• China to open high-speed rail link to North Korean border

    China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km (127 miles) from Shenyang to the border city of…

  • Myanmar's president signs off on law seen as targeting Muslims

    Myanmar, which will hold its first democratic national poll in more than two decades on Nov. 8, has seen a flowering of anti-Muslim hate speech since the military gave up full power and opened up politics and the economy in 2011. President Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill after it was passed by…

  • Obama considering 'wide array' of options for closing Guantanamo prison -White House

    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House is considering a "wide array" of options for closing the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, declining to rule out executive action as an option. Earnest said the best option for closing the prison,…

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  • Mt. McKinley to Denali: Why North America's highest peak was renamed

    On Sunday, President Obama changed the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali. The move came ahead of Mr. Obama's trip to Alaska to talk about climate change issues and in a bid to fulfill campaign promises to strengthen the often-sour relationship between the federal government and Native…

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  • In Bangkok bomb probe, taxi drivers are city's eyes and ears

    Kasem Pooksuwan heard a loud noise and looked up to see a plume of smoke. When Mr. Kasem returned he was told a bomb had detonated just down the road in Bangkok’s central shopping district, killing 20 people, many of them tourists, and injuring more than 100. On Saturday, police detained a…

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  • Miyuki Harwood rescued after nine days in wilderness: How to pack for survival

    Having a portable GPS tracker might have dramatically reduced the amount of time a lost day-hiker spent without aid, but all the gadgets in the world can’t substitute for experience apparel when you’re lost in the wilderness. Folsom, Calif., hiker Miyuki Harwood was rescued after surviving for…

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  • Does Scott Walker want to wall off Canada? Five things that might stop

    GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker on Sunday indicated that a wall along the US-Mexican border might not be enough physical protection for the nation. In response to a question from NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Face the Nation,” Governor Walker said that a fence along the northern, US-Canadian border is…

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  • Ukraine president vows 'severe' punishment for instigators of deadly Kiev clashes

    A 24-year-old member of the National Guard was killed and more than a hundred injured on Monday in street battles between the security forces and protesters outside the Vekhovna Rada parliament in Kiev. The clashes erupted shortly as Ukrainian lawmakers gave their initial backing to deeply…

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  • South Sudan rebel leader: Cease-fire, peace pact in danger

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's rebel leader is warning attacks by government troops on rebel-held areas could sabotage a peace agreement between the warring sides.

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  • Deadly clashes in Kiev over autonomy plan for rebel regions

    One policeman was killed and dozens injured Monday in street battles with protesters in Kiev as Ukrainian lawmakers gave their initial backing to controversial legislation granting more autonomy to pro-Kremlin rebel regions. It was the worst unrest in the capital since a bloody popular uprising…

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  • Guatemala's Perez says won't resign over graft accusations

    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez said on Monday he would not resign over allegations of corruption leveled against him by prosecutors, despite mounting pressure on his government and calls for his impeachment. A Guatemalan congressional committee on Saturday recommended…

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  • Silence at Vatican funeral for ex-envoy in sexual abuse case

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Eight minutes of silence instead of a homily have marked the Vatican funeral of a former papal diplomat, whose trial on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors had begun this summer in a Holy See courtroom.

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  • Sbaragli wins 10th Vuelta stage, Dumoulin keeps overall lead

    CASTELLON, Spain (AP) — Kristian Sbaragli of Italy outsprinted his rivals to win the 10th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, while Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands retained the overall leader's red jersey.

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  • Grenade explodes during Ukraine clashes; 1 officer killed

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A grenade exploded outside Ukraine's parliament during a nationalist protest against a vote to give greater powers to separatist regions in the east, killing one police officer and injuring more than 100, the interior ministry said.

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  • Western Union says it can transfer money out of Greece again

    NEW YORK (AP) — Western Union said Monday that it is now offering money transfers out of Greece two months after that service was suspended.

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  • England beat Australia by five runs in lone T20

    England beat Australia by five runs to win the lone Twenty20 international in Cardiff on Monday. Australia, set a target of 183 for victory, were on course while skipper Steven Smith was making a Twenty20 best score of 90. Earlier, England made 182 for five after being sent into bat by Smith.

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  • AP Interview: IOM chief slams Hungary over migrant policies

    GENEVA (AP) — Countries like Hungary that have blocked desperate migrants from traveling by train in Europe "push them right into the hands of smugglers," with potentially deadly consequences, the head of the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

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