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  • More Turkish tanks enter Syria in push against Islamic State, Kurdish militia
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    More Turkish tanks enter Syria in push against Islamic State, Kurdish militia

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - At least nine more Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Thursday as part of an operation aimed at driving Islamic State out of the border area around Jarablus and stopping Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory, Reuters witnesses

  • Kerry tackles Yemen, Syrian conflicts in Saudi Arabia talks
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    Kerry tackles Yemen, Syrian conflicts in Saudi Arabia talks

    By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the country's powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to discuss ways to end conflict in Yemen and resume peace talks between the warring sides. Kerry arrived

  • North Korea's Kim declares sub missile launch 'greatest success'
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    North Korea's Kim declares sub missile launch 'greatest success'

    By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success," which puts the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday.

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    Behind legal furor over transgender policy, schools wonder what to do

    When a federal judge blocked the Obama administration’s guidelines for transgender rights in public schools this week, he stopped schools from having to follow them – at least for the time being. Courts will decide if public schools will have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their

  • Christian Science Monitor

    A Democrat backs Republicans on gun control? It just happened

    This week, a leading gun-control group that was founded by a former Democratic member of Congress endorsed two Republican incumbent senators. If that weren't bad enough, the endorsements came in toss-up races that Democrats would dearly love to win. It was a highly unusual crossover on a polarized

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Muslims and Europe, swimming chic by chic

    Case in point: In recent weeks, more than a dozen French cities have banned the wearing of “burkinis,” the full-body swimsuits that have become popular among some Muslim women who enjoy going to the beach like everyone else. If anything, France should be finding ways to encourage symbols of Muslims’

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    Facebook labels you as conservative, moderate, or liberal: Does it matter?

    Facebook labels you as liberal, conservative, or moderate, and caters the ads on your newsfeed to match how it politically identifies you. This information became available earlier this month, when the social media network introduced a new tool that gives users more control over the advertisements Facebook

  • GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain
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    GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain

    By Mayank Bhardwaj and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition. Technical clearance for indigenously

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 12:32 p.m. GMT

    BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) — Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist temples began cleaning up debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 pagodas. At least four people were killed and at least

  • Tiger taken from 'world's worst zoo' arrives in South Africa
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    Tiger taken from 'world's worst zoo' arrives in South Africa

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Bengal tiger rescued from what activists have called "the worst zoo in the world" arrived in South Africa for a new home Thursday.

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    Iraq army takes key town on road to Mosul from Islamic State

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi prime minister says his country's forces have retaken the key town of Qayara, near a major air base south of Mosul, from the Islamic State group.

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    Tourist found in New Zealand bush 1 month after partner dies

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A tourist from the Czech Republic, whose partner fell to his death, survived a harrowing month in the frozen New Zealand wilderness before being rescued, police said Thursday.

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    Asylum claims in Britain in first half of 2016 highest in more than a decade

    By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 36,000 asylum seeker claims were made in Britain in the first half of 2016, according to government figures published on Thursday, the highest number in over a decade. Between January and June this year, 36,465 people applied for asylum

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    China faces 1-year ban from weightlifting over doping

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — China is facing a one-year ban from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move which threatens to stop some of the world's top athletes from competing internationally.

  • EU rejects US concerns of bias in company tax investigations
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    EU rejects US concerns of bias in company tax investigations

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive branch rejected Thursday the U.S. government's complaint that its probes into sweetheart tax deals between EU governments and big companies are hitting U.S. firms hardest.

  • In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors
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    In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor.

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    Iraqi prime minister says troops have retaken key town near a major air base south of Mosul from Islamic State group

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi prime minister says troops have retaken key town near a major air base south of Mosul from Islamic State group.

  • Iraq army captures Qayyara oil region from IS, Abadi says
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    Iraq army captures Qayyara oil region from IS, Abadi says

    The Iraqi army has dislodged Islamic State from the Qayyara oil producing region located south of their de facto capital Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. "The liberation of Qayyara is an important step toward achieving the larger goal of restoring Mosul province," according

  • Myanmar soldiers, police seal off ancient temples damaged by quake
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    Myanmar soldiers, police seal off ancient temples damaged by quake

    By Aye Win Myint BAGAN, Myanmar (Reuters) - Truckloads of soldiers and squadrons of police sealed off some of the centuries-old Buddhist pagodas around Myanmar's ancient capital of Bagan on Thursday, a day after at least 187 of the brick temples were damaged in a powerful earthquake. President

  • Cabinet missteps test Canadian PM Trudeau's teflon image
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    Cabinet missteps test Canadian PM Trudeau's teflon image

    By Andrea Hopkins OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was knocked off message as he marshaled his cabinet back to work this week, distracted by recent spending miscues involving top ministers in the first major wobble of his Liberal government. While Trudeau's popularity remains

  • Colombia announces historic peace deal after four years of talks
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    Colombia announces historic peace deal after four years of talks

    Colombia's government and the FARC rebels have reached a historic peace agreement to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal Wednesday, which President Juan Manuel Santos said

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    South African presidency defends new team to oversee state-owned companies

    South Africa's presidency on Thursday defended plans to give President Jacob Zuma supervision over state-owned companies after allies of under-fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said it was a tool to limit his control. Cabinet announced on Monday that a new committee on state-owned enterprises

  • Zuma says backs South Africa finance minister, can't intervene in probe
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    Zuma says backs South Africa finance minister, can't intervene in probe

    By Mfuneko Toyana PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday he backs Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan but cannot intervene in a police investigation over a suspected spy unit at the tax service, signaling a prolonged tussle that could rock markets further. The rand, which

  • Italy quake death toll nears 250 as questions mount
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    Italy quake death toll nears 250 as questions mount

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses remain buried in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. As rescuers sifted through collapsed masonry in the search for survivors, questions mounted as to why there had been so many deaths

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    Romanian PM says first loan to Moldova has been paid

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Romania's prime minister says his country has paid 60 million euros ($68 million) to Moldova, the first part of a larger loan, and urged the government to continue making reforms.