• Afghan delegation to meet Taliban as twin attacks hit Kabul

    By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet with representatives of the Taliban, his first acknowledgement of official talks with the insurgents fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The…

  • Deadly car bombs hit Yemen, day after almost 200 killed

    By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Two deadly car bombs hit the capital Sanaa and a southern city in Yemen on Tuesday, state news agency Saba reported, a day after air strike and clashes killed almost 200 people nationwide. Islamic State in Yemen claimed responsibility in a statement posted…

  • Two suicide bombers kill around 30 in northern Nigeria

    By Garba Muhammed KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suicide bombers killed around 30 people in two blasts in northern Nigeria on Tuesday, witnesses and a state governor said, the latest attacks in a renewed offensive by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. There were no immediate claims of responsibility…

  • Same sex couples denied marriage licenses despite Supreme Court verdict. Is this legal?

    Joe Stapleton and Jim Cato, a Texas couple who have been together for 27 years, were overjoyed by the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that ruled same-sex couples could marry in all 50 states. On Monday, the couple filed a federal lawsuit, which described their experiences as…

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  • Bill Cosby admission: What does it mean for pending cases?

    For years, Bill Cosby has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, but the comedian has denied the allegations. An unsealed court document first obtained by The Associated Press shows that in 2005 Mr. Cosby testified he got Quaaludes, a now-banned sedative, with the intent of giving them…

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  • Why Muslims are raising money for black churches destroyed by fire

    Three Muslim organizations have banded together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire after nine people were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C. church on June 17. “We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different…

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  • Mecca, thronged by pilgrims, builds to accommodate more worshippers

    This year’s Ramadan, a Muslim holy month devoted to fasting and praying, attracted a record-breaking 14 million pilgrims to Mecca within its first 16 days, Arab News reported. Located in the Sarawat Mountains of central Saudi Arabia, Mecca is considered the holiest city in Islam. This Ramadan,…

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  • Mexican rights agency asks army to avoid ambiguous orders

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government's human rights agency is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials are holding talks with Taliban representatives in the Pakistani capital in their first official face-to-face discussions, which the Afghan president said Tuesday were aimed at starting full-fledged negotiations. The talks in an unannounced location in…

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  • Steven Gerrard eager for sunny new challenges with LA Galaxy

    CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Steven Gerrard brought a touch of Liverpool weather — cool, overcast and even some drizzle — to his first practice with the LA Galaxy on Tuesday morning.

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  • Companies, countries cutting business ties with Donald Trump

    NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in his campaign kickoff speech that some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists. He has been widely criticized for his June 16 statement, but he has refused to apologize and…

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  • The Latest: Crowd cheers pope at meeting with civic groups

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

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  • New Greek minister's note to self: 'No triumphalism'

    Greece's new finance minister clearly wanted to avoid alienating his European colleagues as had his fast-talking predecessor. Euclid Tsakalotos perhaps saw a risk of sounding smug after Greeks backed their left-wing government last Sunday against European Union leaders by rejecting a bailout…

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  • Euro zone gives Greece until Sunday for debt deal

    By Paul Taylor and Renee Maltezou BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone members have given Greece until the end of the week to come up with a proposal for sweeping reforms in return for loans that will keep the country from crashing out of Europe's currency bloc and into economic ruin. "The stark…

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  • Serbian PM to go to Srebrenica for massacre anniversary

    Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia said Tuesday he would attend the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre this weekend in a bid to forge reconciliation. "That is why the Serbian government tonight decided that as prime minister, I would represent the Republic of Serbia…

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  • Serbia government agrees to send PM to July 11 Srebrenica commemoration

    By Aleksandar Vasovic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday his government unanimously agreed to send him to a July 11 commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, hours after the United Nations Security Council postponed debate over a resolution to mark…

  • Vote on Srebrenica resolution delayed by Russian veto threat

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as "a crime of genocide" until Wednesday after Russia informed council members it would veto the measure.

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