• Air strikes kill nearly 100 in Yemen, cast shadow on truce talks

    By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Nearly 100 people were killed on Monday in air strikes across Yemen, the Houthi-run state news agency reported, as a Saudi-led coalition stepped up attacks that are likely to weigh on efforts to broker a humanitarian truce. The United…

  • Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict. The Kurdish YPG…

  • Arrested ex-Toyota exec Hamp to be released from custody: Kyodo

    Tokyo prosecutors plan to release former Toyota Motor Corp executive Julie Hamp from custody after she was arrested last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller Oxycodone into Japan, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday. Japan's daily Yomiuri newspaper reported Hamp was unlikely to be…

  • San Francisco shooting puts scrutiny on big-city ‘sanctuary’ policies

    Since the 1980s, many US cities, including San Francisco, have instituted “sanctuary” policies that prevent city workers from helping federal immigration officials identify and possibly deport people without immigration papers. Most major US cities have either passed ordinances or instituted…

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  • Hillary Clinton vs. media: what's really going on

    By now, pretty much everyone has seen the footage of Hillary Clinton marching in a July 4 parade in New Hampshire, with news reporters penned inside a moving “rope line” as they tried to cover her. This was bad optics – mostly for former Secretary Clinton, but there’s an argument to be made that…

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  • Obama on fighting the Islamic State: 'It will take time to root them out'

    Flanked Monday by America’s top military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, as well as other brass including Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Special Operations Command, President Obama was most interested in once again emphasizing his belief that this approach is a non-starter.

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  • Rick Perry calls for more black GOP supporters. Who is responding?

    In a speech given at a National Press Club luncheon last week, the former Texas governor stated that the key to helping economically disadvantaged African Americans is through implementing conservative policies. Recommended: How well do you know Rick Perry? “For too long, we Republicans have…

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  • Greek PM Tsipras races to restart talks after vote win

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads Tuesday to Brussels, where he will try to use a bailout referendum victory to obtain a rescue deal with European leaders. Tsipras faces intense pressure from creditors abroad and banks at home who all demand what Greece lacks: money.

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  • Pakistan beats Sri Lanka by 7 wickets to take series 2-1

    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third test on Tuesday to take the series 2-1, having scored a record 382-3 in the fourth innings.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Aditi Mendiratta's biggest worry as she's swiping left and right is hiding the smartphone notifications that read "Congratulations! You have a new match" from her parents. "They wouldn't be cool with it," the 20-year-old journalism student said, flipping her long black hair out of…

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  • Report: Toyota executive arrested in Japan to be released

    TOKYO (AP) — The American Toyota executive who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations is expected to be released Wednesday without being prosecuted, according to Kyodo News service.

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  • China stocks sink again despite government efforts

    Chinese shares took anothertumble Tuesday, defying government efforts to arrest a precipitous fall that has wiped an estimated $3.2 trillion off markets and threatens the world's number-two economy. The government over the weekend announced a halt to initial public offerings (IPOs) and moves to…

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  • Francis to hold papal mass in Ecuador capital Quito

    Pope Francis celebrates his second open air mass in as many days in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital city roiled for the past month by anti-government protests. Hundreds of thousands of faithful were expected to turn out to see the Argentine-born pontiff, who offered a message…

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  • Pakistan close on test and series victory vs. Sri Lanka

    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pakistan moved steadily toward a victory in the third test and the series against Sri Lanka, with the tourists moving to 321-3 at lunch on Tuesday's final day, requiring another 56 runs to win.

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  • Micronesia urges FIFA help after 46-0 thrashing

    Micronesia were humiliated 46-0 by Vanuatu on Tuesday in one of the most lopsided scores ever seen in football, with the Pacific nation urging FIFA to help them improve. The latest drubbing followed a 38-0 loss to Fiji and a 30-0 scoreline against Tahiti at the multi-event Pacific Games, meaning…

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  • China opens exhibition to mark the war victory over Japan

    BEIJING (AP) — China opened an exhibition of guns and photos of massacres on Tuesday to commemorate the World War II victory over Japan, part of a propaganda push to stir up nationalism by observing the 70th anniversary of the war's end in Asia with great fanfare.

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  • Thai students to be released from jail, still face sedition charges

    A group of Thai students detained over a peaceful anti-coup rally will be released from jail later Tuesday but still face prosecution over sedition charges, their lawyer said, in a case that has sparked international condemnation. Thailand's ruling junta has come under increasing pressure to drop…