• At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members dead in mosque blast in Syria's Idlib: monitor

    An explosion at a mosque in Syria's Idlib province on Friday killed at least 25 members of the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, the British-based Observatory monitoring group said. The blast in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria went off as members of the Nusra Front gathered at the mosque for…

  • Car bombs explode in Libya's Derma, at least six killed

    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded when several car bombs exploded in the Libyan city of Derna, a medical source said on Friday. Derna has been caught in fighting between Islamic State militants, rival Islamist fighters and armed forces with the…

  • Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi Arabia's Najran and Jizan

    Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its army allies said on Saturday it had shelled various areas in Saudi Arabia's Jizan and Najran, killing and wounding several soldiers. The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency said 13 shells had been launched on Friday, targeting several areas including Jizan's…

  • Obama looks like he’s actually having fun being president

    President Obama sang in public – again. Much has been made of the president’s “best week ever” – now extending into a second week, or, in the eyes of some, an entire month – but an added bonus for Obama is that he actually seems to be having fun. Recommended: Barack Obama: How well do you know…

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  • Bernie Sanders raises $15 million. Chump change or a lot?

    Bernie Sanders has raised $15 million since joining the presidential race in April. Look at it this way: That’s fairly close to the $18 million that moneybags Mitt Romney raised for his general account in the first three months of his declared presidential run in the 2012 election cycle. Plus,…

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  • Successful rocket launch a reminder that Russia, US can cooperate

    The United States and Russia may be at sharp odds with each other over Ukraine, Syria, and Edward Snowden. After two failed attempts – one American, one Russian – in recent weeks to send a food, water, and toothpaste-laden chuck wagon to the space station’s crew, Friday’s problem-free liftoff was…

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  • Donald Trump: Whose voters is he stealing?

    Right now, Donald Trump is like a black hole whose stupendous gravitational pull is attracting a lot of media attention and some of the voters associated with the Republican 2016 presidential race. The question is whether Trump’s newfound numbers will hold up.

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  • Dalai Lama celebrates 80th birthday with California summit

    IRVINE, California (AP) — It won't be a small, private affair when the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday this weekend in southern California.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said Friday he hopes to build trust and create…

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  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.

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  • 'Yes', 'No' voters worlds apart in sleepy Greek town

    Argos (Greece) (AFP) - In the sleepy town of Argos in southern Greece, the "No" and "Yes" camps are worlds apart ahead of a historic bailout referendum. For one it's about rejecting austerity, the other is haunted by a possible return of the drachma.

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  • Defiant PM rejects Grexit fears as he rallies 'No' vote

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got a rock-star welcome at an Athens rally Friday as he sought to revive support for a "No" vote in a referendum called to strengthen his hand in talks with international creditors. Countering EU leaders' warnings that a "No" could cause Greece to crash out…

  • Barcelona loans defender Martin Montoya to Inter Milan

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it has agreed to loan its defender Martin Montoya to Inter Milan for a season.

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  • France's Hollande says ready to hold new summit on Boko Haram

    French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he is ready to organize a new summit of nations fighting Boko Haram, a militant group that has suffered defeats in recent months in its campaign to forge an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria. Hollande was speaking after talks in the capital of…

  • Clinton says hopes Iran talks yield deal in the next week

    By Amanda Becker HANOVER, N.H. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Friday she hoped 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal in coming days to curb Iran's nuclear program. The groundwork for the talks was laid when Clinton was…

  • Astana rider Lars Boom facing Tour de France exit

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali's under-pressure Astana team requested teammate Lars Boom be removed from cycling's showpiece race for anomalous blood-testing results announced Friday.

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  • Canadian economy not heading for recession: minister

    Canada's finance minister denied Friday that the country is heading for recession, a day after two major banks predicted economic doomsday. Canada, the world's fifth-biggest oil producer, has been hard hit by tumbling global oil prices and its economy shrank 0.6 percent at an annualized rate in…