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  • Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jihadists: NGO
    Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jihadists: NGO

    Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had been sold for around $1,000 each to IS fighters. The group said it was aware that some 300 Yazidi women had been kidnapped and transported to Syria by the jihadists, but it had so far documented the sale into marriage of 27. "In recent weeks, some 300 women and girls of the Yazidi faith who were abducted in Iraq have been distributed as spoils of war to fighters from the Islamic State," a statement said.

  • Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash
    Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead.

  • Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days
    Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks.

  • Lesotho military says it has disarmed police
    Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lesotho's military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country's prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said the soldiers were only securing the country.

  • Mazda's new MX-5 among the hottest cars coming this fall

    The diminutive drop-top two-seater sportscar will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-new model, which will be launched simultaneously in Europe and the US on September 3. It may be a common sight on roads all around the world but back in 1989 when Mazda took the wraps off the original MX5 it was more than a little daring. Small, curvaceous, with the engine up front and the power going to the back wheels, it was an homage to the great British roadsters of the past -- the Lotus Elan, the TR 6 or the Austin Healy -- cars that were incredible fun to drive but that technology, reliability and the need for greater practicality had left standing on the hard shoulder -- often with the indicators flashing, the hood up and steam bellowing from the engine bay.  So Mazda is pulling out all of the stops when it comes to unveiling the latest generation.

  • EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia
    EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are poised to slap additional sanctions on Russia because of what they condemn as a continued destabilization of Ukraine and a deepening military involvement by Moscow.

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home
    Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says
    Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says

    By Alexei Anishchuk LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin told the assembly, on the banks of a lake near Moscow, the Russian takeover of Crimea in March was essential to save a largely Russian-speaking population from Ukrainian government violence. He said continued fighting in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists launched an uprising in April, was the result of a refusal by Kiev to negotiate. Ukraine, and Western governments, accuse Russia of sending troops and armor to back the separatists in a conflict that has already killed over 2,000 people.

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