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Top French Court Rules Burkini Bans Violate Basic Freedoms

Activists protest outside the French embassy, during the "wear what you want beach party" in London, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The protest is against the French authorities clampdown on Muslim women wearing burkinis on the beach. Writing on the sign reads: 'No to Islamophobia, yes to Burkinis.' (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Activists protest outside the French embassy, during the "wear what you want beach party" in London, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The protest is against the French authorities clampdown on Muslim women wearing burkinis on the beach. Writing on the sign reads: 'No to Islamophobia, yes to Burkinis.' (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

PARIS—France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans...


  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives for a new round of talks on Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    US, Russia Renew Push for Elusive Agreement on Syria

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  • An earthquake survivor is carried on a wheel chair in a tent camp set up as a temporary shelter following an earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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  • ICAO Council president Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu addresses the opening session of the International Civil Aviation Organization World Aviation Forum in Montreal on Nov. 23, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

    Will China Allow Taiwan to Participate in UN Aviation Meeting in Montreal?

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    Belgian media report blast at Sports center

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  • FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015 file photo, People stand amid wreckage of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack near a military hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. The World Health Organization says nearly 1,000 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years in violation of humanitarian norms. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    US Senators Seek to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Over Civilian Deaths

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  • Iran's first domestically made destroyer Jamaran sails in the Gulf on February 21, 2009. Iran's navy on February 19 launched in the Gulf its first domestically made destroyer in a ceremony attend by the supreme leader and the commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the media reported.  AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM NOUROZI (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM NOUROZI/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Warship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats

      WASHINGTON—A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the... Read more

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    Crossbow Attack Leaves 3 People Dead in Toronto

    Three people have been killed in a crossbow attack in Toronto, according to police. The Toronto Star reported that crossbow bolts were found in the... Read more

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2008, file photo, China's Chen Xiexia holds up 90kg in the snatch of the women's 48kg category of the weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. The International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, said that 11 2008 Olympic athletes tested positive in retests, including Chen, for a range of banned substances in the latest scandal to shake the sport, which is already processing retests which caught numerous medalists from the 2008 and 2012 games. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

    China Faces 1-year Ban From Weightlifting Over Doping

    MOSCOW—China is facing a one-year ban from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move which threatens to stop some of the world’s top athletes... Read more

  • Iran's first domestically made destroyer Jamaran sails in the Gulf on February 21, 2009. Iran's navy on February 19 launched in the Gulf its first domestically made destroyer in a ceremony attend by the supreme leader and the commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the media reported.  AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM NOUROZI (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM NOUROZI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran: Forces Will Warn Any Vessel After US Warship Incident

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country’s territorial waters, the Iranian defense minister said Thursday, remarks that came... Read more

  • People celebrate in a park as they listen to the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia’s President Rushing Vote on Deal With Rebels

    BOGOTA, Colombia—Colombia’s president is moving fast to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist... Read more

  • Military personnel clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein)

    Quake Damages Scores of Burma’s Heritage Bagan Temples

    BAGAN, Burma—It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250... Read more

  • Afghan security forces stand guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The attack has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after several people were killed. Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the dead included one guard, and that about 700 students had been rescued. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Attack on American University in Afghanistan Leaves 13 Dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 13 people were killed and dozens were... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Puerto Princesa Tourism Office, a giant pearl measuring 30cm wide (1ft), 67cm long (2.2ft) and weighing 34kg (75lb) is displayed in the lobby of the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office in Puerto Princesa city, Palawan province in southwestern Philippines Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Puerto Princesa Tourism Officer Aileen Amurao said the giant pearl was found by a relative fisherman ten years ago and entrusted to her for safekeeping and eventually to the mayor of the city. The still-to-be-authenticated find is said to be the largest in the world and would likely be valued in excess of US$100 million. (Herald Hugo/PPTO via AP)

    Possible Biggest Pearl in World Was Hidden Under Bed for 10 Years

    MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world’s biggest pearl, but he didn’t know it. For 10 years, the 34-kilogram... Read more

  • Toronto communications consultant Adrienne Snow this week became the second woman to enter the Conservative party leadership race. (Adrienne Snow/Facebook)

    Race Needs an Outsider, Toronto Tory Says in Launching Her Bid for Leadership

    OTTAWA—The list of candidates for Conservative leadership is broadening beyond current and former MPs with the entrance of a Toronto communications consultant who says she... Read more

  • Michelle Zhang holds a banner against forced organ harvesting in China during a rally on Parliament Hill on Nov. 4, 2014. Zhang’s sister, who practiced Falun Gong, disappeared in 2002. Her brother-in-law died in prison, his body cremated without the family's permission. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Trudeau’s China Visit: Falun Gong Adherents Plea for Help

    For Canadians with family members who are imprisoned in China for handing out flyers and similar “crimes,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip there on Aug... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, holds a bunch of flowers as a birthday present for a member of the cabinet during her arrival for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. At right is German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German Business Confidence Drops Unexpectedly, Survey Shows

    BERLIN—Business confidence in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has dropped unexpectedly as managers’ assessment of both their current and future situations darkened following Britain’s decision to... Read more

  • Somali security investigate the scene of a suicide attack in Mogadishu on July 31, 2016. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

    Somalia Bombings Kill 17 at Local Government HQ, Market

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace,... Read more

  • Members of the Algerian Republican Guards and a security offical stand guard at Martyr's Shrine in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on June 15, 2015. (Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fundamentalists Gain Ground in Algeria as War Memory Fades

    ALGIERS, Algeria—Mosques are going up, women are covering up, and shops selling alcoholic beverages are shutting down in a changing Algeria where, slowly but surely,... Read more

  • Displaced people gather around a water truck to fill containers at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, on Dec. 29 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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    KAMPALA, Uganda—South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is in political limbo after rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar fled earlier this week. His... Read more

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference at the conclusion of the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL at the State Department in Washington on July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Kerry Heading to Africa for Talks on Counterterrorism

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Africa on Monday for talks in Kenya and Nigeria on countering terrorism before visiting Saudi Arabia... Read more

  • Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire holds his country's flag before addressing supporters at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Pastor Spearheads Zimbabwe Pro-Democracy Movement

    An unlikely pastor has been thrust into the forefront as a key societal leader against President Robert Mugabe’s longtime authoritarian rule. Evan Mawarire, 39, an evangelical priest, was arrested... Read more

  • Fear pervades Nigerian city at heart of Islamist insurgency. M.J. Smith Female student stands in a burnt classroom at Maiduguri Experimental School, a private nursery, primary, and secondary school burnt by the Islamist group Boko Haram to keep children away from school in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, on May 12, 2012. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/GettyImages)

    Boko Haram: Some Abducted Chibok Girls Killed in Air Strikes

    LAGOS, Nigeria—Some of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been killed in Nigerian military air strikes, according to a new video appearing to come from Boko... Read more

  • FILE - Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for a sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)

    Oscar Pistorious Treated in Hospital for Wrist Injuries

    Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius underwent treatment at a hospital on Aug. 6 after sustaining injuries to his wrists while in confinement at a South African... Read more

  • President Jacob Zuma (C) and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) attend the declaration announcement of the municipal elections in Pretoria, South Africa, on Aug. 6, 2016. This is the worst-ever election showing for South Africa's ruling party, The African National Congress (ANC), after corruption scandals and a stagnant economy that has frustrated the urban middle class. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey)

    South Africa’s Ruling Party Suffers Biggest Election Setback

    JOHANNESBURG—South Africa’s ruling party has suffered its worst election setback since taking power at the end of apartheid a generation ago, with the African National... Read more

  • FILE - In this file image taken from video released late Friday evening, Oct. 31, 2014, by Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, centre, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group. Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who promises to end attacks on mosques and markets used by Muslims, according to an interview published Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 by the Islamic State. The group’s newspaper al-Nadaa identifies Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new “Wali” of its West Africa Province _ a title previously used to describe long-time leader Abubakar Shekau. (Boko Haram, via AP, File)

    Islamic State Group Announces New Boko Haram Leader

    LAGOS, Nigeria—Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who is threatening to bomb churches and kill Christians while ending attacks on mosques and... Read more

  • Around 1,000 people march in Bujumbura on July 30, 2016, in protest against a United Nations Security Council decision to send a police contingent to the violence-wracked country. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Burundi Demonstrators Protest Plan to Deploy UN Police

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi—More than 1,000 people in Burundi participated in a government-backed demonstration in the capital, Bujumbura, Saturday to protest France’s proposal passed by U.N. Security... Read more

  • An elephant killed a girl by hurling a stone at the zoo in Rabat, Morocco (YouTube/screenshot)

    Zoo Elephant Throws Stone Toward Zoo Visitors, Killing Girl

    Experts at a zoo in the Moroccan capital of Rabat are trying to understand why an elephant hurled a stone toward visitors, killing a 7-year-old girl... Read more

  • Somali soldier stand near the wreckage of a car bomb outside the UN's office in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside the United Nations Mine Action Service offices in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven U.N. guards, a Somali police official said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    2 Suicide Car Bombs Near UN Offices Kill 13 in Somalia

    MOGADISHU, Somalia—Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the U.N. Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13... Read more

  • One of the dishes forming South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope is seen in Carnarvon. It showed off its phenomenal power on July 16th, 2016, revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before. (MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    First Image Released From World’s Super Radio Telescope

    Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power on July 16th, revealing 1,300 galaxies... Read more

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    African Lion at Texas Zoo Gives Birth to Rare White Cub

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  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Zambia's President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 30, 2015. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

    Zambia’s Troubled Ties With China

    The scandal surrounding Scottish actor Louise Linton and her memoir of the year spent in Africa—a book so problematic that the inconsistencies and the “white... Read more

  • Pedestrians shop at a market in Lagos, Nigeria, on June 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Africa’s Biggest City Shuts Churches, Mosques to Fight Noise

    LAGOS, Nigeria—Africa’s largest city is closing dozens of mosques, churches and nightclubs in a bid to reduce noise for its 20 million residents long used... Read more

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, July 13, 2016 and released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), villagers are led by UN soldiers to the UN compound in the capital Juba, South Sudan. The death toll from a recent outbreak of fighting in South Sudan is almost certain to climb above the 272 people, including 33 civilians, reported by the government, United Nations officials said Wednesday (Eric Kanalstein/UNMISS via AP)

    South Sudan Evacuations Continue; Some Locals Turned Back

    JOHANNESBURG—The United States, India and other countries continue to evacuate their citizens from South Sudan, where a fragile cease-fire appears to hold amid fears of... Read more

  • In this Tuesday July 12, 2016 photo, people take shelter near the All Saints Church in Juba, South Sudan. Embassies and aid organizations in South Sudan were trying to evacuate staff from the capital, Juba, on Tuesday as a precarious calm settled over the city following several days of deadly clashes. (AP Photo)

    US Sends Marines to South Sudan Capital to Protect Citizens

    NAIROBI, Kenya—The U.S. military in Africa says it has sent 40 additional soldiers to South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to help secure American personnel and facilities... Read more

  • Internally displaced people (IDPs) recently arrived to Wau, South Sudan, due to armed clashes in surrounding villages, wait to be registered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Food Program (WFP) on May 11, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

    Renewed Fighting Breaks out Across South Sudan Capital

    JUBA, South Sudan—Renewed gunfights broke out across South Sudan’s capital Sunday between forces loyal to the president and those of the vice president, officials said... Read more

  • A member of the Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) stand guard at the military site in Juba, after the arrival of new troops and their chief of staff on April 25, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

    More Than 100 Bodies From South Sudan Gunfire, Doctors Say

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Soldiers have brought scores of bodies to a hospital in South Sudan’s capital after gunfire erupted throughout Juba on Friday evening, a doctor at... Read more

  • Germany's Sebastian Brendel and Jan Vandrey, far right, paddle for gold in the men's canoe double 1000m final during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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    Passengers Forced to Abandon Caribbean Fantasy Ship Because of Fire

    Hundreds of people have been evacuated from a burning Caribbean ferry, Coast Guard officials have confirmed. There are 512 passengers and crew members on board... Read more

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    Gunmen Abduct People From Puerto Vallarta Restaurant

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  • A man inspects furniture that was dragged by a mudslide in Xaltepec, on the mountainous north of Puebla state, Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. The death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Earl grows to more than 30 in Mexico as a new tropical storm forms off the country's Pacific Coast. (AP Photo/Pablo Spencer)

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    MEXICO CITY—Mountain communities in two Mexican states are recovering from weekend mudslides that killed 39 people during heavy rains brought by remnants of Hurricane Earl... Read more

  • Police stand near the body of a man that was shot and killed near Maracana Stadium after the opening ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

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  • Dr. Sebi, a world-renowned holistic medicine proponent, naturalist, and pathologist, is dead.

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    Dr. Sebi, a holistic medicine proponent, died this week in Honduras, according to a statement posted on his company’s social media pages. According to his webpage,... Read more

  • Officers of the School Security Units do the first exercise of Falun Gong in Mexico City. (Antonio Dom

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  • A marine gas station is shut down as it prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Earl, in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Hurricane Earl bore down on the coast of the Caribbean nation of Belize with the danger of high surf and winds, while also threatening neighboring Guatemala and southern Mexico with torrential rains. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

    Hurricane Earl Drenching Belize, Then Heading for Mexico

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    Hurricane Earl Aiming for Belize

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  • Tropical Storm Earl over the Caribbean Sea. (US National Hurricane Center)

    Tropical Storm Earl Forms in the Caribbean

    Weather officials say that Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Caribbean as of Tuesday afternoon on Aug. 2. Warnings have been issued across Central... Read more

  • Tropical Storm Earl over the Caribbean Sea. (US National Hurricane Center)

    Tropical ‘Wave’ Kills 6 in Dominican Republic

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  • The Chef de Mission for Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kitty Chiller (C),with Athletes Jason Whateley (L), Daniel Lewis (2nd L) and Shelley Watts(R)speaks to the press on July 25, 2016, after Australia decided not to move into the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro until it is completely ready to receive its athletes. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Workers install a billboard supporting Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega along a street Managua, Nicaragua, on Dec. 21, 2015. The banner's message reads in Spanish: "Let's move ahead! In good hope, in victories!" The Supreme Electoral Council unseated 16 opposition legislators from the Liberal Independent Party and its ally the Sandinista Renovation Movement Friday, July 29, 2016, for not recognizing their leader. That leader, Pedro Reyes, had recently been given that authority by the Supreme Court, which removed the party’s previous leader following a long-running political dispute. Reyes is seen by some within his own party as a tool of Ortega. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Nicaragua Electoral Authority Unseats Opposition Lawmakers

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  • Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at a rally in defense of public companies and against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Former Brazilian President Silva to Stand Trial

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  • A crocodile remains in an antificial pond of a private hotel near La Fortuna, in the Costa Rican rainforest some 110 km northwest of San Jose, on April 5, 2010. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Surfer Loses Lower Leg After Crocodile Attack—Humans Had Been Likely Feeding It

    An American surfer was attacked by a crocodile while crossing a river in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, on July 22. Doctors had to amputate his lower leg,... Read more

  • The Chef de Mission for Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kitty Chiller (C),with Athletes Jason Whateley (L), Daniel Lewis (2nd L) and Shelley Watts(R)speaks to the press on July 25, 2016, after Australia decided not to move into the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro until it is completely ready to receive its athletes. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Australian Athletes Reject ‘Unlivable’ Accommodations at Rio Olympics Village

    The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced on July 24 that its athletes will delay residing in the accommodations of the Olympic Village, due to conditions deemed... Read more

  • Sheikh Jihad Hassan Hammadeh, president of the Ethics Committee of the Sao Paulo-based National Union of Islamic Entities, speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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  • A giant banner advertising the 2016 Rio Olympics is outside a tunnel which connects Botafogo and Copacabana neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro on July 5. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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  • Kate del Castillo attends TNTLA Platino Awards 2015 at Starlight Marbella on July 18, 2015 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images for TNTLA)

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  • In this photo provided by Puerto Princesa Tourism Office, a giant pearl measuring 30cm wide (1ft), 67cm long (2.2ft) and weighing 34kg (75lb) is displayed in the lobby of the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office in Puerto Princesa city, Palawan province in southwestern Philippines Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Puerto Princesa Tourism Officer Aileen Amurao said the giant pearl was found by a relative fisherman ten years ago and entrusted to her for safekeeping and eventually to the mayor of the city. The still-to-be-authenticated find is said to be the largest in the world and would likely be valued in excess of US$100 million. (Herald Hugo/PPTO via AP)

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  • FILE - In this May 31, 2016, file photo, a man watches a TV news program reporting about a missile launch of North Korea, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea. In a remarkable show of persistence, North Korea on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, fired two suspected powerful new Musudan mid-range missiles, U.S. and South Korean military officials said, but at least one of the launches apparently failed, Pyongyang's fifth such reported flop since April. The letters read on top left: "Fail, North Korea's Musudan missile." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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  • People watch a TV news program showing a file image of Thae Yong Ho, a minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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  • Burma's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi hold a talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on Aug. 19, 2016. (Rolex Dela Pena/Pool Photo via AP)

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  • Communist New People's Army militants march in unison past local residents and supporters during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Mount Diwata in southern Philippines on Dec. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

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  • Kashmiri Muslim protesters throw rocks and exploded tear gas shell at Indian paramilitary soldiers in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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  • Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol during curfew in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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  • A young archer in traditional outfit practises the centuries-old 
Indonesian sport of ‘Jemparingan’. After decades of decline, a revival is under way.  (GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Indian paramilitary trooper stops a Kashmiri pedestrian during a curfew in Srinagar on August 18, 2016. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Villagers: Kashmir Teacher Killed in Indian Army’s Custody

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, two model jets of Hong Kong airline Cathay Dragon, formerly known as Dragonair, front, and Cathay Pacific Airways, are displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong.  Cathay Pacific Airways says its profit tumbled in the first half of this year as economic weakness in China and other important markets cut passenger demand while it faced cutthroat competition from rivals.  Hong Kong's biggest airline on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016,  posted interim net profit of 353 million Hong Kong dollars ($45.5 million), down 82 percent from the same period a year earlier.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

    Hong Kong Airline Cathay’s 1H Profit Tumbles 82 Percent

    HONG KONG—Cathay Pacific Airways said Wednesday that its profit tumbled in the first half of the year as economic weakness in China and other important... Read more

  • In this July 1, 2016 photo, people cross a street in Tokyo, Friday, July 1, 2016. Japan’s economy grew at a slower than forecast 0.2 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, as the recovery was sapped by weaker exports and business investment, the government said Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan’s Economy Slows to Snail’s Pace as Exports Falter

    TOKYO—Japan’s economy barely grew in the April-June quarter, as weaker exports and business investment weighed on the faltering recovery. Growth for the world’s third-largest economy... Read more

  • (L to R) Benedict Coyne, Dr Sarah Winch and Ethan Gutmann at the  Q and A session following the screening of 'Hard to Believe' at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, in Brisbane, on August 11, 2016. (Courtesy of Nelson Huang/NTD Television)

    Horror Organ Harvesting in China: New Report

    BRISBANE, Australia—American author and China analyst Ethan Gutmann says China’s illegal organ transplant trade continues, despite assurances from Chinese officials that it has stopped, and... Read more

  • A Thai police officer stands at the site of an explosion in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Aug. 12, 2016. A series of coordinated blasts across Southern Thailand including Hua Hin and Phuket killing at least four people and injured dozens. According to reports, no group has claimed the attacks but suspicion has fallen on separatist insurgents. (Dario Pignatelli/Getty Images)

    Thailand Bombings: A Look at Who May Have Been Responsible

    BANGKOK—In the aftermath of a coordinated wave of bombings that shook tourist towns in Thailand this week, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s military government is scrambling... Read more

  • Investigators work at the scene of an explosion in the resort town of Hua Hin, 150 miles south of Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

    Thai Police Look for Suspects After Bombs Hit Tourist Sites

    HUA HIN, Thailand—Thais and tourists headed warily into the main part of a long holiday weekend Saturday as police looked for suspects and a motive... Read more

  • Authorities direct traffic after explosions occurred overnight and Friday morning in the tourist city of Hua Hin, Thailand on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang)

    Bombings in Thailand Target Tourist Cities, Killing 4 People

    HUA HIN, Thailand—Coordinated explosions targeting some of Thailand’s most popular resort cities and beach towns killed at least four people and wounded dozens more. Police... Read more

  • People watch a screen showing Japanese Emperor Akihito delivering a speech in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The Japanese emperor, in a rare address to the public, signaled Monday his apparent wish to abdicate by expressing concern about his ability to carry out his duties fully. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan’s Emperor Says He’s Concerned About Fulfilling Duties

    TOKYO—Japan’s emperor expressed concern about fulfilling his duties as he ages in an address to the public Monday that was remarkable for its rarity and... Read more

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the "Assumption of Command" of new Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at Camp Crame, Philippine National Police headquarters, in suburban Quezon city, Philippines, on July 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Philippine Leader Links 150 Judges, Politicians to Drugs

    MANILA, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked more than 150 judges, mayors, lawmakers, police and military personnel to illegal drugs Sunday, ordering them to surrender... Read more

  • A voter casts a ballot at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 7, 2016. (Brent Lewin/Getty Images)

    Thai Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Junta-Backed Constitution

    BANGKOK—Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by... Read more

  • A Chinese coast guard vessel sails near disputed East China Sea islands on Aug. 6, 2016. Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement it filed the protest after Japan's coast guard spotted the vessels Saturday along with a fleet of 230 Chinese fishing boats swarming around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. China also claims the islands, calling them the Diaoyu. (11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters via AP)

    Japan Protests China’s Vessels Around Disputed Islands

    TOKYO—Japan summoned Chinese diplomats Saturday to protest after six Chinese coast guard vessels approached disputed East China Sea islands accompanying a fleet of hundreds of... Read more

  • Deep in the heart of a medieval monastery in Nepal’s remote Upper Mustang region, the battle to restore sacred murals and preserve 
traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture is in full swing. (PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Restoring Medieval Tibetan Shrines in Nepal’s Himalayas

    Deep in the heart of a medieval monastery in Nepal’s remote Upper Mustang region, the battle to restore sacred murals and preserve traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture... Read more

  • ICAO Council president Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu addresses the opening session of the International Civil Aviation Organization World Aviation Forum in Montreal on Nov. 23, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

    Will China Allow Taiwan to Participate in UN Aviation Meeting in Montreal?

    As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to embark on a trip to China to win friends and open up business opportunities for Canada, an issue... Read more

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    Crossbow Attack Leaves 3 People Dead in Toronto

    Three people have been killed in a crossbow attack in Toronto, according to police. The Toronto Star reported that crossbow bolts were found in the... Read more

  • Toronto communications consultant Adrienne Snow this week became the second woman to enter the Conservative party leadership race. (Adrienne Snow/Facebook)

    Race Needs an Outsider, Toronto Tory Says in Launching Her Bid for Leadership

    OTTAWA—The list of candidates for Conservative leadership is broadening beyond current and former MPs with the entrance of a Toronto communications consultant who says she... Read more

  • Michelle Zhang holds a banner against forced organ harvesting in China during a rally on Parliament Hill on Nov. 4, 2014. Zhang’s sister, who practiced Falun Gong, disappeared in 2002. Her brother-in-law died in prison, his body cremated without the family's permission. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Trudeau’s China Visit: Falun Gong Adherents Plea for Help

    For Canadians with family members who are imprisoned in China for handing out flyers and similar “crimes,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip there on Aug... Read more

  • Health Minister Jane Philpott addresses the Canadian Medical Association's General Council in Vancouver on Aug. 23, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Innovation, Not Just Money, Needed to Fix Health-Care System: Philpott

    VANCOUVER—Canada needs innovative solutions to improve home and primary health care so it can match other countries, including Britain and Australia, which have overcome similar... Read more

  • White and black 3-D printers at the University of Ottawa makerspace. (Meika Ellis)

    Makerspaces Critical for Advancing Hardware Innovation, Learning

    Makerspaces are like super-garages providing room to tinker, create, and build for the masses. The “maker movement” is in its infancy in Canada, and there... Read more

  • Royal Bank of Canada earned $2.895 billion of net income in its third quarter, up 17 percent from a year ago. (The Canadian Press/Eduardo Lima)

    RBC ‘Closely Monitoring’ Vancouver, Toronto Housing Markets

    TORONTO—Royal Bank CEO David McKay says the lender is “closely monitoring” the real estate markets in Vancouver and Toronto, where home prices have been climbing... Read more

  • National Council of Canadian Muslims executive director Ihsaan Gardee speaks during a press conference with NGO representatives and community leaders on Parliament Hill, Jan. 28, 2014. The council is disputing the findings of a new study charging that extremist writings are common in mosque libraries. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

    Muslim Leaders Dispute Charge That Extremist Writings Common in Mosque Libraries

    OTTAWA—Canadian Muslim leaders are fiercely disputing a new study that says several mosques and Islamic schools are endangering young people with extremist teachings. The study... Read more

  • B.C. Premier Christy Clark arrives for a tour of FortisBC's Tilbury LNG facility before the groundbreaking for an expansion project in Delta, B.C., on Oct. 21, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Study Casts Doubts About Environmental Benefits of Canadian LNG Export Industry

    CALGARY—A new study is raising doubts that Canada’s ambition to export liquefied natural gas would help reduce carbon emissions abroad—a core justification for developing such... Read more

  • The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie performs during the first stop of the Man Machine Poem Tour at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C., July 22, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

    Canada in Brief, Aug. 18-24

    Indigenous leaders praise Gord Downie for calling attention to their plight TORONTO—Leaders of Canada’s indigenous community say they feel stunned and grateful to Tragically Hip... Read more

  • Musician Leonard Cohen performs at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 2012 in New York City. Cohen, whose meditative hymns have made him one of his generation's most influential artists, has recorded a new album at 81 for release this fall. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

    Leonard Cohen, Near 82, Ready With New Album

    Leonard Cohen, whose meditative hymns have made him one of his generation’s most influential artists, has recorded a new album at 81 for release this... Read more

  • Fake oxycontin pills containing fentanyl are displayed during a news conference at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Sept. 3, 2015. The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is calling for more doctors across Canada to be formally trained to diagnose and treat patients addicted to drugs.  (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Train More Family Doctors to Help Drug-Addicted Patients, Group Says

    VANCOUVER—A study by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is calling for more doctors across Canada to be formally trained to diagnose and... Read more

  • Canada Post trucks at a sorting centre in Montreal. As time runs out on the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' strike mandate, contract talks with Canada Post are making little progress. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

    Contract Talks With Canada Post Stalled as Strike Mandate Runs Out

    OTTAWA—As the clock ticks down on the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ strike mandate, contract talks with Canada Post are going nowhere fast. Each side... Read more

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laughs with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil during an event in Bridgetown, N.S. on Aug. 16. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

    Civil Liberties Must Be Balanced With Security in Battling Terrorism, PM Says

    BRIDGETOWN, N.S.—An alleged terrorist plot in Ontario that created anxieties over police monitoring of suspects hasn’t shaken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s emphasis on balancing civil... Read more

  • Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett in the House of Commons on June 15. Bennett says she'd like to see legal cases over the '60s Scoop taken out of court and discussed around a table. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

    Indigenous Leaders Call for Apology, Settlement in ’60s Scoop Lawsuit

    Five indigenous leaders have written an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging him to apologize for the ’60s Scoop and to settle a... Read more

  • Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale answers a question in the House of Commons on June 15, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

    Canada in Brief, Aug. 11-17

    Feds eyeing mandatory counselling for terror suspects under peace bonds: Goodale OTTAWA—Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is looking at making counter-radicalization counselling... Read more

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    Alberta to Ban Spear Hunting After Bear-Hunting Video Sparks Outrage

    TORONTO—The Alberta provincial government plans to ban the practice of spearing wildlife after a video posted online showing an American killing a black bear with a... Read more

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Falun Gong practitioners gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa on Aug. 12, 2016, to call for the reinstatement of Zhiwen Wang's passport so he can visit his relatives in the U.S. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Beijing Urged to Allow Prominent Prisoner of Conscience to Leave China

    OTTAWA—Falun Gong practitioners held a protest outside the Chinese embassy on Aug. 12 to urge Beijing to reinstate the passport of high-profile prisoner of conscience... Read more

  • Canada's Penny Oleksiak shows off her silver medal from women's 100-metre butterfly at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Aug. 7, 2016 in Rio. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)

    Canada on Pace for Medals Goal Thanks to Women

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team won a historic medal, while Kylie Masse continued Canada’s rise to relevance in the pool after Penny Oleksiak’s... Read more

  • Minister of Public Services Judy Foote during question period in the House of Commons on Dec. 10, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

    Past Funding Cuts Leave Federal Buildings in Poor Condition: Documents

    OTTAWA—Officials warned the government late last year that without a significant boost in repair funds, aging and crumbling federal buildings could soon become unfit for... Read more

  • An earthquake survivor is carried on a wheel chair in a tent camp set up as a temporary shelter following an earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Strong Aftershocks Rattle Devastated Italian Earthquake Zone

    AMATRICE, Italy—Strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike Friday as hopes began to dim that firefighters would find any more survivors from Italy’s earthquake... Read more

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    Belgian media report blast at Sports center

    BRUSSELS—A Belgian newspaper is reporting that an explosion has rocked a sports center in the Belgian town of Chimay, with reports of at least one... Read more

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, holds a bunch of flowers as a birthday present for a member of the cabinet during her arrival for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. At right is German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    German Business Confidence Drops Unexpectedly, Survey Shows

    BERLIN—Business confidence in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has dropped unexpectedly as managers’ assessment of both their current and future situations darkened following Britain’s decision to... Read more

  • People drink in a tent camp near Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Toll Rises to 278 in Italian Earthquake

    UPDATE:  Italian authorities say the death toll in central Italy’s devastating earthquake has risen to 278. Civil protection officials gave the updated toll at a briefing... Read more

  • This still image taken from video shows survivors and rescuers wandering in the center of Amatrice, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo)

    Italy Earthquake Kills at Least 159 People

    Update: Italy’s civil protection agency says death toll in earthquake rises to 159. AMATRICE, Italy—Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out... Read more

  • German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, left, and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attend a joint media conference in Paris, Tuesday, Aug.23, 2016. The French and German interior ministers said Tuesday they're pushing for a Europe-wide policy limiting encryption, and want it discussed at an EU summit in Slovakia next month. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    France, Germany Want Limits on Encryption to Fight Terrorism

    PARIS—France and Germany pushed Tuesday for Europe-wide rules requiring messaging apps such as Telegram to limit encryption to help governments monitor communications among suspected extremists... Read more

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    Woman Stabs Three People Following Argument on Bus in Belgium

    A woman stabbed and wounded three people on a bus in the Brussels area before she was shot and injured by police, local media outlets... Read more

  • Two Syrian refugees concentrate during an English lesson with a volunteer teacher in London on July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Adela Suliman)

    Syrian Refugees Support Each Other in Britain

    LONDON—A summer rainstorm pounded down on the eaves of Christ the Saviour church hall in London as Fardous Bahbouh poured tea and set up the... Read more

  • A meal at the vegan restaurant ‘L’Herbivore’ in Berlin. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Berlin Goes Vegan With ‘Butcher’ Shops, Singles’ Night

    Long the European capital of techno-driven nightlife, fastidious hipsterdom and low-cost party weekends, Berlin is adding another string to its bow as a vegan haven... Read more

  • Rooms to Let in a shop window in London. Residential rents for new lets in London have fallen for the first time in six years, according to a new study. (Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

    London Rents Fall for First Time Since 2010

    Residential rents for new lets in London have fallen for the first time in six years, according to the first study published on the issue... Read more

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    Competition Brewing for London Afternoon Teas

    The popularity of afternoon tea has London hotels vying to attract a new wave of customers by inventing twists on the classic English indulgence –... Read more

  • File photo of an asthma inhaler dispensing a dose of drug. A woman  was jailed in Croydon, UK, for subjecting her children to unnecessary medical procedures, including medication to treat severe asthma, so that she could claim hundreds of thousands of pounds in state benefits. (Getty Images)

    Mother Jailed in Britain for Child Cruelty to Claim Benefits

    A woman in Britain was jailed on Monday for subjecting her children to unnecessary medical procedures so that she could claim hundreds of thousands of... Read more

  • Britain's annual inflation rate edged higher in July 2016, official data showed, and is set to climb further as a weak pound caused by the Brexit vote raises import prices. The main contributors to the increase in the rate were rising prices for motor fuels, alcoholic beverages and accommodation services, the ONS said in a statement. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    British Inflation Climbs to 0.6% After Brexit Vote

    Britain’s annual inflation rate edged higher last month, official data has shown, and is set to climb further as a weak pound caused by the... Read more

  • Spray-painted signs pointing to the nearest bomb shelter, like this one in Mariupol, are common sights in cities across Ukraine. (Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)

    After Crimea ‘Incursions,’ Russia and Ukraine Step Back From All-Out War

    KYIV, Ukraine—In a familiar cycle of brinksmanship, Russia and Ukraine once again edged toward the brink of open war last week, only for the bellicose... Read more

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    Giant Panda Surprises Zoo With Twins After Zookeeper Finds Another Cub

    A giant panda in Austria surprised her zookeepers after they made a surprising discovery. Zookeepers in Austria said that their female panda Yang Yang gave... Read more

  • A pedestrian passes under a Turkish flag in Istanbul, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Turkish authorities have prepared an official request for the temporary arrest of United States-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged involvement in the coup attempt on July 15, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Turkey to Release 38,000 From Jail; Frees Space for Plotters

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey issued a decree Wednesday paving the way for the conditional release of some 38,000 prisoners, the justice minister said — an apparent move... Read more

  • A pedestrian passes under a Turkish flag in Istanbul, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Turkish authorities have prepared an official request for the temporary arrest of United States-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen over his alleged involvement in the coup attempt on July 15, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Saturday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Turkey Says Failed Coup Was Decades in the Making

    ISTANBUL—Turkish investigators call it the ultimate long game. In 1986, the Turkish military expelled dozens of cadets suspected of loyalty to a young Muslim cleric... Read more

  • The train stands at the station after a man attacked other passengers aboard the train at Salez, Switzerland, on Aug. 13, 2016. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

    Swiss Train Attack Suspect and Female Victim Die of Wounds

    BERLIN—The man who attacked passengers on a crowded Swiss train with a knife and burning liquid died of his wounds Sunday, as did one of... Read more

  • Spanish interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks after a meeting with Spanish Leader of center-right party Ciudadanos at the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Aug. 10, 2016 on forming a government in a bid to unblock seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rajoy: 3rd Vote Would Make Spain ‘Laughingstock of Europe’

    MADRID—Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warns that a third round of elections in one year would make Spain “the laughingstock of Europe” as he... Read more

  • Mecca Laa Laa wears a 'burkini' on her first surf lifesaving patrol at North Cronulla Beach February 4, 2007, in Sydney, Australia.  (Matt King/Getty Images)

    French City Cannes Bans ‘Burkinis’ From Beach

    The mayor of the city of Cannes, France, has announced a ban of full-body swimsuits, called “burkinis,” from local beaches. David Lisnard described the burkinis... Read more

  • FILE- In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, a boy flies a kite from the roof of a house as other kites seem to flock in the sky above as Indians celebrate Independence Day in New Delhi, India. Indian police say three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slashed by glass-coated kite string used in competitions to slice the strings of other kites.The deaths occurred in New Delhi on Monday, which was a holiday on account of India's Independence Day when people fly kites to celebrate. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)

    Glass-Coated Kite String Kills 3 People in Indian Capital

    NEW DELHI—Indian police say three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slashed by glass-coated kite string used in competitions to bring... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, file photo, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft releases chaff as it flies past the IAF Day Parade in New Delhi, India. A spokesman for India's defense ministry says the Indian air force has lost contact with a transport plane AN-32 with 29 people on board. A massive search by the air force, navy and coast guard has been launched. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi, file)

    Indian Air Force Plane With 29 On Board Goes Missing Over Bay of Bengal

    NEW DELHI—The Indian air force Friday lost contact with a transport plane carrying 29 people to islands in the Bay of Bengal, the defense ministry... Read more

  • Kashmiri villagers wave Pakistani flags during the funeral procession of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Indian Kashmir's largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen, in Tral, some 24 miles south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 9, 2016. Indian troops fired on protesters in Kashmir as tens of thousands of Kashmiris defied a curfew imposed in most parts of the troubled region Saturday and participated in the funeral of the top rebel commander killed by Indian government forces, officials and locals said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    16 Dead in Indian Kashmir Protests After Top Rebel Killed

    SRINAGAR, India—The death toll in Kashmir rose to 16 on Sunday as clashes between Indian troops and protesters continued despite a curfew imposed in the... Read more

  • A masked Kashmiri protester prepares to throws a brick at an Indian policeman during a protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on July 9, 2016. Indian authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in most parts of Kashmir on Saturday, a day after government forces killed the top rebel commander in the disputed Himalayan region, officials said, describing it as a major success against rebels fighting Indian rule. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Indian Troops, Kashmir Protesters Clash as Top Rebel Killed

    SRINAGAR, India—Indian troops fired on protesters in Kashmir on Saturday, killing at least seven as tens of thousands of people defied a curfew and participated... Read more

  • The landscape of Manipur, India, in the background. (Wikimedia/Mongyamba, CC BY-SA) Top right: Satyendra Garg, joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, is chairing the meeting between the armed groups and the Manipur state government.

    India: Government and Armed Groups Begin Political Dialogue After 10 Years

    The central government and the Kuki armed groups—the United Peoples’ Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO)—began their first round of political dialogue at... Read more

  • Apple currently sells its products through resellers in India but easing of restrictions may see the company soon opening stores in the world’s second most populous nation. (SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Announces Sweeping Foreign Investment Reforms

    India has announced sweeping moves to expand foreign investment in civil aviation, defence, and a string of other sectors as part of attempts to open... Read more

  • Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (R) shakes hands with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi before their meeting in New Delhi, India, on June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    India Sure of China’s Support for Nuclear Group’s Membership

    NEW DELHI—India said Sunday that it was confident of winning China’s support for U.S.-backed efforts for its membership in a group of 48 nations controlling... Read more

  • President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister India Narendra Modi before their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    India’s Bid to Join Nuclear Supplier Group a Point of Pride

    NEW DELHI—India is rejoicing over news that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brokered deals with U.S. officials to bring New Delhi closer to its long-held... Read more

  • Indian labourers in a hospital near New Delhi after one of their kidneys was removed. Recently, New Delhi police have arrested three kidney donors over an illegal organ trafficking racket at one of India’s top hospitals.  (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Indian Police Make New Arrests in Kidney Sale Racket

    New Delhi police have arrested three kidney donors over an illegal racket at one of India’s top hospitals that has shone a spotlight on underground... Read more

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    Monkey Tricks Shopkeeper in India, Leaves With 10,000 Rupees

    A jewelry store owner in India was swindled by a monkey after he offered it a treat outside his shop. CCTV footage shows the monkey... Read more

  • A labourer pushes a handcart on a street in Imphal in the northeastern state of Manipur on Feb. 20, 2012. Promoted in official tourist brochures as the "jewel of India," the tiny state of Manipur often seems closer to an ignored family heirloom than a proudly coveted gem. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/GettyImages)

    India: A Faux Pas in Manipur’s Three Bills

    As tensions surrounding the controversial issue of the three bills passed by the Manipur State Assembly in August last year continue to grip the state,... Read more

  • Indian Prime Minister India Narendra Modi looks over his shoulder to speak with an aide during his meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Indian PM Burnishes His Standing With Address to Congress

    WASHINGTON—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets to burnish his standing as a trusted U.S. partner Wednesday, addressing a joint meeting of Congress after years of... Read more

  • President Barack Obama (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the gardens of the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Is the Obama-Modi Friendship Real? In India, Many Doubt It

    NEW DELHI—It’s a friendship between two powerful men that transcends politics, transcends diplomacy. It certainly looked like genuine affection when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Read more

  • A man prays inside a temple that survived last years attacks, on the day of Probarona Purnima on October 19, 2013 in Ramu, Bangladesh.  Getty Images)

    Buddhist Monk in Bangladesh Has Throat Slit in Murder

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP)—A 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been killed in a monastery in southeastern Bangladesh, police said Saturday. The body of Maung Shue U. Chak... Read more

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    72-Year-Old Indian Woman Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy

    A 72-year-old Indian woman has reportedly given birth to a healthy child. The Guardian reported that Daljinder Kaur, the woman, and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder... Read more

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    Indian Teen Dies After Shooting Himself While Taking Selfie

    #RamandeepSingh, 15, Accidentally Shoots Self Dead Taking #Selfie In #Pathankot, #Punjab https://t.co/qJ3eTuB8yw pic.twitter.com/9RLu0Rl6a1 — UJReview (@UJReview) May 2, 2016 A 15-year old teenager in India... Read more

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    Indian Father Went to Extreme Measures to Punish Teen Who Allegedly Abused His Baby Daughter

    An Indian father cut off the hands of a teen who allegedly sexually abused his baby daughter. The 17-year-old was accused of assaulting a seven-month-old infant... Read more

  • Indian nurses care for newly born babies at the maternity ward of a hospital on the eve of World Population Day, in Guwahati on July 10, 2014.  World Population Day, which was established by the United Nations Development Programme in 1989 and is observed annually, seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. (BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Police Uncover ‘Baby Farm’ Where Unwanted Infants Were Sold and Swapped: Report

    Police in India have discovered a “baby farm” in India where unwanted babies are sold or traded. Authorities said that staff at the Palash Hospital... Read more

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    Video: Children Climb Down Dangerous Wells to Fetch Water After Drought Hits India

    India is facing a severe water crisis and village children are finding extreme ways to fetch water. A video shows children climbing down the steep... Read more

  • Britain's Prince William, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, take a tour of Gandhi Smriti, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on 30 January 1948, in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 11, 2016.(Saurabh Das/ Pool Photo via AP)

    Prince William, Wife Kate Pay Respect to Gandhi in India

    NEW DELHI—The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid their respects to Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi on Monday and met with young entrepreneurs in... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives for a new round of talks on Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    US, Russia Renew Push for Elusive Agreement on Syria

    GENEVA—The United States and Russia on Friday renewed efforts to secure a military and humanitarian cooperation agreement for war-torn Syria as conditions on the ground... Read more

  • Iran's first domestically made destroyer Jamaran sails in the Gulf on February 21, 2009. Iran's navy on February 19 launched in the Gulf its first domestically made destroyer in a ceremony attend by the supreme leader and the commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the media reported.  AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM NOUROZI (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM NOUROZI/AFP/Getty Images)

    US Warship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Boats

      WASHINGTON—A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the... Read more

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2008, file photo, China's Chen Xiexia holds up 90kg in the snatch of the women's 48kg category of the weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. The International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, said that 11 2008 Olympic athletes tested positive in retests, including Chen, for a range of banned substances in the latest scandal to shake the sport, which is already processing retests which caught numerous medalists from the 2008 and 2012 games. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

    China Faces 1-year Ban From Weightlifting Over Doping

    MOSCOW—China is facing a one-year ban from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move which threatens to stop some of the world’s top athletes... Read more

  • Iran's first domestically made destroyer Jamaran sails in the Gulf on February 21, 2009. Iran's navy on February 19 launched in the Gulf its first domestically made destroyer in a ceremony attend by the supreme leader and the commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the media reported.  AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM NOUROZI (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM NOUROZI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran: Forces Will Warn Any Vessel After US Warship Incident

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country’s territorial waters, the Iranian defense minister said Thursday, remarks that came... Read more

  • People celebrate in a park as they listen to the announcement from Havana, Cuba, that delegates of Colombia's government and leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia reached a peace accord to end their half-century civil war, in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The government's accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia must still be ratified by voters in a plebiscite in order to take effect. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Colombia’s President Rushing Vote on Deal With Rebels

    BOGOTA, Colombia—Colombia’s president is moving fast to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist... Read more

  • Military personnel clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein)

    Quake Damages Scores of Burma’s Heritage Bagan Temples

    BAGAN, Burma—It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250... Read more

  • Afghan security forces stand guard after an attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The attack has ended, a senior police officer said Thursday, after several people were killed. Kabul police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the dead included one guard, and that about 700 students had been rescued. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Attack on American University in Afghanistan Leaves 13 Dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A brazen, hours-long militant attack on the American University of Afghanistan ended early Thursday after at least 13 people were killed and dozens were... Read more

  • Turkish tanks stationed near the Syrian border in Karkamis, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Turkey's military launched an operation before dawn Wednesday aimed at clearing a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants, and a private Turkish TV station reported that a small number of Turkish special forces had crossed into Syria as part of the operation. (AP Photo)

    US Pursues Syria Cooperation With Russia Amid New Volatility

    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is launching a fresh bid to enlist Russia as a partner in Syria despite more than a month of dashed hopes as... Read more

  • Port Huron, MI. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen via Wikimedia)

    Canadian City Racks up $8,100 Bill Returning Americans Home

    PORT HURON, Mich.—It was a bit costly for Canadians to help the 1,500 Americans who drifted across the St. Clair River last weekend, but officials... Read more

  • Afghan security forces rush to respond to a complex Taliban attack on the campus of the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Militants Attack American University in Afghanistan, 1 Dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding another 18, officials said, adding that security forces... Read more

  • This is a Aug. 17, 2016  file photo of  the Airlander 10, during its maiden flight at Cardington airfield  England , The Airlander 10   crashed during its second test flight in Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016, but manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said no-one was injured. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

    World’s Largest Aircraft Damaged on Second Test Flight

    LONDON—The developer of the world’s largest aircraft says the blimp-shaped airship “sustained damage” after it made a bumpy landing on its second test flight in... Read more

  • This photo provided by Soe Thura Lwin shows a damaged temple in Bagan, Myanmar, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A powerful earthquake measuring a magnitude 6.8 shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging scores of ancient Buddhist pagodas in Bagan, a major tourist attraction, officials said. (Soe Thura Lwin via AP)

    Powerful Earthquake Shakes Central Burma

    YANGON, Burma—A powerful earthquake shook Burma (also known as Myanmar) on Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas... Read more

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday July, 2016, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound, in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Gulen of orchestrating the failed military coup attempt in Turkey, by placing his followers into positions of power decades ago. Gulen denies any involvement. (AP Photo/Chris Post, FILE)

    Turkish, US Officials Discuss US-based Cleric’s Extradition

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkish and American justice officials met on Tuesday to discuss Turkey’s demands for the extradition of a U.S.-based cleric accused of masterminding last month’s... Read more

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is seen in this photo. A U.S. pilot has reportedly been captured in Venezuela for allegedly trying to start a coup, authorities have said.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuelan Government Managers to Lose Jobs Over Recall

    CARACAS, Venezuela—President Nicolas Maduro is ordering retaliation against managers in government agencies who signed a petition to recall him from office. Socialist party leader Jorge... Read more

  • In this Feb. 5, 2016, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Ecuador says it’s ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Assange, who has been holed up in the South American country’s embassy in London for four years. Assange is wanted for questioning by Swedish police over rape allegations stemming from his visit to the country in 2010. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

    Private Lives Are Exposed as WikiLeaks Spills Its Secrets

    CAIRO—WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick... Read more

  • Jatinder Malhotra, right, displays the 40 knives that were surgically removed from the stomach of police constable Surjeet Singh, as he recuperates in a hospital in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. A team of two surgeons, two critical care physicians and an anesthetist conducted the surgery during which they initially removed 28 knives and the rest after further investigation revealed 12 more, the hospital said. (AP Photo/ Prabhjot Gill)

    Doctors in India Remove 40 Knives From Man’s Stomach

    NEW DELHI— Doctors in northern India have surgically removed 40 knives from the stomach of a man who had swallowed them over the past two... Read more

  • FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Prince presents the award for favorite album - soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A law-enforcement official says that tests show the music superstar died of an opioid overdose. Prince was found dead at his home on April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    Counterfeit Pills Likely Came to Prince Illegally

    MINNEAPOLIS—The disclosure that some pills found at Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio were counterfeit and contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl strongly suggests the... Read more

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the troops during the Change-of-Command ceremony for incoming Armed Forces chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 2016. Duterte says he’s ready for talks with China to try to solve their maritime dispute, after his government won an international arbitration case that challenged Beijing’s vast claims. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine Senators Investigate Hundreds of Drug Killings

    MANILA, Philippines—Philippine senators opened an inquiry Monday into the killings of more than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users amid a crackdown spearheaded by President... Read more

  • Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Mexico's president announced a new anti-crime plan that includes proposals for a nationwide ID, giving Congress the power to dissolve corrupt municipal government and fold their often-corrupt local police forces under the control of the country’s 31 state governments. The plan would focus first on four of Mexico’s most troubled states, Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco and Tamaulipas. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Mexican President Pena Nieto Accused of Plagiarism in Thesis

    MEXICO CITY—Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto heavily plagiarized the thesis for his law degree, according to an investigation by a local news outlet. Aristegui Noticias... Read more

  • FILE - This March 27, 2013 file photo shows former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, center, waiting for his turn to speak during a medal ceremony at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium. France’s conservative former President Nicolas Sarkozy has formally announced he is running again to become French president in next year's elections. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

    Sarkozy to Run for French Presidency Next Year

    PARIS—France’s former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy announced Monday he is running for the presidency again in next year’s elections, an awaited move that is expected... Read more

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015 file photo, People stand amid wreckage of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack near a military hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. The World Health Organization says nearly 1,000 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years in violation of humanitarian norms. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    US Senators Seek to Block Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Over Civilian Deaths

    Members of Congress are looking to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia as the kingdom wages an air campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of... Read more

  • In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of the YPG make a V-sign next to a drawing of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria.  (Mursel Coban/Depo Photos via AP, File)

    Turkey: US Says Syria Kurds Are Pulling Back in North Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Turkish counterpart that Syrian Kurdish forces have started withdrawing east of the Euphrates River, Turkish... Read more

  • A Turkish army tank and an armored vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey's Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(IHA via AP)

    Turkey Makes First Major Foray Into Syria With Assault on ISIS

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey on Wednesday launched its first major ground assault into Syria since the country’s civil war began, sending in tanks and special forces backed... Read more

  • Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Aug. 7, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

    Turkey Launches New Artillery Strikes at ISIS in Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkey’s artillery shelled ISIS terrorist group targets across the border in Syria for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, a senior Turkish official said,... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Aug. 15, 2016, A Russian Tu-22M3 bomber stands on the tarmac at an air base near Hamedan, Iran. (WarfareWW Photo via AP)

    Iran: Russia Has Stopped Using Iran Base for Syria Strikes

    TEHRAN, Iran—Russia has stopped using an Iranian air base for launching airstrikes on Syria for the time being, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, just... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, A Russian Tu-22M3 bomber stands on the tarmac at an air base near Hamedan, Iran. (WarfareWW Photo via AP)

    Iran Chastises Russia for Publicizing Use of Iranian Bases

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s defense minister criticized Russia on Monday for having “kind of show-off and ungentlemanly” attitude for publicizing that it used an Iranian air base... Read more

  • In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, civilians walk with containers for fuel and water in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian rescue worker says three civilians, a mother and two children, died in a suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held district in the city of Aleppo. The report, which was posted online on Thursday, Aug. 11, could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined that chlorine gas was released. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

    Doctors Save Lifeless Baby After Bomb Attack in Aleppo, Syria

    Doctors in Aleppo, Syria, were able to save the life of a baby of a Syrian woman who was injured during an airstrike. The delivery was... Read more

  • The shoe of a young victim and a piece of metal lay near the scene just hours after Saturday's bomb attack in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, early Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more. (IHA via AP)

    Young Suicide Bomber Attacks Turkey Wedding Party; 51 Dead

    ISTANBUL—A child suicide bomber killed at least 51 people and wounded nearly 70 others at a Kurdish wedding party near Turkey’s border with Syria, President... Read more

  • First aid officers carry an injured man to hospital in Gaziantep on Aug. 20, 2016, following a late night militant attack on a wedding party in southeastern Turkey. (Ahmed Deeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Officials: 30 Killed, 94 Hurt in Wedding Attack in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey—A bomb attack targeting an outdoor wedding party in southeastern Turkey killed at least 30 people and wounded 94 others, authorities said Sunday. Deputy... Read more

  • Smoke rises over Saif al-Dawla District in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

    Why Aleppo Is Syria’s Fiercest Battleground

    With rebels and government forces each promising to unite the divided city, Aleppo is once again a main battlefield in Syria’s devastating civil war. Relentless... Read more

  • Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks during a meeting with foreign media representatives in Istanbul on Aug. 20, 2016. (Prime Minister Press Service via AP)

    Turkey: Assad Can Be Part of Transition in Syria

    ISTANBUL—Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday his country is willing to accept a role for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a transitional period but... Read more

  • President Barack Obama during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, on Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    State Department Says $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Used as Leverage in Prisoner Release

    The State Department said on Aug. 18 that the timing of a $400 million payment to Iran in January was linked to the release of four U.S... Read more

  • Dubai Opera House due to open on August 31, 2016 in a bid to nourish a cultural scene that has remained modest compared to the rapid expansion of the desert emirate into a regional business centre. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dubai Looks to Boost Cultural Life With Opera House

    A boat-shaped hulk of steel and glass at the foot of the world’s tallest tower, Dubai’s new opera house is set to boost the cultural... Read more

  • In this frame grab taken from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), a child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out or a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Syrian opposition activists reported an airstrikes on the al-Qaterji neighborhood in Aleppo late Wednesday. (Aleppo Media Center via AP)

    Haunting Image of Syrian Boy Rescued From Aleppo Airstrike Rubble

    BEIRUT—Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from a partially destroyed building in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo... Read more

  • In this frame grab from video provided by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service, Russian long range bomber Tu-22M3 flies during a strike above an undisclosed location in Syria on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2015. ( Russian Defence Ministry press service photo via AP)

    Russian Warplanes Take Off From Iran to Target ISIS in Syria

    MOSCOW—Russian warplanes took off on Tuesday from a base in Iran to target ISIS fighters and other militants in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, widening Moscow’s... Read more

  • An image grab taken from an AFP video dated from Aug. 12, 2016 shows a school that was used by Islamic State's fighters to manufacture explosives in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, almost a week after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Arab and Kurd fighters, seized the group's stronghold. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Islamic State Losses Mount With Liberation of Syrian Town

    The Islamic State’s loss of the northern Syrian town of Manbij to U.S.-backed fighters marks the latest in a string of defeats for the extremists... Read more

  • Internally displaced civilians, who fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State to a camp at Amariyah, in Fallujah, Iraq, on June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

    Victories Against ISIS Leave Iraq’s Sunni Heartland Shattered

    AMIRIYAH AL-FALLUJAH, Iraq—As Iraqi political and military attention shifts north in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), the military victories that have put Iraqi... Read more

  • A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walks on a street in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on Aug. 7, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

    US-backed Syrian Force Captures Key ISIS Stronghold

    BEIRUT—U.S.-backed fighters have seized a key Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in northern Syria after two months of heavy fighting and freed hundreds of civilians the... Read more

  • A damaged Boeing 777 is seen at the Dubai airport after it crash-landed, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016. Dubai-based airline Emirates has confirmed that there were no fatalities on the flight from India that crash-landed at Dubai’s main airport Wednesday. The carrier says “all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe.” The airline said there were 282 passengers, 18 crew on board. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Man Wins Lottery Six Days After Surviving Plane Crash in Dubai

    An Indian man won $1 million in the United Arab Emirates lottery—just a week after he survived a plane crash-landing in Dubai. His lucky ticket... Read more

  • FILE - In this July 24, 2016 file photo, Afghan police soldiers practice, in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to a key southern city in Helmand province where fighting is raging with the Taliban to ensure it does not fall to the insurgents. Helmand is a strategically important province for both the Kabul government and the Taliban, whose insurgency is now in its 15th year. (AP Photos/Abdul Khaliq, File)

    Afghan Official: Taliban Closing in on Key City in the South

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan—Afghan troops are being deployed to the capital of the key southern province of Helmand amid intense fighting with the Taliban in surrounding areas... Read more

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