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  • Reuters

    Turks believe cleric Gulen was behind coup attempt: survey

    Almost two thirds of Turks believe U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, a survey conducted by pollster Andy-Ar showed on Tuesday, backing the government line. President Tayyip Erdogan says Gulen, who has many followers in Turkey, masterminded

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    Suicide bombers kill seven at peacekeeping base in Somalia

    Suicide bombers killed at least seven people as they tried to blast their way into the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said. Al Shabaab, the Islamist militant group fighting to topple Somalia's Western-backed government, claimed responsibility

  • Afghanistan weighs Islamic State threat after Kabul attack
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    Afghanistan weighs Islamic State threat after Kabul attack

    By Hamid Shalizi and James Mackenzie KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State is threatening more attacks against Afghanistan's Hazara minority after Saturday's suicide blasts in Kabul that killed 80 people, pledging to retaliate against support by some in the mainly Shi'ite group for the Assad regime

  • Christian Science Monitor

    After Munich shooting, would tighter German gun laws make a difference?

    The German response to massacres on their soil in recent years has been to tighten gun control. An 18-year-old obtained a handgun and 300 rounds of ammunition to use in a mass shooting in Munich on Friday that left nine people dead. On Sunday, German leaders began to call for even stricter gun control

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Germany's response to mass violence

    Public violence has been rare in Germany over the past decade, which has allowed it to be a calm center whenever mass attacks have rattled other countries in Europe. A poll of Germans found 77 percent now anticipate terrorist attacks. “Islamic terror has reached Germany,” wrote Winfried Bausback, Bavaria

  • Christian Science Monitor

    'Heat dome' over United States shows no signs of lifting soon

    Excessive heat warnings will continue in parts of the country, including Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be held this week. "A heat dome occurs when high pressure in the upper atmosphere acts as a lid, preventing hot air from escaping," the National Oceanic

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The UN is more arcane than you think. How one diplomat is changing that

    For seven decades, electing the United Nations secretary general has been a process nearly as arcane and closed as choosing the Pope. “That event was one remarkable piece of a new approach to electing the secretary general that really is revolutionary,” says Edward Luck, an international relations expert

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  • Associated Press

    Australian leader launches inquiry into teen detainee abuse

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister has called for an investigation into allegations that teenagers were abused at a juvenile detention center in the country's north.

  • Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens
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    Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — One of the Greek lawyers for eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece last week aboard a helicopter after last week's failed coup in their country says they are being transferred to Athens.

  • Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack
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    Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early on Tuesday, the Jordanian military said, killing and wounding several Jordanian border guards in an attack that raised new questions about the pro-Western kingdom's stability.

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  • 2 attackers slay priest in Normandy church, are shot dead
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    2 attackers slay priest in Normandy church, are shot dead

    PARIS (AP) — Two attackers seized hostages Tuesday in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing a priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said.

  • Firefighters battling California blaze face hot, dry conditions on Tuesday
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    Firefighters battling California blaze face hot, dry conditions on Tuesday

    (Reuters) - Firefighters in drought-hit California who are battling a 50-square-mile wildfire could be hampered by triple-digit heat, wind gusts up to 30 mph and low humidity on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. About 3,000 firefighters have been fighting to contain the so called Sand

  • Associated Press

    5 Russian canoeists, including Olympic champ, get Rio bans

    MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic champion Alexander Dyachenko and four other Russian canoeists have been barred from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after being named in a recent report alleging a state-sponsored doping cover-up.

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  • Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip
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    Solar plane completes epic round-the-world trip

    Solar Impulse 2 on Tuesday completed its historic round-the-world journey, becoming the first plane to circle the globe powered only by the sun to promote renewable energy. Cheers and applause broke out as the plane touched down before dawn in Abu Dhabi after the final leg of its marathon trip which

  • Priest killed in France church hostage-taking
    AFP

    Priest killed in France church hostage-taking

    Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France) (AFP) - A priest was killed on Tuesday when men armed with knives seized hostages at a church near the northern French city of Rouen, a police source said. Police said they killed two hostage-takers in the attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, 125

  • U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea
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    U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea

    By Simon Webb and Manuel Mogato VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month. China

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    U.S. tells China that anti-missile system not a threat

    South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system does not threaten China's security, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday at the end of a visit to China by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice. The announcement by South Korea and the United

  • Kerry says US-Russia talks on Syria 'making progress'
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    Kerry says US-Russia talks on Syria 'making progress'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday talks with Russia about cooperation in Syria were "making progress", adding he hopes next month to announce new steps aimed at ending the fighting. Russia and the United States support opposing sides in Syria's five-year war, which has left

  • Obama, Sanders make case for Clinton at chaotic convention
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    Obama, Sanders make case for Clinton at chaotic convention

    Democratic power players Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders offered contrasting heartfelt and hard-headed endorsements of Hillary Clinton, imploring a riven and feisty party convention to unite against Donald Trump. As polls showed Trump ahead of Clinton in the race to the White House, the first lady

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    Top Asian News 11:04 a.m. GMT

    SAGAMIHARA, Japan (AP) — A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death

  • Israel police raid arrests dozens of extremist soccer fans
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    Israel police raid arrests dozens of extremist soccer fans

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have arrested dozens of members of an extremist soccer fans' group.

  • The Latest: Japan attack victims included 10 women, 9 men
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    The Latest: Japan attack victims included 10 women, 9 men

    TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's knife attack at a Japanese facility for the mentally disabled that left 19 dead (all times local):

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  • Erdogan to visit Russia on August 9
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    Erdogan to visit Russia on August 9

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on August 9 for his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin since Moscow and Ankara mended ties damaged by the downing of a Russian jet last year, Turkish officials said Tuesday. "The ambassador has informed us that our dear president

  • Russia's Lavrov hopes Russia-US talks will help Syria truce
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    Russia's Lavrov hopes Russia-US talks will help Syria truce

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that recent discussions between Russia and the United States should encourage moderate Syrian opposition groups to leave areas occupied by the al-Qaida's branch in Syria, thus helping to implement a truce.

  • Reuters

    Anti-terrorist prosecutor takes over probe into Normandy church attack

    PARIS (Reuters) - France's anti-terrorist prosecution unit said on Tuesday it had taken over the investigation into an attack at a church in Normandy, northern France, after police said a priest had been killed by two hostage takers who were later shot dead. The two hostage takers, whose identity