• Palestinian toddler killed in suspected Jewish extremist attack

    By Ali Sawafta DUMA, West Bank (Reuters) - Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old baby and seriously injuring several other family members, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism.

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  • Afghan Taliban name a new leader, but peace talks delayed

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have chosen late supreme leader Mullah Omar's longtime deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government had been postponed. Pakistan…

  • Greece's Tsipras asserts control over party with congress vote

    By Renee Maltezou and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks. At a meeting of the…

  • 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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  • Families of MH370 victims renew talk of compensation after debris find

    By Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - The discovery of plane debris washed up on a remote island in the southern Indian Ocean has rekindled efforts by family members of passengers on board a missing Malaysia Airlines flight to seek greater compensation, aviation lawyers said. Malaysia Airlines…

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  • Two Turkish police killed in gun attack blamed on PKK: reports

    Two Turkish police were killed on Friday in a gun attack on police headquarters in the southern region of Adana blamed on Kurdish militants, the official Anatolia news agency reported. The gunmen fired on police headquarters in the city of Pozanti, sparking clashes which left two police as well as…

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  • Tokyo 2020 emblem designer denies plagiarizing Belgian logo

    TOKYO (AP) — The designer of the emblem for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics says he did not copy a Belgian theater logo that looks similar.

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  • Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 34 percent in the first half of the year to 1.52 billion euros ($1.68 billion.)

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  • Giteau returns to Wallabies squad ahead of Bledisloe Cup

    SYDNEY (AP) — Matt Giteau has recovered from a sternum injury and has been named in an extended 31-man Australia squad preparing for the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

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  • New Zealand appeals Olympics disqualification

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Football has appealed the disqualification of its Under-23 team from the Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament for use of an ineligible player.

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  • Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, killing a young child and critically wounding at least three people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Israeli prime minister called the incident a…

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  • Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.

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  • Turkey: 2 policemen, 2 PKK militants killed in clash

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have attacked a police station in southern Turkey, killing two policemen amid renewed violence between the security forces and the Kurdish insurgents. Two rebels were also killed in a gunfight that ensued.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago. The surprise discovery of the…

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  • Almaty, Beijing make final pitches for 2022 Winter Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.

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  • Myanmar president not ruling out second term

    Myanmar President Thein Sein has indicated willingness to have a second five-year term in office after a parliamentary election in November, citing few younger people capable of continuing his government's reform agenda. Thein Sein, 70, will not run in the ballot due to health concerns. "With my…

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