• Guatemala's president quits, jailed pending hearing on corruption charges

    By Alexandra Alper and Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's Otto Perez resigned as president and was jailed on Thursday while a judge weighs charging him in a corruption scandal that gutted his government and plunged the country into a political crisis days before a presidential…

  • Greek polls show Syriza, conservatives neck-and-neck

    Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party is running neck-and-neck with its main conservative rival, New Democracy, ahead of national elections on Sept. 20, according to three polls published on Friday. Syriza's poll lead has shriveled since Tsipras resigned in August and…

  • Druze leader killed in car bomb in southern Syria: monitor

    A car bomb blast killed a Druze leader and at least three other people in southern Syria on Friday, a monitor said. The explosion on the outskirts of the town of Sweida killed Sheikh Wahid al-Balous, who opposed both the Syrian government and Islamist insurgents fighting against it, the…

  • 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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  • Serena Williams' comeback extends Grand Slam try at US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even if her latest troublesome first set had finished only an hour earlier, it seemed a distant memory by the time Serena Williams smacked a cross-court forehand passing winner on the run and wound up doing the splits behind the baseline.

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  • Canada less welcoming to refugees under Harper's leadership

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada has long prided itself for opening its doors wider than any nation to asylum seekers, but the number it welcomes has waned since Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper took power almost 10 years ago.

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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    NARAHA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese town of Naraha on Saturday lifted a 2011 evacuation order that sent all its 7,400 residents away after the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled by a tsunami and spread contamination. Naraha was the first among seven municipalities forced to empty entirely…

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  • Austria welcomes first migrant buses from Hungary

    The first bus carrying migrants who have been stranded in the Hungarian capital reached the Austrian border early Saturday, after Vienna and Berlin agreed to take in thousands of refugees desperate to start new lives in Western Europe. Some 50 migrants from the 1,200 or so people who set off on…

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  • Bolivia: Air Force captain found with large load of cocaine

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A senior Bolivian official says an air force captain has been detained as he tried to take off from near the Peru border with 362 kilograms (796 pounds) of cocaine in his plane.

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  • Between hope and despair, migrants board buses for Austria

    ONBOARD A MIGRANT BUS TO AUSTRIA (Hungary) (AFP) - "According to the Hungarian government, there will be free buses to take you to the last town before the border," shouts a man urgently in Arabic through a megaphone. It is the camp of the 1,200-strong group who set out from Keleti at noon to walk…

  • Messi scores twice, Argentina beats Bolivia 7-0

    HOUSTON (AP) — Lionel Messi scored less than a minute after coming on as a substitute and added another goal in Argentina's 7-0 victory over Bolivia on Friday night.

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  • Japan town near damaged nuclear plant lifts evacuation order

    NARAHA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese town of Naraha on Saturday lifted a 2011 evacuation order that sent all its 7,400 residents away after the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled by a tsunami and spread contamination.

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  • FFA aware of security situation ahead of World Cup match

    SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia said Saturday it is hopeful that Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan in the capital Dushanbe will go ahead despite unrest in the city over the past several days.

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  • Altidore scores twice as US comes back to beat Peru 2-1

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jozy Altidore scored a two second-half goals in his return to the U.S. team following an injury filled summer, as the Americans came back to beat Peru 2-1 in a friendly Friday.

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