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11 July 2018

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  • Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria
    Reuters

    Israel to Russia: Assad’s safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

    By Dan Williams and Gleb Stolyarov JERUSALEM/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said

  • Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst
    Reuters

    Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato KURASHIKI, Japan (Reuters) – Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200. More than 200,000 households had no water a week after

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  • Riding migration backlash, Sweden's political pariah looks to end isolation
    Reuters

    Riding migration backlash, Sweden’s political pariah looks to end isolation

    By Niklas Pollard and Johan Ahlander STOCKHOLM/VISBY, Sweden – Once denounced as neo-fascists, Jimmie Akesson’s Sweden Democrats look poised to translate more voter-friendly nationalist policies into big electoral gains in a country long famed for liberal tolerance. In 1995, Akesson joined a tiny

  • Christian Science Monitor

    For women senators, court nomination touches a very personal issue

    In the 1960s, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was a member of a California board that set sentences of six months to 10 years for doctors performing abortions, which were illegal at the time. “I saw some pretty horrendous things in my day, someone killing themselves because they didn’t want to tell their parents

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    Mexico as a haven for asylum seekers

    Because of its strong appeal as a haven, the United States received more asylum requests than any other developed nation last year. In fact, the number jumped 26 percent to 330,000 from the year before, with about half coming from three Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Syrian civil war, on Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes

    About half a mile from Israeli-held territory, in a Syrian village on the edge of a yellowed valley, a smattering of tents can be seen, some pitched in a grove of trees, others spilling out from the yards of box-shaped houses. Living in them are Syrians who fled a punishing military assault by their

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  • Christian Science Monitor

    After years of unrest, Ethiopia enters new era of openness

    In fact, Ethiopia and Eritrea have spent the last two decades more like bitter enemies, ever since a border dispute in the late 1990s turned into a brutal war that killed nearly 100,000 people, according to some estimates. Recommended: The Monitor’s View Is love a winning message for Ethiopia?

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 6:11 a.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — About 20 percent of North Korean children are stunted because of malnutrition, and half the children in rural areas are drinking unsafe water, a senior U.N. official visiting the country said. Much progress has been made compared to 20 years ago but “significant humanitarian challenges

  • Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths
    Associated Press

    Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have raided the apartment of a nurse who’s in custody on suspicion of poisoning to death at least two elderly patients at a terminal care hospital.

  • Israel hits Syrian posts after drone breached its airspace
    Associated Press

    Israel hits Syrian posts after drone breached its airspace

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel targeted Syrian military positions early on Thursday after an unmanned drone entered its airspace from the neighboring country the previous day, the military said.

  • Associated Press

    Afghan officials: Dilapidated dam crumbles, at least 10 die

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a dilapidated dam in a scenic northern valley has crumbled under the weight of heavy summer rains, killing at least 10 people.

  • The Latest: Video shows rescued Thai boys in hospital
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Video shows rescued Thai boys in hospital

    MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of the youth soccer team in Thailand (all times local):

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  • Lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels says she was arrested
    AFP

    Lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels says she was arrested

    Adult film star Stormy Daniels, locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, was arrested Wednesday while performing at a strip club in what her lawyer described as a “politically motivated” setup. Daniels was arrested at a club in Columbus, Ohio while performing

  • Asian markets rebound from trade fears
    Associated Press

    Asian markets rebound from trade fears

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Thursday following Wall Street’s decline amid U.S.-Chinese trade tensions and oil prices recovered some of the previous day’s steep losses.

  • Amnesty urges 'war crimes' probe on UAE-run prisons in Yemen
    Associated Press

    Amnesty urges ‘war crimes’ probe on UAE-run prisons in Yemen

    CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and possible deaths in detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates and its allied militias in southern Yemen as potential war crimes.

  • Tokyo Olympic relay to start in disaster-hit Fukushima
    AFP

    Tokyo Olympic relay to start in disaster-hit Fukushima

    Tokyo Olympic organisers said Thursday that the torch relay for the 2020 Summer Games will begin in Fukushima, a region devastated by the 2011 tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster. The torch will head south to the subtropical island of Okinawa — starting point for the 1964 Tokyo Games relay — before

  • German court to rule on parents' access to dead daughter's Facebook
    AFP

    German court to rule on parents’ access to dead daughter’s Facebook

    German judges will rule Thursday on Facebook users’ “digital legacy”, or the fate of their private data after they die, in a case pitting the Silicon Valley giant against the grieving parents of a teenage girl. After the 15-year-old was killed by an underground train in 2012, her parents

  • After UK-US spats, Trump flies in to turmoil in Britain
    AFP

    After UK-US spats, Trump flies in to turmoil in Britain

    Donald Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday for his first visit as US president, flying into a whirlwind of protests against him and political turmoil over Brexit. The four-day trip, which will include talks with Prime Minister Theresa May, tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private weekend in Scotland

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  • EU interior ministers meet as nations tussle over migrant response
    AFP

    EU interior ministers meet as nations tussle over migrant response

    Interior ministers from 28 European nations will meet Thursday as they face intensifying pressure to introduce new policies to stem migrant arrivals, in their first meeting after Austria took the EU helm with promises of a tough response to the issue. The meeting in Innsbruck will focus in particular

  • US social networks help combat racial bias
    AFP

    US social networks help combat racial bias

    Instead, social media users have quickly accused them of racial profiling — and turned their “problems” into national teachable moments thanks to the power of the hashtag. Incidents of racism in the United States are hardly news, but smartphones and social networks are catapulting such seemingly

  • Associated Press

    Chinese professor suspended following misconduct complaints

    BEIJING (AP) — A leading Chinese university has suspended a prominent primatologist in a victory for China’s slow-building #MeToo movement.

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  • Cambodian security forces overstep neutrality rules in election campaign, rights group says
    Reuters

    Cambodian security forces overstep neutrality rules in election campaign, rights group says

    Cambodia’s security forces are “actively campaigning” for the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of a general election on July 29, in violation of a law requiring political neutrality, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 33 years, wants to

  • Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill
    Associated Press

    Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill

    BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump is all in for Winston Churchill during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president, paying his respects to an icon of American conservatives who coined the phrase the “special relationship.”

  • Sri Lanka wins toss, bats 1st vs South Africa in 1st test
    Associated Press

    Sri Lanka wins toss, bats 1st vs South Africa in 1st test

    GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first in the first cricket test against South Africa at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday.

  • Reuters

    Israel says hits Syrian army posts in response to drone incursion

    BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces attacked Syrian military positions near the Golan Heights frontier in the early hours of Thursday, causing limited damage, Syrian state media said. The Israeli military said in a statement that it hit three targets in retaliation for an incursion on Wednesday

  • Taliban defeated by the quiet strength of Pakistan's Buddha
    AFP

    Taliban defeated by the quiet strength of Pakistan’s Buddha

    The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. The holy figure, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan, was severely damaged by Islamist insurgents in an echo of the Afghan Taliban’s complete

  • Rattling NATO, Trump attacks another nation's ties to Russia
    Associated Press

    Rattling NATO, Trump attacks another nation’s ties to Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump tore into this week’s NATO summit questioning the value of a military alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defense spending.

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  • Exhausted and subdued, reunited families return to Guatemala
    Associated Press

    Exhausted and subdued, reunited families return to Guatemala

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter’s hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked cautiously behind his 8-year-old son.

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  • UN official says N. Korea needs food, medicine, clean water
    Associated Press

    UN official says N. Korea needs food, medicine, clean water

    TOKYO (AP) — About 20 percent of North Korean children are stunted because of malnutrition, and half the children in rural areas are drinking unsafe water, a senior U.N. official visiting the country said.

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  • Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple
    AFP

    Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple

    A devastating earthquake that struck central Mexico last September gave way to a fascinating discovery: remnants of a rain god temple within an Aztec pyramid. The temple, dedicated to a deity called Tlaloc and located within the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca, Morelos state, belonged to the region

  • NATO grapples over key policies in shadow of Trump spat
    AFP

    NATO grapples over key policies in shadow of Trump spat

    NATO leaders will seek to dampen a febrile atmosphere as their summit wraps up Thursday with talks on Afghanistan and Ukraine, after US President Donald Trump stung allies with a shock demand to double defence spending. The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance’s most difficult in years

  • Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200
    AFP

    Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200

    Operations were under way to dig out and clear up after the devastating floods and landslides that engulfed entire neighbourhoods. “The critical 72 hours have passed,” acknowledged Mutsunari Imawaka, an official with Okayama prefecture, one of the worst-hit regions. Television footage showed

  • Asian markets rebound from trade fears
    Associated Press

    Asian markets rebound from trade fears

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Thursday following Wall Street’s decline amid U.S.-Chinese trade tensions and oil prices recovered some of the previous day’s steep losses.

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  • Associated Press

    Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima

    TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics say the torch relay will start in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

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  • Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany
    Associated Press

    Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany’s ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades

  • Reuters

    Hurricane Chris to become post-tropical cyclone by Thursday: NHC

    (Reuters) – Hurricane Chris, moving north-eastward toward Newfoundland, is likely to become a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Chris, the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, was about 700 miles (1,125 km) southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:00 a.m. GMT

    MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — As ecstatic relatives watched and waved from behind a glass barrier, the 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from deep within a flooded cave in Thailand made the V-for-Victory sign Wednesday from their beds in a hospital isolation ward where they are recovering from the 18

  • US firm: Chinese hackers infiltrate Cambodia ahead of polls
    Associated Press

    US firm: Chinese hackers infiltrate Cambodia ahead of polls

    BEIJING (AP) — Last month, the daughter of a jailed Cambodian opposition party leader received an email from a well-seeming activist at a reputed Cambodian non-profit. For weeks, the sender nudged Monovithya Kem to open an attachment described as containing interview questions.

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  • UK set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion
    AFP

    UK set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will publish details Thursday of her long-awaited Brexit plan to restart talks with the EU, after facing down a revolt by eurosceptic ministers that could still unseat her. In a policy paper, the government will outline proposals to allow Britain to maintain close

  • Reuters

    Rights group urges release of Chinese activist jailed for 13 years for subversion

    New York-based Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for the unconditional release of a veteran Chinese rights activist after he was jailed for 13 years for subversion, one of the longest sentences handed down in a multi-year crackdown. President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on all forms

  • France goes big on Japan with multi-million cultural programme
    AFP

    France goes big on Japan with multi-million cultural programme

    Since Impressionist artists first clapped eyes on woodblock prints, Japan has been a source of both inspiration and fascination for many in France, which Tokyo has picked for a mammoth cultural offensive. “There were other candidates, like Moscow or Spain, but it’s the French, more than any

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  • Israeli air strikes hit southwest Syria after drone 'infiltration'
    AFP

    Israeli air strikes hit southwest Syria after drone ‘infiltration’

    Israel launched air strikes against three military posts in Syria Wednesday, its army said, after intercepting what it described as the incursion of an unarmed drone into its territory. The attack came hours after Israel’s military fired a Patriot missile to knock down an unmanned aerial vehicle

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  • Banksy's lesser-known works on show in London
    AFP

    Banksy’s lesser-known works on show in London

    Street artist Banksy is known around the world for his simple graffiti stencils, often with a sharp political point, but a new London exhibition is an opportunity to discover his wider talents. “You’ve got quite a few different styles here, you’ve got everything from the stencils to the

  • Associated Press

    3 police killed in Mexican region plagued by oil theft

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed assailants killed three police officers Wednesday in a region of eastern Mexico plagued by thefts of fuel from oil pipelines, authorities said.

  • Visit to NY Army fort lands Mexican immigrants in detention
    Associated Press

    Visit to NY Army fort lands Mexican immigrants in detention

    NEW YORK (AP) — Relatives of a Mexican couple detained while trying to visit their pregnant daughter at an Army fort in upstate New York are asking immigration officials to set the couple free.

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  • Associated Press

    Battle over family separations flares anew in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ fight over President Donald Trump’s now abandoned policy of separating migrant families stirred anew Wednesday, drawing fresh attention to an issue that has divided Republicans and that Democrats hope will propel voters their way in the midterm elections.

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  • Toll from Nicaragua unrest hits 264: rights body
    AFP

    Toll from Nicaragua unrest hits 264: rights body

    The known death toll from a four-month crackdown on anti-government protests in Nicaragua has risen to 264, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday. “As recorded by the IACHR since the start of the repression against social protests, to date, 264 people have lost their lives

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  • Associated Press

    Colombia: 3 judicial officials slain in holdout rebel ambush

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Three Colombian judicial investigators were killed Wednesday when their vehicle was ambushed along the country’s southern border with Ecuador by a dissident rebel group, authorities said.

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  • Probe launched of judge who ordered Lula freed
    AFP

    Probe launched of judge who ordered Lula freed

    Prosecutors in Brazil ordered an investigation Wednesday of the appellate judge who caused a legal mess over the weekend, unsuccessfully ordering former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed. Attorney General Raquel Dodge ordered an investigaiton into the actions of appeals judge Rogerio Favreto

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  • Probe into Samoa infant deaths after vaccine jabs
    AFP

    Probe into Samoa infant deaths after vaccine jabs

    International health experts launched an investigation Thursday into why two Samoan infants died shortly after receiving childhood vaccination injections in a tragedy that has rocked the close-knit Pacific nation. The health department said two one-year-old babies, a boy and a girl, died soon after

  • Mexico's president-elect unveils legislative agenda
    AFP

    Mexico’s president-elect unveils legislative agenda

    Fresh off his landslide election win, Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador unveiled his legislative agenda Wednesday, including an unusual plan for mid-term referendums to remove the president from office. Speaking a day after electoral authorities confirmed his coalition will have an

  • Reuters

    After heroic Thai rescue, cave-diving Australian doctor mourns father’s death

    The father of a cave-diving Australian doctor died on Wednesday, shortly after his son played a key role in rescuing a boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave for two weeks in northern Thailand. Anesthetist Richard Harris, who did the final medical checks of the 12 trapped boys and their coach, was

  • Reuters

    With Thai soccer team freed, Hollywood gears up for the movie

    By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The dramatic rescue of a Thai boys soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave complex this week transfixed news viewers around the world for more than two weeks, and the story is already headed for a retelling by Hollywood. The saga is reminiscent of the

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  • US Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to US Sen. McCain
    Associated Press

    US Navy dedicates Japan-based destroyer to US Sen. McCain

    YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — The head of the U.S. Navy on Thursday dedicated one of two destroyers involved in fatal accidents in the Pacific last year to Sen. John McCain.

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  • Pacific leaders sign on to Australian internet cabling scheme, shutting out China
    Reuters

    Pacific leaders sign on to Australian internet cabling scheme, shutting out China

    Pacific nations Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands have signed on to a joint undersea internet cable project, funded mostly by Australia, that forestalls plans by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to lay the links itself. Wednesday’s pact comes as China pushes for influence

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  • The Latest: Trump questions value of NATO, slams Germany
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Trump questions value of NATO, slams Germany

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Europe (all times local):

  • After Trump's spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan
    Reuters

    After Trump’s spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions. On a trip that

  • WCup final: Youthful, energetic French vs experienced Croats
    Associated Press

    WCup final: Youthful, energetic French vs experienced Croats

    MOSCOW (AP) — A World Cup of surprises concludes with a final of contrasts.

  • Reuters

    Amnesty calls for probe of torture claims at Yemen detention centers

    Amnesty International accused United Arab Emirates (UAE) and allied Yemeni forces of torturing detainees at a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen and said such violations should be investigated as war crimes. The UAE, a key U.S. ally, says it has never run prisons or secret detention centers

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  • Czech government wins confidence vote backed by Communists
    AFP

    Czech government wins confidence vote backed by Communists

    The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party. It took Babis nine months to form a government after he won last

  • New Czech government wins confidence vote in Parliament
    Associated Press

    New Czech government wins confidence vote in Parliament

    PRAGUE (AP) — The new Czech government won a mandatory confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament early Thursday, ending months of political instability following October’s general elections and giving the far-left Communists a role in governing for the first time since the country’s 1989

  • Tired and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final
    Associated Press

    Tired and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

    MOSCOW (AP) — On both ends of the field, Sime Vrsaljko got the job done.

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  • Czech PM Babis wins cabinet's backing, ends nine-month struggle to form majority
    Reuters

    Czech PM Babis wins cabinet’s backing, ends nine-month struggle to form majority

    By Petra Vodstrcilova and Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech parliament gave its backing early on Thursday to a new, center-left minority cabinet led by billionaire Andrej Babis, ending his nearly nine-month effort to secure a parliamentary majority. The new government, which pairs Babis’

  • England's Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title
    Associated Press

    England’s Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

    MOSCOW (AP) — Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and a burnished reputation as a feared forward.

  • Grenade-loaded drone lands at Mexico official's house
    AFP

    Grenade-loaded drone lands at Mexico official’s house

    A drone with two grenades duct-taped to it landed at a house owned by the top security official for Mexico’s Baja California state, but did not detonate, officials said Wednesday. The drone landed at a house owned by Gerardo Sosa Olachea, the state’s public security minister, in the city of

  • Associated Press

    Playoffs venues, teams to be decided in Super Rugby

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The last quarterfinalist will be determined and playoff venues decided in this weekend’s final regular-season round of Super Rugby which will highlight again the unfairness of the tournament’s conference system.

  • Czech minority government wins confidence vote
    AFP

    Czech minority government wins confidence vote

    The minority government of billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis won a parliamentary confidence vote Thursday, becoming the first administration since the 1989 collapse of communism to rely on backing from the Communist Party. “The parliament has voiced confidence in the cabinet,”

  • Immigrant parents happy but traumatized after kids returned
    Associated Press

    Immigrant parents happy but traumatized after kids returned

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigrant parents who reveled after joyful reunions with their young children spoke Wednesday of the traumatic impact of being separated from their sons and daughters for months after they were taken from them at the U.S. border.

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  • Sky takeover battle heats up with new bids from Fox, Comcast
    AFP

    Sky takeover battle heats up with new bids from Fox, Comcast

    Comcast raised its bid for pan-European TV group Sky late Wednesday, topping an offer from 21st Century Fox made only hours earlier and escalating a takeover battle as media giants reposition themselves for the streaming era. Comcast lifted its bid for Sky to £26 billion ($34.3 billion) only hours

  • The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):

  • Salvadoran court orders president to answer on 1979 kidnap
    Associated Press

    Salvadoran court orders president to answer on 1979 kidnap

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Supreme Court has ordered President Salvador Sanchez Ceren to present any information he has on the fate of a South African diplomat who was kidnapped and disappeared by leftist guerrillas in 1979.

  • WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what's ahead in the World Cup
    Associated Press

    WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what’s ahead in the World Cup

    MOSCOW (AP) — Here’s a look at what’s coming up at the World Cup, which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia:

  • AP PHOTOS: Croatia's resolve overcomes England's youth
    Associated Press

    AP PHOTOS: Croatia’s resolve overcomes England’s youth

    MOSCOW (AP) — England and France. The two youngest teams in the World Cup, destined to meet in the final after a parade of greater soccer nations with veteran stars had gone home. France did its part Tuesday by beating Belgium, a more experienced side loaded with talent, and five minutes into Wednesday

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  • Reuters

    Czech PM Babis wins vote of confidence for new Cabinet

    PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech lower house of parliament gave its backing early on Thursday for a new, center-left minority Cabinet led by billionaire Andrej Babis, ending his nearly nine-month struggle to secure a parliamentary majority, an unofficial vote count showed. The government, combining Babis

  • Trade and tea with queen for Trump in a Britain in 'turmoil'
    Reuters

    Trade and tea with queen for Trump in a Britain in ‘turmoil’

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States’ closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen Elizabeth, set against a backdrop of protests and what he described as the country’s turmoil over Brexit.

  • Sudan summons EU envoy over criticism of Bashir visits
    AFP

    Sudan summons EU envoy over criticism of Bashir visits

    Sudan summoned the European Union ambassador to its country on Wednesday to protest against an EU statement criticising Uganda and Djibouti for hosting its President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court. The Hague-based ICC has issued arrest warrants against Bashir, accusing

  • El Salvador government rejects court ruling as political attack
    Reuters

    El Salvador government rejects court ruling as political attack

    El Salvador’s government said on Wednesday a Supreme Court ruling that seeks to compel testimony from the president over the disappearance of a diplomat nearly 30 years ago in the run-up to the country’s bloody civil war was a political attack. The court said on Tuesday that President Salvador

  • Reuters

    Syrian air defenses thwart Israeli missile strike in south: state media

    Syrian military air defenses thwarted missiles that Israeli aircraft fired at army positions in Quneitra province in the early hours of Thursday, state media said. The attack near Hader village at the frontier of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights caused only material damage, state news agency SANA

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  • Nobel winner Malala slams Trump's child separation policy
    Reuters

    Nobel winner Malala slams Trump’s child separation policy

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai described as “cruel” a policy launched by U.S. President Donald Trump to separate children of illegal immigrants from their families, during her first visit to South America to promote girls’ education. More than 2,300 children were separated

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  • Mexico's president-elect will cancel planned U.S. helicopter order
    Reuters

    Mexico’s president-elect will cancel planned U.S. helicopter order

    Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would cancel the planned purchase of eight military helicopters from the United States as part of cost-cutting measures. Lopez Obrador, who handily won this month’s presidential election on pledges to fight corruption and cut government

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  • EPA's acting head vows to carry out Trump's regulation cuts
    Reuters

    EPA’s acting head vows to carry out Trump’s regulation cuts

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting chief said on Wednesday he would push to cut regulations on industry and speed up decisions on permits, echoing the policies of former head Scott Pruitt who stepped down last week. Andrew Wheeler, a longtime

  • End of presidential immunity among plans of Mexico's new leader
    Reuters

    End of presidential immunity among plans of Mexico’s new leader

    Mexico’s president-elect, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Wednesday sketched out his legislative priorities for the next government, including measures to end presidential immunity and curb compensation for high-earning public sector officials. Lopez Obrador, who takes office on Dec. 1,

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  • US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer
    Associated Press

    US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

    The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s.

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  • Turkey lira slumps to new record lows after Erdogan commments
    AFP

    Turkey lira slumps to new record lows after Erdogan commments

    Turkey’s embattled lira slumped almost five percent to new record lows in value against the US dollar on Wednesday after concern over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new cabinet and his latest comments on interest rates. The lira was trading at 4.93 to the dollar, a loss of 4.7 percent on the

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  • OPEC data show Venezuela oil output in free fall
    AFP

    OPEC data show Venezuela oil output in free fall

    The South American nation earns 96 percent of its revenue through oil sales but a lack of foreign exchange has sparked economic paralysis that has left the country suffering serious shortages of food and medicine. The government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro has told state oil company PDVSA

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  • Mexico's president-elect says he'll stop US helicopter deal
    Associated Press

    Mexico’s president-elect says he’ll stop US helicopter deal

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday he will cancel the pending purchase by Mexico’s navy of eight armed Lockheed Martin MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. government.

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  • Colombia's Duque names Alberto Carrasquilla as his finance minister
    Reuters

    Colombia’s Duque names Alberto Carrasquilla as his finance minister

    Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque on Wednesday named Alberto Carrasquilla as his finance minister when he takes office in August, and said he and the central bank agreed on the need to bolster economic growth and strengthen the middle class. Carrasquilla was previously finance minister from 2003

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  • Netanyahu to Putin: remove Iran from Syria, Assad safe from Israel
    Reuters

    Netanyahu to Putin: remove Iran from Syria, Assad safe from Israel

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel does not intend to threaten Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule and asked Moscow to work to remove Iranian forces from Syria, an Israeli official said. “We won’t take

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  • Reuters

    Israel will prevent all attempts to violate its border: Netanyahu

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Israel will prevent all attempts to violate its border, including from air or land, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday as he met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Their meeting will focus on what is going on in Syria and Iran, Netanyahu added. (Reporting

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  • Hugs and sobs: Families separated in US return to Guatemala
    Associated Press

    Hugs and sobs: Families separated in US return to Guatemala

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter’s hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked cautiously behind his 8-year-old son.

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  • Associated Press

    Quake damage reveals older structure inside Mexico pyramid

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeologists say damage to a pre-Hispanic pyramid in central Mexico from the Sept. 19 earthquake has revealed an older structure that was covered by later building.

  • U.N. chief concerned about intensifying Nicaragua violence
    Reuters

    U.N. chief concerned about intensifying Nicaragua violence

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about intensifying violence in Nicaragua and deplores the loss of life in protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, his spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. “He urges all parties to respect the role of the mediators

  • No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations
    Associated Press

    No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations

    BRUSSELS (AP) — He didn’t shove anyone this time, but President Donald Trump’s body language during NATO events Wednesday suggested his relationships with key U.S. allies aren’t exactly buddy-buddy.

  • Syria state media confirms deal with rebels for Daraa city
    AFP

    Syria state media confirms deal with rebels for Daraa city

    Syrian state media on Wednesday confirmed a deal between the regime and rebels for opposition fighters to hand over their heavy weapons in the southern city of Daraa. On Friday, an agreement was announced for the wider province of the same name, the cradle of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar

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  • England's inexperience shows as World Cup dream is dashed
    AFP

    England’s inexperience shows as World Cup dream is dashed

    A young and daring England made millions of fans believe the World Cup was “coming home” but old traits of failed campaigns returned at the wrong time to see a historic opportunity to reach a first World Cup final for 52 years slip away. A long night in Moscow on Wednesday, that ended in a

  • NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks
    AFP

    NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks

    NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country’s name. Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Macedonia would be able to become NATO’s newest member, provided the new name was approved in a

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  • CEO of Puerto Rico's bankrupt power company abruptly resigns
    Associated Press

    CEO of Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power company abruptly resigns

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The CEO of Puerto Rico’s bankrupt power company resigned on Wednesday just months after he was chosen to oversee its privatization as the U.S. territory struggles to restore electricity to the last of those who remain in the dark nearly 10 months after Hurricane Maria

  • US first lady welcomed in Belgium with music and fashion
    Associated Press

    US first lady welcomed in Belgium with music and fashion

    BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America’s closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate.

  • UK welcomes Trump-Putin meeting, says it must address Russian 'malign activity'
    Reuters

    UK welcomes Trump-Putin meeting, says it must address Russian ‘malign activity’

    By William James BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday welcome a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but say that it must be used to cut the risk of confrontation and address Russian “malign activity”.

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  • The Latest: May says Trump-Putin talks could reduce tensions
    Associated Press

    The Latest: May says Trump-Putin talks could reduce tensions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit (all times local):

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  • Wimbledon glance: Williams to face Goerges in semifinals
    Associated Press

    Wimbledon glance: Williams to face Goerges in semifinals

    LONDON (AP) — A quick look at Wimbledon:

  • American Isner reaches 1st Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon
    Associated Press

    American Isner reaches 1st Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon

    LONDON (AP) — John Isner is ready to be associated with something at Wimbledon other than winning a 70-68 fifth set in the longest match in tennis history.

  • Associated Press

    Lawyers seek order to reunify detained children with parents

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for two immigrant children detained in Connecticut after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border asked a federal judge on Wednesday to order that the girl and boy be reunited with their families.

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  • Novichok patient no longer critical: UK hospital
    AFP

    Novichok patient no longer critical: UK hospital

    A British man exposed to the nerve agent Novichok is no longer in a critical condition, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday, as police still struggle to understand what happened. The brother of 45-year-old Charlie Rowley also said he had visited him and he was talking, but looked “like

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  • Stormy Daniels' lawyer working for 2 immigrant kids in NY
    Associated Press

    Stormy Daniels’ lawyer working for 2 immigrant kids in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing the porn actress Stormy Daniels, said Wednesday he is working to reunite two Honduran girls in New York with the parents they were separated from at the U.S. border.

  • Reuters

    After heroic Thai rescue, cave-diving Australian doctor mourns father’s death

    The father of a cave-diving Australian doctor died on Wednesday, shortly after his son played a key role in rescuing a boys’ soccer team trapped in a cave for two weeks in northern Thailand. Anesthetist Richard Harris, who did the final medical checks of the 12 trapped boys and their coach, was

  • U.S. warns of sanctions risk for firms invested in Russian pipeline
    Reuters

    U.S. warns of sanctions risk for firms invested in Russian pipeline

    Washington repeated a warning on Wednesday to Western firms invested in Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany that they were at risk of sanctions, and said Moscow was using the project to divide Europe. “We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector

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