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In first, woman becomes US Marine Corps infantry officer - 26/09 3:51 am

A female US Marine on Monday became the first woman to complete the Corps' notoriously rigorous training course for infantry officers. Many women serve in the Marines and other branches of America's armed forces but the woman, who has requested that her name not be released, is the first to make it through the Marine Corps' 13-week infantry officer training course. "I am proud of this officer and those in her class," Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller said.





China to build many gigafactories' worth of electric-car battery plants - 25/09 10:30 pm

While the United States federal government threatens to backslide on renewable energy, California and China continue to move at an aggressive pace to lead the world in zero-emission vehicles. As the global market for electric and plug-in car grows, battery production will need to increase dramatically to match demand. It's expected that electric-vehicle batteries will become a $240 billion industry, and China has already begun to cement itself as a leader in battery production.





Russian state agents behind 'grave violations' in Crimea: UN - 25/09 7:28 pm

Russian state agents have committed serious abuses, including torture, in Crimea, the UN said Monday, warning that the rights situation in the annexed peninsula had "significantly deteriorated" under Moscow's occupation. In a fresh report, the UN human rights agency said that Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula in March 2014 had set off a broad crackdown targeting Ukrainian institutions and culture. The report found evidence of "grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary ..





Correction: Haitians-The Mexican Dream story - 25/09 12:30 am

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) In a story Sept. 19 about Haitians settling in Mexico, The Associated Press misidentified the pastor of a Tijuana church. His name is Gustavo Banda, not Jeccene Thimote.





The Latest: Merkel's bloc comes 1st in German election - 25/09 10:01 am

BERLIN (AP) The latest on Germany's national election (all times local):





'World's heaviest woman' dies in Abu Dhabi hospital - 25/09 8:11 am

An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman died Monday of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital, following months of treatment to help her lose weight and one day walk again. A team of more than 20 doctors had been caring for the bedridden Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 37, since her arrival at Burjeel Hospital in May. El Aty first sought treatment in India, travelling from the port city of Alexandria to Mumbai aboard a specially modified Airbus in early February.





Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': Barzani - 25/09 5:57 am

By Maher Chmaytelli and Daren Butler ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote. In response, the Iraqi government asked the autonomous Kurdish region to hand over control of its international border posts, its international airports and called on foreign ..





1st cruise ship since Irma docks in Key West - 25/09 4:29 am

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) Royal Caribbean International's Empress of the Seas docked in Key West on Sunday - the first cruise ship to visit since Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys earlier this month.





US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official - 25/09 12:16 am

US forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. The command said the air strikes were conducted on Friday, in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord, hitting a desert camp 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the city of Sirte. The air strikes were believed to be the first in Libya by US forces since US President Donald Trump took office in January.





New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico - 24/09 11:58 am

MEXICO CITY (AP) A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.





Helping Ponso, sole survivor of 'Chimpanzee Island' in I. Coast - 24/09 11:17 am

Grand-Lahou (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - "Oooah! Oooah!" Screeching to see visitors on the forested "Chimpanzee Island" in Ivory Coast, Ponso is the last, lonely survivor of a colony of 20 apes who mysteriously died or vanished. Chimpanzee Island adjoins the village of Grand-Lahou in the Bandaman estuary, an outlying reach of tropical forest about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan. Since August 2015, the association Les Amis de Ponso (Friends of Ponso) has paid for the ..





The Latest: Melania Trump applauds US athletes at games - 24/09 9:05 am

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on first lady Melania Trump leading the U.S. delegation to the Invictus Games in Toronto (all times local):





U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor: senior .. - 24/09 6:40 am

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river. Commander Ahmed Abu Khawla told Reuters that the Conoco gas field was the first of its kind taken by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, since it began an ..





Turkey OKs military intervention, warns Iraqi Kurds on vote - 24/09 3:23 am

ISTANBUL (AP) The Turkish parliament on Saturday renewed a bill allowing the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats a move seen as a final warning to Iraqi Kurds to call off their Monday independence referendum.





Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote - 24/09 2:09 am

By Daren Butler and Raya Jalabi ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take security, economic and political steps in response to the referendum, which President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman described as a "terrible ..





Man gets life in prison plus 50 years in student's slaying - 24/09 1:08 am

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) A Tennessee man avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing Saturday to a sentence of life in prison plus 50 years for the kidnapping, rape and killing of nursing student Holly Bobo.





India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror' - 24/09 12:37 am

By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror." Addressing the annual United Nations General Assembly, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected allegations by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the world body earlier in ..





Congo president says whoever killed U.N. experts will be punished - 24/09 12:23 am

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Saturday that he would ensure those responsible for killing two U.N. investigators earlier this year would be punished. Michael Sharp, an American who was coordinator of an independent sanctions monitoring group, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, were killed in central Congo on March 12 while carrying out investigations for a report to the U.N. Security ..





Saudi Arabia marks national day with fireworks, concerts - 23/09 11:36 pm

With iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday. Car stereos blared patriotic songs as citizens began racing through the streets of the capital Riyadh at midnight in cars bedecked with the national flag to mark the annual event in the kingdom, founded in the 1930s. The national day celebration coincides with a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, which is in a ..





Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror's racial bias - 23/09 11:20 pm

ATLANTA (AP) As Georgia prepares to put to death a man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago, his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror's racial bias.





US-backed force seizes major Syria gas plant - 23/09 11:05 pm

A US-backed militia has seized Syria's biggest pre-war gas treatment facility from the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a spokesman and monitor said Saturday. "The Syrian Democratic Forces and the Deir Ezzor Military Council were able to take control of the Conoco plant in northern Deir Ezzor province after two days of clashes," SDF spokesman Talal Sello said in a statement. The advance in the resource-rich province was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human ..





Kabila at UN pledges DR Congo elections but still no date - 23/09 10:44 pm

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila told the United Nations on Saturday that his country is moving towards holding elections but vowed to resist "foreign diktats" on setting a date for the historic vote. Addressing the General Assembly, Kabila appealed for support from his "true friends" as his country confronts what he described as major logistical and security challenges to organize the vote. Under an agreement reached with opposition groups last year, elections are to be ..





Last flight home for icon of 'German Autumn' of terror - 23/09 10:37 pm

Forty years ago next month, German anti-terror commandos stormed a Lufthansa jet in Somalia, shot its Palestinian hijackers and freed 90 hostages, a climax in a bloody era of far-left militancy. The 1977 Mogadishu raid became a symbol of the "German Autumn" when the state was at war with the "urban guerrillas" of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, and their international allies. On Saturday, the storied old Boeing 737 "Landshut", having quietly rusted away in ..





Red faces as Russia's Kalashnikov monument shows Nazi gun - 23/09 6:48 pm

Workers in Moscow have erased the illustration of a gun from a freshly-inaugurated monument of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the legendary AK-47 assault rifle, after it was found that the drawing was of a Nazi weapon. The sculptor, Salavat Shtsherbakoff, has acknowledged his mistake," the state-supported Russian Military History Society, which backed the monument, told TASS news agency Friday. The erroneous drawing was of an StG44 -- for Sturmgewehr (Storm Rifle), a name reputedly conferred ..





Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast - 23/09 4:30 pm

Myanmar's army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The unrest comes days after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased "clearance operations" in the border area that have forced more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees to flee for Bangladesh in under a month. The army claims it is targeting Rohingya ..





Syria drops off the radar at UN assembly - 23/09 2:43 pm

Syria's war has taken a new turn with the expected recapture of Raqa from the Islamic State, but world leaders gathered at the United Nations this week seem to be paying little attention. Last year, tensions were running high at the UN assembly, with Western powers locked in heated exchanges with Russia and Iran, the Syrian government's allies, over the offensive against rebel-held Aleppo.





China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea - 23/09 1:07 pm

BEIJING (AP) China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally.





In defiance to US, Iran unveils latest missile during parade - 23/09 11:17 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel, while the country's president vowed that Tehran would press ahead with its missile program in defiance of U.S. demands to the contrary.





The Latest: Deaf man's family calls for officer's arrest - 23/09 7:07 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Latest on the fatal shooting of a deaf man by a police officer in Oklahoma City (all times local):





War of words ratchets up between Kim and Trump - 23/09 5:20 am

An escalating war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea's leader a "madman," a day after the reclusive regime hinted it may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. Hours earlier, in a rare personal attack, Kim took aim at Trump, branding him "mentally deranged" and a "dotard", and warning he would "pay dearly" for his threat to destroy North Korea if challenged, uttered before the United Nations General ..





U.S. challenged by rising North Korea tensions, Russia urges calm - 23/09 4:24 am

By Michelle Nichols and David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults. Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in ..





Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6 - 23/09 3:36 am

SULERIA, Pakistan (AP) At least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26 were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said Friday, adding that hundreds of villagers were forced to move to safer places.





Christianity waning in EU states accepting migrants: Orban - 22/09 11:15 pm

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said Christianity was waning in EU countries taking in migrants and defended countries like his which have refused to take them in. Orban spoke during a visit to Poland, which is also against the European Union's plan to relocate asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other member states as a way to deal with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, which has seen more than one million people flee the Middle East and Africa. Orban said Europe ..





Indonesia raises Bali volcano alert to highest level - 22/09 10:22 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali to the highest lev





Russian submarine fires cruise missiles at jihadi targets in Syria - 22/09 6:57 pm

A Russian submarine fired cruise missiles at jihadi targets in Syria's Idlib province on Friday, the Russian Defence Ministry said, saying it had targeted Islamist militants who had tried to trap a group of Russian military policemen earlier in the week. The strike, launched from the Mediterranean by Russia's 'Veliky Novgorod' submarine, was part of a counter-offensive against a jihadi attack on government-held parts of northwest Syria near Hama on Tuesday. The Russian Defence Ministry on ..





Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria - 22/09 6:19 pm

The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity. The island largely lost communications with the outside world after Maria plowed into it on Monday as a maximum-strength Category Five hurricane packing winds of 160 miles per hour (257 kilometers per hour). At least 15 people were killed on the island, with six deaths elsewhere ..





Australian police hunt killer of giant crocodile - 22/09 4:43 pm

A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area. The carcass of a 5.2-metre (17-foot) adult male was found in the Fitzroy River in central Queensland on Thursday with a single gunshot wound to the head, the environment department said. "It is illegal to 'take' and kill a crocodile without authority and police will work closely with (the environment department) ..





Pakistan tells UN won't be 'scapegoat' in Afghan war - 22/09 9:44 am

Pakistan refuses to be a "scapegoat" for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbasi did not explicitly criticize US President Donald Trump's new strategy on Afghanistan but made clear his displeasure with the renewed onus on Pakistan. "Having suffered and sacrificed so much due to our role in the global counter terrorism campaign, it is especially galling for Pakistan to ..





AP Explains: Why Japan doesn't sign nuclear arms ban treaty - 22/09 7:59 am

TOKYO (AP) Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.





Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship' - 22/09 6:37 am

Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.




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Pakatan to review Malaysia Agreement if it wins GE14 - .. - M-Ins
The Malaysian Insight Pakatan to review Malaysia Agreement if it wins GE14 The Malaysian Insight Pakatan to review Malaysia Agreement if it wins GE14 The crowd cheers during Pakatan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad's speech at a ceramah in Sarawak tonight. Dr Mahathir says the opposition will ..
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Bangladesh News 24 hours Malaysia's dissent on Myanmar statement reveals cracks in ASEAN facade Bangladesh News 24 hours Dissent surfaced again in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN after Malaysia disavowed a statement issued by the bloc's chairman, the Philippines, as ..
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Latest travel ban will probably affect tens of .. - Washingtonpost
Washington Post Latest travel ban will probably affect tens of thousands, and it could short-circuit the court battle Washington Post President Trump's latest travel ban could block the issuance of tens of thousands of visas each year to people who want to immigrate to the United States or come on ..
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Singapore, Malaysia rail operators ink MOU on .. - Straitstimes
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SFGate Wisconsin election officials await details on hack attempt SFGate Homeland Security told the Elections Commission that the Russians scanned the state's internet -connected election infrastructure, likely seeking specific vulnerabilities such as access to voter registration databases. A ..
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Face ID vs Touch ID: What iPhone X's new tech needs to .. - Cnet
The Australian Face ID vs Touch ID: What iPhone X's new tech needs to win us over CNET I haven't yet had a chance to try Face ID, so I don't know every nuance of Apple's creation, and even at the iPhone X launch event, the closest we ever came was Apple staff demonstrating the feature. ..
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Muscat Daily Hyundai unveils next-generation engine at Frankfurt Motor Show Muscat Daily Hyundai has unveiled its next-generation drivetrain technology , and announced bold plans for it first electric car-sharing programme, as part of its presence at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. ..
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