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  • Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century of bloodshed
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    Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century of bloodshed

    By Helen Murphy and Nelson Acosta BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels reached a final peace deal on Wednesday to end a five-decade war which once took the resource-rich country to the brink of collapse. Under the historic agreement to end one of the world'

  • Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors
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    Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

    By Steve Scherer AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose sharply to almost 250 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The provisional toll jumped to 247

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

    By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success," which puts the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday.

  • 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

  • Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war
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    Syria's Kurds: An embattled US ally in a complex civil war

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's battle-hardened Kurds have proven their mettle against the Islamic State group, and in the process, carved out an autonomous zone across the country's north. But their advance has alarmed Turkey, and Ankara on Wednesday sent tanks across the border against IS, and demanded

  • AP EXPLAINS: Difference between shallow, deep earthquakes
    Associated Press

    AP EXPLAINS: Difference between shallow, deep earthquakes

    Italy's earthquake was a lot weaker than the one in Myanmar, but it did far more damage because it happened at a shallower depth. The Associated Press explains the difference between shallow and deep earthquakes. ...

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:43 a.m. GMT

    BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) — It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments. The stupas, temples and monasteries became

  • Reuters

    Syrian rebels advance south of Jarablus in Turkey-backed operation

    Syrian rebels who seized Jarablus from Islamic State in a Turkey-backed operation on Wednesday have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish-backed forces opposed by Ankara

  • Associated Press

    FIFA pay panel meets next week to set Infantino's salary

    ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says its compensation panel which must set President Gianni Infantino's salary will meet next week.

  • Associated Press

    Survey: German business confidence drops unexpectedly

    BERLIN (AP) — A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has dropped unexpectedly as managers' assessment of both the outlook and their current situation darkens.

  • Rosberg has to blank out bad memories and focus on Hamilton
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    Rosberg has to blank out bad memories and focus on Hamilton

    Nico Rosberg would have spent much of the summer break agonizing over how a 43-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship had turned into a deficit of 19.

  • Reuters

    U.S. tells Turkey Syrian Kurdish YPG moving back to east of Euphrates: sources

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday that Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters were retreating to the east of the Euphrates river, Turkish Foreign Ministry sources said. In an early morning call, the two emphasized that the fight against Islamic State

  • More Turkish tanks enter Syria in push against Islamic State, Kurdish militia
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    More Turkish tanks enter Syria in push against Islamic State, Kurdish militia

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - At least nine more Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Thursday as part of an operation aimed at driving Islamic State out of the border area around Jarablus and stopping Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory, Reuters witnesses

  • Sea Shepherd Australia says will continue South Ocean action
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    Sea Shepherd Australia says will continue South Ocean action

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sea Shepherd Australia said Thursday that a legal settlement involving the conservation group's U.S. founder will not affect its anti-whaling campaign in the Southern Ocean.

  • Seoul: Surviving sexual slavery victims will receive $90,000
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    Seoul: Surviving sexual slavery victims will receive $90,000

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Surviving South Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II will be eligible to receive around 100 million won (about $90,000) each from a foundation that will be funded by the Japanese government.

  • Up to a sixth of Austrians will vote differently in presidency re-run, poll finds
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    Up to a sixth of Austrians will vote differently in presidency re-run, poll finds

    The re-run of Austria's knife-edge presidential election could produce a significantly different result, a poll published on Thursday found, as 17 percent of respondents said they would or might switch sides in a runoff vote that includes the far right. Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly

  • AP EXPLAINS: How Colombia conflict developed over decades
    Associated Press

    AP EXPLAINS: How Colombia conflict developed over decades

    With Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel movement announcing an agreement on a historic peace deal, The Associated Press explains how the conflict began and developed over the decades.

  • Associated Press

    Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for his appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

  • US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility
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    US pursues Syria cooperation with Russia amid new volatility

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria despite more than a month of dashed hopes as the situation on the ground becomes more volatile and uncertain with the introduction of Turkish ground forces.

  • More Turkish tanks head to Syria after IS-held town seized
    AFP

    More Turkish tanks head to Syria after IS-held town seized

    At least 10 more Turkish tanks on Thursday crossed the border into Syria a day after pro-Ankara Syrian opposition fighters ousted jihadists from the town of Jarabulus in a lightning operation. The tanks were set to join those which had crossed the frontier on Wednesday in the so-called Operation Euphrates

  • Reuters

    Parched Zimbabwe faces dire water shortages as new dry season nears

    By Andrew Mambondiyani GUTAURARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The only dam in this small-scale farming community in eastern Zimbabwe used to provide water for both people and cattle. As a small boy tries to fill two containers with the muddy water, a herd of cattle crowd in for a drink

  • Bold moves, tepid gains: Have central banks met their limit?
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    Bold moves, tepid gains: Have central banks met their limit?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's key central banks have worked themselves into contortions to try to rev up economic growth, raise inflation and coax consumers and businesses to borrow and spend more.