• On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion

    By Faruk Yuce KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus. Like many villagers along this stretch of Turkey's 900 km (560-mile)…

  • Islamic State attacks power plant in Hasaka, in northeast Syria: army

    Islamic State suicide bombers on Sunday blew up an explosive- laden truck near a power plant that serves the northeastern city of Hasaka, the latest attack after their expulsion from most parts of the city, the Syrian army said. State television said a second attack, against a power plant that…

  • Suicide bomber kills six at church in Nigeria

    A suicide bomber killed six people at a church on Sunday in Potiskum, a town in northeast Nigeria hit by suspected Boko Haram attacks in the past, a Red Cross official and a witness said. "People were just going to the church when the bomber entered, otherwise the casualty figure would have been…

  • Gay marriage ruling leaves debate about religious liberty wide open

    Two blockbuster cases dominated the docket at the United States Supreme Court in its recently-concluded term – one stands as a civil rights landmark, the other is slipping into quiet obscurity. Recommended: Do you know the legal fight over same-sex marriage? While the same-sex marriage decision…

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  • Women's World Cup TV schedule: US vs. Japan in Sunday's final

    Some might say this year's Women's World Cup soccer tournament is ending the way it should – with the United States facing Japan in a rematch of the final from four years ago, when the Japanese edged the Americans, 2-1, in Germany. The 2011 World Cup final replicated itself a year later in the…

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  • July 4th Independence Day: How 'exceptional' is America?

    In his farewell speech as president, Ronald Reagan called America “a shining city upon a hill.” It was a phrase he’d used throughout his political life, one he acknowledged came from John Winthrop, one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Reagan’s answer (in a 1974 speech before he…

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  • With real shark week in the offing, Southern beach-goers show little fear

    Despite a total of 11 shark attacks along the coasts of North and South Carolina leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, officials in shark-bitten places like Ocracoke Island, N.C. and Wrightsville Beach, N.C., don’t expect to see beaches abandoned this holiday weekend. North Carolina alone has…

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. Malaysia's…

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  • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Scores

    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka were 228-5 at stumps on day three of the third test against Pakistan at Pallekele on Sunday. The hosts lead by 291 runs with five wickets in hand.

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  • Egypt's currency drops to new low against the dollar

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's central bank says the Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the dollar, its second such drop since Thursday.

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  • UK's Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen's estate

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, is to be christened Sunday at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate.

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  • Syrian troops, Hezbollah enter rebel-held mountain resort

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — State media says Syrian forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have entered a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon, a day after launching a major offensive to capture the town.

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  • Land mine blast in east Ukraine kills 5 soldiers, wounds 3

    MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine says five of its soldiers were killed and three wounded when a land mine exploded in the east of the country, where government troops are fighting Russia-backed separatists.

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  • Europe can't count on ECB alone in Greek crisis: French min

    AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Greece and international creditors must find a compromise in the country's debt crisis and not count only on support from the European Central Bank, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. Speaking as Greeks voted in a referendum over whether to accept…

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  • Former Leverkusen defender Spahic joins Hamburg

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga side Hamburger SV is signing Emir Spahic on a one-year deal, giving the Bosnia-Herzegovina defender another chance after Bayer Leverkusen terminated his contract for fighting with security personnel.

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  • Storm causes floods, knocks out power in north Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities.

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  • Dennis defends yellow jersey on 2nd stage of Tour de France

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Australian rider Rohan Dennis defends the yellow jersey as riders set off on the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

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  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations.

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  • Buba chief warned Grexit would hurt German budget: Handelsblatt

    Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has warned Angela Merkel's cabinet that a Greek exit from the euro zone would rip a hole worth billions of euros in the German budget, German business daily Handelsblatt reported on Sunday citing government sources. The paper said Weidmann had warned that the costs…

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