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  • Greek leftists put on brave face as poll shows conservatives pulling ahead

    By Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party said on Thursday it remained confident of winning an outright victory in a Sept. 20 election despite an opinion poll that showed its main conservative rival edging ahead. A senior Syriza…

  • Iran's Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers: state TV

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. President Hassan Rouhani, a…

  • New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh's efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure. Despite…

  • No more shotgun weddings: Jordan cracks down

    In a video that went viral on YouTube, a man is seen at a wedding reloading and firing his handgun. The video unleashed a firestorm in Jordan, where citizens demanded the government to ban the dangerous custom. Amid the uproar, so-called festive firing claimed further casualties: separate…

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  • Nearly 900,000 veterans are still waiting to get onto the VA backlog

    Despite President Obama's recent call for further reform of the veteran care system, nearly 900,000 military veterans still have pending health care applications with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA inspector general’s office confirmed in a new report.

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  • For young girls, an education; for older women, jobs

    Mr. Singh founded Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES), an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women in rural India. PPES provides free education for girls and job opportunities for women, with the goal of empowering those in the poorest segments of society.

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  • Two soldiers killed, 13 injured in two separate military helicopter incidents

    One Marine has been killed and 11 others were hurt when a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the Marines said on Thursday. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter came down hard during a training exercise around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a…

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  • Guatemala's president quits, faces charges in graft scandal

    By Alexandra Alper and Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned amid a corruption scandal that gutted his government and plunged Guatemala into chaos days before a national election, and turned himself into a court on Thursday to face charges. Perez, a…

  • About 10 dead, 100 wounded in twin blasts in northern Cameroon

    About 10 people were killed and 100 wounded on Thursday when a bomb went off near an army camp in northern Cameroon, where soldiers are battling Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria, army and police sources said. The attacks targeted Kerawa, a town in the Far North region that was the scene of clashes…

  • Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — With fighter jets roaring overhead, China's leader presided Thursday over a massive parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might, but also pledged to reduce the army by 300,000 troops in a bid to show that his country poses no expansionist threat. The…

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  • Migrants cling to west-bound train, refuse Hungarian camp

    By Marton Dunai BICSKE, Hungary (Reuters) - Migrants threw themselves onto railway lines and scuffled with helmeted riot police trying to take them to a reception center in Hungary on Thursday, forced from a train in desperate scenes symbolic of a European asylum system brought to breaking point. …

  • Family of drowned Syrian boy wanted to come to Canada: report

    The family of a Syrian boy whose dead body washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to emigrate to Canada, a report said Thursday. The bleak image of the lifeless toddler lying face down in the sand has become a poignant image of the plight of Syrian refugees and quickly went viral Wednesday. …

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  • Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists freed from jail

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Vice News journalists who were arrested in Turkey on terror-related charges have been released from jail, a Turkish government official said Thursday. Their assistant will remain jailed pending the conclusion of an investigation.

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  • Netanyahu says U.S. public opinion with Israel on Iran nuclear issue

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers including Washington. In remarks…

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  • Iran parliament debate on nuclear deal will be heated: speaker

    By Louis Charbonneau NEW YORK (Reuters) - The speaker of Iran's parliament on Thursday predicted that the debate among Iranian lawmakers on the nuclear agreement between Tehran and major powers will likely be more dramatic than in the U.S. Congress, where Republicans have sought to kill the deal. …

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  • The Latest: Prosecutor to seek jail for Guatemalan president

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (all times local):

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  • The Latest: Uncle: Drowned Syrian boys had worn lifejackets

    The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):

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  • Brazilian jury convicts 3 men for killing football fan

    SAO PAULO (AP) — A jury in northeastern Brazil has convicted three men for killing a football fan in May 2014 by throwing a toilet bowl from a stadium.

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