• In Egypt, elections look set to cement return to the past

    By Lin Noueihed and Ali Abdelaty MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Holding court behind a battered desk at his campaign office in the southern town of Minya, Bahaa Fikry embodies Egypt's past. A provincial apparatchik in Hosni Mubarak's ruling party before the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings swept them both…

  • Palestinian 'Day of Rage' attacks kill three: Israeli police

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups. With the worst unrest in…

  • Afghan Taliban say pulling back from center of Kunduz but can return

    The Afghan Taliban said they were withdrawing from the center of the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday in order to protect civilians, emphasizing the pull-back was not a defeat. The Taliban have mounted a wave of attacks in the capital Kabul and beyond since the withdrawal of most foreign troops…

  • Can a gun shop be held responsible for customer crimes?

    In a potentially precedent setting case, two seriously wounded police officers have brought suit against a gun shop that they say has sold hundreds of weapons used in crimes. Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch want the store that sold a gun that eventually was used to inflict harm on them…

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  • Attacks kill 3 in Israel, fueling concern about Palestinian uprising

    Four attacks in Israel Tuesday mark the most serious series of incidents in a month-long wave of violence, fueling a sense of panic across the country and raising fears of a swelling Palestinian uprising. In the first attack, two Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and…

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  • Reclaiming the heart of our humanity

    The Bible explains: “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion” (Psalms 111:4). Christ Jesus is a model of compassion. While Jesus himself is no longer here, the power of Christ, or universal Truth – so evident in his compassionate healing –…

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  • South Korea: 20 years later, Californian son faces trial for Seoul murder

    The pending trial in South Korea of an American for murder that will take place nearly 20 years after the crime has captured the public's imagination here, while illuminating some deep fissures in this nation’s close relationship with the United States. Seoul prosecutors have accused Arthur…

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  • Russia says Dutch investigation into MH17 crash 'biased': report

    The Dutch investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine last year is biased, Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Tuesday. "It's a source of regret that, despite all Russia's repeated and lengthy attempts to…

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  • Vatican seeks to quell talk of letter to pope on family

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican spokesman on Tuesday denounced the leak of a private letter to Pope Francis by conservative cardinals complaining about the way his big family meeting is being run. But he reminded those responsible that the meeting procedures are set and that they're duty-bound to…

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  • Iran parliament approves nuclear deal with world powers

    Iran's parliament approved the country's nuclear deal with world powers Tuesday, paving the way for the historic agreement curbing Tehran's atomic programme to take effect and for sanctions to end. The vote came after fierce debate among lawmakers over the terms of the accord, which was struck on…

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  • International prosecution team: persons of interest identified in MH17 probe

    An international team of prosecutors conducting a criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said on Tuesday it had identified "persons of interest". The statement followed the publication earlier in the day of the final report on the cause of the crash by the Dutch…

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  • Iraq using info from new intelligence center to bomb IS, official says

    Iraq has started bombing Islamic State targets with help from a new intelligence center that has staff from Russia, Iran and Syria, the head of parliament's defense and security committee said on Tuesday. The center, which includes six staff from each country, has been operational for…

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  • Scandal-hit VW to change diesel emissions technology

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's flagship brand plans to change its diesel technology in Europe and North America as well as develop new hybrid and electric vehicles in response to its emissions scandal.

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  • Scandal-hit VW to cut investment by 1 bn euros a year

    German auto giant Volkswagen announced Tuesday it would slash one billion euros off its annual investment budget and push ahead with its drive to develop electric cars in the wake of the diesel pollution scandal. The world's biggest carmaker in terms of sales, currently embroiled in its worst-ever…

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  • Federer loses opening match at Shanghai Masters

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer lost his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday, falling to Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.

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  • The Latest: White House welcomes Dutch report on crash

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The latest news on the report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last year. All times local.

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  • Ireland captain O'Connell out of World Cup, test career over

    A hamstring injury has ruled Paul O'Connell out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup, ending the international career of one of Ireland's greatest players and delivering another major setback to the squad ahead of the quarterfinal against Argentina.

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  • Britain withdraws bid for Saudi penal system contract

    Britain said Tuesday it had abandoned a bid to provide training in Saudi Arabia's penal system, as it raised concerns with Riyadh over a 74-year-old Briton facing a flogging. "The government has decided that it won't be proceeding with the bid," a Downing Street spokeswoman told reporters. The…

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