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Turkey detains more journalists in clampdown on cleric's followers

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ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup.

Truck bomb blast kills dozens in northeast Syria city - monitors, state TV

BEIRUT A large truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State killed nearly 50 people and wounded scores more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, a monitoring group and state television reported.

World, Syria 6:20pm IST

Bahrain Shi'ite cleric goes on trial for money laundering

DUBAI The spiritual leader of Bahrain's Shi'ite Muslim majority went on trial on Wednesday on charges of collecting donations illegally and money laundering in a case that has increased tensions in the Western-allied Gulf Arab state.

5:00pm IST

U.N. calls for humanitarian truce in Yemen's Taiz province

DUBAI The United Nations called for a humanitarian truce in the Yemeni province of Taiz after government forces captured a town from Iran-allied Houthi militia in heavy fighting that has spurred allegations of war crimes.

World, Yemen 4:42pm IST

Corrected - Turkish defectors to Greece seek time to prepare asylum case

ATHENS Greek authorities on Wednesday postponed hearings for eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum after they fled Turkey following an abortive coup attempt, a case that has underscored lingering tensions between the two NATO allies.

3:29pm IST

Kerry hopes to work with Russia on Syria, U.N. aims to restart talks

VIENTIANE/GENEVA The United States said on Tuesday it hoped to announce in early August details of planned military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria, and a U.N. envoy said he would also aim to resume peace talks next month.

World, Syria 4:12am IST

French church attacker had tried to reach Syria, was monitored

PARIS One of the two knife-wielding men who attacked a church in France on Tuesday has been named as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who was under close surveillance after two failed attempts to reach Syria last year, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said.

World, Top News, Syria 2:52am IST

Wary of turmoil in holiday hotspots, Germans flock to 'safe' Denmark

COPENHAGEN Put off by militant violence and political upheaval in traditional sun-and-sea holiday hotspots like Tunisia and Turkey, German tourists are flocking to nearby Denmark this summer counting on peace and quiet within secure borders.

26 Jul 2016

From Beirut to Baghdad, 'useless' bomb detectors guard against disaster

BEIRUT/BAGHDAD At a checkpoint in central Beirut, a guard checks a small truck for explosives. He is manning the last security barrier before Lebanon's parliament building 100 metres away, and relying on a bomb detector that experts say is useless.

World, Syria 26 Jul 2016

Turkey backs continued Cyprus peace talks, warns Greek Cypriots

ANKARA Turkey backs U.N.-led reunification talks for Cyprus, but sees this round of negotiations as the last chance for Greek Cypriots to show a constructive approach and reach a deal, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

26 Jul 2016

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