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  • Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor

    By Girish Gupta and Philip Pullella QUITO (Reuters) - Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet. "I thank God for having allowed me…

    Reuters
  • China says Xinjiang has no 'ethnic problem' after Turkey protests

    China has no "ethnic problem" in its far west, and Muslim Uighur minorities there enjoy freedom of religion, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, following anti-China protests in Turkey over Beijing's treatment of the group. Relations between China and Turkey have soured over Beijing's policies…

    Reuters
  • Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed

    An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses. The Sukhoi jet had been taking part in an air strike against Islamic State militants, Iraqi television said. Police in…

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  • The Greece 'no' vote. No money, few options, and a lot more problems.

    Greeks today, citing national pride and sovereignty, voted overwhelmingly to reject a package of tax increases, government layoffs, and pension reductions demanded by wealthier eurozone nations in exchange for a new financial lifeline for the bankrupt country. The vote, which was running at 61.7…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Gun-shaped iPhone cases: an accident waiting to happen?

    What should a police officer do when a teenager reaches for a gun in his pocket? The answer is particularly controversial in light of recent events between police and community members, but in this case, the gun isn’t actually a gun – it’s an iPhone. An iPhone case which looks nearly identical to…

    Christian Science Monitor
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  • How is America's view on drug crimes changing?

    As President Barack Obama prepares to sign an order setting free dozens of people incarcerated for minor drug offenses, as aides expect him to do within the next few weeks, he stands to become the first president in decades to commute so many sentences at once, The New York Times reported. …

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Democrats edge past the GOP in party affiliation. Does it matter?

    Americans are more likely now than at any other time in recent history to avoid identifying themselves as Republican or Democrat, with 43 percent instead now calling themselves "independent," Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport reported in January, adding that the favorability rating for both…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Yemen government raises prospect of truce, warplanes bomb Sanaa

    By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Ghobari DUBAI/SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as the capital Sanaa came under renewed air strikes. The United…

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  • Warplanes bomb Saleh party HQ in Yemen capital

    Saudi-led warplanes have bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the Yemeni party headed by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied to Shiite Huthi insurgents, the party said on Monday. It came as some GPC members were meeting the UN's Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in another part of…

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  • Attacks in central Nigeria city of Jos kill 44: official

    Suspected Islamist militants killed 44 people in attacks on a restaurant and on a mosque in the central Nigerian city of Jos, emergency service authorities said on Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Sunday night's attacks bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram insurgents,…

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  • The Latest: EU's Dombrovskis says 'no' vote widens gap

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on the bailout referendum in Greece (all times local):

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Won says…

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  • Philippines confirms second MERS case

    A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia. The 36-year-old male patient, whose nationality was not disclosed, has been…

    AFP19 mins ago
  • 'Grexit' tips over to base case for many big banks

    A Reuters poll of more than 70 economists published a week ago, just before Greece defaulted on a 1.6 billion euro payment to the International Monetary Fund, placed the median probability of Greece leaving the euro zone at 45 percent. Since then, BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan, RBS, Barclays and…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • Nowotny says developments do not make it easy for ECB to act on Greek funding

    The latest developments in Greece have not made it easier for the European Central Bank to change its stance on emergency funding, ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said on Monday after a referendum rejected bailout terms. The ECB approves the provision of emergency liquidity for Greek…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • Armenian police disperse protest after 2 weeks

    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police in the Armenian capital have cleared away barricades to unblock a central avenue that demonstrators had occupied for two weeks to protest hikes in electricity prices in the impoverished former Soviet nation.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Iraqi fighter jet drops bomb over Baghdad, kills 12 people

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • No basis now for new debt talks with Greece: Germany

    Germany maintained a hard line Monday after Greece rejected creditors' austerity demands in a referendum, with Berlin saying there was currently "no basis" for talks on a new bailout package or debt relief. "In light of yesterday's decision by Greek citizens, there is no basis to enter into…

    AFP26 mins ago
  • Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after thunderous 'No'

    ATHENS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. Yanis Varoufakis, an avowed "erratic…

    Reuters29 mins ago