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  • U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea
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    U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea

    By Simon Webb and Manuel Mogato VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of bilateral talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following a ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month. China did not participate

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    Suicide bombers kill seven at peacekeeping base in Somalia

    Suicide bombers killed at least seven people as they tried to blast their way into the African Union's main peacekeeping base in Somalia's capital on Tuesday, police said. Al Shabaab, the Islamist militant group fighting to topple Somalia's Western-backed government, claimed responsibility

  • U.S. Embassy says family of staff authorised to depart Turkey
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    U.S. Embassy says family of staff authorised to depart Turkey

    The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday the State Department has authorised the voluntary departure of employees' family members in Turkey after a failed military coup. Turkey's declaration of a state of emergency also prompted the State Department to change the status, the Embassy said in

  • Christian Science Monitor

    After Munich shooting, would tighter German gun laws make a difference?

    The German response to massacres on their soil in recent years has been to tighten gun control. An 18-year-old obtained a handgun and 300 rounds of ammunition to use in a mass shooting in Munich on Friday that left nine people dead. On Sunday, German leaders began to call for even stricter gun control

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    Germany's response to mass violence

    Public violence has been rare in Germany over the past decade, which has allowed it to be a calm center whenever mass attacks have rattled other countries in Europe. A poll of Germans found 77 percent now anticipate terrorist attacks. “Islamic terror has reached Germany,” wrote Winfried Bausback, Bavaria

  • Christian Science Monitor

    'Heat dome' over United States shows no signs of lifting soon

    Excessive heat warnings will continue in parts of the country, including Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be held this week. "A heat dome occurs when high pressure in the upper atmosphere acts as a lid, preventing hot air from escaping," the National Oceanic

  • Christian Science Monitor

    The UN is more arcane than you think. How one diplomat is changing that

    For seven decades, electing the United Nations secretary general has been a process nearly as arcane and closed as choosing the Pope. “That event was one remarkable piece of a new approach to electing the secretary general that really is revolutionary,” says Edward Luck, an international relations expert

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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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  • Erdogan to visit Russia on August 9
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    Erdogan to visit Russia on August 9

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on August 9 for his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin since Moscow and Ankara mended ties damaged by the downing of a Russian jet last year, Turkish officials said Tuesday. "The ambassador has informed us that our dear president

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:43 a.m. GMT

    SAGAMIHARA, Japan (AP) — Hatred appears to be what fueled a young Japanese man who went on a stabbing rampage, killing 19 people Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired. Months earlier, he reportedly gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan. When he was done

  • Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts
    Associated Press

    Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff.

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  • Most Thais undecided on charter vote after debate stifled: pollster
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    Most Thais undecided on charter vote after debate stifled: pollster

    The government has stifled dissent and is particularly sensitive about criticism of the draft charter, curbing debate ahead of a vote that will be the first big test of its popularity. Suwicha said preparation for Thailand's referendum was very different to the campaign in Britain for a vote last

  • Indian Rio hopefuls claim innocence on doping
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    Indian Rio hopefuls claim innocence on doping

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two Indian competitors have proclaimed their innocence after testing positive for banned steroids just days before they were to leave for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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    Authorities relax curfew in Kashmir city; protests persist

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday lifted a curfew in most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after a 17-day security lockdown, but shops and businesses remained shut due to a strike called to protest Indian rule in the Himalayan region.

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  • Natural disasters in China kill more than 800 since June
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    Natural disasters in China kill more than 800 since June

    More than 800 people have died and about 200 are missing in a series of natural disasters that have struck China since June, the worst casualty figures since a similar period in 2011, state media said on Tuesday. Large parts of central, eastern and northern China have been hit by flooding this summer

  • Letter by man accused of Japan stabbing carried a warning
    Associated Press

    Letter by man accused of Japan stabbing carried a warning

    The 26-year-old man accused of carrying out a mass stabbing Tuesday at a Japanese facility for the mentally disabled that left 19 people dead had written a letter in February to parliament's lower house speaker, outlining what was similar to Tuesday's attack, and expressing his disturbing views

  • Russia's Lavrov hopes Russia-US talks will help Syria truce
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    Russia's Lavrov hopes Russia-US talks will help Syria truce

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says recent agreements between Russia and the United States should encourage moderate Syrian opposition to leave areas occupied by the al-Qaida's branch in Syria, thus helping to implement a truce.

  • N. Korea warned of 'real consequences' over weapons programme
    AFP

    N. Korea warned of 'real consequences' over weapons programme

    The United States warned North Korea Tuesday that it faces "real consequences" over its internationally condemned nuclear and missile tests, which have inflamed tensions in East Asia. "Together we are determined... to make absolutely certain that DPRK (North Korea) understands that there

  • The Latest: Officials seek stronger border control, police
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    The Latest: Officials seek stronger border control, police

    BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):

  • Two more arrests in connection with Bastille Day attack
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    Two more arrests in connection with Bastille Day attack

    French police have arrested two men in connection with the Bastille Day massacre in Nice which left 84 people dead, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday. "They were placed in custody while investigators seek to determine if the Tunisian (attacker) Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had logistical

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    As pastoralist land shrinks, Maasai women take livestock lead

    By Justus Wanzala ENAIBOSHO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a cold afternoon, three women are gathering dry grass and feeding it into a hand-operated baling machine. The three Maasai women – Mary Nkaru, Susan Tonuo and Charity Kokwai – used to find enough grass for their cattle on their community

  • Kerry says hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria in August
    Reuters

    Kerry says hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria in August

    By Lesley Wroughton VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he hoped to announce in early August details of a U.S. plan for closer military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria. Kerry, speaking after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei

  • Inept but not corrupt: Kenya's doping mess explained
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    Inept but not corrupt: Kenya's doping mess explained

    Never before have Kenya's fabulously successful runners gone to the Olympics in such a negative light.