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Turkey's main opposition accuses Erdogan of blocking coalition efforts

Monday August 3, 2015    12:28 PM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's main opposition leader has accused President Tayyip Erdogan of blocking efforts to form a coalition government and warned him against taking the country to new elections through "blood politics" by reopening conflict with Kurdish militants. The ruling AK Party, founded by Erdogan, holds its final day of initial talks with the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) ... Full Story

North Korea shows captive Canadian pastor confessing before congregation

Monday August 3, 2015    8:34 AM

Hyeon Soo Lim, of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, traveled to North Korea in January this year on a routine humanitarian visit. He has been detained since February. Dressed in a dark blue suit and tie and speaking to a sparse congregation wh ... Full Story

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

Monday August 3, 2015    7:58 AM

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of independence from its vast neighbor and geopolitical foe. Hundreds o ... Full Story

Kerry seeks to convince Gulf Arabs on Iran deal

Monday August 3, 2015    5:16 AM

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began talks with Gulf states in Qatar on Monday, seeking to convince them of the merits of last month's nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss the battle against Islamic State militants and the war in Syria. Most Gulf ... Full Story

Syria army plane crashes in rebel-held town: monitor

Monday August 3, 2015    4:49 AM

Beirut (AFP) - A Syrian military aircraft crashed while on a bombing run over the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, leaving at least 12 people dead, a monitoring group said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear how many of the dead were from the c ... Full Story

Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi visits flood-hit area

Monday August 3, 2015    4:22 AM

KALAY, Myanmar (AP) â?? Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has visited one of the country's many flood-afflicted areas, raising her profile amid a national disaster that could have consequences in this November's general election.Over the weekend, President Thein visited the areas ... Full Story

China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting

Monday August 3, 2015    3:55 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Liu, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign ... Full Story

Teen stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride march dies: hospital

Sunday August 2, 2015    12:28 PM

Shira Banki, 16, was among six people stabbed at the Jerusalem march on Thursday by a suspect identified as an ultra-Orthodox Jew released from prison only weeks earlier for a similar attack. The five other victims suffered light injuries.Banki's family said Shira had been murdered because ... Full Story

Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties

Sunday August 2, 2015    10:40 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. "Egypt remains vi ... Full Story

Egypt postpones verdict in retrial of Al Jazeera journalists to Aug 29

Sunday August 2, 2015    8:25 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Sunday postponed for the second time the verdict in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists who have been charged with aiding a terrorist organization, a reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to Aug. 29. Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized ... Full Story

Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing

Saturday August 1, 2015    12:37 PM

In addition, bow and arrow hunts have been suspended unless they are approved by the head of the director of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the organization said. The authority said it only received information this week about the possibly illegal killing of a lion in Apr ... Full Story

New Afghan Taliban leader appeals for unity in first public message

Saturday August 1, 2015    12:10 PM

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/ PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The new Afghan Taliban leader appealed for unity in the insurgency in his first public message released on Saturday amid reports his predecessor's family members opposed his selection. The new head, Mullah Akhtar Moh ... Full Story

Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lion

Saturday August 1, 2015    6:55 AM

(Reuters) - The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultima ... Full Story

Migrant journeys cross in Channel citadel

Saturday August 1, 2015    6:19 AM

Recent arrivals have been bussed in to the Dover Immigration Removal Centre, a former citadel which looms above the port and is surrounded by a moat, high fencing, barbed wire and security cameras.The prison-like building houses up to 316 adult men who have either applied for asylum or had their ... Full Story

For athletes, Olympic goals outweigh the risks of Rio waters

Saturday August 1, 2015    5:52 AM

Despite a warning from a state environmental agency that some Olympic venues are unsafe, triathletes and paratriathletes entered the waters off Copacabana Beach Friday in an area considered "unfit" for swimming. They'll continue to compete this weekend in test events for next year's games."We know we are exposed to viruses, m ... Full Story

China seeks hearts and minds with Tibetan resettlements

Monday August 3, 2015    12:19 PM

NGABA, China (Reuters) - Nineteen-year-old Longsel Tsondre sees nothing romantic about the itinerant life his Tibetan herder family left behind when the government in his remote corner of southwestern China offered to resettle them a few years ago. "It was pretty tough out there. There was no development and we were quite poor," he told reporters on a rare government-organized trip to Ngaba, a heavily Tibetan part of Sichuan province traditionally strongly defiant of Chinese rule. "Now it& ... Full Story

Barnacles on debris could provide clues to missing MH370: experts

Monday August 3, 2015    8:25 AM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion might help unravel the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared last year with 239 passengers and crew on board. Malaysia ... Full Story

2nd Bangladesh vs South Africa test abandoned, ends in draw

Monday August 3, 2015    5:34 AM

The series was drawn 0-0 with both tests washed out.Rain at the Shere Bangla National Stadium disrupted three straight days of play before umpires decided to abandon the match 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the fifth day.Bangladesh was 246-8 in its first innings with captain Mushifuqr ... Full Story

Turkey's Erdogan says Putin may 'give up' on Assad

Monday August 3, 2015    5:07 AM

When asked if Putin could be persuaded not to support Assad, Erdogan said he saw his counterpart as "more positive" during a face-to-face meeting in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku in June and in subsequent telephone talks. "Putin's current attitude toward Syria is more encouraging than before," Erdogan told a group of journalists on his presidential jet as he returned from a trip to Asia."He is no longer of the opinion that Russia will support Assad to the end. I believe he can give up Assad," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Sabah and Sabah dailies. Turkey and Russia stand on opposing sides over the crisis in Syria, with Ankara one of the fiercest critics of Assad and Moscow one of his few remaini ... Full Story

Investigators for missing Malaysia flight meet in Paris

Monday August 3, 2015    4:40 AM

PARIS (AP) â?? French and Malaysian investigators are meeting in Paris with a judge after the arrival of a wing fragment many hope will solve the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.Experts are trying to determine whether the part comes from the plane, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, ... Full Story

Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon heaps misery on Asia

Monday August 3, 2015    4:13 AM

Authorities in India say more than 120 people have died across the country in recent days, while more than a million have been displaced by rains worsened by a cyclone that barrelled through the Bay of Bengal last week. On Monday rescuers resumed their search for villagers after downpours caused a l ... Full Story

Moroccan suffocates trying to enter Spain in suitcase: police

Monday August 3, 2015    3:46 AM

The man's older brother appears to have tried to smuggle him into Spain by ferry.The older man, aged 34, legally boarded the ferry linking Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory in north Africa, and Almeria in southern Spain with a car on Sunday, a police spokesman said.During the crossing h ... Full Story

Canadian PM calls general election for October 19

Sunday August 2, 2015    10:58 AM

Harper, in power since 2006, dissolved parliament after meeting with Governor General David Johnston, the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's nominal head of state in this Commonwealth country.Voters will be choosing all 338 members of the House of Commons, 30 more than in the last el ... Full Story

Malaysia says Indian Ocean airplane debris is part of a Boeing 777

Sunday August 2, 2015    8:52 AM

KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year. Experts hope the 2-2.5 me ... Full Story

Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

Sunday August 2, 2015    8:16 AM

A new piece of debris, meanwhile, found on Sunday on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean turned out to be a "domestic ladder," and doesn't belong to a plane, Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press amid media r ... Full Story

Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of 'provocative' attacks

Saturday August 1, 2015    12:28 PM

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish militia fighting Islamic State in Syria accused Turkey on Saturday of targeting it at least four times in the past week, calling the attacks provocative and hostile. Turkey began a campaign of air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK ... Full Story

California governor declares state of emergency over raging wildfires

Saturday August 1, 2015    10:04 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a string of wildfires raged across the state and a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in drought-parched forest, officials said. The firefighter, David Ruhl of Rapid City ... Full Story

China's state-backed curlers hope for Winter Olympic sweep

Saturday August 1, 2015    6:46 AM

But a few years later she won world championship gold with China's national curling team, securing Beijing's place as a major power in the sport first played in medieval Scotland.China's rapid rise up the curling ranks is part of a wider growth in winter sports promoted by the country ... Full Story

AP's Myanmar journalist Aye Aye Win retires after 25 years

Saturday August 1, 2015    6:10 AM

Win carried on the legacy begun by her father, U Sein Win, AP's Myanmar correspondent from 1968-1989, who was jailed three times while fighting for press freedom. Together, their reporting spanned the decades when Myanmar was ruled by the military and its recent transition to civilian aut ... Full Story

Pacific trade talks fail to end in TPP deal

Saturday August 1, 2015    5:43 AM

But US Trade Representative Michael Froman, in a statement on behalf of the 12 countries involved, insisted that "significant progress" had been made on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the most ambitious trade deal in decades."After more than a week of productive ... Full Story

Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

Monday August 3, 2015    12:10 PM

Most of the dead were civilians on the ground in the Idlib provincial town that fell to a coalition of Islamist insurgents in May, according to the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence across Syria. Scores were also injured, according to the monitor and witnesses. There was no immediate reaction from the Syrian army. The military plane had dropped a bomb in the heart of the city ... Full Story

Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal

Monday August 3, 2015    8:16 AM

A handful of key Democrats stepped forward to support the accord within hours of Obama's personal lobbying at the White House last week, part of the administration's all-out campaign since the pact was announced July 14. Other Democrats have signaled they are leaning in favor and still oth ... Full Story

Newborn girl abandoned in Chinese toilet: report

Monday August 3, 2015    5:25 AM

Beijing (AFP) - A newborn baby girl was abandoned in a Beijing public toilet and fell head-first down the pipe, reports said Monday, after her mother apparently gave birth in the facility.Members of the public were alerted by the baby's cries, the Beijing Times reported, and a police offic ... Full Story

Ledecky shocked after improving 1,500 world record in heats

Monday August 3, 2015    4:58 AM

For a swimmer who is getting accustomed to breaking world records, this one was a bit of a surprise.The American teenager improved her own mark in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the world championships Monday in morning heats.The 18-year-old Ledecky completed the marathon-like race in 15 minutes, 27 ... Full Story

Nigerian army 'frees nearly 180 Boko Haram hostages'

Monday August 3, 2015    4:31 AM

The operation in the country's conflict-torn northeast also led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, an army spokesman said in a statement late Sunday. The military said earlier that it had killed a "large number" of the extremists in air strikes in the northeast.The operation ... Full Story

Obama poised to unveil major climate change plan

Monday August 3, 2015    4:04 AM

The White House will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on pollution from the nation's power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions for the first time.Plants will have to reduce carbon dio ... Full Story

Greek stock market reopens with 22 percent plunge

Monday August 3, 2015    3:37 AM

Greek bank stocks suffered the most, hitting or nearing the daily trading limit of a 30 percent loss. Markets in the rest of Europe, however, were largely unaffected.The Athens Stock Exchange and Greek banks were closed on June 29, when the government imposed controls on money withdrawals and transf ... Full Story

Russian police detain several gay activists

Sunday August 2, 2015    10:49 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) â?? Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.Yuri Gavrikov, the leader of a gay rights group, was detained by police as he left his home to hold a one-man picket in front ... Full Story

Two soldiers killed, 31 wounded in PKK suicide attack in east Turkey

Sunday August 2, 2015    8:43 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish army said two of its soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in an attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), as violence escalated following Ankara's air bombardment of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The suicid ... Full Story

Germany's Merkel has chance of absolute majority, poll shows

Sunday August 2, 2015    8:07 AM

The results of the poll came a day after Der Spiegel news magazine said in an unsourced report that Merkel had decided to run for a fourth term and had started planning her 2017 re-election campaign. The chancellor has ruled Germany since 2005 and now governs in coalit ... Full Story

Turkey 'probes claims Iraqi Kurdish civilians killed in air strike'

Saturday August 1, 2015    12:19 PM

Iraqi Kurdish officials said Saturday six people had been killed in a pre-dawn strike by Turkish war planes on the village of Zarkel in northern Iraq.Pro-Kurdish media described the attack as a "massacre" which had left at least nine civilians dead.The controversy comes after alm ... Full Story

Original sound of Japan emperor's war-end speech released

Saturday August 1, 2015    7:04 AM

Hirohito's "jewel voice" â?? muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality â?? was broadcast on Aug. 15, 1945, announcing Japan's surrender.On Saturday, the Imperial Household Agency released the digital version of the original sound ahead of the 70th anniversar ... Full Story

Firefighter dies as thousands battle California wildfires

Saturday August 1, 2015    6:28 AM

Los Angeles (AFP) - A firefighter died while battling one of the 18 large wildfires raging in California, its governor said, declaring a state of emergency.About 8,000 firefighters have been deployed across the state, said the California National Guard, which has been called into action."Ca ... Full Story

Airplane debris arrives in France for Malaysia crash investigation

Saturday August 1, 2015    6:01 AM

PARIS/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin. According to a Reuters witness and A ... Full Story

Italy's anti-establishment Five Star party ready to govern

Saturday August 1, 2015    5:34 AM

The movement celebrated a shock success in 2013's general election when it snapped up a whopping 25.5 percent of the votes, becoming the second biggest political force behind the centre-left Democratic Party."Today we are ready, much more than in 2013," Luigi di Maio, one of Five Star& ... Full Story