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  • Taiwan says China air force conducts long-range drills
    Reuters

    Taiwan says China air force conducts long-range drills

    Chinese military aircraft on Saturday flew over waterways near Taiwan as part of long-range exercises, Taiwan said, the first such flights since a telephone call between Taiwan's leader and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump irked China. China claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own and has never renounced

  • Reuters

    Suicide car bomb at Somalia port kills at least four: police

    By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb that went off at the entrance of Somalia's biggest port in its capital Mogadishu on Sunday has killed at least four people, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility though the al Shabaab militant group has been carrying

  • Reuters

    South Korea prosecutors charge two former senior Park officials: media

    South Korean prosecutors have indicted a former senior presidential aide and a former vice culture minister as part of an investigation of a corruption scandal that led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment in parliament, media said on Sunday. Park's former senior economic aide, Cho Won-dong

  • Christian Science Monitor

    ISIS recapture of Palmyra: A fresh assault on heritage sites?

    The city’s fall followed the ISIS seizure of several key government positions, oil fields and strategic hilltops over the course of a three-day campaign, and sparked concern for the well-being of civilians in a city where much of the population supports the Syrian government. Recommended: How much

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Arkansas same-sex parents won't be listed on a child's birth certificate

    Arkansas same-sex parents will not be listed on their children’s birth certificates, the state’s highest court ruled on Thursday. The ruling by a four-member majority of the Arkansas Supreme Court determined that only biological parents can be listed on a child’s birth certificate. At the same time

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The ISIS breakers: How moderate Muslims are countering extremism

    Mohammed Zorgui is decked out in sweatpants, a teal Portugal soccer jersey, and a crisp New York Yankees cap. As he works the crowd in a smoked-filled cafe in Kasserine, Tunisia, he looks more American East Coast rapper than the Middle Eastern jihadist he once pledged to be – more Jay Z than Islamic

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump team’s 'intrusive' memo alarms DOE climate scientists

    Donald Trump’s transition team has sent a list of 74 questions to the Energy Department (DOE), asking, among other things, for the identity of all employees and contractors involved in international climate meetings and domestic attempts to cut carbon emissions. The questionnaire specifically asked

  • 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.

  • Suicide bombing 'kills 16' in Somali capital: ambulance service
    AFP

    Suicide bombing 'kills 16' in Somali capital: ambulance service

    At least 16 people died early Sunday in a suicide truck bombing outside the port of the Somali capital Mogadishu, the director of the ambulance service said. "We assisted 48 wounded people and carried 16 others who were killed in the blast," said Abdikadir Abdirahman Adem, director of Mogadishu

  • UN Security Council demands Gambia's Jammeh hand over power
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    UN Security Council demands Gambia's Jammeh hand over power

    The UN Security Council demanded that Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh hand over power to the president-elect after he rejected the election results in a dramatic political U-turn. In power for the past 22 years in the West African country, Jammeh surprised his critics when he accepted defeat a day

  • Associated Press

    Car blast kills 6 at police station in Somalia's capital

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber has killed at least six people and injured five others at a police station in the Somalia capital.

  • US defense secretary arrives in Iraq to assess Mosul fight
    Associated Press

    US defense secretary arrives in Iraq to assess Mosul fight

    BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Baghdad to meet with American commanders and Iraqi leaders and to assess progress in the fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 6:39 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China has conducted a flyover of strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan, in what it calls a routine exercise. China's Defense Ministry says it flew planes Saturday over the Miyako Strait between two Japanese islands. The Taiwanese Defense Ministry says the Chinese

  • Associated Press

    China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

    BEIJING (AP) — China has conducted a flyover of strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan, in what it calls a routine exercise.

  • An odd, shortened World Cup luge stop winds down in Canada
    Associated Press

    An odd, shortened World Cup luge stop winds down in Canada

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Those competing in World Cup luge races Saturday night got only one run instead of the customary two, because delays in getting the sleds to the track forced some schedule changes.

  • Macedonians vote in early elections after wiretap scandal
    Associated Press

    Macedonians vote in early elections after wiretap scandal

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Polls are open early Sunday in Macedonia for a general election called two years early.

  • Romanians voting in election overshadowed by graft
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    Romanians voting in election overshadowed by graft

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have begun voting in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.

  • Fall of Aleppo will be a pivotal moment in Syria war
    AFP

    Fall of Aleppo will be a pivotal moment in Syria war

    The fall of Aleppo will be a pivotal moment in Syria's war, boosting regime hopes of regaining control over the entire country and dealing a probable knock-out blow to rebels. Analysts say the virtually inevitable regime victory in Syria's second city will give the government of President Bashar

  • Romanian left seeks election comeback
    AFP

    Romanian left seeks election comeback

    Romanians started voting on Sunday in parliamentary elections that are forecast to see the corruption-tainted left stage a remarkable comeback, a year after a deadly nightclub fire forced them from office. Polls put the Social Democrats (PSD) in first place with around 40 percent. The centre-right

  • Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo but IS back in Palmyra
    AFP

    Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo but IS back in Palmyra

    The Syrian army tightened its grip on rebels besieged in Aleppo with thousands of civilians but suffered a setback as jihadists retook much of the ancient city of Palmyra. Air strikes pummelled the shrinking rebel enclave in east Aleppo as US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian regime'

  • World champ Terence Crawford stops John Molina in 8th round
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    World champ Terence Crawford stops John Molina in 8th round

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Unbeaten world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford stopped John Molina in the eighth round to end a dominating performance and a dominating year.

  • Associated Press

    Mares claims split decision over Cuellar, featherweight belt

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Abner Mares raised his hands in victory right before the final bell, and he dropped to his knees in relief moments later. A few months after his boxing career appeared to be in jeopardy, he was a champion again.

  • John Kerry given France's highest honour
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    John Kerry given France's highest honour

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has been given the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, with his French counterpart calling him "the most French of American officials". At a ceremony in Paris on Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said the top US diplomat

  • Over 30 dead as Kenya fuel tanker crashes, explodes
    AFP

    Over 30 dead as Kenya fuel tanker crashes, explodes

    More than 30 people died when a fuel tanker crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday night, officials said. "At 5am the death toll was 33 but the search is still on," said Pius Masai of Kenya's National Disaster Unit. Masai