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  • Pakistan 'completely rejects' Indian claim of cross-border strikes
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    Pakistan 'completely rejects' Indian claim of cross-border strikes

    By Asad Hashim and Fayaz Bukhari ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Pakistan on Friday "completely rejected" India's claim to have sent troops across its disputed border in Kashmir to kill suspected militants, as India evacuated villages near the frontier amid concerns about a military

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    Three Chinese fishermen killed in confrontation with South Korea coastguard

    Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in, a South Korean official said. Disputes over illegal fishing are an irritant in relations

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    Britain's child abuse inquiry denies crisis as top lawyer quits

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's beleaguered national inquiry into child sex abuse, one of its largest and most expensive ever undertaken, has denied it is in crisis after its most senior lawyer became the latest figure to quit. Since then it has suffered numerous setbacks and three

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Is Sudan using chemical weapons on civilians in Darfur?

    A new report from Amnesty International accuses the Sudanese government of launching chemical weapons attacks against civilians in the western region of Darfur, causing the deaths of an estimated 200-250 people – and wounding hundreds more – from exposure since January 2016. “We are certain that the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Hoboken crash: Is the nation's rail system in need of repair?

    The New Jersey Transit train that crashed into a station Thursday morning during rush hour is the latest tragedy for a transportation agency already plagued with problems – and it’s one that some say could have been avoided. The crash Thursday morning killed one person and injured at least 75, New Jersey

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How a Hollywood scandal is changing rape laws around the country

    California is the latest state to amend its statute of limitations on filing rape charges, as lawmakers were moved by the stories of dozens of women who claimed that entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them more than a decade ago. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that lifted the statute

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Do offensive names deserve trademark protection? Supreme Court to weigh in

    An Asian-American rock band called the Slants tried in 2011 to trademark its name, but the US Patent and Trademark Office declined, citing the moniker's likelihood to disparage many people of Asian descent. The band's leader, Simon Tam, sued on First Amendment grounds. Mr. Tam won on appeal

  • Reuters

    Breakdown of U.S.-Russia talks would set back Syria aid: U.N.

    The collapse of U.S.-Russian peace efforts in Syria would be a setback for United Nations aid operations, Stephen O'Brien, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator, told Reuters on Friday. Asked about remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday that it was close to suspending talks with

  • Reuters

    Russia beefs up its air force in Syria: paper

    Russia has reinforced its air base in Syria with several bombers and is ready to send ground attack aircraft as it intensifies support for Syrian government troops after the collapse of a ceasefire plan, Russia's Izvestia daily reported on Friday. "Su-25 ground attack fighters designated to

  • Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens
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    Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens

    PARIS (AP) — Renault has reached a deal with Iran's government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran's market now that international sanctions have been lifted.

  • US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe
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    US-Russia talks on verge of ending as Aleppo faces catastrophe

    The United States warned Thursday that it is on the brink of ending talks with Russia over the assault on Aleppo, where the United Nations says a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding unlike any witnessed so far in Syria's brutal five-year war. Air strikes pounded Aleppo province while at least

  • Newcomers _ 6 Euros, 2 Yanks _ could be key to Ryder Cup
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    Newcomers _ 6 Euros, 2 Yanks _ could be key to Ryder Cup

    CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Welshman Jamie Donaldson had quite the debut in the Ryder Cup two years ago, though his rookie success wasn't enough to get him invited back.

  • Pedro Sanchez, Spanish Socialist leader in fight for survival
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    Pedro Sanchez, Spanish Socialist leader in fight for survival

    At the helm of the Spanish Socialist party for two years, Pedro Sanchez -- or "Mr Handsome" as he is known -- is fighting for his survival as fellow heavyweights call for his head. Seventeen members of the party's executive quit Wednesday in a bid to oust the 44-year-old, unhappy about

  • Two stolen Van Gogh masterpieces recovered in Italy
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    Two stolen Van Gogh masterpieces recovered in Italy

    Two Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago have been recovered by organised crime investigators in Italy, the Van Gogh Museum announced on Friday. The 1882 "Seascape at Scheveningen" and 1884/85 "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen" were "recovered

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 10:31 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — One of Pakistan's most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it. Ever since

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    Cyprus court orders Egyptian hijacker extradited

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus court on Friday approved a request from the Egyptian government to extradite a man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight with a fake suicide belt and diverted it to Cyprus.

  • Reuters

    EU leaders seek to agree shortcut to launching Paris climate deal

    By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states aimed on Friday to agree a shortcut to ratify the Paris climate deal next week, keen for a rare political breakthrough at a time of discord over migration and Britain's vote to leave the bloc.

  • Japan approves $1.5b deal for new Tokyo Olympic stadium
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    Japan approves $1.5b deal for new Tokyo Olympic stadium

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government approved a 150 billion yen ($1.5 billion) contract Friday to build a new main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a project that has been delayed by more than a year.

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    Rangers try gaming technology to protect African wildlife

    By Neha Wadekar NAIROBI (Reuters) - The campaign to track down poachers and protect endangered species in Africa's embattled reserves is tapping into the technology used in the virtual world of online poker and other computer games. A U.S.-funded initiative is applying artificial intelligence

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    On a Jerusalem hillside, rivals set aside differences to honor Peres

    By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Under a white canopy on a forested hillside in the late summer sunshine, old friends and several adversaries brushed shoulders with one another on Friday as they mourned the death of Israeli statesman and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres. Dozens of world leaders and hundreds

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    Abbas attendance at Peres's funeral reminder of need for peace: Obama

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's attendance at the funeral for Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres was a reminder of the "unfinished business of peace" in the Middle East. In a 20-minute eulogy in honor of the former Israeli president and

  • Abbas, Netanyahu shake hands at Peres funeral
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    Abbas, Netanyahu shake hands at Peres funeral

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas shook hands and spoke briefly at Shimon Peres's funeral on Friday in a rare public encounter between the two men. Long time," Abbas said in broken English, a video posted by Netanyahu's spokesman showed. The

  • British aristocrat's son faces Kenya drugs trial
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    British aristocrat's son faces Kenya drugs trial

    A British aristocrat's son due to face trial in Kenya on Monday for smuggling 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) of cocaine knew nothing about the illegal shipment, foreign investigators believe. Jack Marrian, a 31-year-old sugar trader, faces a possible life sentence if found guilty of smuggling cocaine

  • Saudi soldier killed, 3 civilians hurt by Yemeni shells
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    Saudi soldier killed, 3 civilians hurt by Yemeni shells

    Shelling from Yemeni rebels killed a Saudi border guard and wounded three civilians including a Bangladeshi, the interior ministry said on Friday. The Tuwal district of Jazan, on the Saudi frontier with Yemen, came under fire on Thursday afternoon, wounding the border guard corporal, a ministry statement

  • Hamilton tops hot and fiery practice in Malaysia
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    Hamilton tops hot and fiery practice in Malaysia

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton fired the latest shot in the close Formula One title fight against Nico Rosberg by edging his Mercedes teammate and setting the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.