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  • In blow, U.S.-trained Syrian rebels captured by al Qaeda wing

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it had indications that Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military were captured by fighters from al Qaeda's Syria wing, Nusra Front, in the latest blow to a fledgling program at the center of America's war strategy. The…

    Reuters
  • Civilian casualties rise as Afghan war intensifies in 2015

    By Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Armed clashes were the leading cause of almost 5,000 civilian casualties recorded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2015, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as fighting intensified following the withdrawal of most foreign troops last year. In a worrying…

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  • China appeals for U.S. help to fight Xinjiang militants

    China has appealed for U.S. support in fighting Islamist militants in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, saying they are also a threat to the United States. Chinese officials say the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) recruits Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority from Xinjiang,…

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  • In coal-mining Kentucky, shock and dismay over Clean Power Plan's new targets

    It is a tense time in Kentucky. The Environmental Protection Agency has just come out with its final rule on reducing carbon emissions – the strongest step ever taken to counter climate change in the United States – and this coal state is reeling. Kentucky’s energy secretary was in talks with EPA…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Can Obama's Clean Power Plan survive in court?

    Just a few minutes after 8 a.m. on Monday – six hours before President Obama was scheduled to formally unveil sweeping new rules to limit gas emissions, one of America’s largest coal companies announced that it was planning on filing five lawsuits challenging it. With momentum from his recent…

    Christian Science Monitor
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  • Controversy over officer in Chattanooga shooting: Should Pentagon change policy?

    After the July 16 attack on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Pentagon is looking into whether a senior officer, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White, broke protocol by using his personal weapon to fire back at a domestic terrorist who killed four Marines and one sailor. Recommended: Are…

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  • A state of their own: Could 'Refugee Nation' be an answer?

    Jason Buzi, an Israeli-born Silicon Valley property developer, wants to provide land to the world’s nearly 20 million migrants who have sought asylum outside of their countries of origin. Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • At least 2 dead in Kenya after boat with 200 people capsizes

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police official in Kenya says at least two people have died and many are reported missing after a boat with about 200 passengers collided with a fishing boat on Lake Victoria.

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  • 2 soldiers, 1 rebel killed in ambush in Indian Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials in Indian Kashmir say two paramilitary soldiers and one suspected rebel were killed after a convoy of paramilitary troops was ambushed in the troubled region.

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  • No. 8 seed Svitolina advances in Bank of the West Classic

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Angelique Kerber remembers fondly her time at Stanford last year, when she reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains derailed minutes apart on flooded tracks on a bridge in central India, killing at least 24 people while more than 300 have been rescued, officials said Wednesday. The Kamayani Express was on its way to Mumbai when it derailed late Tuesday night near the town of…

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  • China ordains 1st Catholic bishop since 2012 amid tensions

    BEIJING (AP) — A diocese in central China has ordained the country's first Catholic bishop in three years amid tensions between Beijing and the Vatican and a strained relationship between the Chinese leadership and the Christian religion in general.

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  • Historian Robert Conquest, Soviet regime expert, dies at 98

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — British-born historian Robert Conquest, whose influential works on Soviet history shed light on the terror during the Stalin era, has died. He was 98.

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  • Israel jails Jewish extremist for 6 months without trial

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister has signed an order that will keep a Jewish extremist in jail for six months without charges or trial.

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  • UN reports rise in women, children casualties in Afghan war

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations said on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents.

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  • Northern California wildfire grows further after jumping highway

    California's biggest and fiercest wildfire of the year grew larger as it raged for a seventh day through drought-parched land north of Napa Valley wine country after jumping a highway that authorities hoped would slow its advance. The blaze, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has charred some 67,000 acres,…

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  • Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Malaysia on Wednesday

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Malaysia, a senior official of the U.S. State Department said. Kerry and Lavrov would "discuss a range of ‎issues of mutual concern", the official said. …

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  • Severe crackdown in China on church crosses draws backlash

    LOWER DAFEI VILLAGE, China (AP) — About a dozen Catholics wept and sang hymns outside their church as a man climbed to the top of the building and sliced off its steel cross with a cutting torch. It toppled with a thud.

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