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Nato set for emergency Syria talks
Nato countries are to hold a emergency meeting to discuss Turkey's campaign against the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.
Obama praises Ethiopia terror fight
US President Barack Obama praises Ethiopia as an "outstanding partner" in the fight against militant Islamists and calls for rights improvements.
Apple fake factory 'caught in China'
A factory which had made up to 41,000 fake Apple iPhones has been caught in China leading to nine arrests.
South Korea declares 'end' to Mers
South Korea's PM Hwang Kyo-ahn declares a "de facto end" to the Mers virus outbreak, after no new infections are reported for 23 days.
Colombia probes possible mass grave
Excavation begins at a Medellin landfill site where the bodies of up to 300 people are believed to be buried.
New York airport to be rebuilt
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveils a sweeping plan to rebuild the ageing terminals of LaGuardia Airport - one of the busiest in the US.
China shares continue to slide
Shares in mainland China continue their slide on Tuesday, a day after the Shanghai Composite index saw its biggest drop in eight years.
US removes Cuba from slavery list
The United States removes Cuba from the list of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery.
'Wrecked sub' seen in Swedish waters
The Swedish military is investigating a report that a wrecked Russian submarine has been found in the country's territorial waters.
Obama attacks Huckabee Israel remarks
US President Barack Obama says attacks on him by Republican presidential candidates are "outrageous" and would be "ridiculous if it weren't so sad".
Boy Scouts lift ban on gay leaders
The Boy Scouts of America vote to lift its ban on gay people serving as adult leaders in the organisation.
US sex worker shoots 'serial killer'
A woman working as a prostitute may have put an end to a nationwide killing spree after she killed a man in self-defence, police say.
VIDEO: Libyans suffering in turbulent Tripoli
The regime of Colonel Gadaafi in Libya ended four years ago. It is now a divided country with two rival governments and its people are struggling to rebuild their lives.
VIDEO: Turkey bombs IS and PKK positions
The US and Turkey are working together on military plans to clear the Islamic State (IS) group from parts of northern Syria, American officials say.
VIDEO: Huge wildfire hits Spain's Catalonia region
The Catalonia region of Spain has seen its biggest forest fire this year, with more than 1,200 hectares burned in less than 24 hours.
VIDEO: How India police siege unfolded
At least ten people have died in the Indian state of Punjab after security forces brought an end to a siege at a police station.
VIDEO: Panic grips China's stock market
Shares in mainland China have recorded their biggest one-day fall for more than eight years following a sell-off towards the end of the trading day.
VIDEO: Kenyans, cartoons and satirising Obama
Barack Obama was given a "homecoming" welcome during a visit to Kenya, but the country's political cartoonists still have fun satirising the US president.
VIDEO: Alarm at Kenya quarry deaths
Concern is rising among residents in coastal Kenya about the increasing number of injuries and deaths from quarries, with children being most at risk.
VIDEO: 'People here fight for food'
Thousands of migrants have arrived in Athens in the past week after being smuggled onto Greek islands, one 12-year-old girl spoke to the BBC about her journey.
Yahoo World News
Turkey, U.S. aim for zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria
By Nick Tattersall and Phil Stewart ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and possibly providing a safe haven for civilians. Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement. Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria to keep Islamic State and Kurdish militants from its border and help stem the tide of displaced civilians trying to cross.
Obama says yet to hear good argument against Iran nuclear deal
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said he was yet to hear a strong factual argument against a nuclear deal with Iran and criticized rhetoric about the agreement from some leading members of the Republican party. Obama, speaking in Ethiopia during a tour of African nations, said the majority of the world's nuclear scientists and non-proliferation experts backed the July 14 accord, indicating it was the best way to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. "There is a reason why 99 percent of the world thinks it’s a good deal -- it’s because it’s a good deal," Obama said during a joint press conference with Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the capital Addis Ababa.
Kerry heads for Egypt and the Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants, then he will head to Southeast Asia, where countries share U.S. concerns about China's pursuit of territorial claims. Kerry will visit Cairo on Aug. 2 for a session of the U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue, a forum that "reaffirms the United States’ longstanding and enduring partnership with Egypt," the State Department said on Monday.
Houthis, foes fight on as Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels
By Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashef SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi group carried on fighting across Yemen on Monday despite a ceasefire announcement by its Saudi-led foes, and media controlled by the Iran-allied movement acknowledged that its forces had shelled targets inside Saudi Arabia. The violence prolongs a four-month-old conflict rooted in political strains that spread across the Arabian Peninsula country last year, when the Houthis seized Sanaa and pushed aside President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, a U.S. ally. This angered the Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states led by Riyadh, which regards the once obscure Houthis, who hail from Yemen's northern highlands, as terrorists.
Obama says more political openness would strengthen Ethiopia
By Jeff Mason and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more political freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions out of a poverty once rooted in recurring famine. Obama was speaking after talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the first trip by a U.S. president to Ethiopia, one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, which is often criticized for its rights record. Ethiopia's opposition failed to secure a single seat in a May parliamentary election, drawing skepticism from Washington, which has also criticized Ethiopia's detention of bloggers and journalists.
Nine killed in day-long Indian gun battle near Pakistani border
By Andrew MacAskill DINANAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian police overcame a group of gunmen dressed in military fatigues on Monday after a 12-hour battle that ended in a small-town police station near the border with Pakistan, and at least nine people were killed. Police in the frontier state of Punjab killed three unidentified assailants who had pulled up at the police complex in a stolen car, automatic weapons blazing, at about 5 a.m. (2330 GMT Sunday). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his top ministers have not made detailed statements on the attack, which came weeks after he met Pakistan's premier Nawaz Sharif in an attempt to revive stalled relations between the nuclear-armed rivals.
South Korea says MERS threat is over
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.
Chadian forces in 'major' hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad
N'Djamena (AFP) - The Chadian army has launched a "major operation" to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will, meanwhile, travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on combating the regional threat posed by the extremist group, whose six-year insurgency has claimed 13,000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes. On Monday, "violent clashes" raged near Baga Sola, one of the main towns in the shallow, marshy waters of Lake Chad, a Chadian security source told AFP.
Boy Scouts of America lifts ban on gay troop leaders
The Boy Scouts of America officially ended its decades-old ban on gay troop leaders Monday, a historic but controversial shift after years of legal wrangling and internal strife. Despite removing the national ban on gay adults in scouting, the BSA will still allow individual chapters to continue to bar gay adults from being Scout leaders or employees if hiring them would violate the unit's religious beliefs. "This change allows Scouting's members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families," the BSA said on its website.
Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. Hundreds of men were freed after they were discovered there earlier this year, but 34 boats loaded with workers left for new fishing grounds before help arrived — they remain missing.
With Boston out, can Los Angeles revive a US Olympic bid?
Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.
Tottenham expect tough test from MLS All-Stars
Tottenham launch their final preparations for the fast-approaching Premier League season on Wednesday when they take on a Major League Soccer All-Stars side featuring former Spurs striker Robbie Keane in the US league's mid-season exhibition. "It's going to be a tough game and that's what we want," 21-year-old striker Harry Kane said Monday in Denver, where he and his team-mates have been training since the weekend. "It's not long until the season starts, and we need to see what we need to work on," Kane said.
Australian charged after police say he planned to fight IS
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man appeared in court Tuesday on terror charges after police say he tried to join Kurdish-aligned forces battling the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Obama to give keynote address to African Union
Barack Obama will be the first-ever US president to address the African Union on Tuesday, in the culmination of a short tour of the region that has seen him focus on security and human rights. After visiting Kenya, the country of his father's birth, Obama is in the Ethiopian capital, the seat of the pan-African body, where he has already praised the country as a key partner in the war against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants in Somalia. "Part of the reasons we've seen this shrinkage of Shebab in East Africa is that we've had our regional teams," Obama said, referring to African Union and Somali government troops.
Thousands of salmon die in hotter-than-usual Northwest rivers
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Unseasonably hot water has killed nearly half of the sockeye salmon migrating up the Columbia River through Oregon and Washington state, a wildlife official said on Monday. Only 272,000 out of the more than 507,000 sockeye salmon that have swum between two dams along a stretch of the lower Columbia River have survived the journey, said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries manager John North. The die-off comes as U.S. West Coast states grapple with drought conditions and the Columbia is seeing the third-highest count of sockeye returning from the ocean to spawn since 1960, federal figures show.
Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran, intensifying the verbal sparring between the regional rivals following a global deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. The remarks were the latest in a back-and-forth that has raised tensions as senior Western officials visit Iran and Sunni-majority Gulf countries in the wake of the landmark accord between global powers and the Islamic republic. A day earlier, Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Saudi ally Bahrain of making "unfounded allegations" to foment "tension in the region", after Bahrain's interior ministry announced the detention of two men accused of trying to smuggle weapons from Iran.
3-year study fails to link rugby to long-term health impact
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Researchers say they have been unable to find any definitive links between rugby and long-term physical and psychological health problems in former players.
US, Turkey join forces to drive Islamic State from Syria
The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State jihadists from northern Syria, senior US officials said, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants. The potentially game-changing accord with the US comes with ambassadors from all 28 NATO countries due to meet on Tuesday in Brussels -- at Turkey's request -- to discuss Ankara's campaign against IS and Kurdish militants. Turkey, meanwhile, fuelled the growing anger of its Kurdish minority by shelling a Kurdish-held village in northern Syria while its warplanes continued to pound Kurdish targets in northern Iraq.
Peru decrees warrantless geolocation tracking of cellphones
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to grant police warrantless access to cellphone users' locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years, a decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.
Dragic not expected to play for Slovenia this summer
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat is not expected to play for Slovenia in the EuroBasket tournament in September.
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