• Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion

    Yemen's dominant Houthi movement said on Saturday a pause in fighting to last until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was under discussion with the United Nations to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a post on his Facebook page he had…

  • Syrian army and Hezbollah launch major assault on border city: TV station

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and its allied militia launched a major assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday, Lebanese group Hezbollah's television station said. It said heavy artillery and aerial bombardment were being deployed to capture…

  • Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility

    By Maayan Lubell and Mostafa Hashem JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces. Islamic…

  • 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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  • Bernie Sanders raises $15 million. Chump change or a lot?

    Bernie Sanders has raised $15 million since joining the presidential race in April. Look at it this way: That’s fairly close to the $18 million that moneybags Mitt Romney raised for his general account in the first three months of his declared presidential run in the 2012 election cycle. Plus,…

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  • Successful rocket launch a reminder that Russia, US can cooperate

    The United States and Russia may be at sharp odds with each other over Ukraine, Syria, and Edward Snowden. After two failed attempts – one American, one Russian – in recent weeks to send a food, water, and toothpaste-laden chuck wagon to the space station’s crew, Friday’s problem-free liftoff was…

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  • Donald Trump: Whose voters is he stealing?

    Right now, Donald Trump is like a black hole whose stupendous gravitational pull is attracting a lot of media attention and some of the voters associated with the Republican 2016 presidential race. The question is whether Trump’s newfound numbers will hold up.

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  • UN nuke chief says Iran probe could be done by year's end

    VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. atomic agency chief says he can wrap up his probe of allegations that Iran worked secretly on nuclear arms by the end of the year but needs Tehran's cooperation to do so.

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  • Astana confirms Boom will start Tour de France

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov confirmed Saturday that Lars Boom will start the Tour de France despite questions raised over his testing results.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.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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  • Spain arrests Moroccan accused of distributing Islamic State propaganda

    Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man in the north eastern city of Badalona on Saturday accused of distributing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said the man was a supporter of Islamic State militants and had called for…

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  • 75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future

    By Raushan Nurshayeva and Dmitry Solovyov ASTANA/ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest…

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  • Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris retires from cricket

    LONDON (AP) — Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has retired from all forms of cricket after being ruled out of the Ashes series against England with a knee injury.

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  • Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in Super Rugby final

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday's final to win their first Super Rugby title.

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  • Saudi-led air strike on Yemen rebel bastion 'kills 23'

    Sanaa (AFP) - A Saudi-led air strike on a Huthi Shiite rebel stronghold in Yemen's northern mountains killed 23 people early on Saturday, tribal sources said.

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  • Report on past Iran nuclear work could be ready by year end: IAEA

    By Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog could issue a report on its investigation into past Iranian research suspected of being linked to nuclear weapons development by the end of the year if Tehran cooperates, the agency's chief said on Saturday. "With…

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  • Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks

    Egypt's president made an unannounced visit to the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday to rally troops following a wave of deadly jihadist attacks on security forces, his office said. "President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is inspecting troops and police in the North Sinai," his office said without specifying…

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