• Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said. Syrians desperate to…

  • Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the…

  • Cuban migrants head back to sea after being turned away in Caymans

    By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) - Sixteen Cuban migrants who sought refuge in Grand Cayman have resumed their voyage in a small, homemade aluminum boat after local officials turned them away, citing a migration agreement with Cuba. They were last seen being trailed by a…

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  • Why is Jimmy Carter speaking at Muslim convention?

    Jimmy Carter is scheduled to be the keynote speaker this weekend at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). To many Americans, that doesn’t warrant more than a shrug of the shoulders, but the planned Saturday appearance is also drawing criticism from some…

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  • Sen. Mary Landrieu owns no Louisiana home. What was she thinking?

    What was Mary Landrieu thinking? She and her husband own a $2.5 million house on Washington’s Capitol Hill, and she lists her parents’ home in New Orleans as her Pelican State pied-à-terre, according to The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker, who broke the story with a detailed report. Senator…

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  • Army war-gamers name top 3 threats facing military in 2025 and beyond

    In its “Deep Futures” war game this year at the US Army War College, the Army looked three decades into the future, bringing together top US military officials, counterterrorism experts, and even New York City police to look at the greatest threats that the Pentagon is likely to be facing. By the…

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  • California's 'yes means yes' bill: how it addresses campus sexual assault

    California will become the first state to require colleges and universities to set a standard of “affirmative consent” for sexual activity, if a bill passed Thursday is signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). The mantra for rape prevention on college campuses used to be “no means no.” But…

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  • 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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  • Valencia beats 10-man Malaga 3-0 in home opener

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia striker Pablo Alcacer celebrated his first call-up for Spain by scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win over 10-man Malaga in the Spanish league on Friday.

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  • Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.

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  • After hard bargaining, EU set for deal on new leadership

    By Alastair Macdonald and Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders are set to end weeks of wrangling over top jobs in Brussels and agree on Saturday on who will fill key posts in EU institutions that face major challenges from a combative Russia and a stuttering economy. A…

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  • Stocks end higher following strong run in August

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February.

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  • Italy's Renzi tries new reform plan as economy sinks

    By Isla Binnie and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday presented a plan to quicken the pace of Italian justice and break down bureaucratic obstacles to investment as fresh data pointed to a further deterioration in Italy's recession bound economy. The 39-year-old…

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  • Defiant Putin eyes pro-Russian statelet in Ukraine: analysts

    Russian strongman Vladimir Putin first used "Novorossiya" -- the loaded Tsarist-era name for what is now southern and eastern Ukraine -- just after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, sparking outrage in Kiev. The Kremlin made a reference to the term again on Friday when it released Putin's…

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  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund that's…

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  • US OPEN SCENE: Monfils wonders about net's height

    NEW YORK (AP) — As Gael Monfils hit ball after ball into the net during his first service game Friday at the U.S. Open — resulting in four double-faults — a thought occurred to him: "Seems pretty high, huh?"

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  • Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups. The former British colony,…

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