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  • Iraqi forces say most of Baiji town recaptured from Islamic State

    Iraqi forces have cleared Islamic State militants from most of the northern town of Baiji and hope to drive them from the nearby oil refinery within days, a spokesman for the Shi'ite militias leading the fight said on Thursday. If the Shi'ite Hashd Shaabi fighters and Iraqi security forces regain…

    Reuters
  • Berlin to meet U.S. ambassador over spying reports: source

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff will meet the U.S. ambassador on Thursday to discuss allegations that U.S. spies bugged senior government ministers, a German government source said. In the latest twist in an ongoing scandal over extensive U.S. spying in Europe which has caused…

    Reuters
  • Eight dead in new Saudi-led strikes on Yemen's Sanaa: agency

    Saudi-led air strikes killed eight people on Thursday in Yemen's capital Sanaa, residents and a news agency reported, the first such attacks after a lull of several days. Warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition also launched 35 raids on the northern Saada province, the main base of Iranian-backed…

    Reuters
  • Why Baltimore plans to add cameras inside police vans

    Police vans in Baltimore will soon be equipped with cameras to record and monitor what happens as prisoners are transported, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday, according to Reuters. The measure was one of a series of reforms discussed during the riots this past April…

    Christian Science Monitor28 mins ago
  • Is Donald Trump becoming a Republican liability?

    Donald Trump is a "political disaster," says The Wall Street Journal. Trump is "dangerously toxic for the GOP brand," The Washington Post pronounces. Indeed, thanks in part to his larger-than-life persona, and to his rambling, flamboyant, stream-of-consciousness speech at his presidential…

    Christian Science Monitor38 mins ago
  • Hazing 101: How do college Greek organizations stem the tide?

    On July 1, 2014, California State University-Northridge student Armando Villa went on an 18-mile hike in the scorching heat as part of a pledge activity for Pi Kappa Phi. Many colleges and universities have anti-hazing policies that are grounded in their state’s anti-hazing laws. Many…

    Christian Science Monitor42 mins ago
  • Is Sweden's military too small even for its peacenik ways?

    With fewer than 20,000 active military personnel to cover an area of 170,000 square miles and nearly 2,000 miles of coastline, Sweden is the most thinly defended of the so-called Nordic Four – Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark. Now, amid a rapidly shifting Baltic security picture – and a report…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Italy's Renzi says Greece talks to resume after referendum, sees no euro exit

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday he did not believe Greece would leave the euro and whatever the outcome of Sunday's referendum, Athens and its creditors would have to resume negotiations. "Greece will have to come back to the negotiating table in any case and negotiate an aid…

    Reuters15 mins ago
  • Russia fumes at expulsion of TV reporter from Ukraine

    A new public relations war raged Thursday between Moscow and Kiev after Ukraine deported a reporter with Russia's Channel One television for allegedly running "destructive" stories about the crisis-torn ex-Soviet state. Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) said it had expelled Alexandra…

    AFP17 mins ago
  • Top US auto safety regulator says Chrysler to face sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief U.S. auto safety regulator says Fiat Chrysler will face sanctions for violating safety laws in multiple recalls.

    Associated Press18 mins ago
  • Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • Leopard mauls guide's arm in attack in South African park

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A leopard mauled a guide in an attack on an open tourist safari vehicle in South Africa's flagship wildlife park Thursday, authorities said.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • IS destroys statue outside Syria's Palmyra museum

    Islamic State group jihadists have destroyed a famous statue of a lion outside the museum in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities director said Thursday. Maamoun Abdelkarim said the statue, known as the Lion of Al-Lat, was an irreplacable piece and was apparently destroyed last…

    AFP20 mins ago
  • Heaven scent: Finding may help restore fragrance to roses

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In fact, many kinds of roses today have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • The Latest: Nadal a set away from losing at Wimbledon

    LONDON (AP) — The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • UN says coca production jumped 44 percent in Colombia

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new study by the United Nations that is likely to raise questions about the government's decision to abandon a US-backed aerial eradication campaign.

    Associated Press25 mins ago
  • Britain to boost funds for dealing with Calais migrants

    Britain vowed Thursday to increase its funding to deal with migrants camped out around the northern French port of Calais and trying to cross the Channel. Home Minister Theresa May met her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris to discuss the issue which has created friction across the…

    AFP26 mins ago
  • U.N. aiming for pause in Yemen fighting for humanitarian relief

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations has alerted aid groups to be prepared for a possible humanitarian pause in fighting in Yemen, starting as early as Friday, that would allow them to deliver assistance to some of the 21 million people in need. A Saudi Arabia-led…

    Reuters27 mins ago
  • Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A government official and a self-defense fighter say Boko Haram extremists have gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in northeastern Nigeria.

    Associated Press28 mins ago