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  • U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches
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    U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

    The UN Security Council late on Friday condemned a series of missile launches by North Korea after failing to do so earlier this month when China had wanted a statement also to oppose the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea. North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic

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    Taliban fighters overrun district in eastern Afghanistan

    Taliban insurgents overran a district in eastern Afghanistan, killing and wounding dozens of police and soldiers and threatening strategically important road routes to Pakistan, officials said on Saturday. Abdul Rahman Solamal, governor of Jani Khel district, in the eastern province of Paktia said that

  • Hong Kong's first Zika case tests negative
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    Hong Kong's first Zika case tests negative

    Hong Kong's first Zika patient tested negative for the virus on Friday and was discharged from hospital, the government said in a statement. On Thursday, the Centre for Health Protection had said the 38-year-old woman, who had returned to Hong Kong after spending two weeks in in the Caribbean, had

  • 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 quake death toll hits 284 on day of mass funeral
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    Italy quake death toll hits 284 on day of mass funeral

    The number of people killed in an earthquake that has wrecked parts of central Italy rose to 284 on Saturday, as the country started a day of mourning and prepared for a mass funeral for some of the victims. A further two bodies were found overnight in the worst-hit town, Amatrice, which was flattened

  • Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot
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    Turkey arrests three former diplomats over coup plot

    A Turkish court on Saturday placed under arrest three former top diplomats, including an advisor to ex-president Abdullah Gul, over links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said. An Ankara court remanded Gurcan Balik, Ali Findik and Tuncay Babali in custody ahead of trial over suspected links to

  • Rooney hails Man Utd momentum as Hull await
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    Rooney hails Man Utd momentum as Hull await

    Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho's methods are already bearing fruit ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Hull City on Saturday. United have won their two opening games, against Bournemouth and Southampton, and go into the weekend level on points

  • Tunisia parliament approves new unity government
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    Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

    The new unity government of Youssef Chahed won resounding support from parliament, approving a new cabinet line-up which must tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges. After a long day of debate, the country's legislature overwhelmingly approved Chahed's line

  • US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks
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    US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

    Washington and Moscow have made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments after the marathon talks

  • Bangladesh police kill suspected cafe attack mastermind
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    Bangladesh police kill suspected cafe attack mastermind

    Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of a horrific attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month. The three bodies were retrieved after police staged an hour-long gun battle

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

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Mourners sobbed and caressed coffins, some of them holding the bodies of young children, as Italy prepared to hold a state funeral for some of the people killed in the devastating earthquake that struck a central mountainous area this week.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 9:03 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

  • Bongo's fate in the balance as Gabon goes to the polls
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    Bongo's fate in the balance as Gabon goes to the polls

    The people of Gabon began casting their ballots Saturday in a vote to decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or be unseated by a career diplomat and close associate of his late father, who ran the country for 41 years. The election takes place in a climate of persistent social unrest

  • Despite progress, US-Russia fall short on truce for Syria
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    Despite progress, US-Russia fall short on truce for Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia say they have resolved a number of issues standing in the way of restoring a nationwide truce to Syria and opening up aid deliveries, but were unable once again to forge a comprehensive agreement on stepping up cooperation to end the brutal war that has killed

  • Reuters

    Tropical Storm Madeline forms east of Hawaiian Islands: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical storm Madeline has formed in the northern Pacific ocean, well east-southeast of the Hawaiian Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Friday. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour), is about 1,235 miles (1,990 km)

  • Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq
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    Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq

    QARQASHAH, Iraq (AP) — In the buildup to a long-awaited offensive on the city of Mosul, Kurdish forces are seizing new territory in northern Iraq that they say will become part of their autonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between the Kurds and the Baghdad government and Shiite

  • Bangladesh police kill 'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack
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    Bangladesh police kill 'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh security forces killed three Islamist militants on Saturday including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen alleged to have masterminded an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, police said. The militants

  • Rousseff allies fight impeachment in Brazil turmoil
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    Rousseff allies fight impeachment in Brazil turmoil

    Brasília (AFP) - Angry quarrels erupted at suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial, while her key ally, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, faced corruption charges on a day of turmoil for Latin America's largest country. Day two of Rousseff's Senate trial in the capital

  • 'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island
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    'SOS' in sand leads to rescue of 2 people stranded on island

    CHUUK STATE, Micronesia (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two stranded mariners were rescued Friday after crews saw their "SOS" in the sand on an uninhabited island in Micronesia, Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/2c3bhOD.)

  • N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts
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    N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts

    North Korea is making progress on a submarine-launched ballistic missile system but any deployment of the technology is years away, a US think tank said, as the UN Security Council promised action over Pyongyang's latest test. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said late Friday on

  • In Egypt, ecstatic pilgrims start journey to Mecca
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    In Egypt, ecstatic pilgrims start journey to Mecca

    Pilgrims have been saying their farewells at Cairo airport before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj in the tradition, they believe, of the Prophet Mohammed and Abraham before him. Every year tens of thousands of Egyptians apply for visas to travel to Mecca to join more than a million Muslims

  • French resorts defiant as top court suspends burkini ban
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    French resorts defiant as top court suspends burkini ban

    French resorts were defiant after a ban on the burkini in a Riviera town was overturned, vowing to keep the restrictions in place and continue imposing fines on women who wear the full-body swimsuit. In a judgement expected to lead to bans being overturned in around 30 coastal towns, the State Council