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Hundreds of homes evacuated as wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles | Reuters

Jul 24, 2016

Hundreds of homes evacuated as wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles | Reuters

LOS ANGELES About 300 homes were evacuated as a fast-moving wildfire burned through some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) of parched land northwest of Los Angeles on Saturday, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department said. #India #science #markets #California #article
Turkey detains nephew of cleric blamed for coup - state media | Reuters

Jul 24, 2016

Turkey detains nephew of cleric blamed for coup - state media | Reuters

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities have detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating last weekend's failed military coup, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999 but has an extensive network of schools, charities and followers in Turkey and elsewhere, denies any involvement in the July 15 coup attempt, in which at least 246 people were killed. His nephew, Muhammed Sait Gulen, was detained in the northeastern Turkish city of Erzurum and will be brought to the capital Ankara for questioning, Anadolu reported #Europe #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Turkey
Kerry to urge ASEAN to find diplomatic ways to ease South China Sea tensions | Reuters

Jul 23, 2016

Kerry to urge ASEAN to find diplomatic ways to ease South China Sea tensions | Reuters

PARIS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will urge Southeast Asian nations in meetings in Laos next week to explore diplomatic ways to ease tensions with China over the South China Sea following an international court ruling denying China's claims. Kerry travels to Laos' capital Vientiane on Monday for meetings of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asia Nations where tensions between China and several ASEAN members, in particular the Philippines and Vietnam, over the South China Sea is expected to dominate talks #Middle East #South Korea #markets #Africa #United Kingdom #article
Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree | Reuters

Jul 23, 2016

Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree | Reuters

ISTANBUL/ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup. Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported. A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days #India #Europe #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom
Munich gunman fixated on mass killing, had no Islamist ties | Reuters

Jul 23, 2016

Munich gunman fixated on mass killing, had no Islamist ties | Reuters

MUNICH A German-Iranian teenager who shot dead nine people in Munich was a deranged lone gunman obsessed with mass killings who drew no inspiration from Islamist militancy, police said on Saturday. The 18-year-old, born and raised locally, opened fire near a busy shopping mall on Friday evening, triggering a lockdown in the Bavarian state capital. Seven of his victims were themselves teenagers, who police said he may have lured to their deaths via a hacked Facebook account on what was the fifth anniversary of twin attacks by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik that killed 77 people #United States #India #Business #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment
Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks leads about possible Olympic threat | Reuters

Jul 23, 2016

Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks leads about possible Olympic threat | Reuters

BRASILIA Brazil held 10 presumed Islamist militants in isolation cells at a maximum security jail on Friday as police combed their computers and mobile phones for information about possible threats to next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil's Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes said after the arrests on Thursday that the men formed a disorganized group of "amateurs" who contacted each other via social media and had little clue of how to become terrorists. His statements, however, did not go down well at ABIN, Brazil's intelligence agency, or the Federal Police, where sources told Reuters the minister had underplayed the terrorist threat by portraying the group as a bunch of crazy young men #Sports #United States #Islam #markets #Security #Paraguay
Syrian opposition turns to Pokemon to win support | Reuters

Jul 23, 2016

Syrian opposition turns to Pokemon to win support | Reuters

Syrian opposition groups have taken advantage of a global Pokemon craze to draw the world's attention to the plight of children caught up in the country's five-year civil war. Photographs of children in besieged Syrian towns holding pictures of Pokemon characters and appealing for help were published by the Syrian National Coalition, an alliance of Western-backed activist and rebel groups. #Syria #Middle East #science #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Video Games
Gunmen kill six in Munich shopping mall, three shooters on the run | Reuters

Jul 23, 2016

Gunmen kill six in Munich shopping mall, three shooters on the run | Reuters

MUNICH Gunmen attacked a busy mall in the German city of Munich on Friday evening, killing at least six people and sending shoppers running for their lives from what police said was a terrorist attack. Authorities told the public to get off the streets as the city - Germany's third biggest - went into lockdown with transport halted and highways sealed off. A police spokesman said three gunmen were on the run after the initial shooting subsided #United States #science #markets #Crime #Argentina #Entertainment
Vatican invited to mediate in Venezuela crisis | Reuters

Jul 22, 2016

Vatican invited to mediate in Venezuela crisis | Reuters

CARACAS The Roman Catholic Church may soon join Ibero-American leaders seeking dialogue between Venezuela's feuding government and opposition, the head of a regional bloc said on Thursday. "I think it's good news this petition has been accepted by both sides. #United States #Economy #Middle East #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Foreign policy
France tells Palestinian leader of concern at Mideast situation | Reuters

Jul 22, 2016

France tells Palestinian leader of concern at Mideast situation | Reuters

PARIS French President Francois Hollande on Thursday told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas of his concern at the "fragility" of the situation in the Middle East in a context of mounting violence, the president's office said. In a statement after the two leaders met in Paris, the French president's office said France was committed to leading international efforts to help secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians. "While the latest report from the Quartet shows the two-state solution is under threat by continued settlement-building, there is an urgent need to recreate a political perspective," the statement added #United States #India #France #markets #United Kingdom #article