• Russian air strikes target western Syria: monitor

    Russian jets carried out air strikes on areas in western Syria on Saturday and an Islamic State stronghold in the north was rocked by a large explosion, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Russia, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, started bombing in Syria…

  • Sudan's Bashir urges rebels to resume talks, only one notable group shows up

    By Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir formally reopened talks with rebel and opposition groups on Saturday but only one significant opposition party showed up, and he urged them to halt a boycott on dialogue in return for a ceasefire. Bashir's…

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  • China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

    China has completed the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as tensions in the region mount over Beijing's maritime ambitions. A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the…

  • Readers write: cities for elites; Clinton's energy policy; small joys

    Regarding the Sept. 23 online article “Hillary Clinton opposes Keystone XL, but is it already dead?” ( Although Hillary Clinton was slow to state her position on the Keystone XL pipeline, she is spot on in relegating the controversial pipeline to a relatively low place in the scheme…

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  • Merkel's vision and strength; rising political left; UN's to-do list; Russia and China as global powers; renewable energy in India

    “As the refugee crisis unfolds, [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] ... will inevitably make compromises and alter direction. Germany cannot take in all the world’s refugees, as Merkel well knows,” writes Rolland Nelles. Jeremy Corbyn’s “rise [as elected leader of Britain’s Labour Party] is part of…

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  • College football TV schedule Saturday: Utah-Cal, Mich.-NW top games

    As we approach mid-October, college football teams are trying to strengthen or improve their poll positions by the time the College Football Playoff rankings first appear on November 3. Georgia, which fell 11 places to 19th in this week's AP poll, meets Tennessee in a SEC contest you can watch on…

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  • Is Russia trumping US in Syria? Pentagon is of two minds

    US officials see Russia as getting itself involved in its own Iraq War – or more accurately, a reprise of its disastrous intervention into Afghanistan in the 1980s. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State? “If we’re joking about Russians getting dragged into the quagmire, well,…

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  • Philippine ship crew thwarts attempted piracy

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The quick-thinking crew of a Philippine cargo ship thwarted a possible a hijacking or robbery at sea Saturday in the country's volatile southern region by locking themselves in their quarters, the coast guard said.

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  • Russian air strikes hit militant command centers in Syria: agencies

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian air strikes in Syria have targeted command and communications centers, weapons depots and training centers used by "militants" and "terrorists", Russian news agencies reported on Saturday, citing a defense ministry representative. The representative, Major-General Igor…

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation…

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  • Former UK Treasury chief Geoffrey Howe dies aged 88

    LONDON (AP) — The family of Britain's former Treasury chief Geoffrey Howe says the longtime Conservative Party figure has died at his home. He was 88.

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  • PKK Kurdish rebels suspend attacks ahead of Turkey polls

    Istanbul (AFP) - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday declared a "state of inactivity" after months of attacks in Turkey, pledging to suspend all offensive actions ahead of November polls.

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  • Sainz crash ends 3rd practice session in Russia

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A heavy crash for Carlos Sainz Jr. ended the final practice session at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday with the Toro Rosso driver flown to hospital.

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  • German populist far-right gains amid refugee wave

    Almost declared dead only months ago, Germany's populist far-right is seeking a comeback amid a record wave of asylum-seekers, hoping to anchor itself in mainstream politics. As Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened the doors to unprecedented numbers of refugees, she initially earned popular support…

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  • Danish zoo plans to publicly dissect lion

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish zoo is planning to publicly dissect a nine-month-old lion — a year after another park's decision to dissect and skin a giraffe and feed it to lions triggered massive online protests.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Selection of Mideast, Afghan and Pakistan photos

    This week, a string of lone wolf stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians and deadly clashes in the West Bank and on the border of the Gaza Strip sparked concern among Israelis that a third Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, was looming. Meanwhile a series of car…

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  • Clariant sees biofuels boost from VW diesel affair: paper

    Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant expects biofuels to get a boost from the scandal surrounding Volkswagen's manipulation of diesel motor emissions tests, Chief Executive Hariolf Kottmann told a German newspaper. Clariant is spending 30 million euros ($34 million) a year to expand capacity…

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  • Suspected jihadists attack central Mali, kill official

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A mayor says a group of suspected jihadists attacked a village in central Mali, killing a local official in front of his family.

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