• Turkey frees 1,200 soldiers detained after coup bid

    Turkey has freed 1,200 soldiers detained after the failed military coup, a top prosecutor said on Saturday, in its first major release of suspects amid global criticism of the crackdown. There have been fears that many of the over 7,400 soldiers detained in the wake of the coup were young conscripts

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  • Former Argentina leader slams corruption probes as political plot

    By Maximiliano Rizzi EL CALAFATE, Argentina (Reuters) - Facing corruption probes that threaten to land her behind bars, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez described her growing legal troubles as part of a "persecution" of progressive Latin American leaders that has boosted the right

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  • California sea lion crisis lingers; falling births reported

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A warming ocean is taking its toll on California's popular and playful sea lions for a fourth straight year, with scientists now reporting lower birth rates depleting the population, and masses of young animals still washing up starving and stranded on beaches

  • Kabul locked down as Hazaras rally over power line

    Thousands of minority Shiite Hazaras demonstrated in Kabul on Saturday, demanding that a key power transmission line pass through their electricity-starved province, in the second major protest over the issue this year. Authorities locked down central Kabul, blocking major intersections with stacked

    AFP News
  • Casualties as blast rips through huge Kabul minority protest

    An explosion ripped through an area of Kabul Saturday where hundreds of minority Shiite Hazaras were protesting over a power line, police said, with eyewitnesses reporting a number of casualties. Ambulances were struggling to reach the scene as authorities had overnight blocked key intersections with

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  • Munich gunman 'deranged,' no links to IS group: police

    German police said Saturday they had no evidence a teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich had any links to the Islamic State group and described the attack as "a classic act by a deranged person." "There is absolutely no link to the Islamic State," Munich police chief Hubertus

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  • Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record: crew

    Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said Saturday, surviving a gruelling endurance test of storms and freezing temperatures. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia

    AFP News
  • Police attacked near Paris, cars torched over death in custody

    Ten people were arrested and four officers slightly injured in the violence in Beaumont-sur-Oise and two other towns nearby, local authorities said Saturday. At least 1,500 people had taken to the streets of Beaumont-sur-Oise on Friday to protest at the death of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old who died

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  • G20 countries face calls for action to boost growth

    The world's leading economies must do more to boost slowing global growth, the International Monetary Fund and Washington urged as G20 finance ministers gathered Saturday, with Britain's vote to leave the European Union threatening more disruption. Central bank chiefs and finance ministers from

    AFP News
  • Kerry visits American wounded in Nice attack

    PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on a private visit to Nice, France where he visited an American citizen recovering from injuries sustained in the July 14 truck attack in the Mediterranean city.

    Associated Press
  • Three Kosovans among dead in Munich shooting

    Three Kosovans were among the nine people killed in a shooting rampage by a German-Iranian gunman at a busy Munich shopping centre, the foreign ministry said Saturday. "Three citizens of Kosovo are among the victims of the shooting in Munich.

    AFP News
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  • Floods kill at least 112 across China, leave scores missing

    BEIJING (AP) — Torrential rains that swept through China this week have left at least 112 people dead and 91 others missing, various provincial governments reported on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Sporadic clashes rock Syria's Manbij as deadline passes

    Islamic State group militants clashed Saturday with US-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij, a monitor said, as a 48-hour deadline passed for the jihadists to leave the battleground town. The ultimatum was issued Thursday by the Manbij Military Council, part of the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces

    AFP News
  • Heavy rain in China kills at least 87, thousands evacuated

    Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands from their homes, state media reported on Saturday. Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the

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  • The West Bank Palestinian villagers in legal limbo

    A tiny Palestinian village in the Hebron hills could soon cease to exist after a nine-year legal battle with Israeli authorities who say its 167 residents live on an archaeological site. Israel's supreme court is expected to make a final decision on the fate of Khirbet Zanuta soon. The village

    AFP News
  • Erdogan says EU 'biased' against Turkey after coup bid

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday charged that the European Union has a "biased and prejudiced" stance on Turkey, following stinging EU criticism over a crackdown in the wake of the failed coup. Turkey's longstanding EU bid is hanging in the balance after Erdogan suggested it

    AFP News
  • Afghan Hazara minority protest in Kabul over power line route

    By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of people from Afghanistan's Hazara minority demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Saturday to demand changes to the route of a planned multi-million dollar power transmission line. The demonstrators are demanding the 500 kV transmission line from Turkmenistan

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  • Body unnoticed in Australian fast-food outlet 'for three days'

    Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports. "Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia

    AFP News
  • South Sudan Vice President Machar sacks minister after 'defection'

    By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar has fired a minister who he said had defected to his long-time rival President Salva Kiir's party. The rift between Machar and Taban Deng Gai has raised the prospect of further turmoil after months of fighting, as members of

  • Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of more schools, extends detention period

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and extended the period in which some suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan declared the state of emergency late on Wednesday saying

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  • Indian defense chief oversees search for air force plane

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's defense minister was overseeing an aerial search of the Bay of Bengal on Saturday for an air force transport plane that disappeared with 29 people aboard.

    Associated Press
  • Islamic State said to shun withdrawal offer in surrounded Syrian city

    Islamic State appeared to have shunned an offer for its fighters to withdraw safely from the Syrian city of Manbij and clashes with U.S.-backed forces raged ahead of its expiry, a spokesman for Washington-backed forces said on Saturday. The Syria Democratic Forces alliance, made up of Arab and Kurdish

  • Turkey's Erdogan signs first decree under state of emergency

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the closure of more than 1,000 private schools and has extended the period in which suspects can be detained without charge, in his first decree since declaring a three-month state of emergency, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday. Erdogan

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  • Mediator: 2 Yerevan police hostages released

    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A mediator in the police hostage standoff in the Armenian capital is telling local media that two hostages have been released and that a tentative agreement on freeing the other two has been reached.

    Associated Press
  • ‘Red shirts’ leader says will ‘paint KL red’ if Bersih 5 happens

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Umno's Datuk Jamal Yunos today vowed to hold a counter rally at the same place and time as Bersih 5, if organisers of the latter event proceed with the proposal. The...

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