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- Jeb Bush's new stance on Trump: Bring it on
By Steve Holland MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush’s new campaign ad ridiculing Donald Trump as a “germophobe” and Democrat-in-disguise is just the start of what will be a bigger onslaught, signaling a more aggressive stance by the candidate, Bush advisers said on Wednesday. Some confidants of the former Florida governor have been seething for weeks at Trump’s taunts and attacks on Bush. Bush's confidants have been dismayed that Bush was being portrayed as a moderate when in fact his record in Florida is clearly a conservative one, said a Republican who has informally advised the Bush team in the past.
- Another 57 Clinton email threads contain foreign governments' information
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Here's my personal email," Hillary Clinton wrote to U.S. special envoy George Mitchell on a summer Sunday in 2010 as he telephoned one European official after another in an effort to keep peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians on track. "Pls use this for reply," Clinton wrote in her email, sent from the clintonemail.com account she set up on an unsecured, private server in her New York home for her work as secretary of state. Over the following hours, Mitchell wrote back to Clinton with summaries of his conversations, including one with Spain's foreign minister, who had briefed him on discussions with Palestinian leaders.
- Obama scores policy win in securing votes for Iran nuclear deal
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama scored a major foreign policy victory on Wednesday by securing enough Senate votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in Congress, but Republicans pledged to keep up their fight against the pact with new sanctions on Tehran. Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski said she would support the deal announced on July 14 between world powers and Iran, which exchanges relief on economic sanctions for Tehran's agreeing to curtail its nuclear program.
- Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the U.S. state. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said it was the first time the United States had seen Chinese navy ships in the Bering Sea.
- Homicide suspected in 'clearly suspicious' death of off-duty Texas officer: Police Authorities are investigating the death of Abilene police officer Don Allen as a homicide.
- These men's rights activists are using a 1950s law to shut down women in tech Women are already underrepresented in the tech world. Men’s rights activists are making it worse by filing costly lawsuits against businesses focused on helping women succeed.
- That time Hillary Clinton emailed about Gefilte fish The latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails, released by the State Department after dark on Monday, includes discussions of presidential politics as well as sensitive and high-risk diplomatic dealings. In one grim message, Chelsea Clinton warns her parents that relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti are riddled with “incompetence” and declares herself “profoundly disturbed” by what she saw during a trip to that Caribbean country.
- A growing immigration crisis An immigration crisis tests world leaders as refugees continue to flee and risk their lives to escape violence at home. Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric speaks to the director of the Human Rights Watch's refugee program to see if anything can stem the tide.
- What I saw visiting post-Katrina New Orleans with President Bush George W. Bush says criticism over his response to Katrina was “the worst moment of my presidency.” Holly Bailey was there when he finally landed on the ground in New Orleans.
- How a Refugee Family Desperate to Get to Germany Was Smuggled from Syria to Greece
The scenes coming out of Europe are staggering. In what has been the greatest mass migration here since the Second World War, at least 350,000 refugees have illegally entered Europe so far this year, which is nearly three times the number of the total from 2014. I met Mohammed and his family in a dusty park in Izmir, Turkey.
- President Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Officially Unstoppable in Congress
President Obama's landmark Iran nuclear agreement will survive congressional review. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 34th Democratic senator to back the president, and giving Obama the numbers in the upper chamber to sustain his promised veto of the resolution of disapproval of the deal.
- Attorney General: 'Sad Fact' That 'No One Is Safe' Now From Gun Violence
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was responding to a spate of “tragic” and “particularly troubling” attacks across the country in recent weeks. “The particularly violent shootings of two Virginia reporters killed on air last week," Lynch said, also noting the deadly ambush of an officer pumping gas in Texas last week, and Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a police officer in Illinois. She noted that she’s holding a summit in Detroit later this month with law enforcement from certain cities around the country to discuss ways to address the issue.
- In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic
KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.
- SAT scores slip slightly; more students take test WASHINGTON (AP) — Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years.
- Worker who helped Clinton set up email server takes Fifth WASHINGTON (AP) — A former State Department employee who helped Hillary Rodham Clinton set up her private email server said he will assert his Fifth Amendment right not to testify before the House committee on Benghazi.
- Obama's fish tale: salmon spawning on his shoes
- Biden testing political waters in Florida
MIAMI (AP) — Approaching a time of decision, Vice President Joe Biden tested the political waters in Florida on Wednesday as he mulls over whether to join a 2016 presidential race that's left a lot Democrats wanting more choice.
- White House wants more aggressive effort on Medicare, Medicaid billing errors White House wants more aggressive action on Medicare, Medicaid billing errors
- Corporations playing politics with ballot measures Publicly traded companies' ballot measure spending aimed at changing government, not necessarily raising profits.
- Jeb Bush ditched his corporate pals, but they won't quit him Former associates have pumped at least $1.7 million into supportive super PAC
- Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis
Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's growing refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey's main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by tens of thousands of desperate people who risk life and limb to seek a new life in Europe. Wearing a red T-shirt and blue shorts, the child -- identified as three-year-old Aylan Kurdi -- is believed to be one of least 12 Syrians who died when their boats sank trying to reach Greece.
- Iran militia in Tehran show of strength
Iran's Basij militia, which played a key role in crushing opposition protests in 2009, has put on a show of strength in the capital in a two-day exercise culminating Thursday. Some 50,000 members of the largely volunteer force were taking part in the drill, which was intended to "prove the security forces' ability to safeguard national security," Basij spokesman General Nasser Shabani told Iranian media. Shabani recalled the role played by the militia in 2009, when defeated reformist candidates led mass street protests against the controversial re-election of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- Rugby Union - O'Callaghan leaves Munster for Worcester
- Ireland international lock Donncha O'Callaghan is to leave Munster after 17 seasons to play for Worcester Warriors. Capped 94 times for his country, the 36-year-old forward played in the last three World Cups and in 2009 helped Ireland carry off the Six Nations Grand Slam. O'Callaghan was also selected for two British and Irish Lions tours, playing Test rugby during the 2005 New Zealand trip and in South Africa four years later. "The opportunity to bring someone in with such international and European experience is a real coup for the club," Worcester rugby director Dean Ryan said.
- Tale of two parades as ordinary Chinese barred from display
It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows: as 12,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and missiles rolled through Tiananmen Square in front of invited guests and foreign leaders, ordinary Beijing residents were barred from watching. Barricades were set up hundreds of metres from the parade marking 70 years since Japan's World War II defeat, and squads of police and blue-shirted volunteers blocked access to the deserted streets.
- Hungary's Orban: migrant crisis is German, not European problem
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insisted Thursday the migrant crisis was a German problem, not a European one as he defended his government's handling of thousands of refugees flooding into his country. "The problem is not a European problem, the problem is a German problem," Orban told a press conference with European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Brussels. "Nobody wants to stay in Hungary, neither in Slovakia, nor Poland, nor Estonia.
- Congolese 'Terminator' due to address war crimes trial
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was Thursday to address his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court, speaking publicly for the first time since he surrendered to the US embassy in Kigali in 2013. Ntaganda, also dubbed "The Terminator," faces 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity before the Hague-based court, where his trial is entering a second day. The trial -- expected to last for several months -- opened Wednesday with grisly images of bodies littering a banana plantation, as prosecutors accused the former rebel leader of running a campaign of terror in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Paris hit by mass tractor protest over falling food prices
More than 1,000 tractors began rolling into Paris on Thursday as farmers tried to clog up the capital's roads in protest at plummeting food prices. Farmers on their tractors have been descending -- slowly -- on the capital from all corners of France, angry over the falling food prices which they blame on foreign competition, Russian sanctions, and a raw deal from local supermarkets and distributors. The first tractors to arrive came from the northwestern region of Brittany, a major producer of milk and pork.
- Death toll in IS Yemen mosque attack rises to 32
Twin bombings claimed by the Islamic State group against a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital killed at least 32 people, medical sources said in an updated toll Thursday. A further 92 people were wounded in Wednesday's bombings, the latest in a string of attacks carried out by the Sunni extremist group against Shiite targets in Yemen since March.
- Israel targets Hamas base after gunfire from Gaza
The Israeli military said Thursday its air force had attacked a Hamas military position in the Gaza Strip overnight from which gunfire had hit homes in southern Israel. Shots from Gaza had on Wednesday hit a number of houses in Netiv Haasara, just north of the Palestinian enclave, causing damage but no casualties, it said in a statement. "In response to the shooting, an IAF (Israel air force) aircraft targeted a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip, from where the shots were fired," it read.
- Migrants mob train in re-opened Budapest train station
Hundreds of migrants stormed Budapest's main international station early Thursday after police re-opened it following a two-day standoff only to find that train services to western Europe had been suspended. The main entrance was re-opened around 08:15 am (0615 GMT) and migrants burst in, rushing towards a train standing on one of the platforms, pushing, shoving and fighting with each other to get on board. A public announcement said however that the train -- meant to travel to Sopron near the Austrian border -- would be going nowhere, and that no trains for western Europe would be leaving Keleti station "for an indefinite period".
- Four Turkish police killed in PKK bombing: security sources
Four Turkish police were killed Thursday in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the country's southeast blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), sources told AFP. The attack is latest deadly strike on the security forces blamed on the PKK since the Turkish government launched a major "anti-terrorist" campaign against the Kurdish militants in July. A local police chief and three other officers were killed when a remote-controlled bomb laid by militants was detonated on a road in the Dargecit district of Mardin province, security sources said.
- French unemployment stable at 10% in second quarter
French unemployment was stable in the second quarter at around 10 percent, official data showed on Thursday, as the EU's second-largest economy continues to grapple with a stagnant economy. Including overseas territories, the unemployment rate among the working population was also largely unchanged from the previous three months at 10.3 percent, equivalent to around 2.9 million people, the data from Insee showed. Over the past year, the unemployment rate in all of France's territory has risen 0.2 points.
- Low inflation back in focus at ECB policy meeting
The European Central Bank may have to consider fresh policy measures to prevent deflation in the single currency area, but will not move at its meeting Thursday, analysts said. "After all the Greek excitement over the summer, the ECB had probably been hoping for a very ordinary and dull meeting this week," said ING DiBa economist Carsten Brzeski. "Unfortunately... latest market turmoil and, above all, the plunge in commodity prices should revive the deflation debate within the ECB's governing council," he said.
- Asia markets mostly higher as China marks holiday
A sense of calm returned to Asian trading on Thursday after weeks of China-fuelled volatility as a public holiday on the mainland allowed investors to focus on upbeat US data, helping push riskier assets higher. A healthy run-up on Wall Street provided a perfect start for regional dealers ahead of the release of a crucial jobs report out of Washington on Friday. "A major source of market disruption is sidelined as markets in China are now closed for the week," Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist in Sydney at CMC Markets, told Bloomberg News.
- Eastern Germany a hotspot for attacks against refugees
A record influx of refugees to Germany has cast an ugly spotlight on its formerly communist east, which has been rocked by a disproportionate wave of racist protests and hate crimes. Arson attacks against refugee shelters, and swastikas scrawled on their walls, have brought back dark memories of xenophobic violence that flared at the time of Germany's reunification a quarter-century ago. In the turbulent early 1990s -- when East Germans got their first taste of democracy, but also faced economic collapse and uncertainty -- the frustration exploded in sometimes deadly mob attacks against asylum shelters.
- Has France abandoned its tradition of sheltering refugees?
It's been nearly 40 years since Soko Phay fled Cambodia with her parents to France where she was welcomed with "an extraordinary generosity," but now she sees a country that "has changed, and not for the better". For many years, France topped the list of destinations for asylum-seekers in Europe, but by last year, it had dropped to fourth -- behind Germany, Sweden and Italy. With 64,130 applications in 2014 it even saw a slight drop, despite the huge 44-percent increase in refugee arrivals across the continent.
- Chung claims 'fraud' in FIFA presidential poll
South Korean FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-Joon on Thursday accused the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) of "election fraud" in backing rival candidate Michel Platini. Chung said the AFC, whose president Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa has publicly supported Platini, had sent "unsolicited" letters to almost every AFC member association except for South Korea and Jordan, to win their support for Platini.
- 15-year jail term demanded for US envoy's attacker
South Korean prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 15-year jail sentence for a nationalist activist who injured the US Ambassador to Seoul in a knife attack in March. Kim Ki-Jong, 56, has been charged with attempted murder for his assault on Mark Lippert at a breakfast function in Seoul that left the ambassador needing 80 stitches for a deep gash on his cheek.
- G20 seeks to smooth econonomic shock waves from China
World finance ministers gather in Turkey this weekend confronted by slowing growth in China, tanking emerging economies and panicked global stock markets. After those talks, policymakers from the world's biggest advanced and emerging economies spoke optimistically about the risks to a global recovery having diminished. This weekend, the G20 word out of Ankara is expected to be more subdued.
- From above Arctic circle, Obama presses for climate change action
President Barack Obama blazed a new trail as US leader, becoming the first to head above the Arctic circle, to urge Americans to take swift action against climate change. "There is one thing no American president had done before and this is travel above the Arctic circle," Obama said at the school gym in Kotzebue, a small Alaskan town of 3,000. Touching on his call for urgent efforts to curb global warming, his main focus since his Alaska visit began Monday, Obama said Alaskans were already living with evidence of the changes.