• Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects

    Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said. The incident is the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed Yemeni militants in recent years and signals the further erosion of the state amid a raging…

  • Hong Kong expects large pro-democracy rally as it marks 1997 handover

    Some seven months after Hong Kong police forcibly cleared pro-democracy street protesters from the streets, tens of thousands of people are expected to rally for free elections on Wednesday as the city marks the 18th anniversary of its return to China. A morning flag-raising ceremony will be…

  • Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp: government

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday. The death toll from the assault on the Imperial Marhaba beach hotel in the popular resort town of Sousse…

  • As South Carolina mulls furling flag, pro-Confederate protests grow

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has called for lawmakers to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House, appears to have the votes to make that happen, according to an assessment by the Associated Press and other media outlets. Long hailed as a genteel reminder of…

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  • Why native Hawaiians are saying no to a $1.4 billion telescope

    If everything goes according to plan, a powerful telescope with the potential to change astronomy research as we know it will soon be erected atop Hawaii's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea, home to more than 250 shrines and burial sites, is said to be the place where the mother and father of…

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  • Is Jeb Bush’s show of transparency working?

    The Republican presidential candidate is set to release 33 years of tax returns online Tuesday afternoon, a move that would set a new record in terms of financial documents made public by a politician. It’s also a political strategy that Bush has long employed – to questionable success. …

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  • Girl Scouts return $100,000 pledge after donor excludes transgender girls

    “We were thrilled,” said Megan Ferland, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, as she told Seattle Metropolitan about the day her organization received a $100,000 donation earlier this year. 

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  • Missed penalty kick costs Germany in 2-0 loss to US

    MONTREAL (AP) — Celia Sasic picked a pretty bad time for Germany's first missed penalty kick in the women's World Cup.

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  • U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

    By Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on…

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their…

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  • Smoking ban seems cause of 15-hour Australian prison riot

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities on Wednesday ended a 15-hour prison riot involving up to 300 inmates in Melbourne suspected to have been triggered by a ban on smoking.

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  • Family ties aside as Sasaki's Japan face England in Women's W.Cup

    Norio Sasaki's son-in-law might be English but the Japan coach warned that he would not be swayed by family ties as the champions' try to return to the Women's World Cup final. Japan, ranked fourth, are the only team that has won all five games in Canada, with their last World Cup defeat going…

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  • Aldo pulls out of UFC 189 with rib injury

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC lightweight champion Jose Aldo has pulled out of his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11 with a rib injury.

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  • Trump says he's struck back at Univision with $500M lawsuit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's lawyers say Trump and the Miss Universe pageant have sued Univision for $500 million in a New York court, claiming Trump's First Amendment rights were violated when the company declined to air the Miss USA contest.

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  • Greece becomes first developed country to default on IMF

    Cash-strapped Greece missed a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday as last-ditch efforts to find a compromise with official EU lenders came to naught. The future of efforts to restore its finances and meet creditor demands for reforms were in…

  • Striker Robinho leaves Brazilian club to play in China

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Veteran Brazil striker Robinho says he is leaving the Brazilian club Santos and will reportedly play in China for the team coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

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  • Players bang heads in 1st half of US-Germany World Cup semi

    MONTREAL (AP) — US midfielder Morgan Brian banged heads with German forward Alexandra Popp in the first half of the women's World Cup semifinal on Tuesday night.

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