• New Taliban leader facing tension as top official quits

    By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week. The swift announcement that Omar's longtime deputy,…

  • Turkish jets hit PKK targets, soldiers killed in southeast

    By Seyhmus, Cakan and Jonny Hogg DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday, Dogan news agency reported, and three soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in a neighboring province, the military said. Turkish F-16 jets carried out a…

  • Turkish nationalists could back AK minority government in return for November poll

    By Ercan Gurses ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's nationalist opposition would support a minority government formed by the ruling AK Party if it agreed to hold a snap election in November, its deputy chairman Semih Yalcin told Reuters on Tuesday. In a sign of the sensitivities around efforts to form a…

  • A state of their own: Could 'Refugee Nation' be an answer?

    Jason Buzi, an Israeli-born Silicon Valley property developer, wants to provide land to the world’s nearly 20 million migrants who have sought asylum outside of their countries of origin. Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz.

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  • Somalia may soon ban female genital mutilation. Are laws enough?

    Somalia may soon take a crucial step toward ending female genital mutilation and cutting. The country’s Minister of Women and Human Rights has announced plans to introduce a bill banning the practice nationwide, Somali news outlet Horseed Media reported Tuesday. “[The] time has come for us to…

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  • Why is Kim Jong-un receiving a peace prize?

    The United Nations accuses North Korea of vast human-rights abuses, but Indonesia doesn’t necessarily agree. The Southeast Asian nation is even planning to award Kim Jong-un a peace prize. A daughter of Indonesia’s founding president has confirmed on Monday that the North Korean leader will be…

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  • Drone drops drugs into Ohio prison yard: The newest smuggling method?

    The machine most commonly used for delivering prison contraband can be bought on Amazon for as cheaply as $400, CBS News reports. Recommended: Can you pass the written police officer exam? Washington State Senator Pam Roach (R) introduced a bill in February that would tack an extra year onto the…

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  • Myanmar factions find common cause in fighting malaria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside decades of animosity and suspicion, senior Myanmar government and military officials have held unprecedented discussions with representatives of the main opposition party and ethnic minorities in Washington on fighting a common enemy — malaria.

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  • Italy prosecutor says fugitive Mafia Godfather protected 'at high level'

    An Italian prosecutor who has been hunting the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia for the past 10 years says he has eluded capture because he is "protected at a very high level". Matteo Messina Denaro, who has been on the run since 1993, "leaves Sicily" often and with apparent ease, Teresa…

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  • 16 police officers killed in Colombia helicopter crash

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Sixteen police officers died Tuesday when the Black Hawk helicopter they were traveling in crashed while taking part in a manhunt for the nation's most-wanted drug trafficker.

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  • UN chief seeks urgent funding for Palestinian refugees

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday raised alarm over a $100 million shortfall in funding for the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees and called for urgent donations. Ban said in a statement that the UNRWA relief agency was "a pillar of stability" for five million Palestinian refugees…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT

    HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago. "I didn't want to see this place for a long…

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  • Brazil mining company dumps sand and clay into river

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian environmental authorities say they have suspended a mining company's operations in Rio de Janeiro state after a retention dike broke, sending sand and clay into an unpolluted river that flows into Rio's Guanabara Bay where Olympic sailing events will be held next year.

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  • Mexico prosecutor: Video has suspects in journalist killing

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's prosecutor says surveillance video shows three suspects leaving the apartment where five people were found tortured and shot. Among the victims was a photojournalist who felt under threat and left the Mexican state he covered to seek refuge in the capital.

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  • Toronto nightclub shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 3 wounded

    TORONTO (AP) — A shooting that started at a Toronto nightclub event hosted by rapper Drake and then spilled outside onto the streets left at least two people dead and three others wounded, police said. It wasn't clear if Drake was present during the shooting.

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  • Jazz PG Dante Exum injures left knee playing for Australia

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum has injured his left knee while playing for the Australian National team. They were playing the Slovenia National team in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Tuesday.

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  • Choir begins rehearsals for pope's Philadelphia Mass

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Those fretting about how Philadelphia will accommodate huge crowds when Pope Francis visits are now hearing some soothing sounds.

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  • EU, US urge Turkey restraint amid PKK onslaught

    Europe and the United States on Tuesday urged Turkey to show a "proportionate response" in the face of daily attacks by Kurdish militants amid growing concern over the scale of Ankara's air campaign against the rebels. Three more Turkish soldiers were killed in the latest assault blamed on…

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  • Croatia celebrates, Serbia mourns military operation 20 years on

    Zagreb cheered and Belgrade wept on Tuesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Storm, which ended the war sparked by Croatia's proclamation of independence from Yugoslavia and caused an exodus of Croatian Serbs. Croatia started celebrating its "liberation" with a military parade,…

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  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday

    U.S. stocks dropped for a third straight day Tuesday as investors assessed some disappointing earnings reports.

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