• Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers - state TV

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. President Hassan Rouhani, a…

  • Greek leftists put on brave face as poll shows conservatives pulling ahead

    By Angeliki Koutantou and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party said on Thursday it remained confident of winning an outright victory in a Sept. 20 election despite an opinion poll that showed its main conservative rival edging…

  • Chinese ships headed home after Bering Sea sighting: U.S. Navy

    Five Chinese Navy ships sighted in the Bering Sea off Alaska during a visit to the region by U.S. President Barack Obama have begun their "return transit," the U.S. Navy's top uniformed officer told Reuters on Thursday. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said he did not view the…

  • Why Britain is changing its mind on refugees

    Pressure has been mounting on Britain to soften its stance on immigration after the photographs of a Syrian boy lying dead on a Turkish beach brought public outcry over the refugee crisis to new heights.

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  • France: Reunion Island debris from lost flight MH370

    The Paris Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that plane debris found in July on a remote Indian Ocean island was from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing last year. “Investigators learned Thursday that a series of numbers found inside the plane flaperon matches with records, held by a…

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  • Will Kentucky clerk's jailing move needle on debate over religious liberty?

    On Friday, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk’s office will be open for business and issuing marriage licenses for the first time since June. At a hearing Thursday in Ashland, Ky., Federal District Judge David Bunning found Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian at the heart of the same-sex marriage…

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  • Mel West promotes a vehicle that gives dignity and mobility to disabled people

    For those in the developing world, losing the use of one’s limbs – especially both legs – can be a much greater challenge. Receiving the “gift of mobility” in the form of a PET (Personal Energy Transportation) – the sturdy three-wheeled, hand-pedaled wheelchair conceived of by a group of…

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  • Guatemala swears in new president after Perez Molina resigns

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.

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    BEIJING (AP) — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat. The…

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  • The Latest: Guatemala ex-leader escorted to jail

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):

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  • Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

    The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting.

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  • Murray survives huge US Open scare

    Third seed and 2012 champion Andy Murray came back from two sets down to defeat tiring Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and make the US Open third round on Thursday. Murray triumphed 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 after his world number 35 opponent had threatened to condemn him to his earliest loss in New York…

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  • Colombia's Santos ready to meet Maduro -- with conditions

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he will meet his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro over the border crisis between the South American countries -- but only with certain conditions. The row flared on August 19 when Maduro closed the border with Colombia after blaming…

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  • Guatemala court jails ex-President Perez pending graft hearing

    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A judge ordered former Guatemalan President Otto Perez to be held in prison while hearings over his alleged role in a customs corruption scandal continue, citing a flight risk. The attorney general's office has said it plans to bring charges against Perez for illicit…

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  • How green should a course be in times of drought?

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For the non-golfer, the image is an unsettling one -- lush golf courses sprawling across the desert areas around Palm Springs in arid California while the state is suffering a drought for a fourth consecutive year. Similar scenes can be found in…

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  • Guatemala swears in new president amid corruption storm

    Guatemala's Congress swore in former judge Alejandro Maldonado as president Thursday as his disgraced predecessor appeared in court over corruption allegations hours after resigning in the face of unprecedented protests. Maldonado, a 79-year-old conservative who only became vice president in May,…

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  • Conservationists protest killing of endangered North Carolina red wolves

    The federal wildlife service on Thursday stood by its decision to authorize recent killings of two highly endangered North Carolina red wolves on private property, despite plans by conservationists to sue. Three conservationist groups said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) made only cursory…

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