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  • Five killed as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria
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    Five killed as cargo train explodes in Bulgaria

    At least five people were killed and 29 injured when a cargo train derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, demolishing about 50 houses and public buildings, officials said on Saturday. Bulgaria's government said it is preparing to announce Monday a day of national

  • Reuters

    Suicide bomber kills at least 40 Yemeni troops in Aden

    A suicide bomber killed at least 40 Yemeni soldiers and wounded at least 70 others at a base in the city of Aden, a local security official said, in another major attack on forces allied to a Saudi-led military campaign. Islamic State militants have repeatedly claimed responsibility for deadly attacks

  • Reuters

    Iraq says army makes gains in grueling Mosul battle

    By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay BAGHDAD/GENEVA (Reuters) - The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump's cabinet takes shape, and it looks like him

    During his campaign, Donald Trump successfully cast himself as the populist avenger for America’s working class. At a time when America’s partisan tribes are seeing the world through radically different lenses, the widely disparate perceptions of Mr. Trump’s cabinet are not surprising. To liberals,

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Letting democracy run its course, Speak up for Myanmar’s persecuted, Can the European Union survive?, Honoring Fidel Castro, In defense of global integration

    “Free and fair elections are one of democracy’s main pillars as is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power,” writes Khalaf Al Habtoor. “America has chosen and, whether one approves of that choice or not, it should be accepted and respected.... I cannot deny that I was shocked and surprised at [Donald

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Are these toys spying on your kids?

    Finn Myrstad makes his living reading the cryptic privacy policies that most consumers give merely a passing glance before opening an app or plugging in internet-connected gadgets. 

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Readers write: Climate resolution, true freedom

    Climate resolution

  • Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul
    Associated Press

    Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi army says troops have entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul.

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • U.S.' Kerry urges Russia to show "grace" in Geneva Aleppo talks
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    U.S.' Kerry urges Russia to show "grace" in Geneva Aleppo talks

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States urging Russia to show "grace" when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city. Syrian government

  • Okaka double leads Watford to 3-2 win over Everton in EPL
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    Okaka double leads Watford to 3-2 win over Everton in EPL

    WATFORD, England (AP) — Stefano Okaka's impressive double led Watford to a 3-2 comeback victory over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • Obama orders review of election-season hacking
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    Obama orders review of election-season hacking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's order to intelligence officials for a full-scale review of campaign-season cyberattacks met with a cool reception from President-elect Donald Trump, whose transition team said it's "time to move on."

  • Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote
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    Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to invalidate voting results or call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a smooth transition in the interest of

  • Santos accepts Nobel for peace deal, urges shift in drug war
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    Santos accepts Nobel for peace deal, urges shift in drug war

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:40 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal

  • Gambia's President-Elect says Jammeh cannot reject polls
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    Gambia's President-Elect says Jammeh cannot reject polls

    BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's President Elect Adama Barrow said that the country's outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no constitutional authority to reject the results of the Dec 1 polls and call fresh elections. "I open up a channel of communication to convince him to facilitate a smooth transfer

  • Okaka's Watford brace deepens Everton gloom
    AFP

    Okaka's Watford brace deepens Everton gloom

    Italian striker Stefano Okaka's first two Watford goals inspired a 3-2 comeback win over Everton on Saturday, leaving Ronald Koeman's side with one win in 10 Premier League games. Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton, bookending the scoring, but Okaka's double -- the first a brilliant

  • Reuters

    Taliban chief reinforces position with backing of two key members

    Hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the support of two senior members, the insurgent group said on Saturday. Former Taliban interior minister Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund and Mullah Abdul Sata Akhund "pledged their

  • US-backed alliance announces 'phase two' of Raqa campaign
    AFP

    US-backed alliance announces 'phase two' of Raqa campaign

    A US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance announced Saturday "phase two" of its campaign for the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa as Washington said it was sending 200 more troops to back the offensive. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) officials told AFP that US soldiers would be "

  • Associated Press

    Macedonia votes in early election

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonians will vote on Sunday in a general election called two years early in a bid to defuse a deep political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal.

  • Second suspect in Brazilian soccer team air crash put in jail
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    Second suspect in Brazilian soccer team air crash put in jail

    Gustavo Vargas Villegas, a former official with Bolivia's aviation authority was arrested and will be held until trial on charges that he misused his influence in authorizing the license of the Bolivian plane that crashed in Colombia while taking the team to Medellin for the Copa Sudamericana. Vargas

  • Associated Press

    Indonesia nabs woman, others in thwarted Jakarta bomb plot

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said they safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday after arresting a female would-be suicide bomber and other suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the presidential palace this weekend.

  • Colombia's President Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize
    AFP

    Colombia's President Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize

    Colombia's peace deal between the government and the Marxist FARC rebels is a model for war-torn countries like Syria, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. "It proves that what, at first, seems impossible, through perseverance may become

  • Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement
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    Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

  • Associated Press

    Gunmen kill counterterrorism police officer in Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen have shot and killed a counterterrorism police officer and wounded his young son in the northwestern city of Peshawar.