• Houthis, foes fight on as Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels

    By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashef SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi group carried on fighting across Yemen on Monday despite a ceasefire announcement by its Saudi-led foes, and media controlled by the Iran-allied movement acknowledged that its forces had shelled targets inside Saudi…

  • Obama says more political openness would strengthen Ethiopia

    By Jeff Mason and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine. Obama was speaking…

  • Nine killed in day-long Indian gun battle near Pakistani border

    By Andrew MacAskill DINANAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian police overcame a group of gunmen dressed in military fatigues on Monday after a 12-hour battle that ended in a small-town police station near the border with Pakistan, and at least nine people were killed. Police in the frontier state of…

  • What happens when youngest convicted murderers in US are released?

    Curtis and Catherine Jones were 12 and 13, respectively, in 1999 when they stood in front of a Florida judge and received 18-year prison sentences for killing their father’s live-in girlfriend. In her case, Jones told Florida Today that being imprisoned – being able to grow up away from her…

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  • Boy Scouts to end ban on gay adult leaders: a step toward inclusion

    The Boy Scouts of America were expected Monday to lift the group’s controversial ban on gay adult leaders, citing a changed legal landscape that no longer allows for such a ban. At the same time, the group reaffirmed the right of local faith-based groups, many of which sponsor Boy Scout troops, to…

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  • How to rescue South Sudan

    During his first term in office, one of President Obama’s proudest moments was his role in the creation of the world’s newest nation. South Sudan was born in 2011 in northeast Africa to end a long civil war in Sudan. On Monday during a trip to Africa, Obama put his legacy on the line by…

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  • Why Boston won't be hosting the 2024 Olympics after all

    Boston can say goodbye to the idea of hosting the Olympics. The city and the US Olympic Committee have severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, a source familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. The end of Boston’s bid comes as no surprise, as public support, bogged down by…

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  • US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking

    Venezuela, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Zimbabwe and others joined Russia and Thailand at the bottom of an annual ranking compiled by the State Department and announced by Secretary of State John Kerry. Countries in "Tier 3," the lowest category, are those whose governments do not…

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  • IOC 'confident' of strong new US bid after Boston quits

    The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it was "confident" the US could find a "strong candidate" to host the 2024 Games, despite Boston pulling out of the contest shortly before a mid-September nomination deadline. "We are confident that the US will make the right choice and that they…

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  • Nuclear weapons not a toy, says North Korea's China envoy

    North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy. The comments by Ji Jae-Ryong came after an international deal with Tehran to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for…

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery. The State Department said Monday that labor abuses in the Southeast Asian country's seafood sector are persistent, abusive and largely…

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  • Volkswagen sold more vehicles than Toyota in first half

    TOKYO (AP) — Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.

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  • Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.

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  • Cold front brings rare July snow to Northern Rockies

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A freak July cold front brought snow to the Northern Rockies on Monday in a rare weather event that set record-low daytime temperatures across Idaho and could see overnight readings at or near freezing in parts of the region, meteorologists said. The…

  • Cabinet secretaries on Capitol Hill again to sell Iran deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's vigorous effort to sell the Iran nuclear deal to Congress continues — this time in the House where three Cabinet secretaries will face tough questioning on Tuesday from skeptical Democrats and Republicans.

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  • North Korea official says not interested in Iran-style deal

    BEIJING (AP) — The North Korean ambassador to China said Tuesday that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because North Korea is a "nuclear weapons state."

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  • Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua province

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged.

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