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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, the three highest-ranking casualties it has

British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was "beyond anything we've seen" and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Fol

Ukraine's Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin

By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him. Poroshenko spoke as government forces, despite taking heavy losses themselves, thrust deeper into rebel-held

Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. While tunnels used by Gaza's dominant Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive in the Palest

Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan's new PM

By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities. Erdogan said the ruling AK Party's executive board had agreed to nominate Davutoglu as its next leader and, by def

Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet

By Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery. A plethora of Thai companies shared the military government's optimism in recent earnings reports, looking to improved conditions after the

Undercover police officers will not face abuse charges

Four undercover police officers who were accused of deceptively forming relationships with women they were spying on were told they will not face charges for their actions. The officers from the now-defunct Special Demonstration Squad infiltrated environmental campaign groups under fake identities. The four were investigated for crimes including rape and sexual assault after several women accuse

Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since

New N. Korean rocket launch site near completion: think-tank

North Korea will be able to test longer-range rockets at its new launch site before the end of this year, a US think-tank has said. Satellite images taken this month indicate that several significant construction projects there are nearing completion despite heavy rain this summer, the US-Korea institute at Johns Hopkins University said in a post dated Thursday. "The effort under way since late

Mexico increases number of missing to 22,322

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has recalculated the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006, now saying a total of 22,322 are missing. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing.

A-League's Newcastle Jets to be sold

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian A-League side the Newcastle Jets are being sold by the group owned by financially-troubled mining magnate Nathan Tinkler.

Venezuela to fight food smugglers with fingerprint scans

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to introduce fingerprint scanners at supermarkets in a bid to stop food smugglers he blames for the crippling shortages gripping the country. Price controls in Venezuela keep food and other basic goods up to 10 times cheaper than in neighboring countries, and Maduro blames the shortages on smugglers who buy cheap products and sell them for

Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since

Ryu sets course record at Canadian Women's Open

LONDON, Ontario (AP) — On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers.

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri

By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the strife-torn town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions appeared to ease after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Demonstrations after dark on Wednesday marked one of the calmest nights of street ga

Vettori to play at Champions Trophy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will play for Northern Districts province at next month's Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in India.

Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since

Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

Kvitova moves into semifinals at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open with a 6-4, 6-1 win Thursday over fellow Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Student protesters fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons used during a march through the Chilean capital Thursday, but no injuries or arrests were reported.

Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since

NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone for storm approaching Leeward Islands

(Reuters) - A small low-pressure area approaching the Leeward Islands has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for some development during the next day or so, and a tropical depression or tropical storm could still form," the NHC said. The mountainou

U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Defense Department violated U.S. The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon broke the law by using money appropriated by Congress to carry out the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners without giving lawmakers the required 30-day notice.

McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.

Europeans in push for new UN resolution on Gaza

Britain, France and Germany have put forward key points of a new UN Security Council resolution on Gaza in a fresh bid to end six weeks of violence, diplomats said Thursday. The European initiative came as fighting flared on the ground, with Israeli airstrikes killing three top Hamas commanders and an Egyptian-led effort to broker peace talks teetering on the verge of collapse. The two-page docu

NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A rare Florida panther, found near death as a 1-pound newborn in January, bounded into its permanent new fenced home in a state park on Thursday, now a lively, nearly 50-pound kitten. "He's really a miracle cat," said Susan Strawbridge of the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. A critically endangered animal, only 100 to 180 Florida pa

UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flareup'

Conakry (AFP) - The United Nations' new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic in West Africa.

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.


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