Teen solves six Rubik’s Cubes underwater in single breath

An 18-year-old Georgian student on Friday attempted to break the Guinness World Record for solving six Rubik’s Cubes underwater in one breath, Reuters news agency reports. Vako Marchelashvili was underwater for one minute and 44 seconds on Friday at the Gino Paradise water park in Tbilisi. Officials with the Georgian Records Federation observed the event […]

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ISIS is the newest and deadliest front in Pakistan’s long war on terror

DHABEJI, Pakistan — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Afghanistan. Three years later, he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle […]

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Zimbabwe election results to be challenged in court

The results of Zimbabwe’s presidential election are being challenged by the opposition party. The vote in late July was the first election since the end of former president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, and it was supposed to signal a move toward stability. Instead, Emmerson Mnangagwa secured a narrow victory with just 50.8 percent of the vote […]

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Devastating floods leave more than 300 dead in India

KOCHI, India — Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. With heavy rains stopping after a week, rescuers moved quickly to take those […]

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Devastating floods leave at least 164 dead in India

KOCHI, India — Troop reinforcements stepped up desperate rescue attempts in India’s flood-stricken Kerala state Friday after more than 100 bodies were found in a day and a half, taking the crisis death toll to at least 164. With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities […]

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Turkey row escalates, Trump asks jailed pastor to be “patriot hostage”

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis that is threatening the economic stability of the NATO country. Turkey’s lira fell once again after the trade minister, Ruhsar Pekcan, said Friday that her government would respond to any new trade duties, which […]

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Police again question Israeli PM Netanyahu in corruption probe

JERUSALEM — Israeli police are again questioning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of their investigations into corruption allegations. Two police vehicles arrived on Friday at Netanyahu’s residence while protesters at the entrance waved a large banner reading “crime minister” and chanted slogans calling for justice. Israeli media reported that Netanyahu was to be questioned […]

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Spain’s king joins hundreds to mark year since Barcelona attacks

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez are among hundreds of people attending ceremonies in Barcelona to mark the first anniversary of terror attacks that killed 16 people. The commemorations began Friday with a flower-laying ceremony on the Catalan capital’s famed Las Ramblas promenade, where a van mowed down scores […]

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Pompeo forms “Iran Action Group” for post-nuclear deal policy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is forming a dedicated group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic’s behavior after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo announced the creation of the Iran Action Group on Thursday, telling reporters that […]

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Turks are smashing their iPhones to protest Trump

Turks are taking sledgehammers, handguns and fire to iPhones in a symbolic backing of their government as it clashes with the Trump administration over a jailed American pastor. Videos showing Turkish citizens stomping on or otherwise destroying iPhones have proliferated online in recent days, following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call for Turks to boycott U.S. […]

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Queen Elizabeth II’s personal doctor killed in cycle crash

One of Queen Elizabeth II’s personal physicians was killed on Wednesday by a truck as he rode his bike to work. Dr. Peter Fisher, 67, an international leader in homeopathic and holistic medicine who had served on the British monarch’s medical team for 15 years, was pronounced dead soon after the accident in the central […]

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iPhones bear the brunt of Turkish anger at Trump

Turks are taking sledgehammers, handguns and fire to iPhones in a symbolic backing of their government as it clashes with the Trump administration over a jailed American pastor. Videos showing Turkish citizens stomping on or otherwise destroying iPhones have proliferated online in recent days, following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call for Turks to boycott U.S. […]

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Turkey’s economy suffers amid U.S. sanctions and tariffs

ISTANBUL — The economic and diplomatic disputes between the U.S and Turkey escalated on Wednesday as Turkey increased tariffs on U.S. products. The two countries also remain at odds over an American pastor who is now under house arrest in Turkey facing terrorism charges. A Turkish court rejected his appeal for release while the White […]

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Italian bridge collapse survivor says it came down “like flour”

GENOA, Italy — More bodies were recovered Wednesday from the site of a highway bridge collapse. At least 39 people were killed, prompting the prime minister to declare a state of emergency as the search for victims continues. Valentina Galbusera knows now how very close she came to plunging over that bridge. “I would have […]

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Some Parisians unimpressed by new open-air urinals

PARIS — In the heart of Paris, a radical experiment in urine management is taking place: new eco-friendly urinals which are prompting titters from some and furious complaints from others. In a city where men are regularly seen urinating on the street with wanton abandon, some have welcomed the arrival of the “uritrottoirs” (pavement urinals) […]

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As companies vow to banish plastic straws, are balloons next?

NEW YORK — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow […]

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Dozens killed as bomber hits college students in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 48 young men and women studying together in an attack that was blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) branch in the country. Afghanistan‘s Ministry of Public Health confirmed […]

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