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  • Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns
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    Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

    By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. "People like myself have

  • Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal
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    Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and

  • Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer
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    Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer

    By Joel Schectman and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking could be handed over by U.S. authorities to Mexican authorities as early as next week as he has nearly exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Free speech vs. safe spaces: Why UChicago pushes back on limits

    What they won't find on campus, however, is an administration that condones "safe spaces" or "trigger warnings," practices that have become relatively normalized at a number of other universities across the country. At times this may challenge you and even cause you discomfort

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Politics aside, Americans still feel positive about immigrants

    This electoral cycle, nativism has migrated from the tea party margins of the GOP and into the mainstream of conservative discourse, with presidential candidate Donald Trump as its icon. A new national survey of Americans from the Pew Center conducted from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16 and published on Thursday

  • Christian Science Monitor

    From Chelsea to Ivanka, a campaign where the kids matter

    Questions about the Clinton Foundation still dog Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, but the most recent criticism is the role of Chelsea Clinton in the family's charity work and politics. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for president have children who appear willing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    $32 million Bloomberg-Harvard 'mayor school' supports leaders' changing role

    On Thursday, however, Harvard University and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Philanthropies announced their plan to partner on a groundbreaking executive education program targeted at educating urban executives as many mayors take on increasingly ambitious challenges, responding to

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:56 a.m. GMT

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google

  • Chella Choi leads in Canada; Lydia Ko 2 strokes back
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    Chella Choi leads in Canada; Lydia Ko 2 strokes back

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) — Three-time champion Lydia Ko was back on the Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard. Canadian star Brooke Henderson got left behind after a late start.

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    Police say at least 20 killed in Nepal bus accident

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police say at least 20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when bus drove off a highway in Nepal and plunged into a river.

  • Associated Press

    Capsules on top women's players at the 2016 US Open

    Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

  • Australia, S. Africa face losing teams in Super Rugby reshuffle
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    Australia, S. Africa face losing teams in Super Rugby reshuffle

    Australia and South Africa would lose one team each under a potential new streamlined 16-team Super Rugby model under consideration, a report said on Friday. The southern hemisphere-based tournament was only expanded this year to 18 teams with the addition of new sides from Argentina, Japan and South

  • Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels
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    Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas.

  • World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
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    World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis began picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

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    Star South Korean baseball pitcher convicted of match-fixing

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court has issued a suspended two-year prison term to a baseball player for match-fixing.

  • Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update
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    Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

    AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link.

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    1 dead, at least two injured in Belgium in accidental blast

    BRUSSELS (AP) — One person is reported to have been killed and at least two injured in Belgium in an accidental explosion at a sports center near the French border.

  • Associated Press

    Lotte Group vice chairman found dead before corruption probe

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lotte Group says its vice chairman has been found dead as authorities widen a probe into corruption at South Korea's fifth-largest business group.

  • JetBlue to launch first US commercial flights to Cuba next week
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    JetBlue to launch first US commercial flights to Cuba next week

    The US airline JetBlue will make the first regular commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century next Wednesday, the Cuban authorities said. The August 31 inaugural flight -- the first of its kind since 1961 -- is scheduled to take off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Associated Press

    Dolphins, Marlins increase Zika-control efforts at stadiums

    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins say they've intensified mosquito-control treatments at their stadiums because of the Zika virus.

  • Vegas stadium backers down to 2 top sites for Raiders
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    Vegas stadium backers down to 2 top sites for Raiders

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Backers of a proposed NFL stadium in Las Vegas said they've whittled their list to two sites just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip and refuse to accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project, which they hope will soon be home to the Oakland Raiders.

  • New Syrian rebel advance against IS may take months, commander says
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    New Syrian rebel advance against IS may take months, commander says

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels, who this week seized a strategic town from Islamic State, aim to move westward in the next phase of their Turkey-backed operation, an advance that could take weeks or months to complete, a rebel commander said. Colonel Ahmad Osman, head of the Sultan Murad

  • 3 NFL players meet with investigators in doping probe
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    3 NFL players meet with investigators in doping probe

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers met this week with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs, the players' union said Thursday.

  • Associated Press

    Mexico announces plans to fire 1,255 striking teachers

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Education officials in Mexico have announced plans to fire 1,255 teachers and school employees in two states who allegedly joined protests that blocked roads and shuttered schools in the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

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    Bolivia says cannot confirm reports of minister death

    LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia's state prosecutor said on Thursday that he could not confirm or rule out media reports that Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes had been killed by striking mineworkers. He said officials were investigating and that a government minister would speak to the