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Australia ministry to target terrorism

Subscriber only Australia will create a Home Affairs Ministry to boost anti-terrorism links between government agencies, in the nation’s biggest security shakeup in more than 40 years, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. Continue reading...

Ukraine rebels proclaim new state

Kremlin, separate pro-Russia faction downplay declaration

Subscriber onlySeparatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to downplay the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion. Continue reading...

Westerners joining in fight for Raqqa

Volunteers cite wish to eradicate ISIS

Subscriber onlySeveral Western volunteer fighters are on the front lines in the battle against the Islamic State militant group for the Syrian city of Raqqa, the extremists' self-declared capital. Continue reading...

Top Filipino requests martial law go longer

Subscriber onlyPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year because the rebellion there will not be completely quelled by Saturday, the end of his 60-day martial law proclamation, his spokesman said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Trump Jr. meeting had 8th attendee, Russians' employee

Special counsel said to seek interview with U.S.-based exec for developers

Subscriber onlyA U.S.-based employee of a Russian real estate company took part in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. That brings to eight the number of known participants at the session, which has emerged as a key focus of the investigation of the Trump campaign's interactions with Russians. Continue reading...

Second talk reported between Trump, Putin

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed, private conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia this month, the White House acknowledged Tuesday. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyReport counts 547 choirboys as abused Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyActor Daniel Radcliffe came to the aid of a man who was mugged by moped-riding attackers in London. Former police officer David Videcette told the Evening Standard newspaper that two moped riders attacked a man just off the upmarket King's Road in west London, slashing him across the face and making off with a Louis Vuitton bag. Continue reading...

Scores of Syrian civilians flee battle in ISIS bastion

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa, the extremists' self-styled capital, on Monday, as scores of civilians fled areas controlled by the group. Continue reading...

Jailed scholar can appeal, Iran says

Subscriber onlyISTANBUL -- An American scholar jailed in Iran can appeal a verdict sentencing him to 10 years in prison for espionage, Iranian judicial authorities said, after an apparently secret trial in which he was accused of using his status as a student to send documents to the U.S. government. Continue reading...

Venezuelan opposition calls for 24-hour nationwide strike

Subscriber onlyCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's opposition on Monday called for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution, while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum. Continue reading...

Qatar calls hacking 'unfortunate'

UAE said to plant false news story before breaking ties

Subscriber onlyDUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Qatar, the Gulf state being isolated by its neighbors, said Monday that the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is "unfortunate" and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries. Continue reading...

Jordanian gets life for killing U.S. troops

Subscriber onlyAMMAN, Jordan -- A Jordanian soldier was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of killing three U.S. military trainers last year, but some said questions lingered about his motive for the shooting at a Jordanian air base. Continue reading...

Turks tie activists to failed coup try

Subscriber onlyISTANBUL — Ten Turkish human-rights activists who were detained by police while attending a training workshop appeared before court officials in Istanbul on Monday. Continue reading...

The World in Brief

Subscriber onlyU.K. exit talks focus on citizens' rights Continue reading...