• Mexican judge suspends U.S. extradition order for fugitive 'Chapo' Guzman

    A Mexican judge temporarily suspended a U.S. extradition order on Friday for the fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even though the federal attorney general's office had approved it a day earlier. Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug traffickers, broke out of a maximum security…

  • On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

    China says it is a threat to nobody, but needs to update outdated equipment and has to be able to defend what is now the world's second largest economy. "The maritime security environment is more complicated, and the undercurrents in the East and South China Seas have been gushing up," the paper…

  • Accused Russian Taliban depicted in U.S. court as assault mastermind

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Accused Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin, the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court, was portrayed by prosecutors and testimony Friday as the commander behind an attack on U.S. and Afghan forces six years ago near the…

  • Zimbabwe calls for dentist to be extradited over Cecil the lion: Is US likely to cooperate?

    Zimbabwe government officials are calling for the extradition of the American dentist who has admitted to shooting Cecil the lion earlier this month. Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister, said that Zimbabwe has already started extradition procedures against Minnesota dentist…

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  • With Confederate flags at MLK church, fight for national identity persists

    The placing of four Confederate flags next to a US civil rights landmark in Atlanta was perhaps part “terroristic tactic,” as one religious leader remarked. Officials from the Atlanta Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security are debating…

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  • Next stop, Florida swamps: Two women qualify for final phase of Ranger School

    Two Army soldiers are still in the running to become the first women ever to earn a Ranger tab. Coming into the mountain phase, three of the 19 women who originally began Ranger School back in April were still at Ranger School. The soldiers are part of a pilot program this year to allow women to…

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  • Iran calls for Israel's nuclear disarmament

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says now that his country has accepted strict curbs on its nuclear program, it’s time for Israel and the world's other nuclear powers to begin their disarmament. In an article published in The Guardian on Friday, Mr. Zarif argues that while…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The 4 ½-minute speech that has reverberated throughout Japan's modern history since it was delivered by Emperor Hirohito at the end of World War II has come back to life in digital form. Hirohito's "jewel voice" — muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality — was broadcast…

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  • Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash

    Members of Osama Bin Laden's family were among the victims when a private jet crashed in Britain, the Saudi embassy in London said Saturday in a message of condolences. Local police said the pilot and three passengers died when the Embraer Phenom 300 jet attempted to land at Blackbushe Airport in…

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  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges

    BEIJING (AP) — Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

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  • 25 Syria rebels killed in failed Aleppo attack: monitor

    At least 25 Syrian rebels were killed in a failed attack on a makeshift army base outside the northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Saturday. Nine regime forces were also killed in fighting that erupted after several rebel groups launched the attack late Friday, the Syrian…

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  • Richie Porte joins BMC team

    PARIS (AP) — Australian rider Richie Porte hopes to fulfill his ambition of winning a Grand Tour within the BMC Racing team.

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  • Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested by Japanese police

    Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the MtGox Bitcoin exchange, after a series of fraud allegations lead to its spectacular collapse and hammered the digital currency's reputation. A spokesman for the Tokyo Police said France-born Karpeles, 30, was suspected of manipulating…

  • Saudi official says bin Ladens killed in England plane crash

    LONDON (AP) — Family members of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed in a private jet crash in southern England, a Saudi ambassador said, but did not further identify the dead.

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  • Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

    An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, researchers said, possibly heralding "the beginning of the end" for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands. The serum was 100 percent effective after a week in more than 7,600 people inoculated,…

  • Some 260 PKK members killed in Turkey air strikes: report

    Around 260 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been killed and hundreds more wounded in Ankara's week-long campaign of air strikes against targets of the group inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, the official Anatolia news agency said Saturday. Without citing its sources,…

  • Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party ready to govern

    Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party, founded in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo, is itching to govern and has a man primed for the top job. The movement celebrated a shock success in 2013's general election when it snapped up a whopping 25.5 percent of the votes, becoming the second…

  • For athletes, Olympic goals outweigh the risks of Rio waters

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes have been dismissing the dangers of swimming in Rio de Janeiro's dirty waters, saying the risks are not great enough to alter their Olympic plans.

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