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  • Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi city; airport hit

    Heavy clashes broke out between the forces of a renegade general and Islamist fighters in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and showering the airport with rockets, medical and military sources said. Libya is being racked by factional violence as the armed…

    Reuters
  • Fukushima fallout: Resentment grows in nearby Japanese city

    By Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski IWAKI Japan (Reuters) - Like many of her neighbors, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago. Property…

    Reuters
  • Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

    By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four…

    Reuters43 mins ago
  • Why anti-gun Moms target Kroger stores for next firearms ban

    Ten days into a campaign to get the nation's largest supermarket chain to ban guns, Kroger is walking a tightrope. The gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is calling on shoppers to boycott the Cincinnati-based grocery chain unless the store supports their position of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • No Islamic State strategy? Obama gets lots of unsought advice

    As the Obama administration works out its strategy for confronting the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria, President Obama is getting lots of urgent advice. Obama, of course, left himself open to unsolicited suggestions and criticisms earlier this week when he said, “We don’t have a…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Tony Stewart back to racing: Did NASCAR handle Kevin Ward’s death right?

    Did NASCAR make the right decision in allowing one of its best stock-car racers, No. 14 Tony Stewart, to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta despite an ongoing criminal investigation into his role in the death of sprint car racer Kevin Ward, on Aug. 9? Mr. Stewart, whose sprint car struck and…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Bob McDonnell: Is once popular Virginia governor headed for prison?

    The long and downward-spiraling tale of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell – worthy of a Shakespeare or more likely the script writer for an afternoon soap – is headed for its pathetic legal conclusion. The 25-day federal corruption trial of Mr. McDonnell and his wife Maureen, their adult children…

    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
  • 1st-place Sydney to open finals against Fremantle

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first-place Sydney Swans play fourth-place Fremantle while defending champions Hawthorn take on Geelong in qualifying finals to start the Australian Football League playoffs.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers who were surrounded and came under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights made a daring escape, the Philippine military chief Sunday, while 44 Fijian soldiers remained in the hands of the insurgents. After coming under…

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • Guatemala Mayans: from victims of discrimination to perpetrators?

    Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala -- who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves -- drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say. The Jewish group's departure from San Juan La Laguna, on the banks of Lake Atitlan some 200 kilometers…

    AFP34 mins ago
  • Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after 'greatest escape'

    All 75 Filipino troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are safe after the last batch slipped away under cover of night from besieging Syrian rebels, military spokesmen said Sunday. Military chief General Gregorio Catapang called it "the greatest escape," and praised the soldiers. …

    AFP45 mins ago
  • African extremists: Islamic State offers grim inspiration

    Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption. The United States has described the IS group in Iraq and Syria as the strongest-ever Islamist…

    AFP56 mins ago
  • South Korea's Hur shares lead at Portland Classic golf

    Hur Mi-Jung led a Korean assault on the leaderboard with a two-under 70 to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic. Hur reached 11-under 205 after 54 holes on Saturday, making her the co-leader along with defending champ Suzann Pettersen (67) and Spain's…

    AFP57 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers who were surrounded and came under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights made a daring escape, the Philippine military chief Sunday, while 44 Fijian soldiers remained in the hands of the insurgents. After coming under…

    Associated Press58 mins ago
  • Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the humanitarian…

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers who were surrounded and came under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights made a daring escape, the Philippine military chief Sunday, while 44 Fijian soldiers remained in the hands of the insurgents. After coming under…

    Associated Press
  • Lesotho PM flees military 'coup' for S.Africa

    Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane said he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux. "I will return as soon as my life is not in danger... I will not go back to Lesotho to get killed." Local…

    AFP