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  • India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak
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    India investigates damage caused by French submarine data leak

    By Matt Siegel and Sanjeev Miglani SYDNEY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities.

  • Philippines says sea dispute not led to shift in ties with China or U.S.
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    Philippines says sea dispute not led to shift in ties with China or U.S.

    By Manolo Serapio Jr MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States, or neighboring China, Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Wednesday. An arbitration court

  • Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. has 'no excuse' to keep coup suspect Gulen
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    Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. has 'no excuse' to keep coup suspect Gulen

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he would tell U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Washington has "no excuse" for not handing over the Pennsylvania-based cleric blamed for last month's failed coup. Erdogan, who is due to meet with Biden in Ankara later on Wednesday, said

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Nigeria kills a top terrorist, and the world shrugs

    When the Nigerian air force claimed Tuesday that it had “fatally wounded” the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the report was met with skepticism and little fanfare. Partly, that’s because Nigeria’s military has claimed to have killed Abubakar Shekau before – only to have the mastermind behind

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Turkey's shelling of ISIS and Kurds in Syria is a big deal

    On Tuesday, Turkey entered its second consecutive day of shelling Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces in Syria, amid reports that more than 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have gathered in Turkey to launch an offensive against Jarablus, the last town controlled by ISIS on the Turkish border. The

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Inmates covet ramen: Why is this a bad thing?

    Instant ramen, the tasty, cheap, and everlasting noodle packet, has replaced tobacco as the most popular form of currency in many US prisons, according to a study soon-to-be published through the American Sociological Association. It may look like a sign of progress, but Michael Gibson-Light, the study

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Clinton emails: A political controversy with the lifetime of a Broadway hit

    Federal District Court Judge James E. Boasberg has ordered the State Department to scrub the emails of possible classified or personal material on an accelerated schedule, and then release them. Clinton set up her much-criticized private email server while secretary of State at least in part to control

  • Schweinsteiger not giving up on Man United
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    Schweinsteiger not giving up on Man United

    German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Wednesday that Manchester United would be his "last club in Europe" and vowed to fight for his place in the team. Schweinsteiger, 32, has been frozen out by new United manager Jose Mourinho and is yet to make a competitive appearance this season

  • Philippines summons Chinese envoy over drug trafficking from China
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    Philippines summons Chinese envoy over drug trafficking from China

    The Philippines government said on Wednesday it had summoned the Chinese ambassador earlier this week to explain reports that traffickers were bringing in narcotics from China, opening a new front in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs. On Tuesday, the country's police chief

  • Associated Press

    France to teach children how to react to terror attacks

    PARIS (AP) — France's government has unveiled a plan to teach children how to react in case of an attack at school.

  • Damascus condemns Turkish intervention in Syria
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    Damascus condemns Turkish intervention in Syria

    The Syrian government condemned Wednesday's Turkish incursion into the Islamic State group-held border district of Jarabulus as a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty. The foreign ministry said it "condemns the crossing of the Turkey-Syria border by Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 12:36 p.m. GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, knocking glasses off tables and sending people running out of buildings in the country's largest city. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 25 kilometers (15

  • Powerful 6.8 magnitude quake hits Myanmar: USGS
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    Powerful 6.8 magnitude quake hits Myanmar: USGS

    A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, just south of the ancient city of Bagan, a major tourist destination. The quake, which the agency said struck at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of

  • Laziz the tiger and friends leave Gaza for new life
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    Laziz the tiger and friends leave Gaza for new life

    Gaza's last tiger left the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave Wednesday with monkeys, emus, a porcupine and other animals from a zoo dubbed the "world's worst", heading for a new life in South Africa and elsewhere. Laziz (Cutey in Arabic) the tiger and the 15 other remaining animals from

  • Reuters

    Leaked DCNS documents 'neither critical nor confidential': source

    PARIS (Reuters) - Leaked documents about French naval contractor DCNS' Scorpene submarines appear to be neither critical nor confidential, a source close to the matter said on Wednesday. "It seems to be sensitive information but appears neither critical nor confidential," the source told

  • The Latest: Visitor says quake damage "like Dante's Inferno"
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Visitor says quake damage "like Dante's Inferno"

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

  • Pro-independence Basque leader*s election candidacy blocked
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    Pro-independence Basque leader*s election candidacy blocked

    MADRID (AP) — Basque authorities say a prominent regional leader who was jailed for his links with the outlawed armed group ETA can*t stand as candidate in upcoming elections because his sentence bans him from holding office until 2021.

  • Recordings of tiger sounds aim to help save wild population
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    Recordings of tiger sounds aim to help save wild population

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tigers use a grunt-like snort called chuffing as a greeting, short roars for intimidation and long roars to find mates.

  • Reuters

    North Korea's sub-launched missile flew at high angle: Yonhap

    SEOUL (Reuters) - The North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile fired on Wednesday flew at a high trajectory and has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) at a normal angle, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said, without citing a source. The missile traveled about 500 km, South

  • "Voices under the rubble" after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead
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    "Voices under the rubble" after quake hits Italy; at least 38 dead

    By Steve Scherer ACCUMOLI, Italy (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, trapping residents under piles of rubble, killing at least 38 people and leaving thousands homeless. A family of four, including two boys aged 8 months and 9 years

  • 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

  • Lavrov, Kerry to meet on Syria and Ukraine in Geneva on Friday
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    Lavrov, Kerry to meet on Syria and Ukraine in Geneva on Friday

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks in Geneva on Friday focusing on the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, both sides said. The two men also discussed Syria by phone on Wednesday, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. U.S. and Russian

  • Pro-Ankara Syrian rebels 'take village near Jarabulus from IS'
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    Pro-Ankara Syrian rebels 'take village near Jarabulus from IS'

    Pro-Ankara Syrian rebels on Wednesday seized a village inside Syria from Islamic State (IS) jihadists as part of the Turkey-led operation against the extremist group, Turkish state media said. The Syrian fighters took the village of Keklijah five kilometres (three miles) west of the IS-held main regional

  • Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of force
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    Ukraine marks 25th independence day with show of force

    Tanks rumbled across Kiev on Tuesday as Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a show of force against an increasingly assertive Russia and a war simmering in the pro-Kremlin separatist east. Thousands of soldiers saluted Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the same square where a pro-EU revolution

  • Reuters

    Syrian government condemns Turkish incursion

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey's military incursion against an Islamic State-held Syrian town near its border, aided by aircraft from a U.S.-led coalition, as a breach of its sovereignty, Syrian state television reported. It added that any counter terrorism operations