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  • Syria's al-Qaeda offshoot Nusra stages suicide bombing in Aleppo: monitor

    A suicide bomber from Syria's al Qaeda offshoot the Nusra Front blew himself up in a Syrian army outpost in a contested neighborhood in the divided northern city of Aleppo and killed at least 25 soldiers and allied militia and injured scores, a monitor said. The UK based Observatory for Human…

    Reuters44 mins ago
  • Manila finds marker with Chinese writing, buoys in disputed waters: sources

    By Manuel Mogato PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine navy recently found a large steel marker bearing Chinese inscriptions and hundreds of yellow buoys in waters near the Reed Bank, an area of the South China Sea where Manila has long explored for oil and gas, Philippine naval…

  • Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict. The Kurdish YPG…

  • Rick Perry calls for more black GOP supporters. Who is responding?

    In a speech given at a National Press Club luncheon last week, the former Texas governor stated that the key to helping economically disadvantaged African Americans is through implementing conservative policies. Recommended: How well do you know Rick Perry? “For too long, we Republicans have…

    Christian Science Monitor49 mins ago
  • Why US Navy paid maternity leave is a big deal

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced on July 2 that women serving in the United States Navy or Marine Corps would now be able to get 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. The Navy and Marine Corps are now the first US military services to provide more than six weeks of maternity leave. "With increased…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Hero4 Session: How small can the GoPro go?

    The most evident change is in size: At about 2.6 ounces and 1.5 inches all around, the Session is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than a Hero4 Black, GoPro’s top-of-the-line camera. Despite that, the Session is waterproof out of the box and submersible up to 33 feet without an additional…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • A women’s World Cup to remember

    In 1985 the US women’s soccer team was such an afterthought that it only received its uniforms the day before it was to depart for an international tournament. The victory embedded the US women as the dominant team in women’s soccer (called football outside the US).

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Islamist group Ansar Dine claims multiple attacks in Mali

    The Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine claimed it carried out a series of attacks against U.N. peacekeepers and Malian army targets in the country's capital, Bamako, and border areas near Ivory Coast and Mauritania. Fighters from Ansar Dine and other Islamist militant groups, including al…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • Carnage in Nigeria's Jos ups pressure on Buhari

    At least 44 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the emergency services said on Monday, after a wave of mass casualty attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants. Sunday's bombings took the death toll from raids, explosions and suicide attacks to 267 this month…

    AFP26 mins ago
  • The Latest: Pope Francis meets with Jesuit priest in Ecuador

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • Failed suicide attack by girl in Nigeria's Kano: police

    A young girl aged about 13 was killed when explosives strapped to her body went off near a major mosque in northern Nigeria's largest city Kano on Monday, police told AFP, adding that no one else was caught up in the blast. Kano police spokesman Musa Magaji Majia said the explosion occurred at a…

    AFP29 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Won says…

    Associated Press34 mins ago
  • World Cup moments distanced women from FIFA scandal

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — For a few moments over the past month, the Women's World Cup seemed to push aside the FIFA scandal that is simmering a half planet away.

    Associated Press37 mins ago
  • Watford bring in midfielder Capoue for record fee

    Newly-promoted English Premier League side Watford have broken their transfer record to sign France midfielder Etienne Capoue from Tottenham Hotspur, the club announced on their official website Monday. The Hornets have secured the seven-times capped French international on a four-year contract…

    AFP39 mins ago
  • Obama says US 'intensifying' anti-IS efforts in Syria

    President Barack Obama said Monday the US-led coalition battling Islamic State jihadists was "intensifying" its campaign against the group's base in Syria, but cautioned the fight would be long. Obama addressed the media after a briefing at the Pentagon with top military brass and members of his…

    AFP44 mins ago
  • Pope plans one-on-one visit with self-proclaimed 'Mr Nobody'

    GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — A Spaniard by birth, the Rev. Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars.

    Associated Press44 mins ago
  • Teva to lift bid for Mylan: report

    Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva plans to increase its bid for rival Mylan and could announce the move as soon as this week, according to a US media report Monday. Teva Pharmaceutical, a big player in generic drugs, could boost its offer to Mylan by as much as $2 billion to $43 billion, Bloomberg…

    AFP51 mins ago
  • Union members rally against 'age discrimination' in Barbados

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — About 3,000 chanting protesters took to the streets of Barbados' capital Monday to join a union-led rally against the recent dismissals of about a dozen public workers nearing retirement age.

    Associated Press52 mins ago