• Turkish military says three soldiers killed in PKK attack in the southeast

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants killed three Turkish soldiers in an attack on an army battalion in Turkey's southeastern province of Sirnak on Thursday, the military said in a statement. Helicopters and a commando unit have been dispatched to the area, the army said,…

  • Greek PM suggests party referendum to overcome split in Syriza

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for his Syriza party to hold an emergency congress next month to overcome divisions but said a snap party referendum would be acceptable if leftist dissenters wanted a quicker solution. In a speech to Syriza's central committee, Tsipras said a…

  • Taliban disavows Afghan peace talks after leader declared dead

    By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban's official spokesman disavowed peace talks with the Afghan government on Thursday, throwing fledgling efforts to negotiate an end to 14 years of war into disarray. The statement came a day after the Afghan government said that Mullah Omar, the elusive…

  • Iran deal sparks battle between two Jewish lobbies – and worldviews

    For decades, the hawkish American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, has been king of the Hill in Washington. Congressman Engel (D) of New York, who is Jewish, is a longtime friend of AIPAC. Recommended: How much do you know about Israel?

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  • 911 dispatcher resigns after hanging up on panicked teen caller

    An emergency dispatcher in Albuquerque, N.M., has resigned after telling a panicked teenage caller trying to save her dying friend to “deal with it” herself and then hanging up on her. The 911 call was made by 17-year-old Esperanza Quintero after Jaydon Chavez-Silver, also 17, was fatally shot by…

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  • Turkey's 'risky' two-front war: political opportunity for Erdogan?

    Turkey’s abrupt shift to a two-front war against Islamic State militants and Kurdish separatists has plunged the country into a period of uncertainty, exacerbating political turmoil at home while raising fears of violent domestic unrest. The past 24 hours have seen Turkey dramatically escalate its…

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  • Israel committed war crimes in 2014, says Amnesty International

    Amnesty International says new evidence shows Israeli forces carried out war crimes in Gaza following the capture of a soldier by Hamas in last year's war. "There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas of Rafah…

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  • Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis have a mandatory day off as temperatures soar above 50 degrees Celsius (123 F), part of a heat wave enveloping much of the already scorching Middle East.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    PARIS (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Malaysia's…

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  • For some, hunting lions in Africa is the ultimate experience

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the so-called "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in…

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  • Boko Haram 'slits throats of 10 fishermen' near Lake Chad

    Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said Thursday. "On Monday around 4 pm (1500 GMT), Boko Haram attacked three villages on the shores of Lake Chad where they…

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  • Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills four civilians, soldier

    Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of shelling civilian areas near the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, with four civilians and one soldier killed. A Ukrainian military spokesman told a news briefing that two men were…

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  • Turkish military campaign aims to prevent Kurdish unity in Syria: Demirtas

    By Gulsen Solaker and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - The main aim of Turkey's recent military operations in northern Syria and Iraq is to prevent Kurdish territorial unity and not to combat Islamic State, the leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition HDP said on Thursday. In an interview with…

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  • Islamabad postpones Kabul-Taliban peace talks in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says the second round of peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban, which was due Friday, has been postponed after a statement from the Afghan insurgents indicated they were pulling out of the negotiations.

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  • Afghan Taliban appoint Mansour as leader: Taliban sources

    The Afghan Taliban have appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency, two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant movement's most senior figures said on Thursday, following reports that Mullah Omar is dead. "The shura held outside Quetta unanimously elected Mullah…

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  • Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's center-right coalition government is hoping its record overseeing the country's recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected in October.

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  • Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed

    A second round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban has been postponed, Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday, following the reported death of the insurgents' leader Mullah Omar. Pakistan was the expected venue for the meeting, due to take place on Friday, where Afghan…

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