• Ahead of Greek election, Syriza's 'lost generation' deserts Tsipras

    By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - So divided has Syriza's youth wing become over the direction of Greece's leftist party, that when its council planned to convene at the end of August, the meeting was abandoned. The incident showed the disillusionment Syriza's twenty-somethings feel with…

  • Islamic State blows up tower tombs in Syria's Palmyra: antiquities chief

    By Kinda Makieh DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Islamic State has blown up three ancient funeral towers in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said on Friday, continuing the destruction of a World Heritage site that UNESCO has condemned as a war crime. The militants, who have already…

  • Support for Merkel drops over handling of refugee crisis

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity has dropped abruptly over her handling of Europe's refugee crisis, a poll for ARD television network showed. Merkel, who was criticized for being slow to condemn violent protests against refugees in an east German town last month, saw her approval…

  • Jailers arrested in death of mentally ill inmate: Will case prompt reforms?

    Rafael Rodriguez, Jereh Lubrin, and Matthew Farris – remain in custody without bail, according to a Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman. Michael James Pipkin Tyree died on Aug. 27 of multiple blunt force injuries, “visceral lacerations,” and internal bleeding, according to Santa Clara County…

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  • Ten weeks after landmark decision, gay Rowan County couple weds

    The Rowan County Clerk’s office opened today without Kim Davis for the first time since she refused to comply with a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and her six deputies now face the same moral conflict she has been wrestling with. Deputy clerk Brian Mason…

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  • Putin says Syria's President Assad would share power with opponents

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to hold early parliamentary elections and to share power with some members of the opposition. The US, Europe, and Turkey, as well as the Gulf states, sided with the Syrian opposition after antigovernment…

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  • What Saudi King wants from Obama meeting

    The first White House visit by a Middle Eastern leader since President Obama secured enough congressional support for the Iran nuclear deal will not be about looking backward, but about US reassurances and commitments going forward. While Iran is indeed likely to dominate the conversation Friday…

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  • Drowned Syrian toddlers' family had not applied for Canada entry

    The family of two Syrian toddlers who drowned as they tried to reach Greece had not yet applied to enter Canada, the extended family said on Thursday, despite earlier reports that their refugee application had been rejected. A photograph of Aylan Kurdi's tiny body in a bright red T-shirt and dark…

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  • Two drowned Syrian boys and their mother buried in home town Kobani

    By Rodi Said KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) - Two young Syrian brothers and their mother who drowned while trying to reach Greece were buried on Friday in their home town of Kobani and their distraught father begged Arab countries to do more to help Syria's refugees. Images of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi,…

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  • No letup in migrant crossings from beach where toddler drowned

    By Ece Toksabay BODRUM (Reuters) - Days after the world's conscience was shocked by the image of a dead toddler washed up on a Turkish beach, the only thing holding back more Syrian refugees from attempting the same crossing was a media frenzy of journalists crowding the shore. "We saw the…

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  • 22 Emirati troops in Saudi-led coalition killed in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Twenty-two members of the United Arab Emirates' military were killed while taking part in Saudi-led operations in Yemen against Shiite rebels known as Houthis, the official news agency WAM said Friday, the largest single loss for the Gulf nation's military to date in the war.

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  • Village of 1,000 quarantined after Ebola death in SLeone

    Freetown (AFP) - A village of almost 1,000 people has been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone after the death of a 67-year-old woman from Ebola, officials said on Friday.

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  • St. Pauli to play Dortmund with motto 'Refugees Welcome'

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — German second-division side St. Pauli has given its club friendly against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday the motto "Refugees Welcome."

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  • The Latest: Frustrated migrants head out on foot to Austria

    BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news from the crisis of migrants pouring into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

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  • Lewis Hamilton on top as Mercedes dominate at Monza

    Lewis Hamilton continued his current domination of Formula One by topping the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Friday's second free practice ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. The newly-blond defending two-time world champion, in his 50th Grand Prix for Mercedes, clocked…

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  • Greek conservatives pull ahead of leftist Syriza: opinion poll

    Greece's conservative New Democracy party has taken a tiny lead among voters over leftist Syriza ahead of the Sept. 20 election, a new opinion poll published on Friday showed. New Democracy has rapidly closed the gap with Syriza in recent days, and the Metron Analysis poll on Friday was the second…

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 p.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — A foreign suspect arrested at the border near Cambodia is unlikely to be the yellow-shirted man seen in security videos and suspected of planting a deadly bomb at a Bangkok shrine, but is definitely a conspirator, police said Friday. The apparent ruling out of the suspect —…

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