• Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed up by Saudi-led coalition air strikes have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said on Thursday. Forces loyal to…

  • After Russia U.N. veto, countries seek court for Flight MH17 prosecutions

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine a year ago are considering setting up an independent international tribunal after Russia vetoed attempts to establish a U.N.-backed court to prosecute suspects. Russia…

  • Greece's Tsipras challenges party bailout critics to showdown

    By Renee Maltezou and Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras challenged hard-left rebels in his Syriza movement on Thursday to put their opposition to new bailout negotiations to an immediate membership ballot, as he seeks to assert his control over the ruling…

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  • Debris clues: Are they searching for MH370 in the right place?

    Nearly two weeks after a Malaysian Airlines flight vanished on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers on board in March 2014, researchers confirmed it had plunged into the Indian Ocean. As the search continued a year later, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Australia's deputy defense…

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  • Who are the Americans without Internet access?

    People over the age of 50 or who live in rural areas, have less education, make less money, or are Black or Hispanic are less likely to be plugged in, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center – though these factors have different levels of influence. The percentage of adults without…

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  • Free clinics, doctors try to patch growing holes in Greece's safety net

    In a former American military base that is now used as a free clinic on the outskirts of Athens, 61-year-old Angelidis Kostondinos waits to see a doctor. Take our geography quiz. Around hundred doctors take it in turns donating their time to the clinic when they’re not otherwise working long…

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  • How Donald Trump hurts every GOP candidate, except one

    A rising tide may lift all boats, but in the 2016 Republican primary race, a rising Donald Trump sinks all GOP candidates. Since he entered the race in mid-June, the meteoric rise of the billionaire businessman and surprise Republican candidate – the latest Quinnipiac poll has Mr. Trump leading…

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  • Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A rival Libyan jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna, in fighting that killed 40 militants on both sides, officials said Thursday.

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  • Russia modernizing S-300 missile system for Iran: RIA, citing Putin aide

    Russia is modernizing its S-300 missile system to supply to Iran, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, RIA news agency reported. "It has partially been updated, separate elements are still being updated," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential adviser on military matters,…

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  • Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia enjoyed a solid 60 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter, with a good performance in its core networks division suggesting the Finnish company is succeeding in turning its business around since selling its handsets operation to Microsoft in 2013.

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  • 4 killed in plane crash in northern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A state official and three other people have died a small plane crash in northern Mexico.

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  • Canada approves abortion pill, joining 60 other countries

    Canada has approved the use of the abortion pill mifepristone after three years of tests, the ministry of health said Thursday. The pill, also known as RU-486, is already legal in 60 countries, including the United States and France, where it was legalized in 1988. Unlike the morning after pill,…

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  • Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa

    Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his application. China's best known contemporary artist…

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  • Chile charges five ex-military in youth's burning death

    Five former Chilean soldiers were indicted Thursday in the killing of a teenager who was burned to death after being picked up at a protest during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The indictments bring to 12 the number of former army officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers charged in…

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  • U.N. tackles illicit wildlife poaching amid Cecil the lion uproar

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday called on all countries to step up their efforts to tackle illicit poaching and trafficking in wildlife amid global uproar over the unlawful killing of "Cecil" the lion in Zimbabwe. The 193-member…

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  • Russia to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Kremlin official says that Russia is working to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran.

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  • Ukraine bans French lawmakers who visited Crimea

    Ukraine on Thursday blacklisted a group of right-wing French lawmakers who ignored warnings from Paris and paid an unofficial but highly publicised visit to Russian-occupied Crimea. The 10 lower and upper house members used their weekend stay to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin and the…

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  • Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday.

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