• 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…

  • 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.…

  • Singapore central bank in touch with banks on Malaysia's 1MDB-Najib probe

    Singapore's central bank says it is in contact with financial institutions in relation to Malaysia's probe into allegations hundreds of millions of dollars had been transferred to an account of Prime Minister Najib Razak. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that investigators looking into…

  • Vast majority of elected prosecutors in US are white, report finds

    When Marilyn Mosby, state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced charges in May against six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, much was made about her background. Ms. Mosby is also one of maybe a few dozen elected female prosecutors of color in the United States. …

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  • Why Greece and Iran seem willing to take on the world

    As global powers find themselves locked in face-offs with two relatively small states – economic powerhouse Germany and the European Union with Greece over its debt, and the United States and five other world powers with Iran over its nuclear program – exasperation is growing among the “bigs” that…

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  • Same sex couples denied marriage licenses despite Supreme Court verdict. Is this legal?

    Joe Stapleton and Jim Cato, a Texas couple who have been together for 27 years, were overjoyed by the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that ruled same-sex couples could marry in all 50 states. On Monday, the couple filed a federal lawsuit, which described their experiences as…

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  • Bill Cosby admission: What does it mean for pending cases?

    For years, Bill Cosby has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, but the comedian has denied the allegations. An unsealed court document first obtained by The Associated Press shows that in 2005 Mr. Cosby testified he got Quaaludes, a now-banned sedative, with the intent of giving them…

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  • China leads dive in Asia stocks as Greece rattles investors

    TOKYO (AP) — Chinese stocks led a slump in Asian markets on Wednesday as the sell-off in Shanghai intensified and Greece's future in the euro remained highly uncertain.

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  • Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope's agenda

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis's agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa.

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  • Afghan delegation meeting Taliban in Pakistan

    By Hamid Shalizi, Kay Johnson and Mirwais Harooni KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A delegation from Afghanistan's president is meeting representatives of the Taliban in the Pakistani capital, officials said, in the first publicly acknowledged talks with the insurgents fighting to topple the…

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  • Thai trial opens for 2 accused of killing British tourists

    KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused — two migrants from Myanmar — were tortured into confessing.

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    KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors were to call their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused — two migrants from Myanmar — were tortured into confessing. Following widespread…

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  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

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  • Crocodile sightings force cancellation of open water swim

    TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — An eight-kilometer (five-mile) open water swimming event between a popular north Queensland island and the city of Townsville has been canceled due to crocodile sightings.

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  • Lawyer for Malaysia's Najib says instructed to consider action on WSJ

    A law firm representing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday that it has been instructed to consider action against the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) if there is evidence of conspiracy against him. Najib has denied taking any money from 1MDB or any other entity for personal gain. …

  • China says has limited Greek investments, little default impact

    Greece's debt default will not have a huge impact upon China as the country has only limited investments in Greece, state media on Wednesday cited the Commerce Ministry as saying. Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said China has invested $1.3 billion in Greece, concentrated in…

  • China Mobile says enlisting executives' families in graft fight

    China Mobile, the country's largest wireless carrier, is asking top executives and their families to sign letters promising to help in the fight against corruption, the company said on Wednesday, as part of the government's battle against deep-rooted graft. China's anti-corruption investigators…

  • Brazil still trying to regroup a year after 7-1 loss

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is still trying to regroup a year after its worst loss ever.

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