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world Taliban Leadership Transition Sows Discord

The disclosure by the Taliban founders son that the leader was dead appears to have widened rifts that threaten to fragment Afghanistans most formidable fighting force instead of rallying the group around a new chief.

23 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Ex-boss of MtGox bitcoin exchange 'arrested in Japan' over lost $480m

French-born Mark Karpeles has reportedly been held in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange MtGox, has been arrested in Japan in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, reports said. The French-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of falsifying data on the outstanding balance of the exchange, at one point t

24 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Australia walks away from Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal talks

The trade minister, Andrew Robb, says 98% of agreement is finalised but the difficulties lie with the big four economies of US Canada, Japan and MexicoAustralia will not sign up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP trade deal in the current round of talks.A spokesman for trade minister, Andrew Robb, confirmed that a conclusion will not be reached on the $200bn deal during the latest

25 minutes ago // ABC

world Man Describes Finding Piece That Could Unravel MH370 Mystery

Johnny Begue and his friend were out looking for stones earlier this week on Reunion Island when he stumbled upon a piece of an airplane wing washed up on the sand.

35 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Taliban's Mullah Omar Is Dead, White House Confirms

The White House said intelligence services asses that the Taliban leader is dead, and urged the group to work with the government toward peace.

41 minutes ago // Reuters

world Mexican judge suspends U.S. extradition order for fugitive 'Chapo' Guzman

MEXICO CITY Reuters - A Mexican judge temporarily suspended a U.S. extradition order on Friday for the fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even though the federal attorney general's office had approved it a day earlier.

45 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Austria Vows to Relieve Overcrowding at Migrant Camp

The government said it will take emergency measures to address overcrowding at its refugee camp in a town outside Vienna, where thousands sleep in tents or under tarps, trees and bushes.

55 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Al-Qaeda affiliate claims kidnapping of members of U.S.-backed rebel group

KILIS, Turkey The U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against al-Qaedas Syrian affiliate Friday after the jihadists acknowledged the abduction of members of a U.S.-backed rebel group.The clashes came as Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda-linked group, announced the Thursday capture of Nadim al-Hassan, commander of the rebel group known as Division 30, which it said had received U.S. training and was acting on behalf of agents of America in Syria.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Dylann Roof: not guilty plea for man accused of killing nine in US church

The man accused of killing nine parishioners at a black church in South Carolina wants to plead guilty, but his lawyer advised him not to do soThe white man accused of killing nine parishioners at a black church in South Carolina last month wants to plead guilty to over 30 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court on Friday that he could not advise his client to do so until prosecutors say whether they will seek the death penalty.During a brief arraignment in federal court,

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Taliban's Mullah Omar Is Dead, White House Says

The White House said intelligence services asses that the Taliban leader is dead, and urged the group to work with the government toward peace.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Venezuela Sees Political Satire as No Laughing Matter

President Nicols Maduro is cracking down on comedians who joke about rising crime, skyrocketing inflation and corruption in Venezuela, as the his socialist government shows less tolerance for dissent.

1 hour ago // CBS

world FAA to investigate drone sighting near JFK airport

Delta flight reported seeing an unmanned aircraft while on approach to John F Kennedy International Airport in New York

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Original sound of Japan emperor's war-end speech released

TOKYO The original recording of Japan's Emperor Hirohito's war-ending speech has come back to life in digital form.Hirohito's four-and-half-minute "jewel voice" was broadcast on Aug. 15, 1945, announcing Japan's surrender.The voice on the radio 70 years ago was muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality. This version may be clearer, but Japanese today would still have trouble understanding the arcane language used by the emperor.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Original sound of Japan emperor's war-end speech released

TOKYO The original recording of Japan's Emperor Hirohito's war-ending speech has come back to life in digital form.Hirohito's four-and-half-minute "jewel voice" was broadcast on Aug. 15, 1945, announcing Japan's surrender.The voice on the radio 70 years ago was muffled and nearly inaudible due to poor sound quality. This version may be clearer, but Japanese today would still have trouble understanding the arcane language used by the emperor.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Beijing Chosen to Host 2022 Winter Olympics

The IOC named Beijing as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics after the Chinese capital got more votes from members than the only other candidate, Almaty in Kazakhstan.

1 hour ago // UPI

world North Korea military aircraft may have crashed, says Seoul

Elizabeth ShimSEOUL, July 31 UPI -- South Korea authorities confirmed a North Korea military aircraft crashed at an airfield in the port city of Wonsan around July 15 and the casualties may have included members of Kim Jong Un's entourage.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

From table tennis to handball. Special Olympics athletes have given it their best, and some will take home medals. Irish athlete Carole Catling earned a gold for table tennis, and table tennis player Olowoyuni Sunday won a gold in his division. His coach, Olawuyi Amoo, says it took practice. We come from Nigeria," Amoo said. "And before we came for this program, we made a provision where these athletes came for five weeks to train them toward these world games. And I think this is the div

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world France to Analyze Whether Airplane Debris Comes From MH370

A piece of airplane debris that washed up on the island of Runion was to be sent to France, but authorities cautioned it would be days before investigators come to any conclusion about whether it is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

1 hour ago // NPR

world Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Balls criticises Labour on business

Former shadow chancellor Ed Balls attacks Labour's approach to business under Ed Miliband.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Osama bin Laden sister and stepmother feared dead in UK plane crash

Saudi ambassador offers condolences to the family amid reports that relatives of the al-Qaida leader were among four killed in light aircraft crash in HampshireThe sister and stepmother of notorious al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were reportedly among the dead after a business jet crashed at a private airport in Hampshire and ploughed into a car auction centre.Without confirming the identities of the victims, the Saudi ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, o

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Asylum seeker dies in detention centre in Western Australia

The Department of Immigration has released a statement saying the man died at Yongah Hill detention centre on Friday An asylum seeker has died at an immigration detention centre in Western Australia.The Department of Immigration says the male detainee died at the Yongah Hill detention centre on Friday.There was also no immediate indication the man had taken his own life, the department said.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Latest 'Mission' Is Impossibly Good Thriller

"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" is the fifth installment of the successful 20-year-old spy franchise, based on the iconic, eponymous 1960s TV series. With 53-year-old Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise still at the helm, the intelligent thriller offers an excellent plot and breathtaking action. As in the previous films of the series, Cruise insists on performing all of his own stunts. His greatest challenge? Surpassing his prior daredevil acts. In this installment, the Impossible Missions

1 hour ago // The Telegraph

world Wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper dies, aged 61

Piper was a household name who later became a film actor

1 hour ago // ABC

world Mexico Pet Chain Stops Selling Endangered, Invasive Species

Mexico's biggest pet store chain agrees to stop selling endangered or invasive species

1 hour ago // The Times of India

world US to create world's fastest computer by 2025

US President Barack Obama has announced an ambitious plan to build the world's fastest computer, a machine capable of speeds far beyond technology's current reach, in a bid to enlarge the frontiers of fields, including medicine, biology and astronomy.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Mexico pet chain stops selling endangered, invasive species

MEXICO CITY Mexico's largest pet store chain has agreed to stop selling 47 species of birds and other animals native to Mexico, 18 of which are considered at risk or in danger of extinction.The Maskota store chain also has agreed with the government to stop selling 154 non-native species, 138 of which are considered invasive if released into the environment.The environmental protection office of the federal Attorney General's Office said Friday that the agreement goes into e

1 hour ago // BBC

world Country singer Lynn Anderson dies

US country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1971 hit I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, dies, aged 67.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Venezuela supermarket looting leaves one dead, dozens detained

CARACAS Reuters - One person was killed and dozens were detained following looting of supermarkets in Venezuela's southeastern city of Ciudad Guayana on Friday morning, according to Venezuelan authorities.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Minister intervenes to give Chinese artist Ai Weiwei full UK visa

LONDON Reuters - British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Valerie Harper out of hospital

The 75-year-old actress, who has battled cancer, is at an undisclosed location and is looking forward to getting back on stage

1 hour ago // New York Times

world New Meningitis Strain in Africa Brings Call for More Vaccines

An international consortium is seeking five million doses of the vaccine against Type C meningitis and says they must arrive by January to be effective.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Beachcombers Sift Through Scrap for MH370 Clues

Bottles and bits of plastic on the shores of Reunion were being eyed as evidence in the hunt for clues on MH370.

1 hour ago // CBS

world "Cosby Show" producer breaks silence

Bill Cosby's long-time producer Tom Werner weighs in the legacy of his shows

2 hours ago // The Guardian

world Police fear five-year-old girl abducted from home in Queensland

A child abduction alert has been issued for Shania Temple, who police say may have been taken by a man and a teenager just after midnight on SaturdayA five-year-old girl is believed to have been abducted from her mothers house in central Queensland by a man and a teenager.Police say Shania Temple was taken from a house on Tay Street, South Mackay, about 12.30am on Saturday.