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  • U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia

    Department of Defense spokesman said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. Al Shabaab is an Islamist group affiliated with al Qaeda that wants to impose its…

    Reuters
  • Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months. Mohamed Ali Nasri told reporters in hospital that about five…

    Reuters
  • China replaces Communist Party leader in coal-rich province amid 'corruption problem'

    China has replaced the Communist Party leader of the coal-rich northern province of Shanxi amid what a top leader said was a grim corruption problem and a troubled political scene, state media reported. Wang Rulin will take up the post of Shanxi party chief, replacing Yuan Chunqing, who will be…

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  • The answer to Islamic State: by sword – or word?

    As world leaders try to counter the killing spree of the militant group Islamic State, better known as ISIS, they should take note of this trend: More Muslim leaders are challenging the group’s core message that faith can be compelled by the threat of violence. Rather, the Islamic State is also…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Texas and Louisiana abortion laws blocked, but how many clinics remain?

    In a matter of three days, two judges might have kept as many as 19 abortion clinics in Texas and Louisiana open – at least temporarily. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas blocked implementation of a Texas law that would have required abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev

    East Ukraine's Russian-backed rebels now say they are willing to talk with Kiev about a political settlement that would keep Ukraine united but would grant sweeping autonomy to their war-torn regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Barely a week ago, rebel prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko insisted he…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Rick Perry deletes tweet about drunk Democrat. Why did he bother?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry took back a tweet on Sunday. First, the background: On Sunday night Governor Perry’s verified Twitter account posted an image of Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic prosecutor at the heart of Perry’s recent indictment on charges of public corruption. The (doctored) image of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants…

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  • 3 Chinese inmates kill guard, break out of jail

    BEIJING (AP) — Three inmates, including one sentenced to death, escaped in a rare jailbreak in China's northeast after killing a guard early Tuesday morning, state media reported.

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  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.

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  • Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR

    Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world's biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday. The fragile reef, which stretches 2,300 km (1,430 miles) along Australia's east…

    Reuters23 mins ago
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  • Mexico turns to army, drones for security

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it is increasingly turning to the use of the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of the once-successful Marine forces.

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  • Lesotho PM heading home after 'coup'

    Lesotho's prime minister is set to return home Tuesday after three days in exile in neighbouring South Africa, as regional mediators seek to reinstall him to power after an apparent coup. "We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele, an advisor to Prime…

    AFP36 mins ago
  • Lauren Jackson pulls out of worlds due to injury

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Basketball Australia says Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson has withdrawn from the world championships later this month to undertake further rehabilitation for her knee injury

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  • Rights group slams Thai detention of child migrants and refugees

    By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An 8-year-old Sri Lankan refugee girl spent two years crammed in a cigarette smoke-filled cell with many adults, developing a rash all over her body. Every year, Thailand arbitrarily and indefinitely detains thousands of child migrants and…

    Reuters40 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days. Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants…

    Associated Press42 mins ago