• Quake in rural China kills six, damages thousands of homes

    A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing at least six people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency…

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  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo

    Syrian government forces mounted heavy air strikes against rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, the day after a major Islamist-led offensive on areas of the city controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's rebel attack, the most intense insurgent offensive…

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  • Israeli officer kills stone-throwing Palestinian youth in West Bank

    A senior Israeli army officer shot and killed a Palestinian youth who was throwing stones near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. A Palestinian witness and an Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinian was among a group throwing stones at…

  • At Iran nuclear talks, crumbs of hope and jockeying for advantage

    On a sunny balcony of the 5-star Palais Coburg hotel, enjoying the perfect Viennese weather before a television interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waved like royalty to the press below. “I have to be hopeful,” he said in reply to a shouted question, referring to the Iran…

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  • How America is quietly becoming a climate change leader

    When it comes to the fight against climate change, the United States is often cast as a laggard – if not an outright pariah. On one hand, the fundamentals of America’s conflict over the human role in climate change remain unchanged. A cap-and-trade bill to reduce carbon emissions remains a…

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  • Terrorists in Tunisia attacks trained at Islamic State camp in Libya

    The Tunisian terrorist who gunned down scores of mostly British tourists at a Tunisian beach resort last week trained at an Islamic State-affiliated camp in neighboring war-torn Libya. The radicalized student responsible for the beach massacre and the Tunisian gunmen in the Bardo attack are…

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  • Dramatic cuts to college tuition in Washington State: Will others follow?

    Washington State lawmakers reached a bipartisan agreement this week to pull skyrocketing tuition rates back to earth.

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  • No breakthrough between Iran and U.N. nuclear watchdog after Tehran talks

    VIENNA (Reuters) - No breakthrough was reached between the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran on unresolved questions around Tehran's nuclear program, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Friday after a visit to Tehran. "The purpose of the visit was to advance work towards the…

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  • IAEA chief says 'more work needed' with Iran after visit

    The UN atomic watchdog chief said Friday, after a crucial visit to Iran, that both sides have a "better understanding" in some areas but that more work is required. "I believe that both sides have a better understanding on some ways forward, though more work will be needed," International Atomic…

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  • Clashes, strikes kill 21 in Yemen's Aden

    Aden (AFP) - Saudi-led air strikes and clashes in Yemen's second city of Aden killed 13 Shiite Huthi rebels and eight pro-government fighters Friday, military sources said.

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  • Copa America: Argentina, Chile trying to end title drought

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Not just the Copa America will end when Argentina and Chile meet in the final on Saturday.

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  • ECB: Can't say now if would provide ELA if Greeks vote 'No'

    European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said he could not say whether the ECB would provide emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Greek banks if Greeks vote 'No' in a referendum on Sunday. Asked if the ECB would grant the assistance that Greek banks need to stay afloat, Constancio…

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  • EU leaders unlikely to attend Chinese military parade

    BEIJING (AP) — The European Union's ambassador to Beijing says top officials from the organization are unlikely to attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, amid uneasiness about such displays of armed might in the tense region.

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  • UK ex-diplomat says Hong Kong relocation 'plan' was joke

    LONDON (AP) — A former British diplomat says a bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was a joke between government officials.

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  • Spain: 3 die in explosion at family-run firework factory

    MADRID (AP) — Police say three people have been killed in an explosion at a family-run firework factory in northwestern Spain.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT

    UNPHA, North Korea (AP) — North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry. There has been almost no…

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  • Cholera deaths in South Sudan rise, thousands at risk: UN

    At least 29 people have died in a cholera outbreak in war-torn South Sudan with thousands more at risk of infection, the United Nations said Friday. A total of 484 cholera cases, including 29 deaths -- six of them children under five -- had been reported by the end of June, the UN Office for the…

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  • Greece: Poll shows 2 sides neck and neck before referendum

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters in what an opinion poll shows will be a very close race.

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  • Japan's Hagino pulls out of swim worlds with injured elbow

    TOKYO (AP) — World champion Kosuke Hagino of Japan will not compete at the swimming worlds after breaking his right elbow in training.

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