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  • Reuters

    Bongo seeks to prolong 50-year family rule in Gabon vote

    By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Voters in Gabon turned out for an election on Saturday that could mark the greatest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has controlled the oil-producing central African nation for nearly half a century. Bongo faces nine other candidates

  • Syrian group says Turkey targets village in air strikes
    Reuters

    Syrian group says Turkey targets village in air strikes

    Turkish warplanes struck civilian homes and positions held by a group allied to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance in a village south of Jarablus in northern Syria on Saturday, the group said in a statement. The Jarablus Military Council group, part of the Kurdish-backed SDF, said the attack

  • Turkey signals no quick end to Syria incursion as truck bomb kills police
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    Turkey signals no quick end to Syria incursion as truck bomb kills police

    By Nick Tattersall and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish forces will remain in Syria for as long as it takes to cleanse the border of Islamic State and other militants, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday, after a truck bombing by Kurdish insurgents killed at least

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why a compromise might be what's needed on voter ID laws

    It’s an issue that arouses the passions of both parties’ bases – especially among those who connect it most keenly with the history of voter suppression among minorities – and one of supreme importance for the health of any democracy. In Texas, where one of the nation’s most restrictive voter-ID laws

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Judge in Stanford rape case switches to civil cases, calling criticism a distraction

    Beleaguered by public criticism after his controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault, Judge Aaron Persky has chosen to return to hearing only civil cases. The "Stanford rape case," as it became known, made national

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Dolphin swim ban in Hawaii: How animal ethics are changing

    Swimming with dolphins is one of the main attractions for many visitors to the Hawaiian islands, but federal officials are concerned that the close encounters – which provide jobs for many islanders – are harming the marine mammals. Recommended: Under the Sea: How much do you know about our watery

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Should trucks and buses have their own speed limits?

    The public can provide input on the speed limits, but the agencies are currently suggesting limits of 60, 65, and 68 miles per hour. Recommended: How much do you know about the auto industry's future?

  • Italy holds state funeral for 35 of earthquake's victims
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    Italy holds state funeral for 35 of earthquake's victims

    By Iona Serrapica and Gabriele Pileri ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (Reuters) - Italy marked a day of national mourning on Saturday for 290 people killed in a quake that devastated parts of its mountainous heart, holding a state funeral for 35 of the victims. As political leaders gathered for the funeral Mass

  • Dagg double as All Blacks whip feisty Wallabies
    AFP

    Dagg double as All Blacks whip feisty Wallabies

    A rampant New Zealand inflicted further pain on a fired-up Australia with a 29-9 victory to claim the Bledisloe Cup in Wellington on Saturday. The Wallabies stayed in touch in the first half, with the All Blacks only 15-9, but were kept scoreless in the second half as the All Blacks added a further

  • Colombia ceasefire 'will not stop govt fighting crime'
    AFP

    Colombia ceasefire 'will not stop govt fighting crime'

    Colombia's defense minister has insisted the historic ceasefire with FARC rebels will not end the country's commitment to fight crime, as a judge on Friday issued arrest warrants for leaders of another group also pushing for a peace deal. President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a definitive ceasefire

  • Associated Press

    Gabon votes as president vies to keep family in power

    LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Voting has started in Gabon, where the president is trying to overcome a coalition of high-profile opponents to win re-election and maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s.

  • Tears flow as Italy prepares state funeral for quake dead
    Associated Press

    Tears flow as Italy prepares state funeral for quake dead

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — A young man wept over a little girl's small white coffin, while a woman nearby gently stroked another white coffin ahead of a state funeral in Italy for some of the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck a central mountainous area this week.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 10:47 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — On the day he was sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte went to a Manila slum and exhorted residents who knew any drug addicts to "go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful." Two months later, nearly 2,000 suspected

  • N. Korea threatens to fire at US, S. Korea troops' lights
    Associated Press

    N. Korea threatens to fire at US, S. Korea troops' lights

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday threatened to aim fire at the lighting equipment used by "provocative" American and South Korean troops at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.

  • Reuters

    Tropical Storm Gaston expected to become hurricane Saturday: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gaston is expected to become a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory. The system, with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km per hour), is located about 820 miles (1,325 km) east-southeast

  • Associated Press

    Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency services say a fire swept through a printing plant's warehouse in Moscow on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan.

  • Hamilton penalty up to 55 places after more engine changes
    Associated Press

    Hamilton penalty up to 55 places after more engine changes

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix has increased to a whopping 55 places after Mercedes made further engine changes on Saturday.

  • Associated Press

    AP NewsAlert

    MOSCOW (AP) — Fire sweeps through warehouse in Russia's capital, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan.

  • South Africa off to good start
    AFP

    South Africa off to good start

    Stephen Cook and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a good start after the hosts were sent in to bat in the series-deciding second Test against New Zealand on Saturday. South Africa were 100 for no wicket at lunch at Centurion's SuperSport Park. De Kock, the South African wicketkeeper, was moved

  • Plenty of  new college football fans for 1st game of season
    Associated Press

    Plenty of new college football fans for 1st game of season

    SYDNEY (AP) — It was more than two hours before the start of Saturday's U.S. college season opener between California and Hawaii, and Anthony Goodluck and his son were already milling outside Sydney's Olympic stadium, soaking up the early atmosphere.

  • Tough new conditions for concerts in Iran capital
    AFP

    Tough new conditions for concerts in Iran capital

    The Tehran prosecutor recommended strict new rules on Saturday for concerts in the capital, the latest in a tug of war between moderates and conservatives that has already seen live music banned in Iran's second city Mashhad. Police should record all events, while the culture ministry and the provincial

  • New Zealand beats Australia 29-9 to keep Bledisloe Cup
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    New Zealand beats Australia 29-9 to keep Bledisloe Cup

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Winger Israel Dagg scored two tries as New Zealand beat Australia 29-9 in a Rugby Championship test on Saturday which also extended their 13-year hold on the Bledisloe Cup.

  • The Latest: Quake funeral underway; bishop urges courage
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Quake funeral underway; bishop urges courage

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the Italian earthquake (all times local):

  • Klopp seeks Liverpool lift-off on Tottenham return
    AFP

    Klopp seeks Liverpool lift-off on Tottenham return

    Liverpool won 4-3 at Arsenal in their opening league game, but lost 2-0 at promoted Burnley last weekend before bouncing back to beat second-tier Burton Albion 5-0 in the League Cup. Spurs drew at Everton before edging Crystal Palace last weekend and Klopp believes the two teams have evolved in similar

  • Three top Kenyan Olympic officials arrested over Rio 'scandal'
    AFP

    Three top Kenyan Olympic officials arrested over Rio 'scandal'

    Three top Kenyan Olympics officials have been arrested as investigators probe allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the Rio Games, police sources said. Francis Paul, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), was arrested on Friday, one of the police sources said on