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  • Islamic State claims car bomb in Yemen capital, three dead

    A car bomb exploded outside an Ismaili mosque in an eastern district of the Yemen's war-damaged capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding seven, a security source said. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque in the…

    Reuters
  • Israel approves new homes in settlement after demolishing two buildings

    Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks in the same enclave. Dozens of Jewish settlers have gathered over the past…

    Reuters50 mins ago
  • Syrian army says Israeli planes strike pro-Syrian Palestinian militia

    An Israeli plane attacked a military base along the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday belonging to a pro-Syrian Palestinian faction, wounding six people, Syrian state television said. In a newsflash, state television quoted a military source as saying Israeli planes had at 3:15 p.m. (1215 GMT)…

    Reuters
  • Seeking Refuge: Calais crisis ensnares locals as unwitting smugglers

    The trafficking of migrants is bringing a host of ripple effects, from damage to local businesses to worries that locals might become unwitting smugglers themselves. “As a truck driver, if you can avoid Calais, you do,” says Peter Clark, who transports cow hides and steel and regularly crosses…

    Christian Science Monitor55 mins ago
  • China: As water demands grow sharply, supply is shrinking

    A 15-foot band of eroded red clay that surrounds Miyun Reservoir, one of Beijing’s largest sources of fresh water, serves as a stark reminder of the region’s severe water shortage. A massive project now under way to divert water to Beijing from southern China will help alleviate demand, but…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Want to have an interesting life? Go to graduate school

    The study found that most Americans, no matter what their education level, agree that they do in fact learn or do something interesting every day. In 2012, Dr. Martin wrote that lifelong learners “have an insatiable desire to add to their knowledge reservoir, challenge themselves academically, and…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Thanks to anonymous donor, 8-year-old boy gets two new hands

    Eight-year-old Zion Harvey’s forearms were heavily bandaged but he was flashing big smiles Tuesday as he showed off his new hands.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Brazil police arrest 2 for alleged bribery scheme

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have arrested two executives for their alleged role in a bribery scheme involving the construction of a nuclear power plant.

    Associated Press
  • Mysterious plane wreckage sparks MH370 speculation

    Saint-André (France) (AFP) - A mysterious piece of plane debris washed up on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Wednesday, prompting some speculation it could be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The two-metre-long piece of wreckage, which seemed to be part of a…

    AFP15 mins ago
  • Rose defends National crown on different course

    After being a last-day British Open contender and the lowest-scoring runner-up in Masters history, Justin Rose is working toward another major title opportunity in two weeks at the PGA Championship. The Englishman tees off Thursday on his 35th birthday as defending champion at the US PGA Quicken…

    AFP17 mins ago
  • Sponsor leaves African cycling team despite impressive Tour

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The title sponsor of the African cycling team that made an impressive debut at the Tour de France says it is ending its agreement.

    Associated Press58 mins ago
  • Jordan court sentences 8 in alleged Hezbollah attack plot

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An official says Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms for eight defendants in an alleged plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops and Israel's embassy in Jordan.

    Associated Press19 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 5:00 p.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. The one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban hosted Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaida in the years leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks…

    Associated Press50 mins ago
  • Yemen to merge 'resistance' fighters with army

    Yemen's exiled government has issued an order for militiamen fighting alongside loyalist troops against Shiite rebels to be merged into the armed forces, as clashes raged Wednesday in the south. The supreme defence council, which met in Riyadh on Tuesday, decided to "assimilate members of the…

    AFP23 mins ago
  • Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare. In that…

    Reuters25 mins ago
  • Syria says Israeli drone attack killed 3 in country's south

    BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria killed three people on Wednesday, while another Israeli airstrike targeting an outpost for a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon wounded six members of the group, according to the Syrian government and an activist group.

    Associated Press27 mins ago
  • Pressed by left, Greece's Tsipras vows 'thus far and no further'

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this month. In a clear warning to Syriza rebels, Tsipras said he could…

    Reuters28 mins ago
  • Greek stock market unlikely to reopen this week

    The Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) has been shut since June 29, when the government closed banks and imposed strict limits on withdrawals and foreign transfers to prevent a run on deposits by savers and companies. "The stock market will not open tomorrow (Thursday) and it is unlikely to open on…

    Reuters28 mins ago
  • Hungary speeding up fence to stop migrants, done by Aug. 31

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says it will complete by Aug. 31 the construction of a fence meant to stop the flow of immigrants and refugees entering through its southern border with Serbia.

    Associated Press30 mins ago