• Colombia peace process now at lowest ebb: government

    By Peter Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels have hit a critical low as the group steps up violent attacks and the government could walk away from the process unless the group shows more commitment, the government's top negotiator said. The government…

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  • Car bombs kill 11 in Baghdad at end of Ramadan fast

    Two car bombs killed 11 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday, police and medical sources said, striking as many people were ending their daily Ramadan fast. Northeast of Baghdad, in the town of Balad Roz, a third car bomb killed two people, local police said. There was no immediate…

  • Iraqi jets drop leaflets over Mosul promising to recapture city

    Iraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul telling residents that Islamic State fighters would soon be driven from the northern city, saying details of the operation would be broadcast on a new radio station. The city has been under Islamic State control since the Islamist militants took over in June…

  • July 4th Independence Day: How 'exceptional' is America?

    In his farewell speech as president, Ronald Reagan called America “a shining city upon a hill.” It was a phrase he’d used throughout his political life, one he acknowledged came from John Winthrop, one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Reagan’s answer (in a 1974 speech before he…

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  • With real shark week in the offing, Southern beach-goers show little fear

    Despite a total of 11 shark attacks along the coasts of North and South Carolina leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, officials in shark-bitten places like Ocracoke Island, N.C. and Wrightsville Beach, N.C., don’t expect to see beaches abandoned this holiday weekend. North Carolina alone has…

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  • As more states legalize fireworks, what's behind the pyrotechnic boom?

    Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Georgia axed its total fireworks ban, allowing a $700 million consumer pyrotechnics industry into the state for the first time in decades. Since 2000, 12 states have liberalized their fireworks laws, even as fireworks contributed to a staggering rate of…

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  • James Webb: War hero, former US senator, presidential longshot

    Of all the 2016 presidential candidates who’ve entered the fray so far, James Webb may be the hardest to pin down. A Democrat who held high positions in the Reagan administration, he won a US Senate seat in Virginia, beating a Republican incumbent being talked about as presidential material, then…

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  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country. More telling is one of…

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  • Greece votes on financial future, government - and maybe euro

    Across the country of 11 million people -- on far-flung Aegean islands, in the shadow of the 2,400-year-old Parthenon in Athens, to the northern border shared with fellow EU state Bulgaria -- voters began casting their ballots. The rest of Europe, and international investors, will be watching…

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  • US, wooing Vietnam, readies red carpet for communist chief

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.

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  • Fiji beats Micronesia 38-0 in Pacific Games football match

    PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Pacific Games organizers say Fiji broke the record for the biggest win in international football with a 38-0 victory Sunday over the Federated States of Micronesia.

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  • On his native turf, Pope Frances touches on cherished issues

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

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  • Korean institute chief falls to death after deadly bus trip

    BEIJING (AP) — The head of a South Korean institute that organized a tour of China by local officials that ended in a deadly bus crash fell to his death from a hotel early Sunday in northeastern China, state media reported.

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  • Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt

    Greece voted on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain. Staged against a backdrop of shuttered banks and threats of financial…

  • World Bank removes critical section from China report

    The World Bank has removed a critical portion from a recently released report on China's economy, saying the section had not been adequately reviewed. On Wednesday, the Washington-based institution released its China Economic Update report in Beijing, which included a section urging the country to…

  • Polling opens in crucial Greece bailout referendum 

    Athens (AFP) - Polls opened Sunday for Greece's crucial referendum on whether or not to accept international creditors' conditions for a bailout, with the EU on tenterhooks for an outcome which could shape the bloc's future.

  • The Latest on Greece: Polls open in bailout referendum

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the referendum in Greece (all times local):

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