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  • U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms
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    U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a confidential

  • North Korea's Kim declares missile launch from sub 'greatest success'
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    North Korea's Kim declares missile launch from sub 'greatest success'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success" that put the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday. North Korea fired a submarine-launched

  • Kerry tackles Yemen, Syrian conflicts in Saudi Arabia talks
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    Kerry tackles Yemen, Syrian conflicts in Saudi Arabia talks

    By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Saudi Arabia's powerful deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, into the early hours of Thursday morning on ways to end Yemen's conflict and resume peace talks between the warring sides.

  • 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

  • Reuters

    Wildfire forces closure of south entrance to Yellowstone National Park

    By Ruffin Prevost CODY, Wyo. (Reuters) - Burning trees and thick smoke from a large Wyoming wildfire have prompted authorities to close the main connecting road between the south end of Yellowstone National Park and the northern border of Grand Teton National Park. The closure order, which was made

  • Colombia, FARC rebels announce accord to end 5-decade war
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    Colombia, FARC rebels announce accord to end 5-decade war

    HAVANA (AP) — Colombia's government and its biggest rebel group announced a deal Wednesday evening for ending their country's half-century guerrilla war, one of the world's longest-running armed conflicts.

  • Associated Press

    After years of talks, Colombia and FARC rebels announce accord for ending half-century of war

    HAVANA (AP) — After years of talks, Colombia and FARC rebels announce accord for ending half-century of war.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 11:17 p.m. GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 quake was centered about

  • Associated Press

    STORY REMOVED: BC-LT--APNewsAlert

    HAVANA (AP) — The Associated Press has withdrawn its NewsAlert about Colombia and FARC rebels announcing a peace deal. They are about to make an announcement, but haven't given the details.

  • North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability
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    North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance

  • Reuters

    Colombia peace pact won't boost economy in near term - investors

    Colombia's historic peace agreement with FARC rebels, to be unveiled on Wednesday after almost four years of negotiations, is not likely to give the country's struggling economy an immediate boost, investors said, as sluggish commodities prices remain the most pressing issue. Any benefit to

  • Associated Press

    Report: Syria and Islamic State blamed for chemical attacks

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international team has concluded that the Syrian government and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015, according to its report circulated on Wednesday.

  • Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study
    AFP

    Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study

    The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health, according to a study released Thursday. Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt all lost about three months in life expectancy between 2010 and 2013

  • Italy quake toll climbs to at least 159: official
    AFP

    Italy quake toll climbs to at least 159: official

    Rome (AFP) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck a remote area of central Italy climbed to at least 159 late Wednesday, said the head of the country's civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio.

  • Associated Press

    US intelligence still sorting out purported NSA hack

    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. is still probing the extent of a recent cyber leak of what purports to be hacking tools used by the National Security Agency.

  • Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report
    AFP

    Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report

    A UN investigation has established that President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical

  • N. Korea leader says missile test was "greatest success": KCNA
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    N. Korea leader says missile test was "greatest success": KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success", Pyongyang's state media said Thursday. The results of Wednesday's launch proved the North had joined the "front rank of the military powers fully equipped

  • Reuters

    Mexico to ban gasoline oxygenated with ethanol in three urban centers

    By Ana Isabel Martinez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico will ban the sale of gasoline oxygenated with ethanol beginning in late October in three major urban centers as part of a push to combat the worst pollution in over a decade due to high concentrations of ozone in the atmosphere, government officials

  • Ko, Henderson set for Canadian Pacific Women's Open
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    Ko, Henderson set for Canadian Pacific Women's Open

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) — Brooke Henderson is the face of Canadian golf. Lydia Ko is a big hit, too — and every bit as comfortable.

  • Militants storm American University in Kabul
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    Militants storm American University in Kabul

    Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. At least one person was killed and 26 others were wounded in the

  • Associated Press

    Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria

    LONDON (AP) — The ongoing violence in Syria has taken years off of people's life expectancy, according to a new analysis published in the journal Lancet on Wednesday.

  • The Latest: Authorities say quake death toll at 159
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    The Latest: Authorities say quake death toll at 159

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