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A U.N. envoy says everything is up for discussion in an intensified phase of ongoing talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus.

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    Taiwan vice president to visit Vatican as it eyes better China ties

    Taiwan's vice president will next month visit the Vatican, its sole diplomatic ally in Europe, on a trip that could anger China as the Holy See looks for rapprochement with the world's most populous country. Chen Chien-jen will be the special envoy for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who the

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    Turkey's Erdogan: Countries who support terror are 'holding grenades'

    Countries that support terror groups are doing the equivalent of holding on to live grenades with the pins pulled, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, in an apparent reference to the United States' support of Syrian Kurdish fighters. Turkey, a member of the U.S.-backed coalition against

  • Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world
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    Turkey targets Gulen-inspired projects around the world

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In past years, big names in South Africa picked up the annual Gulen Peace Award, a local accolade inspired by a Turkish preacher who has been blamed by Turkey for an attempted coup last month.

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    Former snowboard world champ Marion Kreiner retires

    GRAZ, Austria (AP) — Former snowboard world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Marion Kreiner is retiring after 14 years on the World Cup.

  • Turkey tanks enter Syria in anti-IS operation

    Turkey tanks enter Syria in anti-IS operation

    Turkish tanks backed by fighter jets and special forces rolled into Syria Wednesday in an unprecedented operation to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town. The air and ground operation also involving Syrian fighters -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict

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    Train hits bus in northwestern Germany, 10 injured

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say a train hit a bus on a road crossing, injuring 10 people.

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    Sri Lanka wins toss and bats in 2nd ODI vs. Australia

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has won the toss and chosen to bat first in the second one-day international against Australia at R. Premadasa Stadium.

  • British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

    British woman dies in Australian 'Allahu Akbar' stabbing

    A young British woman died and a man was critically injured when a French national allegedly stabbed three people while saying "Allahu Akbar" at an Australian backpacker's hostel, police said Wednesday. The motivations behind the stabbings, which left a 30-year-old British man in a critical

  • Cyclist Laura Trott irked by Team GB questions

    Cyclist Laura Trott irked by Team GB questions

    Four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott has expressed annoyance over the questions posed by rivals about British cyclists' extraordinary performances at the Rio Games. Trott won two gold medals and her fiance Jason Kenny claimed three golds as Team GB stormed to the top of the cycling medals table

  • The Latest: Italian premier: finding survivors the priority
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    The Latest: Italian premier: finding survivors the priority

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

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    Exiled Yemen government risks humanitarian catastrophe with decision on central bank

    By Sami Aboudi and Noah Browning DUBAI (Reuters) - In Yemen's war of attrition, the Saudi-backed exiled government has now decided that the central bank is an easier target than the capital, shielded from its troops by 60 kilometers (40 miles) of daunting mountains teeming with fighters. A decree

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    Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

    By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing region of El Salvador: to swap his coffee trees for cocoa as a warming climate hit his crop. Ayala said his plantation - situated

  • Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo
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    Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called "the worst zoo in the world" and hoping to grant them a better life abroad.

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    Commodities giant Glencore trims loss after asset sales

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss commodities producer Glencore says it narrowed its net loss in the first half of 2016, after selling billions of dollars' worth of assets to slash debt as global economic concerns soured the market for raw materials.