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  • Investigation begins into allegations of civilians killed in Syria: U.S. military spokesman
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    Investigation begins into allegations of civilians killed in Syria: U.S. military spokesman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States military has found enough credible information to begin a formal investigation into allegations that U.S.-led coalition air strikes killed civilians on July 20 in Syria, a spokesman for the coalition fighting Islamic State, Colonel Chris Garver, said on Wednesday

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  • Truck bomb blast kills dozens in northeast Syria city: monitors, state TV
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    Truck bomb blast kills dozens in northeast Syria city: monitors, state TV

    By John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - A large truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State killed nearly 50 people and wounded scores more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, a monitoring group and state television reported. The attack, which hit near a Kurdish

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    Iran sets presidential election for May 2017

    Iran will hold its next presidential election in May 2017, state news agencies said on Wednesday, a vote in which moderate President Hassan Rouhani may seek a second term to push ahead with reforms resisted by powerful hardliners. The Guardian Council, a body of Shi'ite Muslim clerics and jurists

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Shooting deaths of police show upward spike, but are there signs of progress?

    Shooting deaths of police officers jumped 78 percent this year, driven partly by the ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, according to a report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). The charity typically releases its report compiling data on police violence for the first

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    Why Indian activist Irom Sharmila is ending her 16-year hunger strike

    In November of 2000, Ms. Sharmila stopped eating to protest the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, known as AFSPA, which grants immunity to military troops in Kashmir and other officially declared "disturbed areas" if they kill, arrest without a warrant, or confiscate property from suspected

  • Christian Science Monitor

    It's not impossible. Digital security on the cheap

    When people cannot afford their own broadband connection, or a private computer loaded with security software, they have little control over what can be loaded onto their machine, or what data leaves without permission. Outdated and unprotected public computers and Wi-Fi networks are like Petri dishes

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    Historic firsts fill evening at Democratic National Convention

    With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the mic, addressing the crowds that thronged the Democratic National Convention hall in Philadelphia, history was made. “I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States,” Senator Sanders said. The

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    Australian leader launches inquiry into teen detainee abuse

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister has called for an investigation into allegations that teenagers were abused at a juvenile detention center in the country's north.

  • Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens
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    Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — One of the Greek lawyers for eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece last week aboard a helicopter after last week's failed coup in their country says they are being transferred to Athens.

  • Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack
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    Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early on Tuesday, the Jordanian military said, killing and wounding several Jordanian border guards in an attack that raised new questions about the pro-Western kingdom's stability.

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    Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi returns to rapturous welcome

    By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the Congolese capital Kinshasa on Wednesday to welcome home opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi after a nearly two-year stay overseas for medical treatment. Tshisekedi's return to delirious crowds flashing

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    Egypt's scholars reject government-written sermons

    CAIRO (AP) — In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse.

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    Gang rapes 'committed by Burundi ruling party youth wing'

    Young supporters of Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD party have raped women with perceived links to political opponents ever since unrest began to flare there in 2015, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The party's "Imbonerakure" youth wing -- whose name means "The Watchmen" --

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  • French government faces criticism of security after church attack
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    French government faces criticism of security after church attack

    By Chine Labbé and Michel Rose PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - France's Socialist government fended off criticism of its security record on Wednesday in the wake of revelations that one of the assailants who slit the throat of a priest at a church altar was a known would-be jihadist

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    Bulgarian authorities charge 3 Syrians with terrorism

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian prosecutor has charged three Syrian nationals with terrorism offenses.

  • UCI: no traces of motors hidden inside bikes at Tour
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    UCI: no traces of motors hidden inside bikes at Tour

    AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union says there were no cases of riders using hidden motors inside their bikes on this year's Tour de France.

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    U.S. defense chief says will look for chances to attack Islamic State in Syria from south

    The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State will look for chances to attack the militant group in Syria from the south, potentially expanding U.S. efforts in that part of the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday. "We will aggressively pursue opportunities to build pressure

  • Explosion near German migrant centre, no sign of bomb: police
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    Explosion near German migrant centre, no sign of bomb: police

    A suitcase exploded outside a migrant reception centre in southern Germany Wednesday, police said, adding there was "no indication" there was a bomb inside. The blast occurred about 200 metres (yards) from the centre in the Bavarian town of Zirndorf, where police were on the scene. "

  • Russian Orthodox reach Kiev monastery despite threats
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    Russian Orthodox reach Kiev monastery despite threats

    MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center of Ukraine's capital on Wednesday, finishing a procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier.

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  • Bankers 'bete noire' to lead Brexit talks
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    Bankers 'bete noire' to lead Brexit talks

    Veteran French politician and former EU commissioner Michel Barnier was named Wednesday to lead Brexit talks with London where he was the "bete noire" of free-wheeling bankers hostile to his bonus curbs and tighter regulations. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Barnier was

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 4:01 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — He wrote that he intended to kill disabled people and that his plot would benefit Japanese society. The facility where he worked was so unnerved, it confronted him. He quit the job and police sent him to a psychiatric hospital, but doctors deemed him safe to release 12 days later. In the

  • INTERVIEW: US general says Afghan IS linked to main group
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    INTERVIEW: US general says Afghan IS linked to main group

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group presence in Afghanistan is directly linked to the parent organization in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. Army general in charge of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.

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    Syrian army says cut off all supply routes into east Aleppo

    The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had cut off all supply routes into eastern Aleppo, and the government air-dropped thousands of leaflets there, asking residents to cooperate with the army and calling on fighters to surrender. President Bashar al Assad's initiative comes a day after the United

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    German rail system plans to add 500 workers for security

    Deutsche Bahn Chief Executive Ruediger Grube told reporters the rail operator would also increase its cooperation with the German federal police force. "We will increase our security cooperation," Grube said. "We will hire 500 additional security workers in coming years." The new

  • France aims to ease religious fears after church attack
    AFP

    France aims to ease religious fears after church attack

    French President Francois Hollande sought Wednesday to head off religious tensions after the jihadist murder of a Catholic priest in his church, while his government tried to fend off criticism over security failings. Hollande met top religious leaders as a violence-weary France mourned Tuesday'