• Air strikes, ground combat in Yemen killed nearly 200

    Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago. The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to…

  • Philippines ramps up military spending in face of China threat

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines plans to ramp up military spending over the next 13 years, earmarking more than $20 billion to modernize its forces in the face of Beijing's maritime ambitions in the disputed South China Sea, a top air force official told Reuters. Major-General…

  • Arrested ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody: Kyodo

    Tokyo prosecutors plan to release former Toyota Motor Corp executive Julie Hamp from custody after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday. Japan's daily Yomiuri newspaper reported Hamp was unlikely to be…

  • In new strategy, S. Sudan army strikes rebels where it hurts: their livelihood

    After government troops overran his camp in June, opposition fighter John Tap fled to his village. Realizing he could not survive there, he gathered his remaining family and sought shelter at a United Nations base in Bentiu, the capital of Unity state. Rebels are on the run in Unity, an oil-rich…

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  • San Francisco shooting puts scrutiny on big-city ‘sanctuary’ policies

    Since the 1980s, many US cities, including San Francisco, have instituted “sanctuary” policies that prevent city workers from helping federal immigration officials identify and possibly deport people without immigration papers. Most major US cities have either passed ordinances or instituted…

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  • Hillary Clinton vs. media: what's really going on

    By now, pretty much everyone has seen the footage of Hillary Clinton marching in a July 4 parade in New Hampshire, with news reporters penned inside a moving “rope line” as they tried to cover her. This was bad optics – mostly for former Secretary Clinton, but there’s an argument to be made that…

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  • Obama on fighting the Islamic State: 'It will take time to root them out'

    Flanked Monday by America’s top military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, as well as other brass including Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Special Operations Command, President Obama was most interested in once again emphasizing his belief that this approach is a non-starter.

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  • Migrant sailboat sinks in Aegean, at least 17 missing

    A sailboat carrying migrants sank in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece on Tuesday and at least 17 people were missing, Greek authorities said. Greece's maritime ministry said Greek and Turkish rescue efforts had saved 16 of the between 33 and 37 migrants believed to be on board when the…

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  • Green Austria on warpath against nuclear power in Europe

    Austria's announcement Monday that it would challenge state aid for a new nuclear plant in Britain marks the latest step in the country's solo campaign to roll back atomic energy in Europe. Since the late 1970s, Austria has been fiercely anti-nuclear, starting with an unprecedented vote by its…

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  • Six powers, Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline: EU

    Iran and major powers will continue negotiations on an historic nuclear deal past Tuesday's deadline for a long-term agreement, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. This does not mean we are extending our deadline," Mogherini told reporters. The deal under discussion…

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  • Iran talks resume on new deadline day

    World powers got back to work on Tuesday seeking to nail down an elusive nuclear deal ending a 13-year standoff with Iran, only hours before another deadline expires. After talking deep into the night Monday, foreign ministers from the so-called P5+1 group leading the negotiations met briefly…

  • Explosives stolen from army base in France

    Explosives, 180 detonators and around 40 grenades were stolen from an army base in the southern French town of Miramas, near Marseille, a source close to investigation said on Tuesday. The theft came even though France has heightened security after a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss and tried…

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  • China sets new standards for coal conversion projects

    China's energy regulator has released new draft guidelines for projects that convert coal to oil or gas, aiming to commit the sector to the strictest possible environmental standards, it said on Tuesday. Beijing is looking for alternative sources of growth for its struggling coal sector, with more…

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  • Australia will be 'hard but fair' in Ashes, says Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has insisted his side will play "hard but fair" cricket as they try to win their first away Ashes series in 14 years. In the run-up to the first Test in Cardiff starting on Wednesday there has been much discussion about 'sledging' or verbal abuse of opponents,…

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  • HSBC fires UK staff over mock execution video

    HSBC has fired UK staff who filmed themselves staging a mock Islamic State-style beheading of a colleague and posted the video online, it said on Tuesday. The short video, obtained by The Sun newspaper, showed six staff. HSBC declined to say how many employees had been dismissed.

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  • Taliban attacks in Kabul target intel compound, NATO convoy

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban staged two separate suicide bombings on Tuesday in Kabul, killing at least one person and wounded three, including a NATO soldier, Afghan officials said.

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  • Reactor in Japan being loaded with nuke fuel before restart

    TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant operator has begun loading fuel into a reactor in southern Japan before it resumes operating next month in the first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.

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  • Thai military court to release 14 students ahead of trial

    BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in Thailand said Tuesday it will release 14 student activists from detention but they will still face sedition charges — and the prospect of years in prison — for defying the junta's ban on political gatherings.

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