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  • Australia's Muslim migrants on edge, race relations falter with rise of the right

    By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Race relations in Australia have deteriorated so badly that some community leaders fear violence will erupt in a political vacuum where the new government, elected with a bare majority, must rely on the support of parties that have fomented the discord. The…

    Reuters
  • Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues

    MOSCOW (AP) — Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate's intentions toward…

    Associated Press
  • FAA safety inspectors unable to make surprise inspections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work, and sometimes must cancel inspections for lack of funds, according to a government watchdog.

    Associated Press
  • France's EDF backs nuclear plan but UK delays

    French energy giant EDF on Thursday approved a contested plan to build Britain's first nuclear power station in decades but the British government said it would wait before taking a final decision. Britain's Business and Energy Minister Greg Clark said the government would review the nuclear…

    AFP
  • Barcelona unveils 'shame counter' that tracks refugee deaths

    Spain's seaside city of Barcelona on Thursday unveiled a large digital counter that will track the number of refugees who die in the Mediterranean, next to one of its popular beaches. "We are inaugurating this shame counter which will update all known victims who drowned in the Mediterranean in…

    AFP
  • North American forests not the climate change remedy hoped for: study

    (This version of the July 20 story corrects projected temperature rise in 7th graf) By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - North American forests will not fight climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide at levels once hoped for because the trees may not grow big enough, a…

    Reuters
  • The Latest: Polish officials say 500,000 see pope at rally

    CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local):

    Associated Press
  • Correction: France-Attack-Victim Vignettes story

    In a story July 18 containing brief profiles of victims of the truck attack in Nice, France, The Associated Press, citing an interview widely circulated in French media after the attack, identified a 27-year-old Parisian named Timothe Fournier as one of those killed. City officials in Nice now say…

    Associated Press
  • Turkey's top military commander keeps post

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted following a purge in the military following the failed putsch.

    Associated Press
  • China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

    China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country. The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in…

    Reuters
  • Terror 'contagion' hits a fragile Europe

    The wave of terror attacks afflicting Europe is showing signs of "contagion", experts warn, at a time when the continent is already in the throes of an existential crisis. In less than two weeks Islamic State group jihadists claimed four bloody assaults in France and Germany that killed nearly 90…

    AFP
  • France had been hunting second church attacker after tip-off

    By Chine Labbé and Michel Rose PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - Police had been hunting the second teenager who killed a priest in a church in France this week after a foreign intelligence tip-off that a suspected jihadist might be preparing an attack, police and judicial sources…

    Reuters
  • Spain's Rajoy accepts mandate to form government, warns he may fail

    By Julien Toyer and Carlos Ruano MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he had accepted a mandate from the King to form a government although he warned he might fail and left open the date for a potential confidence vote in parliament. Rajoy said he would…

    Reuters
  • White House says concerned about Nusra Front's capacity to attack West

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday its assessment of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Nusra Front has not changed, despite news that the group was cutting its ties with al Qaeda. "There continues to be increasing concern about Nusra Front's growing capacity for external…

    Reuters
  • France names second church attacker

    France on Thursday identified the second jihadist involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest, as calls mounted for the prime minister and interior minister to resign after the latest terror attack. Prosecutors named the assailant as 19-year-old Abdel Malik Petitjean, who was listed in…

    AFP
  • Italy expels 2 Moroccans for threatening Catholic churches

    MILAN (AP) — Italy has expelled two Moroccans who caused disturbances in Catholic churches as part of a wider effort to reduce terrorism threats, the country's top security official said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Germany's Merkel: US trade deal 'absolutely' in EU interest

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended a planned trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union as "absolutely in Europe's interest."

    Associated Press
  • The Latest: TV reporter: Ansbach bomber was 'not aggressive'

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

    Associated Press
  • Fervent jihadist or suicidal refugee: the many faces of Bavarian bomber

    By Erik Kirschbaum, Joseph Nasr and Joern Poltz ANSBACH, Germany (Reuters) - Mohammad Daleel made a mess of his escape from Syria to Europe three years ago - he was detained and fingerprinted in Bulgaria before a mysterious benefactor gave him a free plane ticket to help him get to Germany. The…

    Reuters
  • Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to face the media in Berlin, said the four assaults within a week were "shocking, oppressive and…

    AFP