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  • Turkey orders detention of 47 more journalists: government official
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    Turkey orders detention of 47 more journalists: government official

    Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, a government official said, part of a widening crackdown on supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup. "Today's detentions cover executives and some staff including

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  • French ex-commissioner to lead EU Brexit talks
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    French ex-commissioner to lead EU Brexit talks

    By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A French Gaullist politician who introduced a swathe of European financial regulation following the global financial crisis was appointed on Wednesday to lead negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. European Commission President Jean-Claude

  • Israeli forces kill Hamas militant in West Bank raid
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    Israeli forces kill Hamas militant in West Bank raid

    Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas fighter on Wednesday who the military said was responsible for an attack that killed a rabbi in a drive-by shooting in the occupied West Bank earlier this month. The militant was killed in an overnight raid in the territory, during which residents of the Palestinian

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why Poland has mixed feelings about the Pope’s visit

    When Pope John Paul II returned to visit his native country of Poland in 1979, he was greeted by political and religious leaders at the airport. Former Czechoslovakian president and political thinker Václav Havel called it a “miracle” for the Polish people. Poland is still a bastion of Catholicism.

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    Experts: Obama’s color-coded rankings oversimplify cybersecurity threats

    With the Democratic National Committee still reeling from massive data breach, President Obama released a policy directive Tuesday outlining how the government plans to tackle major cyberattacks. Senior administration officials hailed Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive as a way to provide much-needed

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Could Japan's mass stabbing have been prevented?

    This winter, Satoshi Uematsu delivered a letter to the home of the speaker of the lower house of Japanese parliament that laid out his plan to kill hundreds of disabled people “for the sake of Japan,” starting with two care centers, including the one he broke into on Tuesday. Tuesday’s rampage highlights

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    Can the Green Party win over Bernie Sanders supporters?

    As crowds of angry Bernie Sanders fans held rallies outside the Democratic National Convention on Monday in protest of Hillary Clinton's impending nomination, they were joined by another, lower-profile candidate hoping to win them over: Jill Stein, the presumptive presidential nominee for the Green

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    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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  • Ferrari replaces chief technical officer halfway into season
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    Ferrari replaces chief technical officer halfway into season

    MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari's technical director James Allison has left the team in what was described as a joint decision following a disappointing first half of the Formula One season during which Ferrari failed to win a race.

  • U.N. calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen's Taiz province
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    U.N. calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen's Taiz province

    The United Nations called for a humanitarian truce in the Yemeni province of Taiz after government forces captured a town from Iran-allied Houthi militia in heavy fighting that has spurred allegations of war crimes. The fighting has complicated U.N.-sponsored peace talks, as envoys for the Houthis have

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    Egypt asks IMF for a 3-year loan amid struggling economy

    CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian government says it's finalizing talks with the International Monetary Fund on a three-year loan program and is asking for $7 billion a year to finance its economic program.

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  • Britain says 'in position of economic strength' for Brexit talks
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    Britain says 'in position of economic strength' for Brexit talks

    Britain will enter EU exit talks in a strong position, finance minister Philip Hammond declared Wednesday, after data revealed economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the run-up to the Brexit referendum. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6 percent in the second quarter, the Office for National

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    Top Asian News 10:44 a.m. GMT

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Daring to take on China in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, the Philippines went to an international tribunal for justice, and won big. But it turned out to be a pyrrhic victory. Beijing came back with such ferocity and manipulative diplomacy that other Southeast Asian

  • US Marine Corps horse honored for Korean War valor
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    US Marine Corps horse honored for Korean War valor

    LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps horse who served during some of the bloodiest fighting of the Korean War has been posthumously decorated for bravery.

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  • Olympics present problem in US qualifying for Ryder Cup
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    Olympics present problem in US qualifying for Ryder Cup

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Olympics has thrown another wrinkle into the golf schedule, this one affecting the American team for the Ryder Cup.

  • Japan PM unveils $266 bn stimulus plan to boost economy
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    Japan PM unveils $266 bn stimulus plan to boost economy

    Japan's government Wednesday announced a stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen ($266 billion) in its latest attempt to fire up the lukewarm economy, with the central bank expected to unveil its own measures this week. Policymakers are under pressure to boost growth as Prime Minister Shinzo

  • Israeli raid kills Hamas member said to be behind attack
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    Israeli raid kills Hamas member said to be behind attack

    Israeli forces fired anti-tank missiles at a house in the West Bank after a shootout overnight, killing a Hamas member accused of a deadly attack on a rabbi, authorities said Wednesday. Several other people were arrested in the hours-long raid in the village of Surif, near Hebron. "After extensive

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  • IS says it's behind attack that killed 44 in northern Syria
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    IS says it's behind attack that killed 44 in northern Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A twin bombing struck a crowd in a predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria on Wednesday, killing 44 people and wounding dozens more, Syria's state-run news agency and Kurdish media reported. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Sri Lanka 6-1 at tea after dismissing Australia for 203
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    Sri Lanka 6-1 at tea after dismissing Australia for 203

    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Spinners Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan took four wickets each as Sri Lanka dismissed Australia for 203 in its first innings on the second day of the first cricket test on Wednesday.

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    5 Philippine leaders, often rivals, unite to discuss China

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The new Philippine leader on Wednesday gathered four past presidents, most of whom have been politically at odds with one another, to discuss a unifying worry: their country's territorial disputes with China.

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  • Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe
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    Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

    Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet. "Today communication with Philae was stopped," Andreas Schuetz of German space agency DLR told AFP from

  • California firefighters battle wildfires in hot, windy weather
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    California firefighters battle wildfires in hot, windy weather

    (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles on Wednesday face a second consecutive day of scorching weather and erratic winds that could hinder their efforts. The National Weather Service forecast of near-triple-digit temperatures and 20 mph wind

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    S. Korea investigates Samsung boss prostitution allegations

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have started investigating allegations that ailing Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee bought sex from prostitutes several times between 2011 and 2013.