• Saudi-led strikes kill 30 in northern Yemen, Houthis say

    Air strikes by Saudi-led forces killed 30 civilians in an attack on a market in northern Yemen on Sunday, the Houthi-run news agency Saba said, as U.N. mediators pushed for a humanitarian pause in fighting that has killed nearly 3,000 since March. Saba also said Houthi forces launched rockets…

  • Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai: sources

    Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region. The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting…

  • Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village

    By Mariam Karouny QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago. In…

  • How is America's view on drug crimes changing?

    As President Barack Obama prepares to sign an order setting free dozens of people incarcerated for minor drug offenses, as aides expect him to do within the next few weeks, he stands to become the first president in decades to commute so many sentences at once, The New York Times reported. …

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  • Democrats edge past the GOP in party affiliation. Does it matter?

    Americans are more likely now than at any other time in recent history to avoid identifying themselves as Republican or Democrat, with 43 percent instead now calling themselves "independent," Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport reported in January, adding that the favorability rating for both…

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  • Will San Antonio missions' world heritage status be a boon for Texas?

    The sites, built in the 18th century in and around what is now the city of San Antonio, include the missions Valero (the Alamo), Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada. “The City of San Antonio is delighted with UNESCO’s action today and the recognition that our Spanish colonial missions are…

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  • Hillary on China hack: What is cybersecurity's role in 2016 elections?

    When discussing China’s alleged hacking of US computers, Hillary Clinton minced no words. At a campaign event in New Hampshire Saturday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said – in language far stronger than that typically used by President Barack Obama’s administration – that China was stealing…

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  • Greeks reject demands for more austerity in key referendum

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Voters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal.

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  • Greek conservative opposition chief Samaras resigns

    Greece's conservative opposition chief Antonis Samaras on Sunday announced his resignation after the country was on course to soundly reject further austerity cuts in a referendum. From today I am stepping down from the leadership," the New Democracy chief, a former prime minister, said in a…

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  • Macedonia central bank plans no new measures for now to shield from Greece

    Macedonia's central bank has no plans "for now" for further measures to shield itself from the Greek crisis, Governor Dimitar Bogov told Reuters on Sunday. There are two Greek-owned banks in Macedonia, Stopanska Banka and Alfa Banka, which together hold 22 percent of banking assets in Macedonia. …

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  • Tusk to decide on Monday if summit can go ahead on Tuesday: Elysee

    PARIS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk will confirm on Monday whether a euro zone summit will take place on Tuesday as France and Germany have requested, a spokesman for France's Elysee Palace said.

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  • Greece's prime minister says referendum result shows 'democracy won't be blackmailed'

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says referendum result shows 'democracy won't be blackmailed'

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  • Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour

    Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday to kick off his first South American trip in two years that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay and see him highlight the plight of the poor. It is the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three decades. Francis's last visit to South America was…

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  • Japan, USA set for World Cup final rematch

    Defending champions Japan face a United States team desperate to regain the title they last won 16 years ago as the Women's World Cup reaches its climax in Canada. Japan beat England 2-1 in the semi-final and the United States brushed aside top-ranked Germany 2-0 to set up a repeat of the 2011…

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  • The Latest: Pope Francis arrives Ecuador for 9-day tour

    Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The…

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  • Japan's Meiji industrial sites win UN world heritage status

    The UN's cultural body on Sunday conferred world heritage status on a number of new sites including some seen as representative of Japan's industrial revolution, as South Korea lifted its opposition to the listing. UNESCO's World Heritage committee added 23 sites considered representative of…

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