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  • Turkey wants to 'cleanse' strip of territory on Syrian border
    Reuters

    Turkey wants to 'cleanse' strip of territory on Syrian border

    By David Dolan JARABLUS, Syria (Reuters) - Turkey wants to clear Islamic State from a 90-km (56-mile) stretch of territory on the Syrian side of its border, an official said on Wednesday, a week after it launched an incursion that has strained ties with the United States. Operation "Euphrates

  • Gabon's President Bongo re-elected, parliament set on fire
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    Gabon's President Bongo re-elected, parliament set on fire

    By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Demonstrators in Gabon clashed with police and set part of the parliament building on fire on Wednesday as anger boiled over among opposition supporters at President Ali Bongo's re-election in polls that his main rival, Jean Ping, claimed to have

  • Reuters

    Australia must choose between United States and China: U.S. Army official

    A senior U.S. soldier said on Thursday Australia must choose between a stronger U.S. alliance or closer ties with China, and urged Canberra to take a tougher stance against Chinese claims in the South China Sea. "I think the Australians need to make a choice ... it's very difficult to walk

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Maine governor takes media vow of silence, reflecting widespread mistrust

    The obscenity-laden voicemail, the call for an Burr-Hamilton-style duel, talks of impeachment, and a hint, quickly quashed, of resignation ...The week-long, headline-grabbing saga centered on Maine Gov. Paul LePage all started when a reporter asked the governor to respond to accusations that he was racist

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Appalachia as America: How hillbillies helped Trump shake politics

    This presidential election needs J.D. Vance, it would seem. Technically, the New York Times bestselling author’s book, “Hillbilly Elegy,” is about Appalachia and the “desperate sadness” that has gripped the working class whites whose grandparents poured the steel that built the nation, but who have

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Next 'Bachelor' announced: Does the show reflect American beauty ideals?

    In a Wednesday interview with Good Morning America, host Chris Harrison cited Mr. Viall's sincerity and history as a two-time runner-up on "The Bachelorette" as the primary reasons why the thirtysomething Milwaukee native was chosen to star. The lack of diversity on "The Bachelor&

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How this NGO strives to 'make a difference in the lives of the poorest'

    A nondescript office building just a short walk from the Limmat River – which runs through the picturesque center of Zurich, Switzerland – houses the hub of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. “We work for the poorest,” says Rupa Mukerji, co-head of advisory services for Helvetas and a member of its management

  • 6 new NFL head coaches try to lead turnarounds
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    6 new NFL head coaches try to lead turnarounds

    MIAMI (AP) — New Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase likes to talk trash to his players, and the team's performance in recent years has provided plenty of fodder.

  • Associated Press

    Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an NFL All-Star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.

  • The Latest: Rousseff supporters smash windows in Brazil
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    The Latest: Rousseff supporters smash windows in Brazil

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

  • Players cleared by NFL in doping investigation
    Associated Press

    Players cleared by NFL in doping investigation

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL stars James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can start the regular season without having the specter of a league investigation over whether they used performance-enhancing drugs hanging over their heads.

  • Gabon president re-elected; buildings are looted, burned
    Associated Press

    Gabon president re-elected; buildings are looted, burned

    LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's president has narrowly won re-election, election officials said Wednesday, keeping alive a family dynasty in this oil-rich Central African country that reaches back to the 1960s. Clashes quickly broke out in the capital as opposition supporters claimed election fraud

  • Wallaby playmaker Cooper seals Reds return
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    Wallaby playmaker Cooper seals Reds return

    Maverick fly-half Quade Cooper has signed a three-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) taking him back to the Queensland Reds. The new deal will carry the 28-year-old through until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the ARU said Thursday. Cooper played 105 Super Rugby matches

  • The Latest: US Open's roof closed during match for 1st time
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    The Latest: US Open's roof closed during match for 1st time

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

  • Reuters

    Brazilian police fire tear gas at anti-Temer protesters

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Demonstrations in Brazil's biggest city against the removal from office of former President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday devolved into clashes between masked protestors and police, who fired tear gas canisters to clear the streets. Television images showed some protestors smashing

  • Reuters

    Brazil impeachment opens diplomatic rift in South America

    By Alonso Soto and Lisandra Paraguassu BRASILIA (Reuters) - The dismissal of Brazil's president upset relations with leftist South American governments on Wednesday as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia recalled their ambassadors to protest what they called a "coup" and Brasilia responded

  • Associated Press

    UN test ban head: Israel should ratify treaty within 5 years

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel should ratify the nuclear test ban treaty within five years — and Iran should also ratify but the timing is uncertain, the head of the U.N. organization established to implement the treaty said Wednesday.

  • Madeline weakens to tropical storm as it nears Hawaii; Hermine approaches Florida
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    Madeline weakens to tropical storm as it nears Hawaii; Hermine approaches Florida

    By Karin Stanton KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Hurricane Madeline weakened to a tropical storm on Wednesday as it advanced toward Hawaii's Big Island, where residents were bracing for strong winds and rain even as another storm across the country continued its path to Florida, officials said.

  • Douglas says he wasn't eye-gouged by All Black
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    Douglas says he wasn't eye-gouged by All Black

    Australian lock Kane Douglas on Thursday dismissed claims that All Blacks prop Owen Franks eye-gouged him during last weekend's fiery Bledisloe Cup clash in Wellington. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika raised the allegation immediately after his side's 29-9 loss, pointing to video footage showing

  • Quade Cooper back with Queensland Reds in Super Rugby
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    Quade Cooper back with Queensland Reds in Super Rugby

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Flyhalf Quade Cooper is returning to Super Rugby's Queensland Reds on a three-year contract after one season with Toulon in France's Top 14 league.

  • Hit by cramps, Raonic loses to qualifier Harrison at US Open
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    Hit by cramps, Raonic loses to qualifier Harrison at US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — The cramping became so debilitating, Milos Raonic said, he couldn't grip his racket properly.

  • Luiz return to Chelsea caps frenzied summer of EPL spending
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    Luiz return to Chelsea caps frenzied summer of EPL spending

    LONDON (AP) — English Premier League clubs swelled the bank accounts of continental rivals in a summer of record-breaking spending that ended Wednesday with the biggest shock of the transfer window: David Luiz's return to Chelsea.

  • Qatar prepares for 2018 and 2022 World Cups
    AFP

    Qatar prepares for 2018 and 2022 World Cups

    Qatar football officials are concerned right now with qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals, but preparations continue apace for the Gulf state's controversial hosting of the 2022 tournament. Despite continued human rights and trade unions concerns over labour, a Swiss corruption investigation

  • Reuters

    Brazil’s new leader a consensus-builder who must prepare for a fight

    The Senate's dismissal on Wednesday of Dilma Rousseff, the least popular president since Brazil returned to democracy three decades ago, handed power to a politician almost as unpopular, vice president Michel Temer. For much of his five decades in politics, the softly-spoken Temer has worked in

  • Luiz in shock return to Chelsea as Man City clears out squad
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    Luiz in shock return to Chelsea as Man City clears out squad

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea produced the biggest surprise of the summer transfer window by re-signing David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain on deadline-day as Manchester City streamlined its bloated squad by sending a quartet out on loan.