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  • New Cuba tourism seen slow to take off despite U.S. flights
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    New Cuba tourism seen slow to take off despite U.S. flights

    By Marc Frank and Jeffrey Dastin HAVANA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - An expected explosion in U.S. tourism to Cuba will likely take years to materialize even after U.S. airlines resume commercial flights to the Caribbean island this week for the first time since 1961, industry officials said. JetBlue Airways

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    Islamic State claims suicide bombing at Iraqi wedding

    Islamic State has claimed a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and injured 16 at a wedding party near the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala late on Sunday. Five assailants including the suicide bomber attacked the celebration in Ain al-Tamr, west of Kerbala in southern Iraq, firing machine

  • Exclusive: Yemen council head hails peace push, wants Saudis to 'feel pain'
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    Exclusive: Yemen council head hails peace push, wants Saudis to 'feel pain'

    By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - The head of a Houthi-backed ruling council pledged readiness on Monday to resume negotiations on ending Yemen's war but reserved the right to resist attacks by a Saudi-backed exiled government seeking to unseat it. "We have not closed the door for peace

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Permanent ceasefire in Colombia's civil war begins

    The ceasefire between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian authorities brings the vision of peace one step closer to reality, in a country that has seen 52 years of conflict between the two groups. Endorsement by the Colombian people is still needed, and the smaller National

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Calm resumes at Los Angeles airport after imagined mass shooting

    The chaos that ensued after gunshots were reported at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night has subsided, as officials say they found no evidence to back up the reports that caused panic, evacuations, and major flight delays. A police search through the airport terminals yielded no signs

  • Drone pilots race to get licensed by the US government
    Christian Science Monitor

    Drone pilots race to get licensed by the US government

    When the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) unveiled their new regulations on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles back in June, both corporate employees and independent operators began immediately signing up to become commercially licensed drone pilots. Now more than 3,300 people have registered to take the new

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan freed

    Officials said Monday that Ms. Wilson was freed by Afghan forces in a special operation in eastern Afghanistan. Wilson, who is in her sixties, has lived and worked in Afghanistan for about 20 years. Recommended: How well do you know Afghanistan?

  • Libyan forces corner IS fighters in Sirte
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    Libyan forces corner IS fighters in Sirte

    Pro-government forces in Libya cornered Islamic State group jihadists in their last holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte on Monday, after heavy fighting that killed and wounded dozens. IS overran the Mediterranean hometown of Libya's slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi in mid-2015, sparking fears the

  • Tunisia's new unity government takes office
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    Tunisia's new unity government takes office

    A new Tunisian unity government took office Monday in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the country's youngest-ever leader, facing major economic and security challenges. Chahed, who turns 41 next month, becomes the former French colony's seventh prime minister

  • Associated Press

    Pennsylvania firm launches Zika vaccine trial in Puerto Rico

    A Pennsylvania drug company has launched a clinical trial of a Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico, the part of the U.S. hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. says it will be testing ...

  • The Latest: 2 arrested in Italy for looting quake-hit homes
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    The Latest: 2 arrested in Italy for looting quake-hit homes

    The Latest on Italy's devastating earthquake (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Italian police have arrested two people for allegedly looting quake-damaged homes. Police say officers riding motorcycles Monday ...

  • Associated Press

    Kenyan Olympic officials subjects of criminal investigation

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three senior Kenyan Olympic committee officials are the subjects of a criminal investigation relating to alleged theft and abuse of office during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide
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    U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Monday that he directed his advisory council to evaluate whether the agency should continue to contract with private prisons, news that hit shares of private prison operators. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of

  • IOC 'strongly condemns' Kuwait sports clampdown
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    IOC 'strongly condemns' Kuwait sports clampdown

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday strongly condemned the Kuwait authorities for using police to seize the headquarters of two key sports bodies as part of a mounting power struggle. Police moved in Sunday to take over the Kuwait Olympic Committee and Kuwait Football Association after

  • The Latest: Wozniacki wins first Grand Slam match of 2016
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    The Latest: Wozniacki wins first Grand Slam match of 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):

  • U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House
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    U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House

    The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees a month ahead of schedule, the White House said on Monday. The 10,000th Syrian refugee was scheduled to arrive in the United States on Monday afternoon, national security advisor Susan Rice said in a statement. The White

  • France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations
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    France seeks new chapter in Muslim relations

    France's government sought Monday to open a new chapter in relations with the country's Muslims following a summer scarred by jihadist attacks and a ban on burkinis that ratcheted up communal tensions. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met with senior Muslim representatives and agreed that

  • Brazil's Rousseff says democracy at stake in Senate trial
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    Brazil's Rousseff says democracy at stake in Senate trial

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - A defiant President Dilma Rousseff warned Brazilians on Monday that her conservative opponents were trampling on democracy by using trumped-up charges to oust her and roll back the social advances of the past 13 years. The leftist leader, appearing before the

  • Reuters

    Turkish military denies firing at Syrian Kurdish YPG forces: sources

    Turkish military sources on Monday denied the army fired at Syrian Kurdish YPG forces in Hasaka province, after the YPG said one of their fighters was injured by shots from Turkish forces along the border. "It's absolutely not true," one of the sources told Reuters, adding that there was

  • Reuters

    Turkish army says its forces clear militants from more villages in Syria

    Turkish-backed forces have cleared militants from 10 more villages in north Syria, Turkey's military said on Monday during a cross-border Turkish campaign that has captured a string of settlements south of the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus. The army statement added that operations were now shifting

  • Reuters

    Turkey fires back after rockets from Syria hit Kilis border town: sources

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey responded with artillery fire after rocket and gunfire from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Kilis, some 80 km (50 miles) west of where Turkish-backed Syrian rebels launched an incursion last week, a Turkish military source said. It was not immediately clear who fired the

  • Reuters

    U.S. still warns citizens of increased terrorist threat in Turkey

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States State Department said on Monday it continues to warn U.S. citizens of an increased threat from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to the southeastern part of the country, which borders Syria. The department also said it had extended "voluntary

  • US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of more strikes
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    US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of more strikes

    Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a Syrian Kurdish militia if it failed to retreat beyond the Euphrates River, as Washington voiced alarm over weekend clashes. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS) jihadists and the Syrian

  • Hunger grips thousands of new South Sudan refugees in Uganda
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    Hunger grips thousands of new South Sudan refugees in Uganda

    ADJUMANI, Uganda (AP) — When the refugees arrive at this camp near the border with South Sudan, the beans provided by the United Nations are their only source of protein. There is no milk, not even for the toddlers with distended bellies who tightly hold onto their mothers' skirts in the intense

  • Reuters

    U.S. Gulf oil facilities evacuate some staff ahead of storm

    Anadarko Petroleum has evacuated all non-essential personnel from its production platforms in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, a company spokesman said on Monday by email, ahead of a storm threat from Tropical Depression Nine. The evacuations affected the company's Constitution, Marco Polo, Independence