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  • 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 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. "People like myself have

  • Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal
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    Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and

  • Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer
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    Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer

    By Joel Schectman and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking could be handed over by U.S. authorities to Mexican authorities as early as next week as he has nearly exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Free speech vs. safe spaces: Why UChicago pushes back on limits

    What they won't find on campus, however, is an administration that condones "safe spaces" or "trigger warnings," practices that have become relatively normalized at a number of other universities across the country. At times this may challenge you and even cause you discomfort

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Politics aside, Americans still feel positive about immigrants

    This electoral cycle, nativism has migrated from the tea party margins of the GOP and into the mainstream of conservative discourse, with presidential candidate Donald Trump as its icon. A new national survey of Americans from the Pew Center conducted from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 and published on Thursday

  • Christian Science Monitor

    From Chelsea to Ivanka, a campaign where the kids matter

    Questions about the Clinton Foundation still dog Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, but the most recent criticism is the role of Chelsea Clinton in the family's charity work and politics. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president have children who appear willing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    $32 million Bloomberg-Harvard 'mayor school' supports leaders' changing role

    On Thursday, however, Harvard University and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Philanthropies announced their plan to partner on a groundbreaking executive education program targeted at educating urban executives as many mayors take on increasingly ambitious challenges, responding to

  • Reuters

    Blast at Belgian sports center kills one, gas accident suspected

    An explosion at a sports center in the southern Belgian town of Chimay early on Friday killed one person and wounded four others, two of them seriously, Belgium's Crisis Center said. "It is probably a gas explosion," an official at the agency told Reuters, adding that there was no indication

  • Celtic improving but far from finished article
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    Celtic improving but far from finished article

    Brendan Rodgers may have guided Celtic into the Champions League group stages for the first time in three years but his side are still very much a work in progress. Glamour ties against five-time European champions Barcelona, English Premier League giants Manchester City and German side Borussia Monchengladbach

  • Associated Press

    Defending champ Kvitova, Radwanska advance in New Haven

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Petra Kvitova needed just an hour Thursday to beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 and move into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open, despite suffering from a cold.

  • Under-fire Wenger boosted by return of key duo
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    Under-fire Wenger boosted by return of key duo

    With Arsene Wenger once again under fire for a lack of success in the transfer market, the Arsenal manager will be relieved to welcome back Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil for their first starts of the season at Watford on Saturday. Giroud and Ozil made brief substitute appearances in last weekend'

  • Rio police: Irishmen say their top official handled tickets
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    Rio police: Irishmen say their top official handled tickets

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Irish Olympic executives have told Rio police that the head of their national committee, who has been arrested in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe, was in sole charge of ticketing matters, a chief investigator said Thursday.

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    Belgian media report blast at Chimay sports center

    BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian newspaper is reporting that an explosion has rocked a sports center in the Belgian town of Chimay, with reports of at least one person dead and two injured.

  • Ranieri backs strike duo to come good
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    Ranieri backs strike duo to come good

    Leicester City have yet to hit the heights that defy odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League last season. Leicester began the defence of their title with a shock defeat by newly-promoted Hull City but there were signs of the Foxes' old form during last week's goalless draw with Arsenal. Now

  • Reuters

    Kerry, Lavrov talks to try to finalize details of cooperation on Syria

    By Lesley Wroughton GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, will try to hammer out final details of a cooperation agreement on fighting Islamic State in Syria during talks in Geneva on Friday. The hope is that a deal will lead to a cessation

  • Associated Press

    Ryan Lochte nabs new sponsor after Speedo, others dump him

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte has a new sponsor — Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops — that says people should give the swimmer "a second chance" after he fell from corporate grace following a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics he tried to pass off as a robbery.

  • US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil
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    US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • New Syrian rebel advance against IS may take months, commander says
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    New Syrian rebel advance against IS may take months, commander says

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels, who this week seized a strategic town from Islamic State, aim to move westward in the next phase of their Turkey-backed operation, an advance that could take weeks or months to complete, a rebel commander said. Colonel Ahmad Osman, head of the Sultan Murad

  • Associated Press

    Wallabies under pressure to rebound from shocking loss

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia coach Michael Cheika is under considerable pressure to put one of the Wallabies' worst-ever defeats behind them and get ready for an immediate rematch with New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championships test.

  • Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update
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    Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

    AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link.

  • American university attack hits at heart of Afghan liberal learning
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    American university attack hits at heart of Afghan liberal learning

    On Wednesday evening, at least two gunmen stormed classrooms after a suspected car bomb was used to get into the walled complex, and killed seven students and a professor. The death toll could have been far higher, with most students managing to barricade themselves in classrooms or flee to safety,

  • Associated Press

    Capsules on top women's players at the 2016 US Open

    Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

  • Associated Press

    Capsules on top men's players at the 2016 US Open

    Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

  • Associated Press

    The US Open at a glance

    A look at the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament:

  • 3-time champ Lydia Ko shot behind Stephanie Meadow in Canada
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    3-time champ Lydia Ko shot behind Stephanie Meadow in Canada

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) — Three-time champion Lydia Ko was back on the Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard Thursday. Canadian star Brooke Henderson had a lot of catching up to do in the lightning-delayed first round.