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  • Russia's Putin looking at cooperation to fight Islamic State: agency
    Russia's Putin looking at cooperation to fight Islamic State: agency

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with his Security Council on Monday potential cooperation with other countries on fighting against Islamic State, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin's spokesman as saying. Russia, whose ties with Washington are at their lowest since the end of the Cold War, has not yet responded to calls from the United States to build an international coalition to destroy the radical Sunni Muslim group, which has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. ...

  • SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida
    SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday to deliver a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA. The 208-foot (63-meter) tall booster, built and launched by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, bolted off its seaside launch pad at 1:52 a.m. EDT/0552 GMT, slicing the night-time sky with a bright plume of light as it headed into orbit. ...

  • NASA's MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit
    NASA's MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit

    Washington (AFP) - NASA's MAVEN spacecraft began orbiting Mars on Sunday, on a mission to study how the Red Planet's climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.

  • Kids send powerful message in antigun video
    Kids send powerful message in antigun video

    A Bay Area photographer and mother fed up with U.S. gun violence has produced a powerful video using children to carry her message.

  • Hamilton saves his best for last to deny Rosberg

    By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton provided yet more evidence that precision timing is vital for success in Formula One when the Briton performed a perfect piece of brinkmanship to seize pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday. Looking to secure a front-row position to stand any chance of staying in touch with championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, a big mistake on his final qualifying lap was the last thing Hamilton would have wanted with time running out. ...

  • Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians
    Islamic State group calls for attacking civilians

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fighters of the Islamic State militant group are ready to battle a U.S.-led military coalition seeking to destroy it, the group's spokesman said in a new audio recording in which he called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight.

  • Accused White House intruder is decorated Iraq war veteran

    By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed with a knife is a U.S. military veteran who was decorated for his service in the Iraq war, the U.S. Army said on Sunday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, is expected to appear in court in Washington on Monday facing a charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. The U.S. ...

  • Brazil readies election thriller
    Brazil readies election thriller

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A fiery plane crash that claimed the life of a popular politician has provided Brazil's presidential campaign with a dramatic plot twist worthy of a telenovela.

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