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  • Air strikes kill at least 80 in deadliest bombings of Yemen war

    By Mohammed Ghobari CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized Sanaa last…

  • Queen Elizabeth sets in motion Britain's EU referendum plan

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth set in motion on Wednesday the new government's plans for an in-out referendum on staying in the European Union, but left open questions about when it will be and what changes to the EU the government wants beforehand. Prime Minister…

  • Islamic State shoots dead 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre: monitor

    Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a group monitoring the conflict said. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the report from the British-based Syrian…

  • In Misrata, Libya’s Sparta, fighters’ goal is to contain Islamic State

    Mahmoud Shawse, a fighter for the Libya Dawn-allied 166 Brigade, had just stepped out to install a new surveillance camera when a car bomb detonated outside his base in Misrata.

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  • Google's pioneering $20 million bid to help disabled feel empowered

    Google says technology can help people with disabilities live more independently, and it is offering $20 million to help prove it. On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of its Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities project, an initiative to fund nonprofits that use emerging technologies to help…

    Christian Science Monitor52 mins ago
  • Russia moves to silence civil society and its 'undesirable' contacts

    Russia's largest grassroots election watchdog, Golos, has been almost driven out of existence by a law passed three years ago that saddled it with a "foreign agent" label – which connotes "spy" in Russian. Since then, the organization has been subject of an ongoing wave of tax and criminal…

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  • Baltimore’s deadliest month: Can the community still find peace?

    May has been especially violent for Baltimore. As of Wednesday morning, the city had seen 35 homicides, making this month its deadliest since 1999 and bringing the total number of homicides for the year to 108, the Baltimore Sun reported. The surge in violence, which spiked over the Memorial Day…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

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  • THE LATEST: Paraguay receives extradition request for Leoz

    ZURICH (AP) — The Latest on FIFA developments:

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  • Algeria sentences 12 Islamists to death over 2008 bombing

    An Algerian court sentenced 12 Islamist militants to death Wednesday and two more to life imprisonment for their involvement in a 2008 bombing that killed a Frenchman and his driver. The APS news agency said the accused were all members of Katibat el-Arkam, the most dangerous branch of Al-Qaeda in…

    AFP23 mins ago
  • Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Wednesday for a halt to island-building by all parties in the South China Sea and an end to militarization of the dispute, saying the United States would be the principle security power in the region for decades to come. Carter, at a change of command…

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  • U2's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, found dead

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, has died at a Southern California hotel, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.

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  • A look at the 7 officials arrested in the FIFA raids

    Here is a look at the seven soccer officials arrested in Switzerland on warrants issued by the U.S. Justice Department after a corruption probe involving FIFA members. All seven are connected with the regional confederations of North and South America and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.…

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Vatican's media operations in for overhaul

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's media operations are in for a major overhaul to make them more efficient.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • British ex-PM Blair quits as Middle East envoy

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday resigned as envoy of the Middle East Quartet diplomatic group after eight years in the job, his office said. "Tony Blair has tendered his resignation in a letter to (UN Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon," a spokeswoman for Blair told AFP. Sources…

    AFP33 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day. First, there would be the boat: A huge boat where people could spread out comfortably, where the…

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