• China to open high-speed rail link to North Korean border

    China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km (127 miles) from Shenyang to the border city of…

  • U.S. military deploys drones to Latvia on training mission

    The U.S. military has deployed two MQ-1 Predator reconnaissance drones and 70 airmen to Latvia on a training mission as part of U.S. efforts to reassure European allies the United States is committed to their security, the Pentagon said on Monday. The deployment of the MQ-1 Predators to Lielvarde…

  • Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture office in Libyan capital

    By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A car bomb went off in Libya's capital Tripoli on Monday in front of the headquarters of Mellitah, an oil and gas joint venture between Italy's ENI and Libyan state oil firm NOC, witnesses said. "The explosion damaged the buildings around the ENI complex and…

  • Denali switch: Was President McKinley mountain-worthy?

    Did President William McKinley deserve to have one of the greatest natural features of the United States named after him?

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  • Why Ben Carson is surging

    Ben Carson, in many ways, is the antithesis of Donald Trump.

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  • The global call for more border walls

    If he were to occupy the Oval Office, Donald Trump promises to build a “beautiful” wall along the entire US-Mexican border. Not to be outdone as a fellow GOP presidential hopeful, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is willing to “look at” putting a wall on the US-Canadian border – the longest…

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  • Amid violence in Kiev, Ukraine tries to find a 'decentralized' peace

    In what was the worst violence to hit Kiev since last year's Maidan Revolution, fighting between right-wing protesters and police left at least one officer dead and around 100 injured, four critically, outside Ukraine's parliament Monday. 

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  • OAS will not hold meeting on Venezuela-Colombia border crisis

    The Organization of American States (OAS) will not hold a meeting to discuss a crisis on the Colombia-Venezuela border, after Colombia failed to garner enough votes in favor of its proposal, the Colombian government said on Monday. Colombia said it would push for a meeting after Venezuelan…

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  • Former hurricane Fred weakens to a tropical storm: NHC

    (Reuters) - The former hurricane Fred weakened to a tropical storm late Monday as it moved away from the Cape Verde Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), was about 55 miles (90 km) north of Santo Antao in the…

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  • Fire in Venezuela prison kills 17 people, prosecutor says

    A fire at Venezuela's central Tocuyito prison killed 17 people and injured 11 early on Monday, the state prosecutor said in a statement. Carlos Nieto, director of prison rights group Window To Freedom, said inmates told him an electrical fault had caused the fire. Jails in Venezuela are severely…

  • Palmyra's most famed temple destroyed: UN

    The most famed temple in Syria's Palmyra has been blown up, the United Nations said, showing satellite images of the damage as the Islamic State group presses a campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site. A powerful blast in the ancient city had raised fears the militant jihadists had…

  • With glaciers as backdrop, Obama uses Alaska trip to push climate agenda

    By Roberta Rampton ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at showing how the state's melting permafrost and eroding coastlines are a preview of bigger disasters to come unless the world does more to slow climate change. With 16…

  • British scientists develop slow-melting ice cream

    The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream. The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps to blend the components of ice cream to make it smoother and more…

  • Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

    By Kentaro Hamada and Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. …

  • Nearly all seabirds will have ingested plastic by 2050

    Most seabirds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists project that 99 percent will have done so by 2050. "For the first time, we have a global prediction of how wide-reaching plastic impacts may be on marine species -- and the results are striking," said Chris Wilcox, senior…

  • Yen, euro buoyed by risk aversion as shares resume descent

    By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Low-yielding yen and euro held firm on Tuesday as nervous investors look to upcoming data from China and the United States to gauge whether they need to further wind back carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by these currencies. Falls in equity prices…

  • Obama says world must reach climate deal in Paris 'while we still can'

    President Barack Obama said on Monday that world leaders must agree to cut carbon emissions at a U.N. summit in December because the climate is changing faster than efforts to curb global warming. Obama told a meeting of foreign ministers in Alaska that the United States recognized it played a big…