• Gunmen kill 13 civilians on a minibus in north Afghanistan

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed by gunmen who attacked a minibus in north Afghanistan on Saturday, local officials said.     All victims belonged to the largely Shi'ite Hazara ethnic minority that was persecuted by the hardline Sunni Taliban during their rule…

  • Six Syrian security personnel killed by Druze gunmen in southern Syria: monitor

    Six Syrian government security personnel were killed by Druze gunmen in the south of the country, a monitor said on Saturday, after two car bomb blasts killed dozens of people overnight provoking angry protests. The two blasts, which occurred late on Friday, and ensuing violence killed a total of…

  • Al Shabaab militants seize two towns in southern Somalia

    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants al Shabaab seized control of two towns over two days in southwestern Somalia, a spokesman for the group and local officials said on Saturday, less than a week after its fighters attacked an African Union base in the same area.…

  • Why is ISIS blowing up history?

    Last May, as Islamic State (IS) fighters swept into Palmyra, Syria, a UNESCO World Heritage site, they promised to protect the city’s emblematic ruins, a glimpse into Roman-era history. Archaeologists, who spent years miserably watching as war and terrorism took their toll on the Middle East’s…

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  • Abdul-Jabbar tangles with Trump: Who's got game?

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s scathing response to criticisms by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has set pundits and strategists back on their heels wondering if anyone can checkmate him in the polls. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? In a hand-written…

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  • Drone crashes at US Open. Where is Washington on regulation?

    “A little bit scary, I have to say,” said Pennetta. While the drone industry is big and getting bigger, with analysts anticipating its business to surge to $8.4 billion by 2019 and nearly ten times that by 2025, legislation is comparatively limited and slow.

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  • Thousands turn out to honor slain Texas deputy

    Thousands of mourners gathered in Houston Friday for the funeral of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.

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  • Austria, Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary

    By Krisztina Than and Karin Strohecker HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a right-wing government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer…

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT

    NARAHA, Japan (AP) — Japan's government on Saturday lifted a 4 1/2-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town's 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. Naraha became the first to get the order lifted among…

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  • BBC 'seeks to broadcast' into N.Korea

    The BBC plans to launch a radio news service for broadcast into North Korea as part of an expansion of its World Service offering, a source told AFP on Saturday. The state broadcaster also wants to offer new and expanded services to Russia, Africa, India and the Middle East, added the source close…

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  • Puerto Rican singer Manny Manuel detained following crash

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say merengue singer Manny Manuel has been detained in a drunk-driving crash involving a police officer.

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  • China beats Russia in 4 sets at volleyball World Cup

    NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — China beat Russia 25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20 Saturday to move into first place at the women's volleyball World Cup.

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  • Hamilton takes 7th straight F1 pole at Monza; Ferrari 2-3

    MONZA, Italy (AP) — Lewis Hamilton extended his recent stranglehold on pole position in Formula One, although Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg qualified only fourth at the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.

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  • The Latest: Hungarian PM says migrant crisis not resolved

    The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

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  • Former archbishop accused of abuse buried in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish church has buried a former papal diplomat who died before he could face trial at the Vatican on charges of sexually abusing minors and possessing child pornography.

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  • Truce upheld for first time in war-torn eastern Ukraine: president

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday that the Western-backed truce signed in Minsk in February had been respected this week for the first time, despite pro-Russian rebels claiming a civilian had been killed. There has been no shooting on the front for a week," Poroshenko said in…

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  • Pakistan police arrest Christian labourer for blasphemy

    Pakistan police said Saturday they have arrested and imprisoned a Christian man accused of blasphemy in Punjab. Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan, with even unproven allegations often prompting mob violence, and acquittals in court are rare. "A Christian labourer named Pervaiz…

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  • France's far-right National Front tries to move past feud

    PARIS (AP) — France's far-right National Front is holding a party-wide meeting, hoping to move past a family feud that has pitted its head, Marine Le Pen, against her father.

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  • Snowden accepts Norwegian prize via video link from Russia

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Former intelligence worker Edward Snowden has received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression, accepting via a live video link from Russia.

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