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  • Peace much cheaper than war, Colombia tells critics of FARC deal
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    Peace much cheaper than war, Colombia tells critics of FARC deal

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government peace negotiators hit back on Thursday at critics of a deal to end half a century of war with leftist FARC guerrillas, saying the cost of bringing the rebel fighters into society was much lower than spending on the conflict. The government

  • Kerry calls for unity government in Yemen to end war
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    Kerry calls for unity government in Yemen to end war

    By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart peace talks Yemen with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations

  • Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13
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    Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13

    By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Hiker rescued from snowed-in hut in NZ, weeks after losing her way

    A woman from the Czech Republic has been rescued from the frozen New Zealand wilderness, where she survived an entire month after her partner fell to his death and she became lost in the snow. Police inspector Olaf Jensen told the Associated Press that the woman was admitted to a local hospital and

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Historic Colombia-FARC peace deal: questions and answers

    After more than five decades of conflict and nearly four years of peace negotiations, the Colombian government and the FARC, the oldest guerrilla group operating in the Western Hemisphere, announced Wednesday night that they had reached a final peace accord. The pact with the FARC, the Revolutionary

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Orlando hospitals waive Pulse victims' bills, echoing newfound unity

    After 49 people were killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, the deadliest mass shooting ever in the United States, some Orlando residents have found hope in the city's show of unity and generosity. "I'm still trying to grasp the enormity of it, but at the same time it'

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Amid quake's devastation, Italians tap experience to swing into action

    It was Italy, the day after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake devastated towns and villages in a mountainous region in the centre of the country. Italy has a reputation for dysfunction and inefficiency in many spheres of life, from almost endemic tax evasion to revolving door governments and a bloated and

  • Ethiopia's Rio medal haul not good enough: Gebreselassie
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    Ethiopia's Rio medal haul not good enough: Gebreselassie

    Ethiopia's haul of eight track medals with just one gold at the Rio Olympics was not satisfactory, according to legendary distance runner Haile Gebreselassie, who blamed the under-par performance on the country's athletics federation. The 43-year-old Gebreselassie won gold in the 10,000m at

  • AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy
    Associated Press

    AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy

    PARIS (AP) — French mayors are drawing international anger for banning the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit worn by a small minority of Muslim women. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy.

  • Reuters

    Al Shabaab militants bomb Somali beach restaurant, gunfight ongoing

    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb and a gunfight was still ongoing, police and the insurgent group said on Thursday. "A car bomb exploded at Banadir beach restaurant at Lido beach and there

  • Reuters

    Deal agreed to end long siege of Damascus suburb: rebel leader, locals

    Rebels and Syria's army agreed a deal on Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, a rebel leader said, ending one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year conflict. Syria's army has surrounded rebels and civilians and blocked food deliveries

  • Associated Press

    Rebels, residents to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb

    BEIRUT (AP) — After four years of grueling bombardment and crippling siege, the remaining residents and rebels of a Damascus suburb agreed to surrender and evacuate under the terms of an agreement reached Thursday, Syrian government and opposition activists said.

  • Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns
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    Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

    By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to at least 250 on Thursday and could rise further with rescue teams working for a second day to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The 6.2

  • Reuters

    Iranian vessels' intentions in approaching U.S. warship unclear: White House

    The intention of four Iranian vessels that approached a U.S. warship in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz this week were not clear, but such actions can escalate tensions, the White House said on Thursday. "At this point, it's not clear what the intentions of the Iranian ships were

  • Reuters

    U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots toward Iranian vessel: CNN

    A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached and circled two U.S. Navy ships and a Kuwaiti vessel in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, CNN reported on Thursday. It said the U.S. ship fired the shots into the water after the Iranian ship did not leave after a

  • Big spending clubs shatter Premier League transfer record
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    Big spending clubs shatter Premier League transfer record

    Big spending English clubs have shattered the Premier League's transfer spending record after the total splashed out reached £880 million ($1.1 billion, 1 billion euros) on Thursday. By 1500 GMT, shortly after Manchester City's signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was confirmed, the

  • Reuters

    Russia to work with U.S. on response to Syria gas attacks report

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it is prepared to work with the United States at the United Nations on how to respond to a report that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks and Islamic State militants for using sulfur mustard gas. The year-long

  • Deal struck for rebels, civilians to quit Syria's Daraya
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    Deal struck for rebels, civilians to quit Syria's Daraya

    Thousands of rebel fighters and civilians are to evacuate the besieged town of Daraya near the Syrian capital under an accord struck on Thursday, state news agency SANA said. "Seven hundred armed men with their personal weapons will leave Daraya to head to the (rebel-controlled) city of Idlib,

  • Italy's cooks take to the stoves for quake victims
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    Italy's cooks take to the stoves for quake victims

    More than 700 Italian restaurants have added spaghetti all'amatriciana to their menus in solidarity with the victims of an earthquake that destroyed the birthplace of the famous pasta dish. Chefs around the world are being urged to follow suit after the Slow Food movement threw its weight behind

  • Associated Press

    Heroin paraphernalia supplier gets sentence of time served

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A more than 20-year battle between law enforcement and a Pittsburgh-area man who has repeatedly been convicted of selling drug-related paraphernalia is coming to a close.

  • Laziz: Gaza's last tiger finds new home in South Africa
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    Laziz: Gaza's last tiger finds new home in South Africa

    The Gaza zoo's last tiger was one of 15 animals rescued this week from what has been dubbed the "worst zoo in the world". "When we decided to step in, it was a critical situation not only for Laziz but also for the other 14 animals," said Ioana Dungler, wild animals director

  • The Latest: Colombian president declares cease-fire
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    The Latest: Colombian president declares cease-fire

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on Colombia's peace deal (all times local):

  • Associated Press

    India: French submarine data leak no security threat

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Wednesday that the leak of documents from a leading French builder of Scorpene submarines designed for India's navy was investigated and did not pose any security compromise because sensitive information was blacked out.  

  • Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery
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    Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery

    PARIS (AP) — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

  • Biden warns Europe against Russian energy reliance
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    Biden warns Europe against Russian energy reliance

    HELSINKI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has cautioned Europe against a new natural gas pipeline planned to stretch from Russia to Germany, saying it "looks like a fairly bad deal" for Europe because it further increases its energy dependency on Moscow.