• Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. While tunnels used by Gaza's…

  • 'Terrorists' help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq

    By Isabel Coles MAKHMUR Iraq (Reuters) - Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq - a group of fighters it formally classifies as terrorists. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), condemned for its three-decade insurgency against the…

  • Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan's new PM

    By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities. Erdogan said…

  • Kremlin swings at a US icon – but hits a Russian business

    Three McDonald's outlets, including the iconic first and largest one on Moscow's Pushkin Square, have been "temporarily" shut down by Russia's main consumer inspection agency in an unprecedented step that critics call a salvo in the escalating sanctions war between Russia and the West. According…

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  • Ahead of march for chokehold victim, New York leaders and clergy come together

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner William Bratton discussed the city’s simmering unrest with members of New York’s clergy Wednesday, seeking to find ways to move the city forward as it continues to grapple with last month’s killing of Eric Garner allegedly at the hands of…

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  • Readers Write: Tragedy of crime in Chicago; luring youth to become terrorists

    In regard to the July 21 cover story, “Can math stop murder?”: We have an important battle to win here in Chicago with our besieged inner-city men and women who are being lured into the hollow promises and false vainglory of gang life. Local papers bloviate about the dismal violence and how…

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  • US gun culture, high suicide rate among China's elderly, remembering WWI, a new era in Indian-US relations, the shifting balance of power

    On the same day, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill that would ban any local government from enforcing ordinances that restrict the open carrying of firearms.... There is a fine line between responsible gun-rights advocacy and America’s GOP-enabled Yosemite Sam gun-cult carnival...,”…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Martyrs and peace with Pyongyang top pope's agenda

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' five-day visit to South Korea will be the first time in a quarter-century that a pope has been on the divided Korean peninsula. Francis plans to bring a message of peace and reconciliations to Koreans on both sides of the 38th parallel, while encouraging Catholics…

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  • Palestinians mull Egyptian proposal for Gaza truce

    CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators mulled over an Egyptian proposal to end the monthlong Israel-Hamas war as the latest 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip was due to expire at midnight Wednesday.

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  • Islamic militants seize 2 northern Syrian towns

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists captured two key towns and several villages near Syria's northern border with Turkey on Wednesday after pushing out rival fighters in fierce clashes, opposition groups and activists said.

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  • Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

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  • Irish ex-premier Reynolds, peace negotiator, dies at 81

    Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81. Reynolds served twice as taoiseach, or prime minister: once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94. His son Philip, who announced that…

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  • Yemen armed forces on alert as rebel deadline nears

    President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Yemen's armed forces Thursday to "raise their level of vigilance" on the eve of the expiry of a rebel deadline for the government to quit. "We will continue our pressure and legitimate movement as we have not yet reached a clear and sufficient response to our…

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  • Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend

    BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.

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  • McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it Thursday in The Barclays.

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  • National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri

    By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The governor of Missouri ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager. …

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  • FA probes Cardiff dossier on former manager Mackay

    LONDON (AP) — A senior member of Crystal Palace's coaching staff quit on Thursday after becoming embroiled in a text-message controversy that also involves former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and is the subject of an English Football Association investigation.

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