• North, South Korea meet in fresh bid to improve ties after standoff

    The talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom come after the two sides signed an agreement in which Pyongyang expressed regret over landmine blasts near the border that wounded two South Korean soldiers. The talks are a fresh attempt at dialogue between the rivals, which have all-but cut off…

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  • Saudi Arabia imposes sanctions on 12 Hezbollah leaders for 'terrorism'

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions on 12 senior Hezbollah figures accused of responsibility for carrying out operations on behalf of the group, which it designated a terrorist organization in March of last year, state media reported on Thursday. "These names were designated today and…

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  • Pakistani Baluch rebels release video of leader they say is alive

    By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Baluch separatist rebels in Pakistan released a video on Thursday purporting to show that leader Allah Nazar, who the Pakistani government believed it had killed in a raid in August, was alive and leading the insurgency. The violent campaign in the…

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  • Black Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, but certainly not calm

    Charles Preston wants to make one thing perfectly clear. Overnight Tuesday in Chicago and Minneapolis, there was widespread relief. Worries that protests against police might turn violent had brought a member of Congress out onto the pavement in Minneapolis and prompted a pleading press…

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  • Is Donald Trump really a 'fascist?'

    Is Donald Trump really “fascist”? It seems his recent nativist statements – including his apparent endorsement of a national registry for Muslims in the US, and support for the surveillance of mosques – have pushed Republicans who think Trump is unelectable over the edge. Recommended: What do…

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  • How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith

    When Marwa Balkar learned of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s support of a tracking database for Muslims, she decided she would not take his remarks lying down. “When I first heard Donald Trump’s comments, I wasn’t shocked because I feel like it was something Donald Trump would…

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  • Italy's artful arsenal against Islamic State

    Up to now, the West’s war on Islamic State (IS) has been mainly one of words and weapons. On Tuesday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi opened a new front, directed at the influx of refugees into Italy from conflict zones like Syria and Iraq. Italy, after all, has plenty of art to go around,…

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  • Global stocks rise on expectations for Europe stimulus

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday on expectations for additional European Central Bank stimulus as jitters about tensions between Russia and Turkey faded.

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  • Britain should join Syria air strikes, Cameron tells MPs

    Britain should join air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and should not "sub-contract" its security to allies, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday in a written statement to MPs. "I believe that we should now take the decision to extend British air strikes against ISIL…

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  • Top Asian News 10:17 a.m. GMT

    MAJURO ATOLL, Marshall Islands (AP) — Valentino Keimbar hides from the intense heat in the shade of a breadfruit tree, waiting for his basketball game to begin. It was supposed to start a couple of hours ago, maybe three, but time matters little here on the Marshall Islands. Keimbar would love to…

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  • U.N. envoy says Russia-North Korea deportation pact puts refugees at risk

    An extradition treaty signed by Russia and North Korea could be used to send back defectors from the North and put them at risk of serious harm in their home country, including torture, the U.N. human rights investigator on North Korea said on Thursday. The comments by Marzuki Darusman, U.N.…

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  • The Latest: Dutch court says asylum-seekers must cooperate

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

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  • Kremlin says still waits for realistic response from Turkey on downing jet

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia is still awaiting a reasonable answer from Ankara on why it downed a Russian fighter jet earlier this week, adding that it is not considering sanctions against Turkey or imposing a food imports embargo. "We are still waiting for an…

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  • Cameron: UK must attack IS in Syria to deny group safe haven

    LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain must join airstrikes in Syria to deny the Islamic State group a "safe haven" from which to plot mass-casualty attacks around the world.

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  • Bangladesh says kills military chief of banned Islamist group

    Bangladesh police commandos killed the suspected military chief of a banned Islamist group in a shootout in the capital, a police commissioner said on Thursday, as security forces step up a hunt for militants behind a spate of attacks. Tensions have rising in the Muslim majority country since…

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  • Dutch court rules that migrants' right to food, shelter not unconditional

    A Dutch high court on Thursday upheld a government policy of withholding food and shelter to rejected asylum-seekers who refuse to be repatriated, giving legal backing to one of Europe's toughest immigration policies. The Raad van State or Council of State, which reviews the legality of government…

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  • Canadian mine digs up gold, Mexico town digs up bodies

    The Mexican villagers found the latest clandestine grave among bushes off a dirt path, a short drive from a Canadian-owned gold mine in the country's gang-plagued south. Last week's grim discovery in Carrizalillo unearthed a hip bone and the skeletal remains of an arm and fingers, wrapped in…

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