• Record 4.1 million in Syria got food aid in August, U.N. says

    A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. "We are reaching more people every day with urgently needed food assistance – many of…

    Reuters24 mins ago
  • Attack on army convoy kills eight in Egypt's Sinai: security sources

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A bombing and shooting attack on an army convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed eight soldiers on Tuesday, security and medical sources said. Two of the soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb and the others were shot as they tried to flee, the security sources said. (Writing by…

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  • Hong Kong pro-democracy group says support fizzles: Bloomberg

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong pro-democracy movement that has threatened to blockade the financial district to protest against Beijing ruling out full democracy for the city said support for the group has dwindled, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. "The number of people joining us will not be as…

  • The answer to Islamic State: by sword – or word?

    As world leaders try to counter the killing spree of the militant group Islamic State, better known as ISIS, they should take note of this trend: More Muslim leaders are challenging the group’s core message that faith can be compelled by the threat of violence. Rather, the Islamic State is also…

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  • Texas and Louisiana abortion laws blocked, but how many clinics remain?

    In a matter of three days, two judges might have kept as many as 19 abortion clinics in Texas and Louisiana open – at least temporarily. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas blocked implementation of a Texas law that would have required abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards of…

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  • Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev

    East Ukraine's Russian-backed rebels now say they are willing to talk with Kiev about a political settlement that would keep Ukraine united but would grant sweeping autonomy to their war-torn regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Barely a week ago, rebel prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko insisted he…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Rick Perry deletes tweet about drunk Democrat. Why did he bother?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry took back a tweet on Sunday. First, the background: On Sunday night Governor Perry’s verified Twitter account posted an image of Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic prosecutor at the heart of Perry’s recent indictment on charges of public corruption. The (doctored) image of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • British 'jihadist' mum threatens to behead Christians: reports

    A middle-aged British mother-of-two and former rock band member has joined jihadists in Syria and wants to behead Christians with a "blunt knife", British media reported. The reports identified the woman as Sally Jones, 45, from Kent in southeast England, and said she now goes by the name Sakinah…

  • U.N. refugee agency fears mass displacement in Ukraine

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of people displaced in Ukraine by fighting has nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing amid fears of mass displacement, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. "In terms of the ongoing fighting, in Donetsk,…

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  • Tropical storm Dolly likely to strengthen: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical storm Dolly, which formed over the Bay of Campeche early Tuesday, is likely to strengthen slightly during the next 24 hours until it makes landfall in Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory. Dolly, the fourth named storm of the 2014…

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  • UK deputy leader criticizes ill boy case

    LONDON (AP) — U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary type of radiation therapy for a brain tumor.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • 6 candidates in running for equestrian presidency

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Six candidates — all from Europe — are in the running to replace Princess Haya of Jordan as president of the International Equestrian Federation.

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  • Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town - sources

    Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday. Nigeria's defense spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Two months after…

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  • At least half a million displaced in Ukraine: UN

    Geneva (AFP) - Fighting in Ukraine has forced over half a million people to flee their homes, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

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  • Thai junta forces rights group to nix presentation

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military junta has forced a human rights group to cancel a presentation on the precarious rights situation in the Southeast Asian country three months after the army staged a coup.

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  • Iniesta to miss Spain's 1st European qualifier

    MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta has withdrawn from Spain's squad ahead of their upcoming friendly against France and their first 2016 European Championship qualifier.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an…

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