• Islamic State takes military barracks, dam in Iraq's Anbar: sources

    Islamic State militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in the western Anbar province after fierce fighting through the night that continued on Saturday, security sources and witnesses said. The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to…

  • Syria's former spy chief dies in unclear circumstances: source

    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Rustom Ghazali, Syria's last chief of intelligence in Lebanon who was a suspect in the killing of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has died in Damascus, Lebanese media reported. A Lebanese source with ties to Damascus also said that Ghazali had died on Friday. …

  • More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN (Reuters) - Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves toward dialogue. Saudi Arabia says it is winding down its month-old…

  • 100 years later, Australia remembers 'baptism of fire' at Gallipoli

    To many Australians the real birth of their nation took place not at federation on Jan. 1, 1901, but in the pre-dawn hours of April 25, 1915, when the first of 60,000 volunteer soldiers landed on the beaches of Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula. Australia actually suffered far greater casualties in the…

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  • Clinton Foundation stories: why Hillary campaign can't dismiss them

    It’s been a bad week for Hillary Clinton, news-wise. There’s been an outpouring of stories about the appearance of conflicts of interest between her role as secretary of State and her family and foundation finances. For instance, The New York Times had a lengthy piece about Russia, uranium, and…

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  • 'Man-made' earthquakes: Is fracking adding to seismic activity in US?

    The new earthquake hazard map from researchers at the US Geological Survey points out 17 typically dormant areas where wastewater injections from hydraulic fracturing operations might be the root cause of high seismic activity. Oklahoma is leading the way, registering more quakes of magnitude 3 or…

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  • At cybersecurity gathering, the White House steps up charm offensive

    In San Francisco this week, White House cybersecurity czar Michael Daniel – clad in dark suit, government pin, and a yellow tie decorated with waving flags – sat across from Amit Yoran, president of the security firm RSA, who was sporting a tight zip-up workout shirt and jeans. Mr. Daniel and Mr.…

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  • Jailed Venezuelan mayor transferred from prison to hospital

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The jailed mayor of Venezuela's capital has been transferred from prison to a hospital where he will undergo emergency surgery for a groin hernia.

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  • Insurgents seize Syrian strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys

    Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria Nusra Front seized the strategic northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four year conflict. Opposition fighters and the Syrian Observatory for Human rights said that the town was now totally…

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  • Three Islamic State car bombs hit Iraq-Jordan border crossing, four dead

    BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Three suicide car bombs exploded at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Saturday, killing four soldiers, a witness and an Iraqi border police source said, in an attack claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. The Islamic State militant group claimed…

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  • Clashes rage in Yemen as calls for peace talks grow

    Fierce fighting raged Saturday in south Yemen between Iran-backed rebels and loyalists of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, as pressure mounted for the warring factions to hold political talks. The Huthi rebels, who have overrun large parts of the country and forced Hadi to flee overseas,…

  • IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing

    The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel. The bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles, one of them a lorry, at checkpoints on the Iraqi side…

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  • Thousands gather at dawn ceremony to mark Gallipoli centenary

    By Dasha Afanasieva GALLIPOLI PENINSULA, Turkey - Leaders and dignitaries from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey led thousands at dawn ceremonies on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of a World War One battle that helped shape their nations. The Gallipoli…

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  • Thousands honor soldiers on 100th year of Gallipoli battle

    GALLIPOLI, Turkey (AP) — For the first time at age 95, Bill Grayden has come to Gallipoli, where his father stormed the beach and took a bullet through his lung during the ill-fated British-led World War I invasion.

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  • 8 dead, more missing in quake-triggered avalanche on Everest

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake in Nepal smashed into a base camp at the foothills of Mount Everest on Saturday, killing at least eight climbers and guides, injuring many and leaving an unknown number missing near the mountain's most dangerous spot, officials…

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  • Four Egypt militants killed making bombs: police

    Egyptian police said Saturday that four Islamists were killed in an accidental explosion while preparing bombs south of the capital. Police said the suspected militants were members of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, whom the army toppled in…

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  • Nishikori beats Klizan to return to Barcelona Open final

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Defending champion Kei Nishikori is back in the final of the Barcelona Open after beating Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 Saturday.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing at least 718 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. It was the worst tremor to hit the poor South…

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