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  • 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,

  • Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit
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    Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday. The United Nations has pushed for a weekly

  • Hungary to build second fence on Serbian border to keep out migrants
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    Hungary to build second fence on Serbian border to keep out migrants

    By Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to build a second fence on its southern border with Serbia that would enable it to keep out any major new wave of migrants, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Orban said the new barrier, to be built alongside the existing one,

  • 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

    Kerry, Lavrov meet to finalize details of Syria cooperation deal

    By Lesley Wroughton and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva on Friday to try to hammer out final details of a cooperation agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria. The hope is that a deal on fighting

  • Reuters

    White House says backs U.N. effort to bring relief to Aleppo

    The White House on Thursday said it supported the United Nations' efforts to bring humanitarian relief to the divided Syrian city of Aleppo and would welcome Russia's constructive engagement. "What the United States supports is the U.N. effort to try to broker all sides to come together

  • Reuters

    Russia offers Japan to join its humanitarian mission in Syria's Aleppo: agencies

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Defence Ministry is offering Japan to join Moscow's humanitarian mission in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov as saying on Friday. Antonov made the proposal during his meeting with the Japanese Ambassador

  • Foreign seed firms form alliance to protest India regulation
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    Foreign seed firms form alliance to protest India regulation

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Major international seed companies formed an alliance on Friday to protest against India's moves to toughen regulation, executives said on Friday, reacting to proposals that foresee the compulsory licensing of genetically modified crops. The India businesses of Monsanto, Bayer

  • Associated Press

    Rights group urges Russia to release Crimean Tatar leader

    MOSCOW (AP) — An international rights group has urged Russia to release a Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov who has been sent to a psychiatric hospital.

  • Rousseff defense begins in Brazil impeachment trial
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    Rousseff defense begins in Brazil impeachment trial

    Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff is to begin her defense case Friday in the Senate impeachment trial that could see the one-time leftist guerrilla ejected from office within days. Rousseff, 68, is accused of breaking the law when she took unauthorized loans to bridge

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 10:33 a.m. GMT

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Philippine communist rebels have announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies. The rebels agreed to the cease-fire in a joint statement with government officials Friday after weeklong talks in Norway. The government

  • Japan PM in Kenya to launch summit on African development
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    Japan PM in Kenya to launch summit on African development

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Kenya to launch the Tokyo International Summit on African Development which 35 heads of state are expected to attend. Abe was welcomed Friday by Kenyan ...

  • Turkey PM vows retaliation after 'vile' Cizre attack
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    Turkey PM vows retaliation after 'vile' Cizre attack

    Turkey on Friday vowed to retaliate after a suicide truck bombing by suspected Kurdish militants in the southeastern town of Cizre, which killed at least 11 police officers. "We will give those vile (attackers) the answer they deserve," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a news conference

  • Court rejects state appeal over 'lenient' Pistorius sentence
    AFP

    Court rejects state appeal over 'lenient' Pistorius sentence

    A South African judge on Friday rejected the state's appeal seeking a longer jail sentence for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a six-year term for killing his girlfriend three years ago. Thokozile Masipa -- the same judge who imposed the sentence last month -- said in the High Court

  • 11 Turkish police killed in bombing blamed on PKK
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    11 Turkish police killed in bombing blamed on PKK

    Eleven Turkish police officers were killed and 70 people injured Friday in a car bombing blamed on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels, as Turkey's army pressed an offensive against a Kurdish militia in neighbouring Syria. The early morning blast almost completely destroyed the police headquarters

  • AP EXPLAINS: How shallow, deep earthquakes differ
    Associated Press

    AP EXPLAINS: How shallow, deep earthquakes differ

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Italy's earthquake was a lot weaker than the one in Myanmar, but it did far more damage because it happened at a shallower depth. The Associated Press explains the difference between shallow and deep earthquakes.

  • Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to SE Asia
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    Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to SE Asia

    Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year’s first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia. Singapore's air quality index reached unhealthy levels with conditions deteriorating through the day, marking the worst

  • Associated Press

    Anti-Islam lawmaker Wilders calls for ban on Muslim migrants

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party has led opinion polls in the Netherlands for months, has published a one-page election manifesto calling for a ban on all asylum seekers and migrants from Islamic nations, and for the country to leave the European

  • Turkey PM denies Syria operation singling out Kurds
    AFP

    Turkey PM denies Syria operation singling out Kurds

    Istanbul (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yidirim on Friday denounced as a "bare-faced lie" suggestions in Western media that Ankara's military operation in Syria was singling out Kurdish people rather than jihadists.

  • Rosberg fastest ahead of Hamilton in 1st Belgian GP practice
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    Rosberg fastest ahead of Hamilton in 1st Belgian GP practice

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time in the first practice session of the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.

  • Associated Press

    Zimbabwe judge OKs protest by opposition parties

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean judge has ordered police not to interfere with an anti-government demonstration in the capital Friday.

  • Associated Press

    Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Philippine communist rebels have announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.