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  • EU agrees to get tough on deportations

    By Alastair Macdonald LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union governments agreed on Thursday to step up deportations of illegal immigrants and discussed creating an border guard force among measures to cope with a surge in refugees from Syria's civil war. The agreement also spoke of exerting more…

  • Mortar attacks kill 27 in Iraq: police

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Twenty seven people were killed in Iraq on Thursday when mortars landed in the provincial capital of Baquba, police and medics said. It was not clear who fired the mortars at the northern town. Iraq is facing a multitude of security challenges, including ultra-hardline Sunni…

  • U.S., NATO signal willingness to slow Afghan drawdown

    By Phil Stewart, Sabine Siebold and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States and its NATO allies signaled a willingness on Thursday to consider slowing their withdrawal from Afghanistan, days after the Taliban's brief takeover of a provincial capital stoked concern about the strength…

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  • In egalitarian Denmark, tide of refugees challenges 'social contract'

    Having ridden into power in June on a pledge of no more migrants or refugees – and having watched the nationalist, anti-immigration Danish People’s Party become the country’s fastest-growing political force – the government just said no to the thousands knocking at Europe’s door. The refugees…

    Christian Science Monitor37 mins ago
  • How one American found a way to help Syrian refugees: baby carriers

    Cristal Logothetis of California told the Huffington Post she was inspired to help refugees fleeing Syria's chaotic civil war when she saw a photo of a Syrian boy washed up on the beach in Turkey. "Babies are so heavy," she told the Huffington Post. Recommended: Do you understand the Syria…

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  • Campus hazing: Graphic video prompts suspension of Indiana University frat

    Greek culture has been the subject of heightened scrutiny in recent years as incidents of hazing and sexual misconduct continue to make headlines. In the latest, a fraternity at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus was suspended pending investigation into an incident potentially involving both.…

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  • Why is it now legal to gamble on the 2016 elections?

    Who will be the eventual 2016 Republican presidential nominee? Will Donald Trump run as a third-party candidate? Will Joe Biden enter the race? Predict correctly, and the year-old political gambling site PredictIt promises to turn your political acumen into cash. Since its launch in October 2014,…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Palestinian stabbings defy Israeli bid to contain unrest

    Four new stabbings wounded Israelis Thursday and an assailant was shot dead as a spate of such attacks spread fear and defied attempts by authorities to contain Palestinian unrest. A Palestinian was also shot dead by Israeli security forces as clashes broke out in east Jerusalem as security forces…

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  • England's match in Manchester clashes with another big game

    Adding to the ignominy of its Rugby World Cup failure, England's last match in the tournament is being held the same night and in the same city as a major final in a rival sport.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • Jordan scores 2-0 upset win v Australia, leads Group B

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champion Australia 2-0 on Thursday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With the international media, foreign guests and ethnic Koreans from around the region descending on their capital, North Koreans are being mobilized en masse to put the finishing touches on one of the few things their country wants the whole world to see — a lavish…

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Lebanese police use water cannons to disperse protesters

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces used water cannons and eventually fired tear gas canisters to disperse dozens of anti-government protesters who tried to get past security barricades and reach parliament.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Brazil courts boost impeachment push, but Rousseff's ouster still distant

    By Paulo Prada and Anthony Boadle RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff’s opponents have a clearer path to impeach her after two court rulings against her this week but political hurdles still make her ouster unlikely anytime soon. As many as a dozen impeachment petitions…

    Reuters24 mins ago
  • Impeaching a Brazilian president in five steps

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff lost a key legal battle when a federal audit court rejected her government's accounts from 2014 on Wednesday, paving the way for opponents to try to impeach her. Congress must still decide whether she broke Brazil's budget law, an impeachable offense. Following…

    Reuters24 mins ago
  • Vatican defends reports of synod after pope's words disputed

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican press office is defending its reporting of a big meeting on family issues after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Tanzania police charge Chinese woman with smuggling ivory

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — A Chinese woman has been charged in a Tanzanian court with smuggling nearly 1.9 tons of ivory.

    Associated Press26 mins ago
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick leads by 1 shot at the British Masters

    WOBURN, England (AP) — England's Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied his final two holes to card a seven-under par round of 64 and lead by one stroke on the first day of the British Masters at Woburn on Thursday.

    Associated Press27 mins ago