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  • Second-term Obama tells Africa's 'Big Men' to quit when time is up

    By Jeff Mason and Edmund Blair ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Judging by the applause at the African Union headquarters, Barack Obama hit a chord when he took aim at the continent's 'Big Men', telling them they should quit when their time was up - especially since most have the cash to retire…

    Reuters
  • Gunmen who carried out India's Punjab attack were Muslim: police

    By Andrew MacAskill DINANAGAR, India (Reuters) - Three gunmen who fought a 12-hour battle on Monday near the Pakistan border were Muslim, the Punjab police chief said on Tuesday, contradicting speculation that the attack may have been carried out by Sikh separatists. "The inspection of the bodies…

    Reuters
  • Millions in Yemen on brink of starvation, Oxfam warns

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 6 million people in Yemen are on the verge of starvation, Oxfam warned on Tuesday, adding that months of war and a blockade on imports were pushing an additional 25,000 people into hunger every day. One in two of Yemen's people -…

    Reuters
  • Senate weighs defunding Planned Parenthood: How are federal funds used?

    Controversy around Planned Parenthood took on a new level of intensity Tuesday as US Senate agreed to vote on new legislation that would defund the health care provider. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) drafted the legislation following the release of videos showing a conversation between Planned…

    Christian Science Monitor27 mins ago
  • Did White House influence 'Daily Show' coverage?

    As Jon Stewart begins his final run on the "Daily Show," a pair of scandals threaten to besmirch his reputation with his left-leaning fans. Last week, a report circulated that Mr. Stewart blew up at former Daily Show writer Wyatt Cenac over a segment Mr. Cenac, an African-American, said he…

    Christian Science Monitor34 mins ago
  • Why fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico is now banned in the US

    News that some Mexican farm workers have been relieving themselves in fields of cilantro bound for American tables may worry consumers. While presidential candidate Donald Trump, who said "infectious disease is pouring across the border," may be tempted to make the quality of Mexican cilantro…

    Christian Science Monitor42 mins ago
  • George Washington makes SAT, ACT optional: Do standardized tests still matter?

    Undergraduate applicants to George Washington University will no longer have to submit their ACT or SAT test scores, the school announced on Monday. University administrators were concerned that below-average standardized test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply to the…

    Christian Science Monitor54 mins ago
  • UN aid chief calls for greater Syria access

    UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien said Tuesday that he hoped to secure better humanitarian access to Syrians most in need during his maiden visit to Damascus next month. "Carving out space to meet the humanitarian needs of Syria's people is today's imperative," said the British former MP, who replaced…

    AFP15 mins ago
  • Iran a 'formidable' danger to Europe: Netanyahu

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Iran posed a "formidable" threat to Europe, accusing its proxy Hezbollah of operating cells across the continent. Just last month, a member of the Lebanese Shiite militant group was jailed in Cyprus for plotting attacks on Israeli targets…

    AFP17 mins ago
  • Iran's Zarif has 'no concern' about nuclear deal

    Iran's foreign minister moved to dismiss concerns Tuesday that his country's nuclear deal with major powers could hit difficulties, saying he had "no concern or worry" about its implementation. Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks came during a joint news conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief…

    AFP19 mins ago
  • French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth

    A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday. "This is a major discovery because we have very few human fossils from this period in Europe," she said. …

    AFP22 mins ago
  • S&P revises Brazil's outlook to negative

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said on Tuesday it has revised the outlook for Brazil's foreign-currency debt from stable to negative.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Mead Johnson paying $12M to settle US bribery charges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mead Johnson has agreed to pay $12 million to settle federal civil charges that its Chinese subsidiary bribed hospital professionals to recommend its infant formula to new or expecting mothers who were patients.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Fire at furniture factory in Egypt kills 25 people

    CAIRO (AP) — A fire that erupted at a furniture factory east of Cairo on Tuesday killed 25 people and injured 22, Egypt's Health Ministry said.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
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  • Mexico national soccer coach fired after journalist's claim

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Embattled Mexican national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera has been fired following a TV reporter's claim that the coach known as "El Piojo" punched him.

    Associated Press31 mins ago
  • 2,100 migrants try to storm Eurotunnel site in French port

    PARIS (AP) — An official in the northern French port of Calais says that 2,100 migrants tried to storm the area surrounding the Eurotunnel early Tuesday before being repelled by police.

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  • Nigeria clash kills 11 Islamists, three militia: sources

    Three militia fighters and 11 Boko Haram militants have been killed in a clash in a village in northeastern Nigeria, a local resident and a member of the militia fighting alongside the army said Tuesday. News of the clash came as Nigeria's military spokesman told AFP a new regional force tasked…

    AFP33 mins ago