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High civilian death toll in U.S. coalition strikes in Iraq, Syria

Dozens of innocent civilians have been killed in US-led coalition and Iraqi government bombings targeting Islamic State fighters and infrastructure in Syria and Iraq over the weekend.

Explosion targets NATO forces in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted NATO forces in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, as the group step up attacks as part of their annual summer offensive.

Suspected Shebab gunmen kill 14 in northern Kenya attack

Nairobi - At least 14 people were killed Tuesday when suspected Islamic militants raided a northern Kenyan town on the border with war-torn Somalia, officials said.

Bloody Fourth of July weekend leaves 10 dead and 54 wounded

Chicago - Chicago ended up having one of the bloodiest Fourth of July's in the nation over the weekend. When the smoke cleared, 10 people were killed and another 54 wounded. One of those killed was a seven-year-old boy.

Cosby admits drugging woman for sex

Los Angeles - Embattled US comedian Bill Cosby admitted having drugged at least one woman with Quaaludes to have sex with her, court documents show.

Hundreds of lawyers back Moroccan women on trial over outfits

Rabat - Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of "gross indecency" for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.

Iraqi warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 12 people

Baghdad - An Iraqi fighter jet, returning to base after a mission targeting ISIS positions accidentally dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing at least 12 people and destroying three houses.

Francis to hold papal mass in Ecuador capital Quito

Quito - Pope Francis celebrates his second open air mass in as many days in Ecuador on Tuesday, this time in Quito, the capital city roiled for the past month by anti-government protests.

Suspected cattle thieves kill 37 in Nigeria: Local gov't

Kano - Gunmen suspected of being cattle thieves killed at least 37 people in a village in northern Nigeria's Zamfara state, a local government official said Monday.

The morning after: Cheers fade as Greeks face reality

Atenas - After jubilant celebrations by 'No' voters, Athens returned to a reality of ATM queues on Monday and the shock news that the finance minister, champion of the victorious anti-austerity camp, had quit.

After a clean kill, African game-hunters defend the right to shoot

- Adri Kitshoff aims her gun at the antelope and pulls the trigger. Killed in an instant, the animal collapses to the ground.The hunter rests her chin on the gun and closes her eyes in a silent prayer of thanks that the animal did not suffer.

Hundreds of wildfires prompt Canadian troop deployment

Vancouver - Canadian authorities are sending troops to help shore up firefighters' efforts to battle numerous wildfires in the country, after the blazes prompted the evacuation of thousands of people.

Iran demands UN to drop weapons embargo as part of nuclear deal

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1. This past weekend it looked like negotiations were progressing, but Iran has once again upped its demands and is now pushing for the end of UN weapons sanctions.

Burundi leader campaigns as region calls for poll delay

Dar Es Salaam - Burundi's embattled president skipped key regional talks Monday to campaign for a controversial third term amid renewed rebel threats and international calls to delay the vote.

Thai students to be released from jail, still face sedition charges

Bangkok - A group of Thai students detained over a peaceful anti-coup rally will be released from jail later Tuesday but still face prosecution over sedition charges, their lawyer said, in a case that has sparked international condemnation.

Colombia president replaces top military leaders

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos has replaced Colombia's top military leaders, days after the release of a Human Rights Watch report alleging complicity by the country's top brass in extrajudicial killings of civilians.

World's oldest man dies at 112 in Japan

Toukyo - The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.

Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

Bejing - Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule.

'Can't take risk' of Greece leaving euro: French PM

Paris - France can't take the risk of Greece leaving the eurozone, which would have an effect across the globe, the prime minister said on Tuesday, adding that the basis for a deal with Athens was there.
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