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  • British spy chief says Islamic State plotting attacks as Russia makes 'desert' of Syria
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    British spy chief says Islamic State plotting attacks as Russia makes 'desert' of Syria

    Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria are plotting attacks against the United Kingdom and her allies as Russia tries to destroy President Bashar al-Assad's opponents by making a desert out of the country, Britain's foreign intelligence chief said. In his first major public speech since winning

  • Iran minister says in U.S. interest to stay committed to nuclear pact
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    Iran minister says in U.S. interest to stay committed to nuclear pact

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday it was in the interest of the United States to remain committed to a multilateral nuclear treaty. The U.S. Senate voted last week to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, and Iran vowed to retaliate

  • Reuters

    Tigris lioness: Iraqi militiawoman fights for revenge against Islamic State

    By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR, Iraq (Reuters) - Wearing a camouflage cap over her headscarf, Miaad al-Jubbouri cuts an unusual figure among the hundreds of men fighting to retake a village from Islamic State in northern Iraq. The mother of five was the sole woman among a joint force of Iraqi army and tribal

  • Christian Science Monitor

    At dawn of Trump era, political center sees an opening

    Nominally a Republican, and to many a populist, Trump can be hard to label. It launched a “Problem Solvers Caucus” in Congress – more than 80 members, both Republican and Democrat. “The Trump coalition doesn’t look like the traditional Republican coalition,” says William Galston, a fellow on governance

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump's tweets: Transparency or manipulation?

    The business mogul's strained relationship with the press throughout his campaign, during which he temporarily banned a number of media organizations from access at his events and regularly railed against The New York Times, has some critics concerned that his strategic bypassing of the "mainstream

  • Christian Science Monitor

    White nationalist event at Texas A&M reignites campus discourse debate

    Hundreds of students at Texas A&M University protested white nationalist rhetoric delivered on their campus Tuesday night, reigniting a debate about political discourse at colleges and the rise of fringe political movements following the election of Donald Trump. Mr. Spencer arrived at the College Station

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The real battle in Aleppo and Mosul

    The world’s main body for protecting civilians in war zones, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is closely watching two tense and pivotal battles in the Middle East. One is Iraq’s assault on Islamic State forces in Mosul. The other is Syria’s attack on pro-democracy rebels in Aleppo

  • Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul
    Associated Press

    Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi army says troops have entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul.

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus
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    European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is adding half a trillion euros ($579 billion) in stimulus to the eurozone economy as it hopes to support growth as Europe heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.

  • Ghana opposition calls on president to concede election defeat
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    Ghana opposition calls on president to concede election defeat

    By Kwasi Kpodo and Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's main opposition party said on Thursday it had an unassailable lead in a presidential election and called on President John Mahama to concede defeat - comments dismissed as "treasonable" by the incumbent's campaign team

  • Associated Press

    Lawyer: Greek court rejects extradition request for last 2 of 8 Turkish servicemen

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawyer: Greek court rejects extradition request for last 2 of 8 Turkish servicemen.

  • Associated Press

    UK spy chief: Britain not safe until Syrian war ends

    LONDON (AP) — The head of MI6, Britain's international spy agency, is warning that Britain cannot be safe until the war in Syria is brought to an end.

  • Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels
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    Pirates preying on Venezuelan fishermen as industry unravels

    PUNTA DE ARAYA, Venezuela (AP) — The pirates had killed Flaco Marval's brother and two cousins, and word was they were coming for the rest of the family.

  • EU must keep UK as close as possible after Brexit: Germany's Gabriel
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    EU must keep UK as close as possible after Brexit: Germany's Gabriel

    The European Union should aim to keep as close a relationship with Britain as possible after Brexit, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday. Germany, the EU's largest economy, is concerned about the likely financial costs of Brexit but has also stressed the need for a unified stance

  • Doping agency criticizes Russia as Isinbayeva given key role
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    Doping agency criticizes Russia as Isinbayeva given key role

    MOSCOW (AP) — Even before Friday's publication of a new report into alleged state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes, Russia and the World Anti-Doping Agency are bickering.

  • Associated Press

    Aide to late Pope John Paul II retires as Polish archbishop

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Roman Catholic Church authorities in Poland have announced the successor to the retiring archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who had been personal secretary to the late Pope St. John Paul II, a native of Poland.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 1:03 p.m. GMT

    MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people. Volunteers and nearly 1,500

  • Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102
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    Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102

    MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people.

  • Associated Press

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer founder Greg Lake dies at 69

    LONDON (AP) — Greg Lake, the prog-rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 69.

  • Kashima beats Auckland City 2-1 in opener of Club World Cup
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    Kashima beats Auckland City 2-1 in opener of Club World Cup

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.

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    Danish lawmaker: Warning shots should be fired at migrants

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish lawmaker said Thursday that he regretted saying migrants sailing to Europe should "be fired at" if they cross the continent's "territorial waters." He clarified his remarks to say "warning shots" should be fired instead.

  • Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47
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    Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47

    GUG, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani military helicopters on Thursday ferried remains of plane crash victims to the capital, Islamabad, as aviation authorities said they opened a probe into the crash that killed 47 passengers and crew the day before in the country's northwest.

  • British PM May slaps down foreign minister over Saudi comments
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    British PM May slaps down foreign minister over Saudi comments

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was not setting out government policy when he said Saudi Arabia and Iran were stoking proxy wars across the Middle East, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. Johnson, known for his colorful use of language and tendency to go off-script

  • Associated Press

    The Latest: Euro volatile after central bank stimulus news

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the European Central Bank's policy meeting (all times local):