• Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

    Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing. Rebels of al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have been battling the Syrian…

  • Dozens of Turkish police detained over 'anti-government plot': media

    Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said. Dozens of police have been remanded in custody since July on…

  • Jubilant Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli: officials

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said. The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias…

  • Obama ponders action against Islamic State extremists. What do Americans think?

    It’s been the summer of his discontent for President Obama, at least in terms of how voters apparently see him. Gallup reported this past week that Americans are more than twice as likely to say they “strongly disapprove” of President Barack Obama's job performance (39 percent) as they are to say…

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  • Behind the gavel of America's busiest judge

    Less than an hour into one of his regular morning dockets, federal district Judge Robert Brack has already sentenced 14 felons, or roughly one-sixth the number of people the average federal judge sentences in an entire year. More than anything, the turnstile justice in his courtroom is the…

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  • In Bosnia's schools, three different people learn three different histories

    When Daniel Eror studied World War II in high school, his textbook included one sentence noting that the Croatian fascist Ustase regime ran a concentration camp during the war.  Two decades after Bosnia's brutal civil war ended, reconciliation is still a dream, one the education system is pushing…

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  • For Myanmar political predictions, locals look to the stars

    For years, Myanmar watchers attributed the odd decisions made by the country’s military rulers to an influential class of government apparatchik: the astrologer bureaucrat. Take the way the regime moved the capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw in 2005: on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., 1,100 military trucks…

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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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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    In an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy with North Korea, a group of about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world, including former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp, traveled to Pyongyang last week to engage in arm-wrestling and tug-of-war competitions with local children.

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  • Placido Domingo closing act at London festival

    LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival in London.

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  • Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

    Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine. From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in the early hours of September 1,…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's…

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  • Ukraine soldiers in battle with Russian tanks in Lugansk: Kiev

    Ukrainian troops on Monday were battling a Russian tank division in the eastern city of Lugansk, Kiev said, in its latest allegation of Moscow's direct involvement in the conflict. "The battle between Ukrainian paratroopers and a reinforced tank battalion of the Russian armed forces is continuing…

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  • Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government and business leaders pledged support Monday for visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to modernize his country's economy.

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  • Australia ratchets up sanctions against Russia

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday ratcheted up sanctions against Russia in line with the United States and European Union in response to Russian soldiers openly violating Ukraine sovereignty.

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  • Lavrov says Russia will defend economy against sanctions

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday any new sanctions from the European Union or the United States would force Russia to protect its economy, citizens and businesses. In the case of new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, he said, "we will first of all start from our own…

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  • Pakistan's national channel taken off air after protesters storm building

    (Reuters) - Pakistan's national PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters in central Islamabad. "They have stormed the PTV office," a news anchor said just before the screen went blank. "PTV staff performing their…

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