• Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by ISIS

    By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was the result of diplomatic and political negotiation. Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State…

  • Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the…

  • Afghanistan's presidential rivals sign power-sharing deal

    By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates signed a deal on Sunday to share power after months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilized the nation at a crucial time as most foreign troops prepare to leave. Ashraf Ghani, a former…

  • Heard at Syria's border: Life in the Islamic State is orderly, but brutal

    Three women line up at Turkey’s Kilis border gate waiting to enter Syria. They are headed home to Raqqa, a city on the Euphrates River that is a bastion of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), the Sunni jihadist group that the United States and its allies have vowed to stamp out.

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  • Why did suspended Jameis Winston suit up for game? Because he's a kid

    Parents have seen that look. They know that look. It is the look that Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher made when he confronted his supposedly suspended star quarterback before Saturday night's game against the Clemson Tigers.

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  • Crackdown in Ukraine sullies its democratic aspirations

    The rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been granted “special status” by Ukraine’s parliament, are essentially governed by a self-appointed military junta. It remains to be seen whether local elections slated for November will improve on that picture.

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  • Hard choices await a war-weary Ukraine

    One sunny afternoon in early September, several dozen people, mostly middle-aged women, raced across Kiev’s broad Vozdukhnoflota Avenue, just in front of Ukraine’s main military headquarters, and sat down in a long hand-holding line to halt traffic. Police quickly sealed off the area, and the women…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Attacks kill 10 people in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks in Iraq on Sunday killed 10 people, including a Sunni candidate running in the upcoming provincial elections.

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  • 6 killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported Monday — the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5.

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  • Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony.

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  • New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.

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  • Rosberg helpless as he loses F1 title lead

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says he experienced a "horrible feeling" when he was forced to retire early from the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and then watch teammate Lewis Hamilton win the race to reclaim the lead in the Formula One drivers' championship.

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  • US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

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  • Ajax wins at Feyenoord 1-0

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Defending champion Ajax beat Feyenoord 1-0 Sunday in the Dutch league as Ricardo van Rhijn scored an early goal with a free kick from 25 meters out.

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  • Paris prison opens doors for Heritage Days

    PARIS (AP) — Paris' mythic La Sante prison opened its heavily guarded doors to visitors Sunday as part of the country's annual Heritage Days festival.

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  • Oceania nations to be allowed in Asian indoor meet

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Oceania countries like Australia and New Zealand will be allowed to participate in the next Asian Indoor Games after a nod from the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, its president Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said on Sunday.

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  • Los Cabos struggles after devastating storm Odile

    Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - There is still no water, no electricity and almost nothing to eat in Los Cabos, a small corner of paradise in northwestern Mexico leveled by Hurricane Odile.

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