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  • Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments
    Saudi FM slams 'aggressive' Iran comments 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    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. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT 3 hours ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The weapons of Afghanistan's long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen's shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. It should be no surprise then that young children play "police and Taliban," chasing each other around with toy guns and weaponry designed to mimic the real thing. And like the real war, there have been casualties. More »

  • Bush denounces 'crazy message of hate' in campaign
    Bush denounces 'crazy message of hate' in campaign 4 hours ago

    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Jeb Bush implored his Republican presidential rivals Monday to reject the "crazy message of hate" that he sees at play in the campaign and cast himself as a "committed conservative," but not an "angry" one, in remarks rooted in Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric and the backlash that followed. More »

  • PBS special 'The Bomb' seeks to tell story of atomic weapons
    PBS special 'The Bomb' seeks to tell story of atomic weapons 5 hours ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The creation of the atomic bomb in a New Mexico secret city and newly restored and declassified footage will be featured in a new PBS special released as the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approaches. More »

  • U.S. softens view of Malaysia, Cuba in human trafficking report
    U.S. softens view of Malaysia, Cuba in human trafficking report 5 hours ago

    By Jason Szep and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States took Malaysia off its list of worst offenders in human trafficking on Monday, removing a potential barrier to a signature Asia-Pacific trade pact despite opposition from human rights groups and nearly 180 U.S. lawmakers. The U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report also upgraded Cuba from its lowest rank for the first time since it was included in the annual report in 2003. South Sudan, Burundi, Belize, Belarus and Comoros were downgraded to the lowest rank, Tier 3, where Thailand remained for a second year, alongside countries with some of the world’s worst trafficking records, including Iran, North Korea and Zimbabwe. More »

  • Fighting rages despite Yemen humanitarian pause
    Fighting rages despite Yemen humanitarian pause 6 hours ago

    At least 15 fighters die in "friendly-fire" incident as coalition jets attack Houthis in at least two provinces. More »

  • Saudi FM says Iran is still showing 'hostility' in region 7 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top diplomat has told visiting EU foreign policy chief that Iran is still showing "hostility" toward countries in the region, following a landmark deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program earlier this month. More »

  • Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of making threats to neighbours
    Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of making threats to neighbours 7 hours ago

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday accused Iran of making threats against Riyadh's ally, Bahrain, which he said showed that the Islamic republic was harbouring hostile designs against its Middle Eastern neighbours. Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Jubeir said Saudi Arabia had raised the issue with her. More »

  • 'Friendly fire' kills Yemen loyalists despite truce
    'Friendly fire' kills Yemen loyalists despite truce 8 hours ago

    Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen hit positions of pro-government forces by mistake on Monday despite a humanitarian truce, killing a dozen people, military sources said. More »

  • US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking
    US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking 8 hours ago

    Washington accused Russia and Thailand of failing to tackle human trafficking Monday, while praising progress in Malaysia and Cuba, in a report on a global scourge decried as "modern slavery." More »

  • Yemen airstrikes resume; 15 allied fighters killed
    Yemen airstrikes resume; 15 allied fighters killed 8 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition launched new airstrikes in at least two Yemeni provinces on Monday, piercing a humanitarian pause that started at midnight the previous day, security officials said. More »

  • Syrian 'safe' zone: What does that really mean? 9 hours ago

    The United States and Turkey, who are NATO allies, appear to finally be on the same page when it comes to fighting the self-styled Islamic State. Following an IS massacre of 32 ethnic Kurds on the Turkish side of the Syrian border last week, Ankara carried out a round of arrests of IS militants inside the country, began airstrikes against IS targets inside Syria, and at long last opened up its Incirlik air base to US warplanes, which will give pilots substantially more time over targets. Turkey continues to see the removal of Syria's Bashar al-Assad from power as a greater priority than fighting IS. More »

  • NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request
    NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request 9 hours ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response. More »

  • Why did US remove Cuba, Malaysia from human trafficking blacklist? 9 hours ago

    The US State Department upgraded Malaysia and Cuba Monday in its formal ranking of world nations’ efforts to combat modern-day slavery, but the decision has led to criticisms of political favoritism that cast doubt on the integrity of the rankings. The US has been steadily improving political ties with communist Cuba after 50 years of frigid relations. Critics also argue that Malaysia’s upgrade is related to its involvement in a US-backed trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries. More »

  • UN closes Iraq health programmes for lack of funding
    UN closes Iraq health programmes for lack of funding 9 hours ago

    The United Nations has suspended health programmes reaching a million people across Iraq because of massive under-funding, it said on Monday. More »

  • EU foreign chief in Saudi for talks on Iran, Yemen
    EU foreign chief in Saudi for talks on Iran, Yemen 10 hours ago

    EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini held talks in Saudi Arabia Monday to explain the agreement she helped broker on Iran's nuclear programme, and to push for an end to Yemen's war. More »

  • Ted Cruz Plays the Maverick
    Ted Cruz Plays the Maverick 10 hours ago

    On Friday, Ted Cruz called the leader of his party a liar on the Senate floor. Cruz has turned to the tried-and-true method of using his perch in the Senate to draw attention to himself in recent days, as his presidential campaign struggles to gain traction. No, the Cruz style is to attack the institution itself, its norms and conventions, and in particular, its precious decorum. More »

  • Former US ambassadors to Israel back Iran nuclear deal 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials sent a letter Monday to leaders in Congress urging them to support the nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Bobby Jindal's Case for (a Tiny Bit of) Gun Control
    Bobby Jindal's Case for (a Tiny Bit of) Gun Control 10 hours ago

    Bobby Jindal has sometimes struggled to garner attention for his presidential campaign by declaiming on issues important to hardcore conservatives. Unsolicited, he weighed in on Rudy Giuliani’s musing that Barack Obama doesn’t love America (Jindal agreed). When other states backed off so-called religious-freedom laws and orders, Jindal went out of his way to issue an executive order doing the same in Louisiana. More »

  • Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist
    Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and rights groups on Monday accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist. More »

  • Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric
    Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric 10 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump on Monday for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, saying it was damaging to political debate. Huckabee, one of more than a dozen candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, denounced a deal with world powers over Iran's nuclear programme by saying Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven," a reference to the Nazi gas chambers that killed millions of Jews in the Holocaust. Trump has suggested that many Mexican illegal migrants were rapists and has mocked Republican Senator John McCain's Vietnam War record. More »

  • Former ambassadors to Israel back Iran nuclear deal 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials are urging leaders of Congress to support the nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Iraq Shiite chief sees no change in Turkey stance on IS
    Iraq Shiite chief sees no change in Turkey stance on IS 10 hours ago

    Hadi al-Ameri, a top leader of Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitaries, argued Monday there was no evidence Turkey had changed its position on the Islamic State jihadist group. More »

  • US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final
    US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final 12 hours ago

    A team of American humanoid robots defeated foes from Iran on Wednesday in the final of an annual football tournament for intelligent sporting machines held in China. More »

  • Putin, Xi, Rouhani to address annual UN high-level meeting 12 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of China, Russia, Iran and the United States are scheduled to speak at the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders in September — a rare appearance for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the first for Chinese President Xi Jinping. More »

  • GOP campaign attacks 'ridiculous' and bad for politics, Obama says 13 hours ago

    Republican campaign-trail attacks are cheapening political discourse in the United States, according to President Obama. Speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia Monday, Mr. Obama commented on the race to replace him, criticizing Republicans Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz as candidates who have violated an American tradition of not playing “fast and loose” when it comes to foreign policy and other critical issues. “We have robust debates, we look at the facts,” Obama said at a news conference in Ethiopia, where he spent time discussing human rights, regional security, and counterterrorism with African leaders. More »

  • Candidate criticizes Iran deal as being similar to Holocaust
    Candidate criticizes Iran deal as being similar to Holocaust 13 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is likening the agreement on an Iranian nuclear deal to "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust. More »

  • Is Obama's trip to Ethiopia validation of corrupt regime? 13 hours ago

    President Barack Obama spent Monday huddled with Ethiopia’s leaders, discussing counterterrorism, human rights, and regional security. The visit marks the first by a sitting US president to the East African nation, and follows a much-anticipated trip to Kenya, his late father’s homeland. The visit to Ethiopia, however, has drawn criticism from human rights advocates who say Mr. Obama’s presence there gives validation to a government that is using national security concerns as an excuse to suppress opposition and curb basic freedoms. More »

  • True Detective Season Two: The End of an Orgy
    True Detective Season Two: The End of an Orgy 13 hours ago

    Each week following episodes of True Detective, Spencer Kornhaber, Sophie Gilbert, and Christopher Orr will discuss the murders and machinations depicted in the HBO drama. Remember when Ray got shot in episode two and appeared to be dead but came back with a renewed sense of purpose and stopped drinking. Fine: True Detective’s left that behind, too. More »

  • Coalition jets hit pro-govt Yemen forces in error: military
    Coalition jets hit pro-govt Yemen forces in error: military 13 hours ago

    Saudi-led coalition warplanes on Monday hit positions of pro-government forces in south Yemen by mistake, killing 12 people on the first day of a humanitarian truce, Yemeni military sources said. More »

  • Mike Huckabee compares Iran deal to Holocaust. Did he go too far? 14 hours ago

    Mike Huckabee said he believes the Iran nuclear deal would be bad for Israel. In an interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart on Saturday, the GOP presidential hopeful and former governor of Arkansas said the deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” After facing criticism for the comparison, Mr. Huckabee stood by his remark and posted anti-Israel comments from Iranian officials on Twitter. “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee told Breitbart. More »

  • Houthis, foes fight on as Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels
    Houthis, foes fight on as Yemen ceasefire quickly unravels 14 hours ago

    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. More »

  • Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure Turkish attacks
    Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure Turkish attacks 14 hours ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. and Turkish plans to create an "Islamic State-free zone" in Syria along the Turkish border could escalate the conflict between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. More »

  • Huckabee Defends 'Oven Door' Tweet On Iran Deal
    Huckabee Defends 'Oven Door' Tweet On Iran Deal 15 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has criticised the Iran nuclear deal as "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven". The tweet came a day after he made a similar comparison while criticising President Barack Obama's role in the agreement reached by the US and other world powers last week . Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called on Mr Huckabee to apologise and said the statement was "grossly irresponsible". More »

  • Shanghai share plunge leads broad Asian decline
    Shanghai share plunge leads broad Asian decline 16 hours ago

    The Shanghai Composite Index closed down 345.35 points to 3,725.56 on turnover of 721.3 billion yuan ($117.9 billion) More »