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Turkey's Erdogan says 'seriously saddened' by US flags with Syrian YPG

The Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) are seen by Washington as the most effective fighting force in the battle against jihadists in Syria.<p>Ankara says the fighters of the YPG are merely the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who have waged an insurgency since 1984 …

Middle East

North Korea could launch missiles carrying deadly chemical weapons, warns Japan PM

Shinzo Abe is concerned Japan could be a target if Pyongyang mounts sarin nerve agent on warheads.<p>North Korea's neighbours are jittery that the …

What are Barrel Bombs?

Chemical weapons definitely aren't the deadliest devices in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military arsenal. But barrel bombs may be.<p>The UK's …

Middle East

The Latest: Syria says will restore rule in evacuated towns

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local):<p>5:35 p.m.<p>A Syrian official says the government will restore its control over the two towns evacuated of opposition and rebel fighters, as part of a swap deal that also freed residents of two pro-government areas.<p>The Britain-based Syrian …

Middle East

America's Best Data Wrangler, Jeff Bezos, Shares 5 Fascinating Ideas

Jeff Bezos has done it again. In his annual shareholders’ letter, Amazon’s founder and CEO pulls the curtain back on the way he runs a $135 billion enterprise – sharing a provocative take on the data revolution that might be relevant for your business, too.<p>Much like fellow billionaire Warren …

Machine Learning
Venezuela

Asian markets fall as investors fret over tensions in Koreas

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian shares fell Friday as investors fretted over rising geopolitical tensions, especially the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Many markets around the world were closed for Good Friday holidays.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 0.5 percent to 18,335.63 and South …

Stock Markets

Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners.<p>"This is a major pro-life victory," said the most powerful …

Planned Parenthood

‘Mother of All Bombs’ Killed Dozens of Militants, Afghan Officials Say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after the United States military dropped its most powerful conventional bomb on caves used by Islamic State affiliates in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday that dozens of militants had been killed, but that they were still trying to assess the full extent of …

Afghanistan

Russian resolve: Why Syria matters to Putin

Of the myriad responses to American military strikes against the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, one is subject to particular scrutiny by foreign policy watchers: Russia's.<p>Put simply, Syria matters more to the Kremlin than anyone other than Syrians themselves.<p>"Russia can't afford …

A human rights activist shared these ways you can help make a difference for Syrian refugees

A chemical attack killed at least 72 people, including 10 children, in Syria on Tuesday. Consequently, world leaders, including President Trump and …

Afghanistan

What is "deconfliction"? Russia says it has suspended Syrian airspace agreement with US.

Russia has suspended its "deconfliction" agreement with the United States in the wake of the missile strike against a Syrian air base President …

Russia

Truck attack angers Swedes, raises questions about policies

STOCKHOLM (AP) — One brutal attack by a man who drove a stolen truck into shoppers in Stockholm has brought Sweden's open-door immigration policies under increased scrutiny — and raised the question if Swedish society, considered democratic and egalitarian, has failed to integrate its newcomers.<p>The …

Tillerson: China agrees on 'action' on North Korea as navy strike group sails

Secretary of state: ‘President Xi understands the situation has intensified’ Syria missile strike described by North as ‘intolerable act of aggression’<p>As the US navy deployed a strike group towards the western Pacific Ocean, to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula, the secretary of state, …

North Korea
Middle East
Middle East
Middle East

4 reasons you'd want to buy a Project Scorpio Xbox when it's released later this year

Project Scorpio is the third Xbox console that Microsoft has announced since the Xbox One.<p>Those consoles include the original Xbox One, which arrived in 2013; last year's Xbox One S, the same Xbox One with smaller, more attractive hardware; and now, the high-end Xbox console, Project …

Televisions

What Is The U.S. Goal In Syria?

With an attack on a Syrian air base, the United States has now bombed the two main players in Syrian war — President Bashar Assad's military and the Islamic State.<p>This raises a fundamental question about U.S. aims in the Syrian war: If the two most powerful groups in Syria are both unacceptable, …

Middle East

The war in Syria, explained

How Syria’s civil war became America’s problem.<p>President Donald Trump has ordered airstrikes on Syria as punishment for its chemical weapons attack last week in the town of Douma, which killed at least 42 people — including a number of children.<p>Understanding Trump’s decision requires understanding …

Middle East

How do you bring electricity to 620 million people?

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power …

Renewable Energy

Apple Music will let you stream 100,000 of your own tracks when iOS 9 launches

As the launch date for Apple’s new streaming music service draws nearer, senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeted that it will allow users to upload 25,000 of their own songs to the company’s cloud storage service on June 30, and expand that to 100,000 songs by the …

Facebook adds Snapchat-esque photo editing to its iOS app

It was reported that Facebook tried — and failed — to buy Snapchat for $3 billion in 2013, but since then, the world's biggest social network seems to have decided instead to simply adopt some of the app's best features. First it released Facebook Slingshot, a messaging app that let you annotate …

Apps

Chinese stocks crash into a bear market

China's stocks crashed 3.3% to enter bear market territory. Monday's loss has the Shanghai Composite down 22% from its June 12 high.<p>Monday's session was particularly volatile as stocks opened to a gain of 2.5% after the People's Bank of China cut its key lending rate 25 basis points to 4.85% on …

Stock Markets

Tunisia attack: David Cameron pledges 'full spectrum' response to massacre

We are a target of Islamist extremists, says PM as Theresa May flies to Tunisia in wake of biggest loss of British life to terrorism since 2005 London bombings<p>Islamist extremists “have declared war on Britain and they are attacking our people at home and overseas”, David Cameron has said in …

Terrorism

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …

Middle East

Retail sales rebound, post largest gain in a year | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose in March for the first time since late last year as consumers bought automobiles and other goods, bolstering views that a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter was temporary.<p>Patrons browse the t-shirt isle at an Urban Outfitters store …

Economics

Obama to discuss fight against Isis with Iraqi prime minister

In first US trip since becoming PM, Haider al-Abadi expected to seek billions of dollars worth of drones and other weapons, during White House visit<p>The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, and Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State at a White House meeting likely to be …

Middle East

College Shooting Suspect Kenneth Stancil Found Asleep in Daytona Beach

The shooting death of a technician at a North Carolina community college is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police said Tuesday.<p>The announcement came after a suspect, Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, a former work-study student, was found sleeping on a Florida beach, ending an hours-long …

North Carolina