• Refugee children, close to death, found in van in Austria

    By Karin Strohecker VIENNA (Reuters) - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Austrian police said on Saturday. The two girls and a boy, aged five and six, were found in a…

  • Poll lead for Greece's Syriza narrows as Tsipras presses for new mandate

    By George Georgiopoulos and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras urged supporters on Saturday to give him a fresh mandate to complete the country's political transformation, as polls showed his leftist Syriza party's lead slipping ahead of elections next month. …

  • Hollande, Merkel, Putin back bid for new Ukraine ceasefire

    The leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday, but offered contrasting views of why February's peace deal is in trouble. Daily clashes between the two forces killing civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and separatists, have…

  • More than 1 in 6 children are obese: How parents and teachers can help

    While child obesity is problematic, it is largely preventable, say experts. “Child obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century,” says the World Health Organization. In a study released last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that…

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  • Death of a young black man in a Virginia prison sparks outrage

    Local activists are incensed over the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, in a Portsmouth, Va., jail this week. Mr. Mitchell had a history of mental illness, said local paper The Virginian-Pilot, and he was being held awaiting transfer to a mental hospital. Mitchell's body was found at the Hampton…

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  • Can lessons from Plains reach beyond Mr. Jimmy's Sunday school class?

    When the Methodist church in Plains, Ga., puts on its annual fish fry, the congregation is usually nearly the whole town of 700 people. Before Mr. Jimmy, as he is called here, became President, Plains was cloven by race, if not religion, and Carter breached protocol and tradition and risked a…

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  • Egypt hands Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy three years in jail

    Three journalists accused of terrorism-related charges in Egypt, including Egyptian-born Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, were today sentenced to three years in prison, to the dismay of their families and lawyers who were hopeful the trio would be released after an almost two-year ordeal. “The sentence is…

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  • Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba

    Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center later called off all coastal watches and warnings and said the storm had…

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  • Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph (56 kph),…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers on Saturday raided the…

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  • Burkina bars ex-leader's party candidate from presidential vote

    Burkina Faso's Constitutional Council provisionally cleared 16 candidates for presidential elections in October, but declared the nominee of ousted president Blaise Compaore's party ineligible. Eddie Constance Konboigo, head of Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party, was among six…

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  • Daly collapses on course in Mississippi, taken to hospital

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — John Daly collapsed near the end of a round of golf Saturday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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  • Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician…

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  • Colombian president tours tense border city

    Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home. "I am here to make sure our fellow Colombians get the services they need," Santos said as he began…

  • 17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police

    A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said. "A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine…

  • IndyCar champion Power on Sonoma pole with track record

    Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power smashed his year-old track record in grabbing pole position for the season-ending Grand Prix of Sonoma. "I’m really stoked," said Australia's Power, who is fourth in the title chase led by Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya. "Lots of points on the table," added…

  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib's resignation enters 2nd day

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Protesters demanding the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal remained on the streets of the capital Sunday, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully despite police warnings that the gathering was illegal.

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