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  • Pakistan leader distances himself from army as crisis drags on

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he did not turn to the military for help to defuse the…

    Reuters
  • Iran's foreign minister hopes for nuclear accord 'in short time left' till deadline

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran hoped to reach a "positive result" in talks with world powers on its nuclear programme ahead of a November deadline, thanks in part to support from Russia. "In that short period of time that is left, we hope that we can reach a positive…

    Reuters
  • China investigates senior legislator amid corruption crackdown

    China is investigating a member of its top legislature, the country's corruption watchdog said on Friday, the latest high-profile official to be targeted in a government campaign to stamp out graft. Bai Enpei, the ruling Communist Party's former top official in Yunnan province and the deputy head…

    Reuters
  • Islamic State steps up propaganda videos, beheading another captive

    A daily roundup of terrorism and security issues.

    Christian Science Monitor46 mins ago
  • Johnny Outlaw works on the right side of the law helping ex-cons stay out of prison

    Outlaw’s his name. Contrary to what his name may suggest, Chicago’s Johnny Outlaw doesn’t wear a six-shooter or black cowboy hat. “The most discriminated [against] class of people in our society are these guys on release from state and federal prison,” he says. Mr. Outlaw operates out of a tiny…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Will China vet Hong Kong election? Protests hang in the balance

    With Beijing signaling it is unlikely to allow the direct democracy in Hong Kong that many here say is overdue, protesters may “occupy” and block parts of China’s most significant international financial hub as early as next week.  The contretemps is seen as a fight over Hong Kong’s future…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Britain poorer than all US states except Mississippi

    Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. The Spectator's Fraser Nelson did the math and explains “Why…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

    Associated Press
  • Dutch government clamps down on radicalization

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government has unveiled a raft of measures aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • 44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria on Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • Islamic Jihad fighters parade after Gaza war

    Thousands of Islamic Jihad fighters paraded in Gaza City Friday, in a defiant show of force three days after a ceasefire ending a bloody war between Israel and Gaza militants. Fighters at the march wore military fatigues and carried assault rifles and other light weaponry, with some holding aloft…

    AFP21 mins ago
  • Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

    By Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland reduced its aviation warning level to orange on Friday after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft. No sign of ash…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • Unfit Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania.

    Associated Press22 mins ago
  • Senegal reports first case of Ebola

    Senegal confirmed its first case of Ebola on Friday, as the country's health minister announced that a young Guinean had tested positive for the deadly virus. Guinean health services had reported on Wednesday "the disappearance of a person infected with Ebola who reportedly travelled to Senegal",…

    AFP25 mins ago
  • English clubs spending record amounts this summer

    LONDON (AP) — With frenetic deadline-day dealings still to come, Premier League clubs have already spent record amounts in this summer's transfer window as they benefit from increased income from broadcast revenues.

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • Britain raises terror threat level on Iraq, Syria fears

    British Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday the country's terror threat risk level was being raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. "The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against…

    AFP31 mins ago
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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Closing arguments begin in public corruption trial of former Virginia governor, wife.

    Associated Press34 mins ago