• Western countries say endorse unity government for Libya

    France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Britain and the United States on Friday endorsed a national unity government in Libya as proposed by the United Nations to end the conflict between two rival governments in the war-torn country. "Delays in forming a unity government will only prolong the suffering of…

  • China says U.S. human rights report biased

    A U.S. congressional commission's criticism of China's human rights record did not "accord with the facts", the Chinese government said on Friday, the latest friction over a long-running thorn in relations. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China said on Thursday that it saw in China…

  • Rare Syria deal falls victim to Russian escalation

    By Laila Bassam and Tom Miles BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia's military intervention in the Syrian war has all but destroyed a deal agreed last month to halt fighting between warring sides in two areas of the west, unpicking a rare success for foreign-backed diplomacy in the four-year-long…

  • Is Russia trumping US in Syria? Pentagon is of two minds

    US officials see Russia as getting itself involved in its own Iraq War – or more accurately, a reprise of its disastrous intervention into Afghanistan in the 1980s. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State? “If we’re joking about Russians getting dragged into the quagmire, well,…

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  • Mass shootings or everyday violence: Where should campus gun debate focus?

    A shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff early Friday morning has added another side to an already tense and multi-faceted debate. As opposed to recent high-profile shootings – including the shooting spree at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., last week that left…

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  • No matter who holds the speaker's gavel, the game has changed

    Whoever House Republicans nominate as their new speaker – be it the much clamored-for Paul Ryan or anyone else – the levers for uniting their conference are fewer and fewer. It feels like a brave new world in the People’s House. In the short span of two weeks, the right flank has muscled out both…

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  • Why does Gaza have a cafe just for women?

    Gaza's new women-only cafe aims to support Palestinian women by giving them a safe venue to meet in a culture that values a woman's privacy. With support from her father and husband, she decided to open some kind of business that would promote and support fellow Palestinian women. "I thought…

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  • All Blacks' deficiencies in the Rugby World Cup spotlight

    The All Blacks' image as surefire World Cup winners is starting to fade as not only critics but also the team's fans begin to question coach Steve Hansen's master plan. What happens next week will be and it's about maintaining performances from here on in and winning," he said after Tonga finally…

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  • Suspect detained in slaying of 5 aboard Chinese fishing boat

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police said Saturday that they have detained a suspect after finding five bodies, one of them beheaded, aboard a fishing boat floating off the country's east coast.

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  • Coach Hansen happy despite All Blacks' wobbles

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen declared himself happy with the All Blacks move into the World Cup quarter-finals, despite another rocky performance in their 47-9 win over Tonga. The All Blacks scored seven tries -- two from Nehe Milner-Skudder in five minutes -- at St James' Park and commanded the…

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  • China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

    China has completed the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as tensions in the region mount over Beijing's maritime ambitions. A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is holding what is expected to be one of its biggest celebrations ever Saturday for the 70th anniversary of its ruling party's creation, an attention-getting event that is the government's way of showing the world and its own people the Kim dynasty — now in…

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  • Police: Trio used stolen gun to rob, kill 2 in California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and then a yoga instructor two days later on a hiking trail north of the city, authorities said.

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  • Durant scores 13 as Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker 111-81

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 13 points in his first home game since February, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) 111-81 in preseason action Friday night.

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  • Shark bites surfer off Hawaii coast, leaving him in critical condition

    A 25-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark off the famed North Shore on Hawaii's island of Oahu on Friday, and the man was rushed to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition, emergency officials said. The man, after he was bitten on the left leg, was helped ashore by another surfer and…

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  • Judge issues restraining order that allows Uber in Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has issued a temporary restraining order against recently approved legislation that banned the use of smartphone-based ride-hailing-apps like Uber in Rio de Janeiro, the country's second largest city.

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  • US, European leaders urge Libya rivals to sign peace deal

    The United States and major European powers joined other world leaders in urging Libya's warring parties to sign a proposed peace deal to create a national unity government. "There is no more time to waste," said a joint statement released by the governments of Britain, France, Germany, Italy,…