• Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities." Army…

  • India hangs man convicted of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed at least 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court rejected a desperate overnight plea to delay his execution. Memon was sent to the gallows in a jail…

  • Taliban capture district in Afghanistan's Helmand province

    Afghanistan's Taliban have captured a district in the southern province of Helmand that foreign troops struggled to secure for years, in the latest setback for Afghan government forces now largely battling the militants on their own. News of the fighting came a day after the government said…

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  • Iran deal sparks battle between two Jewish lobbies – and worldviews

    For decades, the hawkish American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, has been king of the Hill in Washington. Congressman Engel (D) of New York, who is Jewish, is a longtime friend of AIPAC. Recommended: How much do you know about Israel?

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  • 911 dispatcher resigns after hanging up on panicked teen caller

    An emergency dispatcher in Albuquerque, N.M., has resigned after telling a panicked teenage caller trying to save her dying friend to “deal with it” herself and then hanging up on her. The 911 call was made by 17-year-old Esperanza Quintero after Jaydon Chavez-Silver, also 17, was fatally shot by…

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  • Turkey's 'risky' two-front war: political opportunity for Erdogan?

    Turkey’s abrupt shift to a two-front war against Islamic State militants and Kurdish separatists has plunged the country into a period of uncertainty, exacerbating political turmoil at home while raising fears of violent domestic unrest. The past 24 hours have seen Turkey dramatically escalate its…

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  • Israel committed war crimes in 2014, says Amnesty International

    Amnesty International says new evidence shows Israeli forces carried out war crimes in Gaza following the capture of a soldier by Hamas in last year's war. "There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas of Rafah…

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  • Bangladesh 75-1 at lunch, day 1 vs. South Africa

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Thursday at lunch on the first day of the second test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium:

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  • Pakistan to tour Zimbabwe for limited-overs series

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan will tour Zimbabwe in late September for two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety…

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  • Shipping company Matson to pay Hawaii $15 million over molasses spill

    A U.S. shipping company has agreed to pay Hawaii more than $15 million to reimburse the state for the cost of cleanup and restoration following a massive molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor two years ago, officials said on Wednesday. About 1,400 tons of brown, sticky liquid leaked into the harbor in…

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  • Jailed Chinese loggers among thousands freed in Myanmar amnesty: officials

    YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar released 6,996 prisoners in an amnesty on Thursday that included 155 Chinese citizens jailed last week for illegal logging, government and prison sources said. The release of the Chinese could help to placate Myanmar's influential neighbor China, which lodged a diplomatic…

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  • Taliban say they are 'not aware' of new round of peace talks

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have issued a statement saying that they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks that had been expected to take place in Pakistan on Friday.

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  • Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons.

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  • Officials study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

    By Tim Hepher and Swati Pandey PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) - French authorities are studying a large piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation…

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  • Asian stocks mixed after Fed leaves rates unchanged

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks held steady Thursday following this week's turbulence while other Asian markets were mixed after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.

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  • Kaka helps MLS All Stars to 2-1 win over Tottenham

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — The news kids in the league can play a little bit.

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  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said…

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  • Madeleine McCann ruled out as girl found dead in Australia

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — The decomposed remains of a young girl found in a suitcase dumped in Australia do not belong to missing British girl Madeleine McCann, police say.

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