• Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility

    By Maayan Lubell and Mostafa Hashem JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces. Islamic…

  • Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington. Tokyo's planned assistance…

  • Czech tourists robbed and killed in Albanian mountains

    Two Czech tourists were shot on an Albanian mountain road on Friday, and the killers rolled their car down a ravine to portray the deaths as an accident, police and eyewitness reports said on Saturday. Michael Savos, 27, and Anna Kosinova, 36, were gunned down as they took a turn to a tent camp in…

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  • Obama looks like he’s actually having fun being president

    President Obama sang in public – again. Much has been made of the president’s “best week ever” – now extending into a second week, or, in the eyes of some, an entire month – but an added bonus for Obama is that he actually seems to be having fun. Recommended: Barack Obama: How well do you know…

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  • Bernie Sanders raises $15 million. Chump change or a lot?

    Bernie Sanders has raised $15 million since joining the presidential race in April. Look at it this way: That’s fairly close to the $18 million that moneybags Mitt Romney raised for his general account in the first three months of his declared presidential run in the 2012 election cycle. Plus,…

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  • Successful rocket launch a reminder that Russia, US can cooperate

    The United States and Russia may be at sharp odds with each other over Ukraine, Syria, and Edward Snowden. After two failed attempts – one American, one Russian – in recent weeks to send a food, water, and toothpaste-laden chuck wagon to the space station’s crew, Friday’s problem-free liftoff was…

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  • Donald Trump: Whose voters is he stealing?

    Right now, Donald Trump is like a black hole whose stupendous gravitational pull is attracting a lot of media attention and some of the voters associated with the Republican 2016 presidential race. The question is whether Trump’s newfound numbers will hold up.

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  • Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in Super Rugby final

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday's final to win their first Super Rugby title.

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  • Sleepless nights for father of girl allegedly abused by French soldier

    Ben Ouedraogo hasn't been able to sleep since the discovery of a video that appears to show a French soldier sexually abusing his fiver-year-old daughter at a swimming pool in Burkina Faso. Ouedraogo has been living in torment since Sunday, when a film of his daughter and her three-year-old friend…

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  • Egypt's president visits troops in embattled north Sinai

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has travelled to the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula to inspect troops, after Islamic State-linked militants struck a deadly blow against the military this week in a coordinated assault.

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  • Australia solidarity rallies ahead of Greek bailout vote

    Hundreds of people rallied in Australia on Saturday in solidarity with Greece, mainly in Melbourne which has a large Greek community, ahead of the make-or-break weekend referendum on austerity measures. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on Greeks to vote 'No' on the referendum, which asks…

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  • Pakistan 117-4 against Sri Lanka in 3rd test

    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pakistan was 117-4 at tea on day two of the third test match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on Saturday. Pakistan still trails by 161 runs.

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  • Pakistan arrests clerics over beating of Christian couple

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police in Pakistan say officers have arrested two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob to attack a Christian couple on blasphemy charges.

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  • Veterans gather as Taiwan marks Japan's WWII defeat

    War veterans gathered Saturday for Taiwan's first military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, as the island vies with China over the history of the conflict. Jet fighters and attack helicopters were among aircraft that flew past in formation as President Ma…

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  • German finance minister says Greeks to decide whether to keep euro

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a newspaper interview Greeks would decide on Sunday whether to keep the euro or do without it, at least for a while, but that the country remained part of the common currency. "Greece is a member of the euro zone. "Even if it came to a collapse…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record. Riding the Shinkansen feels like being in an airplane: at 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, it goes so…

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  • Finance minister Varoufakis says action toward Greece is 'terrorism'

    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said European action toward the country was "terrorism" in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo and said a trillion euros would be lost if Greece was allowed to crash. "What they're doing with Greece has a name: terrorism," Varoufakis said in the…

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  • Would Greek exit help or hurt Europe's currency union?

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it's not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro. And soon.

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