• China building two aircraft carriers: Taiwan defense ministry report

    By J.R. Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - China is building two aircraft carriers that will be the same size as its sole carrier, a 60,000-tonne refurbished Soviet-era ship, according to a new Taiwanese Defence Ministry report on the capabilities of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Little is known about…

  • Four Turkish police officers killed in bomb attack: security sources

    Four Turkish police officers traveling in a vehicle in southeast Turkey were killed on Thursday when explosives believed to have been planted by Kurdish militants were detonated as they passed by, security sources told Reuters. The blast in Mardin province is the latest in a succession of frequent…

  • Guatemalan president Perez resigns - newspaper citing spokesman

    Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned, local newspaper El Periodico quoted his spokesman as saying on Thursday. "The president has submitted his resignation" to parliament, the newspaper quoted Jorge Ortega as saying in its online edition. On Wednesday a Guatemalan judge issued a detention…

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  • Can officers in Freddie Gray case get impartial juries in Baltimore?

    Nearly five months after Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained in police custody – triggering days of rioting in Baltimore – the trials of the six police officers involved in his arrest are expected to test the impartiality of the city’s residents and the US legal system. Judge Barry Williams…

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  • Obama secures Iran deal victory in Senate: what changed Democrats' minds

    From the start, Sen. Chris Coons had grave misgivings about the Iran nuclear deal. The Democrat from Delaware, a key undecided vote, read every page of the 159-page document – and reread them – plus the classified annexes. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran?

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  • Pentagon makes 'obvious' choice, opens Ranger School to women permanently

    The Army announced Wednesday that it is opening its storied Ranger School to all soldiers, regardless of gender. At his last press conference as Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond Odierno said that the Army would wait for the next coed class to go through Ranger School in November to make a final…

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  • Come on – Joe Biden is already running

    Let’s stop pretending: Joe Biden is already running for president.

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  • Confusion and chaos as migrants pour into Budapest train station

    By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian police allowed hundreds of migrants to pour into Budapest’s main railway station on Thursday but authorities canceled all trains to western Europe, triggering chaos and confusion. Hundreds of people, many of them refugees from conflicts in the Middle…

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  • Guatemalan president accused of corruption resigns: spokesman

    Guatemalan President Otto Perez on Thursday said he was resigning, after Congress stripped him of immunity over corruption allegations and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The embattled conservative leader, in power since 2012, took the decision to step down to confront "individually the…

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  • No plans to stop or check arriving refugees - Vienna police chief

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Refugees arriving in Vienna from Hungary will not be controlled or registered and will be allowed to continue their journey onwards, the police chief in Austria's capital said on Thursday. "What we certainly can't do is check all those people coming through, establish all their…

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  • Australia keen to join India, U.S. naval drills

    By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Australia wants to join India, the United States and Japan in joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean, widening participation in multilateral drills as China's influence in the region grows. Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews said expanding the…

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  • Federer, Murray target US Open third round

    Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 winner Andy Murray head the US Open line-up on Thursday while 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt could play his final match at the tournament. World number two Federer, who reigned supreme in New York from 2004-2008 and was runner-up in 2009, faces Belgium's…

  • At least 14 killed as boat capsizes off Malaysia

    A boat believed to be carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants capsized off the coast of Malaysia on Thursday, killing at least 14 people, 13 of them women, maritime officials said. The boat left Sabak Bernam in Malaysia's Selangor state and was heading for Sumatra in Indonesia when the…

  • Liberia declared free of Ebola, again: WHO

    Geneva (AFP) - The World Health Organization on Thursday announced that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42 days after the last confirmed case passed their second negative test.

  • Spain's Rajoy says general election will be in December

    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's general election will be held in December, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday, but he did not give an exact date. "Once the budget is approved ... I will call elections. I can't tell you the exact date, but they will be in December," Rajoy said in a radio…

  • Bulgaria detains 125 migrants for entering country illegally

    Bulgarian authorities detained 125 foreigners in the capital Sofia for illegally crossing into the country without submitting an asylum request, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Georgi Kostov, secretary general of the interior ministry, said the migrants, detained late on Wednesday night,…

  • Japan eyes tourist boost with Google-style street view... for cats

    Tourism bosses in a Japanese prefecture have come up with what they hope will draw more feline-loving visitors: a Google-style street view for cats. "We decided to focus on cats because they know everything about the city, including the back streets," a tourism spokesman for western Hiroshima…