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Turkey's Erdogan backs Qatar, says calls to shut base 'disrespectful'

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states boycotting the Gulf emirate, and said calls for a Turkish military base there to close were disrespectful.<p>Qatar has described the pressure by its larger …

Turkey

How Trump is empowering the military -- and raising some eyebrows

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In his first six months in office, President Donald Trump has overseen a steady transfer of power from the White House to the Pentagon, handing off several warfighting authorities that previously rested in his hands -- and those of past presidents of both parties -- to the …

Afghanistan

Hopes Fade in China for 118 Still Missing Day After Landslide

MAO COUNTY, China — Rescue workers in China searched for 118 people still missing more than 24 hours after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading on Sunday after 15 bodies were pulled out of the rock and mud during the first day of the search.<p>A couple and their two-month-old baby …

China

Over 100 dead in Pakistan after oil tanker catches fire

Local rescue officials say more than 100 people have died on a Pakistan highway after an oil tanker turned over and caught fire. The oil spill …

Pakistan

Pakistan: Fatalities after oil tanker explodes

At least 120 people died and 130 were injured when an oil tanker truck exploded in Bahawalpur city in eastern Pakistan. CNN's Sophia Saifi has more.

Pakistan

Are We in a Syrian Missile Crisis?

President Trump's Syrian policy – or lack of a clear Syrian policy – is risking a catastrophic open conflict with Russia<p>On Sunday, a U.S. F/A-18E …

War

Israel hits Syrian military targets after errant fire reaches its side of the Golan Heights

JERUSALEM — The Israeli air force struck three Syrian army targets in the Golan Heights on Saturday, after errant fire from the Syrian side landed in Israeli-controlled territory.<p>Israel’s military spokesman said that 10 projectiles fired from Syria landed in open areas on the Israeli-controlled …

Syria

Czech Republic nuclear power station hosts bikini contest to choose interns

A Czech nuclear power plant decided a bikini contest would be a good way to choose its next round of interns. Facebook users were asked to rate …

News

China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.<p>"Both sides reaffirm that they will …

North Korea

Iran detains Islamic State linked group

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Intelligence Ministry is saying that its forces have detained members of a group linked to the Islamic State group it says intended to carry out terrorist acts in holy cities across the country.<p>The ministry says its forces confiscated three Kalashnikov rifles, night …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Under Trump, US foreign policy is increasingly being left to the generals

Qatar is home to the US’s largest military base in the Middle East and a long-time US ally. Since its Gulf neighbors, led by Saudi Arabia, imposed a blockade two weeks ago, president Donald Trump has enthusiastically praised the blockade and attacked Qatar—contradicting the messages from his own …

Foreign Policy

Dozens Of People Killed In A Bloody Day Of Attacks Across Pakistan

Pakistan was hit with a spate of violence in several cities Friday, leaving the country to cope with the deaths of dozens of people and scores more injured. In twin bombings at a market in Parachinar, a car bombing in Quetta and a shooting in Karachi, more than 80 people were killed in the …

Pakistan

The Love Story Shaped by the Irish Rebellion

Mr. Stoker was about to close the Grafton Street jewelry shop when an attractive young lass rushed in to look at some wedding rings. It was clear the …

Culture

Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds have marched in Warsaw to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken taken by Poland's conservative government.<p>The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that …

Conservation

Pakistan, accused of terrorist infiltration, starts to fence its border with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The 1,800-mile border between Pakistan and India has long been treated as a hostile red line between neighboring, nuclear-armed rivals. Its sole official crossing is a heavily guarded military post. Long stretches are illuminated by powerful floodlights, and the 340-mile, …

Pakistan

Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines' base extension: Russian embassy

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's decision to extend the presence of U.S. Marines on its soil will worsen relations with neighboring Russia and could escalate tensions on NATO's northern flank, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters on Saturday.<p>Some 330 Marines will be stationed in Norway until the end …

Russia

Macron launches global pact on environmental rights in Paris

Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron promised to present the pact which its supporters want to …

Climate

Angola’s Corrupt Building Boom: ‘Like Opening a Window and Throwing Out Money’

LUANDA, Angola — An ambitious reconstruction plan after Angola’s civil war was meant to reach even the country’s most faraway corner, a region known as the Land at the End of the World.<p>But the area’s new paved road abruptly turns to dirt about five miles before reaching the city of Cuito Cuanavale, …

Africa

Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

Mulcair says the incident ‘calls into question’ whether Canadian forces are involved in direct combat<p>OTTAWA – NDP leader Tom Mulcair is forgoing the …

War

Watch: How the creative deceptions of the Ghost Army helped win WWII

Artists like Ellsworth Kelly were part of the unit but kept the secret for decades<p>Inflatable tanks, fake radio broadcasts, and actors impersonating …

Military History

Bodies Strewn Across Town After Central African Republic Clashes - Bloomberg

A standoff between rival militias in the Central African Republic is preventing aid workers in the southeastern town of Bria from collecting bodies …

Africa

The Gulf's Demands on Qatar Look Designed to Be Rejected

As Washington loses patience with the Gulf crisis, the Saudi-led campaign resorts to extreme measures.<p>Now, Qatar has a list.<p>On Thursday evening, news reports surfaced of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and four other nations that, if fulfilled by Doha, will …

Middle East

A Brief History of Terror in Saudi Arabia

Since the 1979 Grand Mosque siege, extremist militants in Saudi Arabia have targeted westerners, police and religious minorities.

Middle East

The other treaty on the chopping block

The Trump administration is under pressure to pull out of a landmark nuclear arms pact with Russia. Some worry the INF Treaty is the only thing standing in the way of a full-blown arms race.<p>A fierce debate is brewing inside the Trump administration over whether to withdraw from another …

Russia

Dozens of Serbia gays say election of gay PM-to-be historic

Several dozen Serbian gays, lesbians and transgender people have marched in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first …

Serbia

Pakistan Terror Attacks Kill Dozens

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The death toll from multiple terror attacks across Pakistan on Friday rose to 72 on Saturday, officials said, making it one of the deadliest days in the country so far this year and prompting the government to ramp up security and counterterrorism operations.<p>The number of people …

Pakistan

Oil tanker explosion kills more than 123 in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An overturned oil tanker exploded killing at least 123 people in Pakistan on Sunday, as most of the victims had gathered round when spilt fuel from the stricken vehicle ignited, officials said.<p>The tanker overturned after trying to make a sharp turn on a highway on the …

Pakistan

Teen From Mumbai Slum Dances Way to New York Ballet School

MUMBAI, India — The son of a welder from this city's slums had a dream few Indians dared to dream — to dance with the New York City Ballet.<p>In a few months, that dream may be a little bit closer as 15-year-old Amiruddin Shah begins four years of training at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre's …

Ballet

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

BERLIN (AP) — Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital's mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China.<p>Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal …

China

Muslims on India train assaulted 'because they ate beef'

<b>A man arrested in India for being part of a mob that attacked a group of four Muslim teenagers on a train has said on TV that he was goaded into it by others because Muslims ate beef.</b><p>The man, identified only as Ramesh, said he was drunk at the time of the attack in Haryana state on Friday.<p>One of …

Extremism