• Iran says ready to put rivalries aside with Saudi Arabia

    By Robin Emmott and Noah Barkin MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran and Saudi Arabia must overcome strained relations and work for stability in Syria and the Middle East, Iran's foreign minister said on Friday, a day after Syrian peace talks brought the rivals to the same table for the first time in months. …

  • Iraq says moving troops, preparing offensive to retake Mosul

    Iraq's military said on Friday it was mobilizing troops to prepare for an offensive the government has pledged to launch this year to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State. Hundreds of forces from the army's 15th division reached Makhmour base, 70 km (45 miles) south of Mosul, and…

  • 'No Bashar al-Assad in the future', says Saudi foreign minister: report

    Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia's military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. "There will be no Bashar al-Assad in the future," al-Jubeir told…

  • Amid big uncertainties, Syria truce deal might mean some relief for civilians

    Despite the many questions swirling around the cessation of hostilities in Syria that was announced early Friday – including whether the truce will even take hold – the plan offers a glimmer of hope for a half million Syrians at risk of going hungry. Just hours after the deal’s announcement, the…

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  • 'Right to work' is now law of the land in more than half of US states

    West Virginia became the 26th state to adopt a “right-to-work” law on Friday when the state legislature rebuked Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes of two highly contentious bills. Most lawmakers voted along party lines, with Republicans arguing that the legislation is pro-growth and…

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  • Syria ceasefire proposal inspires cautious relief

    What Secretary of State John Kerry called "a pause" in the fighting is set to begin in one week, with the promise of further talks leading to a cease-fire, David Sanger reported for The New York Times. Recommended: How well do you understand the conflict in Syria? Several ceasefires have been…

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  • Bizarre case of Edgar Latulip: How an Ontario man solved his own cold case

    After being listed as missing and presumed dead by family for thirty years, Edgar Latulip is finally going home. Mr. Latulip went missing in 1986 from a group home in Kitchener, Ontario. At first, Latulip headed for Niagara Falls by bus without his medication.

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  • Lydia Ko leads New Zealand Women's Open by 1 stroke

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Lydia Ko will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Women's Open after shooting a 5-under 67 Saturday.

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  • South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park

    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States are expected to begin talks next week on possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system following North Korea's recent rocket launch, officials said on Friday, as Seoul cut power to a factory park run…

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  • Top Asian News 6:19 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has…

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  • Pope in Mexico after historic talks with Russian patriarch

    Mexico greeted Pope Francis with mariachi music and throngs of Catholic faithful lining the streets after he held historic talks with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba. President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday welcomed Francis at the airport while a mariachi band played before he…

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  • Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh began a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.

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  • Pinturault wins men's World Cup giant slalom in Japan

    YUZAWA, Japan (AP) — Alexis Pinturault led a 1-2 finish for France in the men's World Cup giant slalom on Saturday.

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  • FBI: Washington boys located in Mexico in safe condition

    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The FBI says two brothers missing from Bellevue since August have been found in safe condition in Mexico.

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  • Australian prime minister announces Cabinet reshuffle

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Saturday announced a Cabinet reshuffle after three ministers resigned over scandals and two announced that they will retire at elections due within months.

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  • Trump: the art of the political rally

    Agence France-Presse has launched a weekly series of reporters' blogs taking readers behind the scenes of the 2016 US election for a look at the events and attitudes shaping the White House race. How can a former reality TV star -- best known for making money, a spectacularly ugly divorce in the…

  • Voges, Khawaja tons put Australia on top vs. New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Adam Voges continued his golden summer, notching his fourth century in consecutive innings and lifting his test batting average beyond 100 as Australia batted New Zealand out of the first test on day two Saturday.

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  • Australia 463-6 after day 2, 1st test vs. New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scores at stumps Saturday on the second day of the first test between New Zealand and Australia at the Basin Reserve:

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