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  • 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…

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  • Myanmar's president signs off on law seen as targeting Muslims

    Myanmar, which will hold its first democratic national poll in more than two decades on Nov. 8, has seen a flowering of anti-Muslim hate speech since the military gave up full power and opened up politics and the economy in 2011. President Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill after it was passed by…

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  • Taliban say keeping leader's death secret was a military decision

    Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday. News of Mullah Omar's death leaked last month amid…

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  • Why Islamic State set off explosives at Syria's ancient Bel temple

    In its latest assault on Syria’s cultural heritage, the self-described Islamic State has used explosives to destroy part of the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in the ancient caravan town of Palmyra, local activists say. While the scale of the damage is unclear, IS appears to be stepping up its…

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  • Accused killer of Texas deputy has lengthy criminal record

    A Houston man charged with fatally shooting a uniformed police officer is expected to appear in court on Monday. Shannon Miles is accused of shooting Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday at a Houston-area gas station. Mr. Miles has a lengthy criminal record that dates back 10 years, but he never spent…

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  • White supremacist rests case in shooting trial: How prevalent is anti-semitism?

    Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. said his motive for killing three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last year was simple: Jews have too much power and must be stopped. Recommended: Infographic Race equality in America: How far have we come? Miller, who is also known by his…

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  • Scott Walker says a US-Canada wall is 'a legitimate issue.' Is he right?

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says building a fence between the United States and Canada is “a legitimate issue,” as well. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Republican presidential hopeful said that when it comes to tough border security, voters’ concerns include the potential for…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • EU says it may offer Hungary more help with migrants

    The European Union could soon fund and set up new reception facilities for asylum-seekers in Hungary as it is already doing in Italy and Greece, its migration commissioner said on Monday. Saying he would travel to Budapest soon, Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters that the EU executive was ready…

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  • Swaziland's government says official crash death toll is 13

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The death toll from a road accident taking young women and girls to Swaziland's annual Reed Dance festival is 13, according to a government statement on Monday.

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  • Jordan PM presents draft election law as 'good step forward'

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's prime minister has presented a draft election law he says marks a "good step forward" for the country.

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  • Huge blast at Spanish fireworks factory kills 5, wounds 3

    MADRID (AP) — A huge explosion Monday at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain killed five people and seriously injured three others, police said.

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  • Ivorian opposition coalition threatens to obstruct elections

    A coalition of opposition groups in Ivory Coast threatened on Monday to try to block presidential elections in October unless the government opens talks on issues such as insecurity and the electoral commission. The National Coalition for Change (CNC), formed in May and led by former prime…

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  • Morgan back with a bang in Australia T20

    England captain Eoin Morgan marked his return to cricket by top-scoring with a dashing 74 as his side made 182 for five against Australia in the lone Twenty20 international at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens on Monday. Moeen Ali (72 not out) and fellow left-hander Morgan put on 135 in just 75 balls for…

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  • French rugby federation condemns racist incident

    PARIS (AP) — The French rugby federation (FFR) says it is considering action after a player from Montpellier claimed he was racially abused by a fan during a league match.

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  • EU gives France 5 million euros for new Calais migrant camp

    PARIS (AP) — Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that firmness must accompany humanity in dealing with Europe's ongoing migrant crisis as officials announced plans for a new refugee center in Calais, where thousands of migrants have gathered in hopes of sneaking across the English Channel to…

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  • Hurricane Fred forms, flooding in South Carolina from Erika's remnants

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters. The center of Fred is…

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  • Gold hunters blocked from site of alleged Nazi gold train

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railroad track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed southwest Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train.

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  • Car bomb damages Italy's ENI joint venture 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. ENI is still active in Libya, a major oil producer gripped by…

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  • Officials blame Paraguay power outage on rebels

    ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan officials blamed rebels Monday for a power outage that affected some 750,000 people in the country's north.

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