• Iraqi jets drop leaflets over Mosul promising to recapture city

    Iraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul telling residents that Islamic State fighters would soon be driven from the northern city, saying details of the operation would be broadcast on a new radio station. The city has been under Islamic State control since the Islamist militants took over in June…

  • Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday to give his government more powers following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel, where 38 foreign tourists, mostly Britons, were killed. Tunisia's emergency law temporarily…

  • Egypt says 25 militants killed in air strikes as Sisi inspects troops

    Egyptian warplanes killed 25 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Saturday, security sources said, as the Egyptian president visited the province after a major escalation of the conflict there. The sources said the air strikes hit militant targets near the town of Sheikh Zuweid, destroying weapons…

  • As more states legalize fireworks, what's behind the pyrotechnic boom?

    Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Georgia axed its total fireworks ban, allowing a $700 million consumer pyrotechnics industry into the state for the first time in decades. Since 2000, 12 states have liberalized their fireworks laws, even as fireworks contributed to a staggering rate of…

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  • James Webb: War hero, former US senator, presidential longshot

    Of all the 2016 presidential candidates who’ve entered the fray so far, James Webb may be the hardest to pin down. A Democrat who held high positions in the Reagan administration, he won a US Senate seat in Virginia, beating a Republican incumbent being talked about as presidential material, then…

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  • Can Team USA keep win streak alive against rival Japan?

    Team USA will play a rematch of sorts against Japan in the World Cup final in Vancouver. US lost to Japan in the World Cup final in 2011, in a match that was decided on penalty kicks. Recommended: What do you know about the Women's World Cup?

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  • Obama looks like he’s actually having fun being president

    President Obama sang in public – again. Much has been made of the president’s “best week ever” – now extending into a second week, or, in the eyes of some, an entire month – but an added bonus for Obama is that he actually seems to be having fun. Recommended: Barack Obama: How well do you know…

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  • France relay team finally gets Olympic bronze medal

    PARIS (AP) — Three years late, France's men got their 4x100-meter relay bronze medal from the London Olympics on Saturday, bumped up from fourth after the U.S. team was disqualified because of Tyson Gay's doping.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record. Riding the Shinkansen feels like being in an airplane: at 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, it goes so…

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  • Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.

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  • Sugar, flour, rice: panicked Greeks stock up on essentials

    Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process. Mothers, elderly men and university students were spotted pushing heavily overloaded trolleys or…

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  • Record-breaker Dennis wins 1st Tour de France stage in style

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in record speed in the individual time trial on Saturday, while defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali gained some precious time on his main rivals.

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  • 'Scores' killed by Nigeria female suicide bombers

    Several female suicide bombers in northeast Nigeria blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack, killing scores, the army and witnesses said Saturday. Local resident Haladu Musa, who fled the attack, told AFP that "large numbers" of fighters poured into the village,…

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  • Tour de France 1st stage at a glance

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A brief look at the 1st stage of the Tour de France on Saturday:

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  • AP Exclusive: CONMEBOL head says 'we need total change'

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The president of CONMEBOL says it needs "total and absolute change" after becoming engulfed in the FIFA corruption scandal.

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  • Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo operation

    Two coalitions of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but being pushed back in others. The Islamic State group, meanwhile, released a video showing teenage members executing 25 Syrian soldiers in an amphitheatre…

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  • Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says

    CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part…

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