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  • Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors
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    Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

    By Steve Scherer AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose sharply to almost 250 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The provisional toll jumped to 247

  • Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town
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    Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Jeff Mason KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor

  • 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.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    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’

  • Christian Science Monitor

    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

  • Filipino fishermen find possibly world's biggest pearl
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    Filipino fishermen find possibly world's biggest pearl

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, which he had hidden under a bed for more than 10 years as a lucky charm, a tourism official said Thursday.

  • In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible
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    In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible

    BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:19 a.m. GMT

    BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) — It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments. The stupas, temples and monasteries became

  • Italy toll rises to 247 as anguish mounts over quake past
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    Italy toll rises to 247 as anguish mounts over quake past

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its medieval communities built on seismic lands.

  • Associated Press

    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.

  • Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion
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    Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion

    The increasingly disgruntled people of Gabon go to the polls Saturday in a presidential election in which a last-minute opposition pact has robbed incumbent Ali Bongo of a clear run at a second term. Bongo, 57, has long sought to emerge from the shadow of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the country

  • Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples
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    Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples

    BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) — It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments.

  • Euro rookies in for star-spangled reception at Ryder Cup
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    Euro rookies in for star-spangled reception at Ryder Cup

    Rory McIlroy reckons the five confirmed European Team Ryder Cup rookies will be in for a "rude awakening" when they get to Hazeltine later next month for the Ryder Cup. It's not that the rookies will have anything to fear in tackling the host course in Minnesota, McIlroy says. The big

  • All Blacks expect wounded Wallabies to put boot in
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    All Blacks expect wounded Wallabies to put boot in

    Complacency is the big battle facing the world champion All Blacks as they prepare to face Australia in the second round of the Rugby Championship in Wellington on Saturday. The Wallabies have rushed the New Zealand fans' arch-enemy Quade Cooper into their line up, hoping he can conjure up a miracle

  • The Latest: Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247
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    The Latest: Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247

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

  • Asian shares wobble as markets await comment from Yellen
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    Asian shares wobble as markets await comment from Yellen

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares wavered in thin but volatile trading in Asia on Thursday, following a bleak day on Wall Street led by declines in health-care stocks as outrage mounts over steep price hikes for Mylan's EpiPens. Investors are awaiting a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's on

  • Frenchman charged with killing UK backpacker in Australia
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    Frenchman charged with killing UK backpacker in Australia

    A Frenchman was on Thursday charged with stabbing to death a young British woman backpacker in Australia, but police found he showed no signs of radicalisation despite saying "Allahu Akbar" during the attack. Twenty-nine-year-old Smail Ayad was accused of stabbing Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, multiple

  • Palestinian who stabbed Israeli soldier shot dead: army
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    Palestinian who stabbed Israeli soldier shot dead: army

    An Israeli soldier on Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian motorist who had stabbed him and threw rocks from his car at a military vehicle in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the assailant hurled rocks from his moving car at an oncoming military patrol vehicle

  • Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 10 dead
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    Attack on American University in Afghanistan leaves 10 dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early on Thursday after at least 10 people were killed and dozens were wounded, a government spokesman said.

  • South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital
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    South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in hospital

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment of a recurring infection, according to his family foundation.

  • Honda looks to revamped Acura NSX to fire up brand
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    Honda looks to revamped Acura NSX to fire up brand

    With its aggressive design and six-figure price tag, Honda Motor Co's revamped NSX is a far cry from its "cheap and cheerful" Civic sedans, but the automaker is betting the sports car launched in Japan on Thursday will turbo-charge its brand image. The new NSX, jointly developed by Honda

  • Myanmar sends police, soldiers to protect ancient temples damaged in quake
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    Myanmar sends police, soldiers to protect ancient temples damaged in quake

    By Aye Win Myint and Shwe Yee Saw Myint BAGAN/YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar sent truckloads of soldiers and squadrons of police to protect and rebuild centuries-old Buddhist pagodas around the ancient capital of Bagan on Thursday, a day after at least 187 of the brick temples were damaged in a powerful

  • Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas
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    Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas

    Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan on Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination. In nearby Bagan, home to a vast plain of some 2,500 Buddhist monuments that are among Myanmar&