• Turkey condemns Tripoli air strikes claimed by Libyan government

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey on Wednesday condemned air strikes claimed by the Libyan government on an airport in Tripoli controlled by a rival administration, setting it at odds with the country's internationally-recognized authorities. Turkey appointed a special representative to Libya last month,…

  • Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago. "The impact on business…

  • Thai junta chief says has not 'damaged' country, rights group disagrees

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha vigorously defended his position as leader on Wednesday, more than six months after he seized power in a bloodless coup, as a U.S.-based rights group said the country had fallen into an "apparently bottomless pit". Thailand has seen a fresh…

  • How L.A. worked to head off riots after grand jury decision in Ferguson case

    After community activist Najee Ali told a group of demonstrators that there would be no indictment in the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., there was anger, sadness, disgust, and tears.

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  • Darren Wilson testimony raises fresh questions about racial perceptions

    The release of officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony about his role in the death of Michael Brown has reopened questions about the degree to which white cops view black suspects through a potentially distorting lens.

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  • Could Hagel resignation signal shift in US strategy against Islamic State?

    Does the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signal that the Obama administration is planning to change its strategy in its fight against the Islamic State?

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  • What's in Ferguson files? Little clarity, lots of questions

    The decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson is stirring controversy not just on urban streets but also among legal scholars.

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  • 6 killed in rebel attack on house of Yemen leader

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen security officials say Shiite Houthi rebels have attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital, killing six guards and injuring four.

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  • Egypt drops ban on 'adults only' film

    An Egyptian court has revoked a government ban on a film by Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe that had been deemed sexually provocative, judicial sources said on Wednesday. In April, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab suspended screening of "Halawet Rooh" (Beauty of Soul), a movie said to have been inspired by…

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests on Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a 2-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony. In the second day of the…

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  • Bangladesh 297-6 vs Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Opener Anamul Haque struck 95 to steer Bangladesh to a respectable 297-6 against Zimbabwe in the third one-day international on Wednesday.

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  • Activists raise Raqqa strikes death toll to 95

    BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years.

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  • Iran parliament approve science minister nominee

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament on Wednesday approved President Hassan Rouhani's nominee for ministry of science, ending a long stand-off between the moderate president and the conservative-dominated assembly.

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  • England choose to bowl first in ODI series opener

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat in the first of seven one-day internationals at R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

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  • Thomas Cook shares slump as chief executive quits

    London (AFP) - Thomas Cook's share price tumbled by more than a fifth on Wednesday after the British travel group announced the exit of chief executive Harriet Green.

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  • Protests spread across U.S., more troops deployed to prevent fresh Ferguson riots

    By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - (Please note offensive language in last paragraph) Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson after a grand jury declined to indict a…

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  • In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business

    LONDON (AP) — Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts.

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  • Once maligned, Iran's Jews find greater acceptance

    YAZD, Iran (AP) — More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic — until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

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