• Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

    By Linda Sieg FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan (Reuters) - When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticizing the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs. …

  • Accused Taliban leader said he was doing 'God's work': testimony

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former American soldier testifying in the trial of Irek Hamidullin on Monday said the accused Russian Taliban leader was compliant when captured, and said he was doing "God's work." Hamidullin, a former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam and…

  • Pakistan hangs man lawyers say was a child when charged with murder

    By Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Tuesday hanged a man whose case triggered an international outcry after his lawyers said he was arrested as a juvenile and tortured into confessing to a murder. Pakistan has hanged nearly 200 people since December, when a massacre by Taliban…

  • Planned Parenthood bill blocked: For GOP, abortion as national issue is tricky

    Republicans are hoping that revulsion over a series of stealth videos featuring Planned Parenthood will swing the politics of abortion in their favor. On Monday, the Senate took up a GOP bill to strip the women’s health-care provider of its $500 million in annual federal funding. Democrats…

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  • As Jon Stewart ends 'Daily Show' run, his influence is everywhere

    When thinking about Jon Stewart’s career on Comedy Central’s the “Daily Show,” it's hard to get a better analogy than the bemused “are you kidding me” look that he’s perfected over more than a decade of satirizing political news. As Mr. Stewart wraps up his final week at the helm of the program,…

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  • Gov. Christie’s 'tell it like it is' rhetoric: Is it working?

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, when asked Sunday by CNN's Jake Tapper, "at the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?" quickly answered "the national teacher's union." According to The Washington Post, the GOP presidential candidate was referring to the American Federation of Teachers. …

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  • In Islamic State's stronghold, a silent killer in jihadist ranks

    The Islamic State has lured thousands of foreign fighters and their families to Syria with the promise of building a utopian caliphate. As in much of the Middle East, Syria historically had low rates of HIV infection.

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  • Britain extends Iraq air strikes mission by a year

    Britain is extending its air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Iraq by a year to March 2017, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in comments broadcast Tuesday. The announcement represents a second reprieve for the squadron of ageing Tornado GR4 fighter bombers currently based…

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  • ON SALE NOW: Chris Brown - One Hell of a Nite Tour

    Don’t miss Chris Brown performing with Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap, and Teyana Taylor this summer.

  • Pakistani, Indian troops trade fire, killing 3 in Kashmir

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials say Pakistani and Indian border guards have traded gunfire and mortar shells along their disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian villager.

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  • Germany: 27 injured in fire at former air-raid shelter

    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say 27 people have been injured in a fire and subsequent explosion at a former air-raid shelter in the northern German city of Hamburg.

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  • BMW Q2 earnings slip on costs for new models

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury automaker BMW AG saw net profit slip 1 percent in the second quarter amid higher launch costs for new vehicles as key models approach the end of their life cycle, the company said Tuesday.

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  • Two security personnel killed by mine in southeast Turkey

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Two members of the Turkish security forces were killed by a homemade mine on Tuesday in the south-eastern province of Sirnak, Dogan news agency reported. The deaths come amidst a surge of attacks against the military by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and air-strikes…

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  • 2 missing Special Olympics competitors found safe

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The tense search for two missing Special Olympics competitors ended well, but it was unclear what happened to the two while they were gone.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago. "I didn't want to see this place for a long…

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  • South Korea to replace health minister after MERS outbreak

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has decided to replace her health minister, officials said Tuesday, in the wake of criticism over the government's handling of the MERS virus outbreak that killed 36 people and infected nearly 200 others.

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  • Israel arrests man after West Bank arson that killed toddler

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it is interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group after an arson attack last week that killed a Palestinian toddler in the West Bank.

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  • China group to salvage South Korea's sunken ferry

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that it had agreed to a 85.1 billion won ($73 million) deal with a Chinese-led consortium to salvage a ferry that sunk in an accident that killed more than 300 people in April last year. The formal contract could be signed as early as Wednesday.

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