• Iraqi jets drop leaflets over Mosul promising to recapture city

    Iraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul telling residents that Islamic State fighters would soon be driven from the northern city, saying details of the operation would be broadcast on a new radio station. The city has been under Islamic State control since the Islamist militants took over in June…

  • Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack

    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country "in a state of war". Tunisia's emergency laws temporarily give…

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  • Egypt says 25 militants killed in air strikes as Sisi inspects troops

    Egyptian warplanes killed 25 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Saturday, security sources said, as the Egyptian president visited the province after a major escalation of the conflict there. The sources said the air strikes hit militant targets near the town of Sheikh Zuweid, destroying weapons…

  • As more states legalize fireworks, what's behind the pyrotechnic boom?

    Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Georgia axed its total fireworks ban, allowing a $700 million consumer pyrotechnics industry into the state for the first time in decades. Since 2000, 12 states have liberalized their fireworks laws, even as fireworks contributed to a staggering rate of…

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  • James Webb: War hero, former US senator, presidential longshot

    Of all the 2016 presidential candidates who’ve entered the fray so far, James Webb may be the hardest to pin down. A Democrat who held high positions in the Reagan administration, he won a US Senate seat in Virginia, beating a Republican incumbent being talked about as presidential material, then…

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  • Can Team USA keep win streak alive against rival Japan?

    Team USA will play a rematch of sorts against Japan in the World Cup final in Vancouver. US lost to Japan in the World Cup final in 2011, in a match that was decided on penalty kicks. Recommended: What do you know about the Women's World Cup?

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  • 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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  • Bombings kill 15 people in and around Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say bombings targeting public places have killed 15 people in and around Baghdad.

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  • Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

    Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group in which 38 foreign tourists were killed. The North African state, which has seen an exodus of tourists, has admitted that its security services…

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  • Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says

    CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.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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  • Sousse governor among officials fired over Tunisia attack

    Several Tunisian officials including the governor of Sousse have been sacked after the jihadist attack on a beach resort that killed 38 tourists, an aide to the premier said Saturday. "Just as there have been security failures, there have also been political failures," the prime minister's…

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  • 'Silent march' for police victim after Dutch riots

    Hundreds of residents of The Hague staged a "silent march" on Saturday afternoon to protest the death of a Caribbean man who died after being forcefully arrested by Dutch police, sparking four days of riots in the city. Carrying placards and with many wearing T-shirts saying "Justice for Mitch",…

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  • German anti-euro party elects new hard right leader

    Germany's anti-euro party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), elected a new leader from the group's right wing Saturday to replace founder and frontman, Bernd Lucke, after a months-long power struggle. Frauke Petry, who heads a national conservative faction within the fledgling AfD, won a clear…

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  • France relay team finally gets Olympic bronze medal

    PARIS (AP) — Three years late, France's men got their 4x100-meter relay bronze medal from the London Olympics on Saturday, bumped up from fourth after the U.S. team was disqualified because of Tyson Gay's doping.

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  • Tunisia imposes state of emergency after deadly beach attack

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.

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  • IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

    The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous…

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  • Sugar, flour, rice: panicked Greeks stock up on essentials

    Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process. Mothers, elderly men and university students were spotted pushing heavily overloaded trolleys or…