• Palestinian toddler killed; Jewish arsonists suspected

    By Ali Sawafta DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) - Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old toddler and seriously injuring three other family members, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism. This would be the…

  • Killer of Cecil the lion should be extradited, Zimbabwe says

    The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion a month ago in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to the southern African nation to face justice, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said on Friday. In a news conference, Muchinguri referred to 55-year-old Walter Palmer as…

  • Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin behind spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who, with Kremlin "cronies," was behind the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday. Kremlin critic Litvinenko died three weeks after drinking green tea laced with…

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  • Congress has been gridlocked on highway funding. Why that could be changing

    Recommended: What does the federal government do with your money? “I feel pretty optimistic,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California at a press conference Thursday. A worker in the trenches for years on this issue, she’s seen plenty of disappointment when it comes to funding infrastructure –…

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  • Cincinnati shooting tests ‘blue wall of silence’

    As a growing number of police departments are equipping officers with digital body cameras, the so-called blue wall of silence, the unwritten rule that officers never speak ill of one another to outsiders, is being tested perhaps like never before. The police-involved shooting in Cincinnati – and…

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  • Iran nuclear agreement: Is a 'better deal' possible – and at what cost?

    As Congress debates the complex international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in anticipation of a September vote, the option of rejecting this deal in favor of a “better deal” appears to be catching on. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran? The deep divisions over that…

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  • New guidelines for AP history: Are they still 'unpatriotic'?

    In the wake of a partisan uproar last year, the 2015 guidelines for the Advanced Placement United States history curriculum released Thursday feature a more-balanced look at the country, academics say. The AP program, which allows high school students to take college-level courses for credit, is…

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  • Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits central Iran

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck central Iran on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake hit shortly after 1000 GMT and was centered around 60 km (40 miles) southeast of the city of Kerman, the USGS said. It struck at a depth of 37 km. There were no immediate reports of…

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  • Ebola vaccine shows 'promising' results: WHO

    Preliminary results of tests on an Ebola vaccine to be published in British science magazine The Lancet later Friday have shown "promising" results, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said. More than 11,200 people have died in an Ebola epidemic in west Africa that began in…

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  • Cameron promises more security fencing, sniffer dogs for Calais

    British Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Friday to provide more security fencing and sniffer dogs to aid French police in repelling attempts by migrants to board Channel Tunnel trains to Britain. Speaking after an emergency ministerial meeting in London, Cameron also said that defence…

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  • Widow's lawyer: Moscow has tried to block Litvinenko inquiry

    LONDON (AP) — Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was murdered at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Russian authorities have repeatedly tried to obstruct an inquiry into the death, a lawyer for the dead man's widow insisted Friday.

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  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday.

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  • WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies

    TOKYO (AP) — The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.

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  • WHO works to reform itself after fumbling Ebola response

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's chief Dr. Margaret Chan says the agency is working to reform itself in the wake of its bungled response to last year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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  • Official: 4 Indians have been held near Libya's Sirte town

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's foreign ministry says four Indian nationals have been detained near the Libyan city of Sirte but declined to say who had held the men.

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  • Japanese firm to mature whisky in space

    Japanese whisky will be sent into space next month to test how time in a zero-gravity environment affects its flavour, one of the country's biggest drinks makers said Friday. Samples of whisky produced by Suntory will be stored in the Japanese laboratory facility of the International Space Station…

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  • Bangladesh-South Africa 2nd day rained out

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Heavy showers from tropical storm Komen washed out the entire second day of the second test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Friday.

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  • Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked a fragile peace process.

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