• New Taliban leader moves fast to heal rifts in Afghan insurgency

    By Jibran Ahmad and James Mackenzie PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) - If the first public comments from the Afghan Taliban's newly appointed leader are anything to go by, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour recognizes how fractured the militant movement has become and that humility and consensus may be his…

  • China appeals for U.S. help to fight Xinjiang militants

    China has appealed for U.S. support in fighting Islamist militants in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, saying they are also a threat to the United States. Chinese officials say the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) recruits Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority from Xinjiang,…

  • First Israeli jailed without trial in sweep over West Bank arson

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a government-ordered crackdown following the lethal torching of a Palestinian home. The suspect, Mordechai Meyer, a…

  • In coal-mining Kentucky, shock and dismay over Clean Power Plan's new targets

    It is a tense time in Kentucky. The Environmental Protection Agency has just come out with its final rule on reducing carbon emissions – the strongest step ever taken to counter climate change in the United States – and this coal state is reeling. Kentucky’s energy secretary was in talks with EPA…

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  • Can Obama's Clean Power Plan survive in court?

    Just a few minutes after 8 a.m. on Monday – six hours before President Obama was scheduled to formally unveil sweeping new rules to limit gas emissions, one of America’s largest coal companies announced that it was planning on filing five lawsuits challenging it. With momentum from his recent…

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  • Controversy over officer in Chattanooga shooting: Should Pentagon change policy?

    After the July 16 attack on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Pentagon is looking into whether a senior officer, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White, broke protocol by using his personal weapon to fire back at a domestic terrorist who killed four Marines and one sailor. Recommended: Are…

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  • A state of their own: Could 'Refugee Nation' be an answer?

    Jason Buzi, an Israeli-born Silicon Valley property developer, wants to provide land to the world’s nearly 20 million migrants who have sought asylum outside of their countries of origin. Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz.

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  • Romario says Brazil probe will question Marin in Switzerland

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian senator and former star player Romario said Tuesday the inquiry he's leading into the national football confederation will question former President Jose Maria Marin in detention in Switzerland, as well as a prominent Brazilian businessman in the United States.

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  • Obama to evoke ghosts of Iraq, Soviet Union in Iran plea

    President Barack Obama will present the Iran nuclear debate as the most momentous US foreign policy decision since the Iraq war, in a fresh history-evoking bid to win support. In the address to the American University in Washington, Obama will frame Congress' polarizing debate over the deal as…

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  • Trial due to open in Zimbabwe over Cecil the lion's death

    The professional Zimbabwean hunter who led the expedition that killed Cecil the lion was due to stand trial Wednesday on charges of organising an illegal hunt. Theo Bronkhorst, who runs a safari company, denies any wrongdoing over the hunt in early July when Walter Palmer, a dentist from the…

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  • Widow of ex-South Korean leader travels to North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kim Dae-jung left Wednesday for a four-day visit to North Korea.

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  • US tries to reassure Japan after documents reveal spying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to prevent tension with a treaty ally, Vice President Joe Biden reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the U.S. limits its surveillance of friendly nations, after leaked documents showed U.S. spying on Japanese officials and companies.

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  • At least 19 killed, 250 rescued after trains derail in India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains derailed over a bridge in central India while crossing a track that was flooded by heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 19 people, officials said Wednesday. At least 250 people have been rescued.

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains derailed over a bridge in central India while crossing a track that was flooded by heavy monsoon rains, killing at least 19 people, officials said Wednesday. At least 250 people have been rescued. The Kamayani Express was on its way to Mumbai when it derailed…

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  • World hopes for first clues to MH370 mystery

    Technical experts in France were to begin examining a washed-up plane part on Wednesday that almost certainly belonged to missing flight MH370, raising hopes that some light may finally be shed on one of aviation's darkest mysteries. The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared on March 8 last year when…

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  • California ramps up reinforcements to fight wildfires

    Crews battling 22 tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements and girded for weather that could ignite more fast-spreading blazes. More than 10,000 firefighters are now tackling blazes that have forced thousands to flee their homes and burned large swaths of land in…

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  • Hewitt opens last North American hard-court swing with win

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt climbed out of a courtesy car Tuesday afternoon, slung a case of rackets over his shoulder and walked across the Citi Open grounds, accompanied by his 6-year-old son, Cruz, who gave Dad a hand by toting a black gym bag.

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  • Kerry says to discuss South China Sea tensions with China's Wang

    By David Brunnstrom KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he would discuss Washington's call for a halt to activities that are raising tensions in the disputed South China Sea with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday. Kerry made the comment to reporters before…