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Pakistani troops killed by Indian shelling in Kashmir, says military

Seven die in Pakistan-administered Bhimber sector on line of control as tensions rise between neighbours<p>Pakistan says seven of its soldiers have been killed by Indian firing on the frontline of the contested Himalayan region of Kashmir.<p>The incident happened in the Bhimber sector of the line of …

Pakistan

Russia says Aleppo rebels used chemical weapons on Syrian army - TASS | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday that rebels in eastern Aleppo had used chemical weapons against the Syrian army and that around 30 soldiers had been caught up in the attack, the TASS news agency reported.<p>Rebel fighters gather during their advance towards the Islamic …

Middle East

Russia warplane crashes into eastern Mediterranean, officials say

Russian defence ministry reports crash, with pilot ejecting Lost plane detracts from display of naval power in Syria war effort<p>A Russian warplane has crashed into the eastern Mediterranean as it was coming in to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier off the coast of Syria, the Russian …

Military

One in 5 Americans will soon have access to fully legal marijuana

2016 was a <i>huge</i> year for legal marijuana.<p>Four states — California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine— all voted to fully legalize marijuana use, cultivation, distribution, and sales in the November 8 election. When the changes to the various state laws take effect, the number of states with fully …

EU ministers to discuss plan to charge Britons to visit Europe after Brexit

European version of US visa waiver programme would charge all non-EU citizens to enter 26-country Schengen zone<p>A European plan under which Britons will face a £10 charge to travel to the EU after Brexit is to be discussed by interior ministers this week.<p>The plan for a European version of the US …

United Kingdom

FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims up by 67 percent in 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — Reported hate crimes against Muslims rose in 2015 to their highest number since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to FBI statistics released Monday.<p>Overall, the total number of hate crimes against all groups reported by law enforcement agencies to the …

Donald Trump

Turkish warplanes attack IS stronghold in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish warplanes on Monday struck Islamic State positions in and near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab while Ankara-backed Syrian opposition fighters inched closer to the town, one of the extremist group's largest remaining strongholds in the country, Turkish state media and Syrian …

Middle East

Theresa May is 'nuts' not to use Nigel Farage's 'hotline to the White House'

Ukip donor Arron Banks says British PM is unwise to reject Farage’s offer to act as conduit to Trump administration<p>Theresa May is unwise to shut Nigel Farage out of her relations with Donald Trump because he effectively has a “hotline to the White House”, one of the Ukip leader’s closest allies has …

Donald Trump

Every single major political risk event in Europe in the next 5 years — in one chart

Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump won a shock victory in the US Presidential election, populism has spread like wildfire in Europe, and in just under three weeks Italy goes to the polls to vote in a referendum on electoral reforms that is widely seen in a vote on Prime …

Europe

Russia and Iran in talks over $10 billion arms deal: RIA | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Iran are in talks over an arms deal worth around $10 billion that would see Moscow deliver T-90 tanks, artillery systems, planes and helicopters to Tehran, a senior Russian senator said on Monday, the RIA news agency reported.<p>Russian servicemen drive T-90 tanks during …

Russia

The Latest: Pro-pipeline industry group blasts delay

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on protests of the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):<p>5:10 p.m.<p>An industry group that supports the Dakota Access pipeline says the latest decision by the Army is an attempt at "death by delay."<p>The Army announced late Monday it had finished reviewing its …

North Dakota

Don't call Clinton a weak candidate: it took decades of scheming to beat her

Years of Republican plots, an opponent deified by television, and FBI smears stood in her way – and she still won the popular vote by more than Kennedy did<p>Hillary Clinton blames Comey letters for election defeat, reports say<p>Sometimes I think I have never seen anything as strong as Hillary Clinton. …

Government

EU softens line on refugee quotas

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the face of strong opposition to migrant quotas, the European Union signaled Monday that it might not take action against countries refusing to share refugees from Greece and Italy as long as enough people find new homes.<p>EU countries agreed last September to relocate 160,000 …

North Africa

Trump to Stephanopoulos: 'You can tell your military expert that I'll sit down and teach him a couple of things'

The Republican presidential nominee has faced criticism for his insistence that the operation to reclaim Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, has been a "disaster," and some military experts have blasted him for seeming unfamiliar with military strategy.<p>"The defense secretary is on the ground. He …

Donald Trump

Pussy Riot Singer on How Trump Is Like Putin, His Treatment of Women

"I don't want [Trump's] rhetoric to be acceptable in America and to influence the rest of the world," says Nadya Tolokonnikova<p>Since he declared his …

This Teenager's Image Shows The Horrifying Toll Of Yemen’s War

As a bitter civil war shows no signs of stopping, nearly 14 million people are struggling to feed themselves every day.<p>This is 18-year-old Saida Ahmad Baghili. She is among the millions of severely malnourished Yemeni civilians who are being punished by a bitter civil war that has shown no signs of …

Battle for Florida: Trump and Clinton home in on crucial state as voting begins

The two candidates have differing strategies in a state where turnout among Hispanic voters could sway the entire election – and it’s a must-win for Trump<p>In Little Havana, a vibrant Latino neighborhood just west of downtown Miami, a queue of a couple of dozen prospective voters had formed outside …

Government

Calais's refugee children are sleeping rough because of Tory policy

As 100 children spend the night outside following the camp clearance, observers count the cost of Theresa May’s tough stance<p>The only real question about the chaotic closure of the Calais camp that has left lone children sleeping out in the open is whether it is the result of incompetence or …

North Africa

Europe's Aid Plan For Syrian Refugees: A Million Debit Cards

The European Union is desperate to keep Syrian refugees from bolting from Turkey for Europe. But the prospects for Syrians in Turkey have been slim. Now the EU is launching its biggest aid program yet — more than $375 million aimed at a million of the neediest Syrians in Turkey.<p>And it's not bags of …

North Africa

The U.S. Army Is Putting Laser Weapons on Vehicles

It's finally happening!<p>The U.S. Army now has firm plans to put laser weaponry on its armored vehicles. The Army and defense contractor General Dynamics are mounting lasers on Stryker interim armored vehicles to shoot down incoming missiles, mortars, drones, and artillery.<p>During the Iraq War, the …

Deadly Colombia landslide engulfs highway near Medellin

<b>A landslide on a major highway in Colombia has killed at least six people, officials said.</b><p>On Wednesday, tonnes of earth engulfed the main highway leading north from Colombia's second-largest city, Medellin.<p>The mud from the mountainside covered an area the size of two football fields and buried two …

South America

Africa’s presidents are struggling to meet their own ambitious anti-corruption targets

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta was last week roundly criticized by his country men and women after admitting, in startlingly frank terms, his helplessness in fighting against endemic corruption. Kenyatta said he had tried everything in his power including sacking cabinet ministers and others …

Africa

Why are Kenya's churches and mosques turning yellow? - CNN Style

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Africa

Donald Trump speaks Hindi in unusual new campaign ad aimed at Indian-American voters

Set partially to Indian music, one choppily edited, 30-second ad viewed by Business Insider begins with text on the screen wishing viewers "Happy Diwali" on the eve of the Hindu holiday. The ad then cuts to the Republican presidential nominee's speech to a charity concert in New Jersey earlier this …

Government

Poland's militias 'ready for anything' amid rising tensions with Russia

<b>Warsaw, Poland (CNN) —</b> Poland scrapped compulsory military service in 2008. Less than a decade later, some now question the wisdom of that move.<p>Russia is throwing its weight around eastern Europe, stocking up its isolated Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad with far more armaments than its neighbor feels …

Europe

Afghanistan is the dirty little secret of the US presidential campaign

Fight against Taliban is now America’s longest war but has been all but ignored by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump<p>With all eyes focused on Mosul, Aleppo and Russia’s military buildup in the Middle East, the sharply deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has been all but ignored by Hillary …

Afghanistan

Why a Nevada congressman is the poster boy for Republicans' election day fears

Joe Heck was thought to have the best shot at filling Harry Reid’s Senate seat, but his campaign has been haunted by Donald Trump’s controversies<p>Support our fearless, independent journalism with a contribution or by becoming a member<p>It’s hard to be a Republican candidate these days if you were late …

Government

Tories want a Brexit deal for themselves, not the many - John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor to warn that Theresa May’s apparent U-turn over Heathrow expansion shows she cannot be trusted to keep Brexit promises<p>Theresa May must not attempt to get special treatment for financial services at the expense of manufacturers and small businesses when the UK leaves the EU, Labour …

John McDonnell

The Latest: Trump not giving much cash to his own campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):<p>10 p.m.<p>Donald Trump has repeated it so much it's almost part of his stump speech: He's going to put $100 million of his own money into his campaign before Election Day. But new filings show he's got a long way to go if he's …

Government

Feminism is cool now. But actually being a feminist is still really hard.

I’m sick of platitudes like “be a badass girl boss!” Feminism should come with a warning label.<p>I recently saw a Facebook post going around that encouraged girls to be loud. Telling them not to laugh at boys’ jokes if they’re not funny. To speak up. To not apologize. To not smile upon request. To …

Feminism