• U.S.-led strikes pound Islamic State in Iraq, kill 250 fighters

    U.S.-led coalition aircraft waged a series of deadly strikes against Islamic State around the city of Falluja on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, with one official citing a preliminary estimate of at least 250 fighters killed and at least 40 vehicles destroyed. If the figures are confirmed,…

  • Brazil could dismiss Rousseff the day before Olympics ends

    By Maria Carolina Marcello BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate could take its final vote on the impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff the day before the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a senior lawmaker said on Wednesday. Senate President Renan Calheiros told…

  • EgyptAir black box data downloaded; evidence suggests fire on board

    By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO (Reuters) - Investigators have downloaded data from one of the black box flight recorders on EgyptAir Flight MS804 and are preparing to analyze it, bringing them closer discovering what caused the jet to crash, Egypt's investigation committee said on Wednesday. …

  • When asked to explain partisanship, Americans point to fear

    "I’m called a racist because I’m a Republican, but they don’t even know that I have a second generation Mexican-American daughter," says Ms. Ayala, a Republican from California whose husband is Mexican. "I definitely identify more with like-minded people in my daily life. The trend is driven more…

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  • Why Europeans fear Donald Trump

    Only 9 percent of Europeans in 10 European Union countries are confident that Mr. Trump will do the right thing regarding world affairs, while 59 percent expressed confidence in presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "Most mainstream Europeans dislike Trump because he is a right-wing…

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  • The 'enforcer': Filipinos hope new president lives up to his name

    Rodrigo Duterte, the man due to become the Philippines’ president on June 30, has a fearsome reputation.  And Filipinos love him for it. As crime soars across the Philippines, voters have turned to him for action. “We can walk late at night in confidence we’re safe from harassment,” says Jocelyn…

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  • How Scalia's legacy echoes in Supreme Court's final decision of the term

    For decades, Justice Antonin Scalia was an outsize presence on the United States Supreme Court. On Monday, the high court finally reached the finish line, and in its final decision of the term Justice Scalia’s legacy was again palpable. In the ruling, which unanimously vacated the 2014 federal…

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  • Several Jordanian troops killed, hurt in car bomb attack

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early on Tuesday, the Jordanian military said, killing and wounding several Jordanian border guards in an attack that raised new questions about the pro-Western kingdom's stability.

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  • 'Come home and help', urges Central African Republic doctor

    By Paula Dear BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When violence erupted in the Central African Republic three years ago, hundreds of thousands of people fled the capital Bangui, including most doctors and medical students at the main children's hospital. As the city descended into chaos,…

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  • Exxon Mobil wins a round in climate litigation

    DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has won an early round in its fight against regulators over whether the oil giant covered up what it knew about climate change.

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  • Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

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  • Britain's Theresa May launches bid to succeed PM

    Interior minister Theresa May vowed to unite Britain as she launched her bid to succeed David Cameron as prime minister with a letter to The Times published Thursday. The Conservative leader resigned in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union in a June 23 referendum that sent…

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  • U.S. Virgin Islands to withdraw subpoena in climate probe into Exxon

    By Terry Wade HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Virgin Islands' attorney general on Wednesday agreed to withdraw a sweeping subpoena issued against Exxon Mobil Corp as part of a push by a coalition of state prosecutors to try to investigate whether the world's largest publicly traded oil company misled…

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  • 41 dead in Istanbul airport carnage blamed on IS

    Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State jihadists Wednesday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul's main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners. Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic on Tuesday evening as the attackers…

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  • Herding votes in Australia's outback villages

    By David Gray ENNGONIA, Australia (Reuters) - Social worker Kelly Ann Mackay and goat farmer Heather McInerney have made sure even those in the most remote parts of the New South Wales outback get a vote in Saturday's Australian elections. The duo are one of three Australian Electoral Commission…

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  • Trump's opposition to trade deals fuels internal party opposition

    By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's scathing criticism of his stance on trade, highlighting divisions within the Republican Party that threaten unity ahead of the Nov. 8 election. At a campaign rally…

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  • Islamic State suspected after suicide bombers kill 42 at Istanbul airport

    By Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey pointed the finger at Islamic State on Wednesday for a triple suicide bombing and gun attack that killed 42 people at Istanbul's main airport, and President Tayyip Erdogan called it a turning point in the global fight against…

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  • Friends of Brazil's Rousseff launch crowdfunding effort

    Brasília (AFP) - Dilma Rousseff is getting a little help from her friends. Two leftist supporters of the suspended Brazilian president on Wednesday launched a project to crowdfund her campaign against her removal from office. Rousseff, 68, was suspended last month after lawmakers voted to hold an…

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  • Wolves finalize addition of NBA's 1st Chinese minority owner

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized the addition of the first Chinese minority owner in NBA history.

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