• 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…

  • U.S. only training 60 Syrian fighters, about 1 percent of goal

    By Phil Stewart and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was falling far behind plans to build a Syrian opposition force to battle Islamic State, disclosing that just 60 fighters were in training after U.S. vetting thinned the number of recruits. The U.S.…

  • 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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  • Why did authorities raid the home of Jared Fogle, Subway pitchman?

    The Indiana native reportedly lost 235 pounds simply by eating Subway sandwiches and exercising while he was attending Indiana University. Former executive director of the Jared Foundation, Russell Taylor, was arrested in April on charges of child exploitation, possession of child pornography, and…

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  • It’s a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... guy in a lawn chair?

    A Canadian man has found himself in trouble with police after he attached more than 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and floated into the skies over Calgary, Alberta. Daniel Boria launched himself into the air on Sunday evening as a publicity stunt to promote his company, All Clean Natural. …

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  • Amy Schumer takes on 'fat-shaming,' in way only she can

    Comedian Amy Schumer wants fans to know she's proud of her body, no matter what size it is. The actress and comedienne started fielding critiques of her body from members of the opposite sex in the fifth grade, she told Kim Caramele, her sister and Glamour magazine writer, in an exclusive…

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  • As El Nino looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Circling thousands of feet above Tasmania's farmland in a light aircraft, Christina Nebel prepares to release tiny chemical particles as part of a cloud-seeding scheme estimated to have helped boost rainfall on the Australian island by over 10 percent. The…

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  • Iran nuclear talks extended, source says 48 hours left for deal

    By John Irish and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and major powers gave themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours. "We are continuing to negotiate…

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

    Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday his government unanimously agreed to send to a July 11 commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, hours after the United Nations Security Council postponed debate over a resolution to mark the 20th anniversary. "Tonight the government…

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  • London braces for 24 hour Underground strike

    Britain's capital city braced for travel chaos on Wednesday with a planned London Underground strike expected to be the worst in years, after talks to avert the 24 hour walkout broke down. The walkout is set to cause chaos for millions of travellers and bring the world's oldest subway system to a…

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  • Greece's Tsipras eyes 'final exit' from crisis

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday Athens was seeking a 'final exit' from crisis with a reform-for-aid proposal that he said would come by the end of the week. The process will be fast, it starts in the coming hours with the aim of concluding it by the end of the week, at the…

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  • Deadly car bomb hits Shiite mosque in Yemen capital

    Meanwhile, a Saudi-led coalition bombarded cities and towns in southern Yemen, as the targeted rebels accused it of killing 124 people on Monday in one of the deadliest days of its air war. Tuesday's bloodshed came two days after UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sanaa bidding to secure…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 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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  • State Dept.: Cuban detentions won't slow normalization

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is concerned about the beating of a political activist and the detention of another 100 activists by Cuban authorities last weekend, but says the incident will not change the process of normalizing diplomatic relations with the island nation.

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  • 'Very, very, very tough' Iran talks extended

    Global powers wrestling for a historic nuclear deal with Iran gave themselves yet more time Tuesday after foreign ministers failed to bridge what one diplomat called "very, very, very tough" remaining issues. Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany…

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  • Obama, Vietnam party boss hold landmark Oval Office talks

    US President Barack Obama welcomed the leader of Vietnam's Communist Party on Tuesday to the White House for historic but "candid" talks marking two decades of rapprochement between the former enemies. Nguyen Phu Trong is the first general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party to visit the…

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  • The Latest: Italian premier says new vision of Europe needed

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Brussels local):

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