• Brazil's Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil's October elections and threatening the ruling Workers' Party's 12-year hold on power. Silva, until now a vice-presidential candidate for the Brazilian…

  • China says Australian tycoon's attack 'irrational and absurd'

    BEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational and absurd, after the businessman described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people. The Australian government has rebuked…

  • Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

    Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story…

  • Ferguson shooting amplifies calls for police to wear video cameras

    Much of the outcry in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed young black man this month comes down to a disagreement about what actually happened in the moments before Michael Brown was killed. It’s a dispute that, if the officer had been wearing a body camera – now standard…

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  • Eric Holder visits Ferguson. Will US take over Michael Brown case?

    A St. Louis County grand jury began hearing evidence on Wednesday in the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., an incident that has sparked 12 days of racially-charged unrest and focused a national spotlight on the suburban town. It remains unclear whether moving…

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  • Why did Islamic State militants execute James Foley?

    The video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley features a black-robed Islamic State militant claiming – in British-accented English – that the execution is in retribution for recent US air strikes against IS forces in Iraq. The video also shows another prone and bound captured…

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  • Should President Obama go to Ferguson?

    To some Americans, Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday only raises larger questions: Shouldn’t President Obama himself go to Ferguson? Mr. Holder’s trip to Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, is more than symbolic. The White House has also put out word that Holder, top…

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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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  • Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials…

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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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  • Israel targeting mosques hurts Gaza social fabric

    NUSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Only the minaret still stands after an Israeli airstrike reduced Gaza's Al-Qassam Mosque to a heap of concrete, iron rods and dust. Hours after the pre-dawn attack, rescue workers searched in the rubble, residents gathered — and plainclothes Hamas security…

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  • Indonesia president says Islamic State 'embarrassing' Muslims

    The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the…

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  • Aussies on a high ahead of New Zealand rematch

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — After denying the All Blacks one record, the Wallabies will attempt to deprive them of another of more powerful and personal significance in the second Bledisloe Cup rugby test at Eden Park on Saturday.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the…

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  • Venezuela's president pays visit to Fidel Castro

    HAVANA (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a belated birthday visit to Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader revealed in one of his regular columns.

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  • U.S. attorney general visits Missouri town for meetings on fatal shooting

    Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 11 nights of racially charged unrest. Holder, the first African-American to head the…

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  • US women score 3 in 2nd half, beat Switzerland 4-1

    CARY, N.C. (AP) — Megan Rapinoe scored just three minutes into the game, and the United States got three goals in the second half to beat Switzerland 4-1 Wednesday night.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the…

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