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  • U.S. begins vetting Syrian rebels for military training: Pentagon

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday. Rear Admiral John Kirby,…

    Reuters
  • China military official booted from parliament in anti-graft drive

    China has booted a senior military official who is embroiled in a corruption scandal from its parliament, state media reported on Saturday. The development, which comes as China's leadership pursues a campaign to weed out corruption and excess in its armed forces, is significant because it means…

    Reuters
  • U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'barbaric terrorist acts' in Iraq

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Friday condemned what it described as the latest "barbaric terrorist acts" in Iraq by Islamic State militants, including the destruction of priceless religious and cultural artifacts. A video published by the…

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  • In rebuke to GOP leadership, House fails to pass stopgap DHS funding

    It was exactly what Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio had promised would not happen with a Congress completely under GOP control. Representative Dent, a co-chair of the center-right “Tuesday Group,” has been arguing for a “clean” DHS funding bill – with no “poison pill” riders blocking the…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Why, despite the headlines, the world is a safer place

    They rarely send Diane Sawyer halfway around the world to broadcast live from, say, a non-war zone. “So if you concentrate on headlines, you think nothing has changed,” Pinker said.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Net neutrality could hider efforts to safeguard Web, worry security experts

    In essence, the ruling classifies Internet service providers, or ISPs, as public utilities such as phone companies. Phone companies still operate under common carrier status and are prohibited form treating calls differently based on where they come from, who is calling, or what might be said on…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Virginia moves to compensate victims of state's forced sterilization program

    Virginia lawmakers approved a measure Thursday to compensate people forcibly sterilized under a eugenics program that was in place for much of the 20th century. Under the measure, which is now being considered by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, at least 11 survivors from Virginia are to be…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

    Associated Press
  • China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas

    BEIJING (AP) — Wild giant pandas in China are doing well.

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  • China's famed Shaolin temple plans big project in Australia

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese temple famous for its martial arts is planning to build a $297-million complex that includes a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course in Australia.

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  • Kosir wins snowboard World Cup to take overall lead

    ASAHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — Zan Kosir of Slovenia won the World Cup parallel giant slalom snowboard event on Saturday to move into first place in the overall standings.

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  • Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts

    By Kyle Plantz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say. With the 68th World Health Assembly coming up in…

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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing…

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  • New Zealand edges Aussies by 1 wicket in World Cup thriller

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand scraped home in a thrilling finish against Australia in Saturday's clash of the Cricket World Cup co-hosts, with Kane Williamson hitting a six to give the Black Caps a one-wicket win after Australia had threatened a remarkable victory.

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  • Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar on Saturday arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader.

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the monthlong Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing…

    Associated Press