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This month is the 20th anniversary of the Cuban refugee exodus when 35,000 Cubans fled on rafts to the U.S. There's been a spike this year in Cubans r...
U.S. U.N. and Palestinian officials have criticized the decision. The land at the heart of the dispute hugs the line separating the West Bank from Isr...
Narendra Modi continues his five-day tour of Japan. At a news conference on Monday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described an India-Japan partner...

World

BBC
Europe captain Paul McGinley selects debutant Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his Ryder Cup wildcards....
The kidnappers of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji have given a list of demands for their release, the head of Fiji's military says....
Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has arrested 88 people suspected of plotting attacks inside and outside the country....
The government is considering conducting an inspection of Rotherham Council in the wake the child abuse scandal, Home Secretary Theresa May says....
The deputy prime minister calls for the parents of five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King to be freed from custody and reunited with their son....

Europe

BBC
A glass monument is publicly opened in Berlin to 300,000 victims of the Nazis with mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses....
Russia is to adjust its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's increasing presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official s...
Nato must back words with actions to reassure countries bordering on Russia, the EU's new foreign affairs chief says....
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work....
Switzerland's economy failed to grow in the second quarter of the year, official figures show, with trade affected by stagnation in the rest of Europe...

Canada

CBC
A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the rese...
The number of Canadian firms applying for lucrative medical marijuana licences has topped 1,000, as a so-called "greenrush" continues ...
Canadian schoolchildren head back to school today — but not if they attend a public school in British Columbia, where the months-lon...
While Japanese scientists have tracked the effects of mercury contamination on the people at Grassy Narrows in northwestern Ontario fo...
A back-to-school shopping season that has been modest at best shows signs of bleeding into September, with retailers still looking for...

Australia-Pacific

ABC
The NSW Health Minister has ordered an investigation after the parents of a child who had stopped breathing were told there was no ambulance free to h...
South Australia wants the upstream Murray River states to release more water to support a salinity mitigation effort in Lake Albert, near the Murray's...
The Australian share market has rallied after the Reserve Bank announced it would keep interest rates at a record low of 2.5 per cent....

Middle East

BBC
The kidnappers of 44 UN peacekeepers from Fiji have given a list of demands for their release, the head of Fiji's military says....
Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has arrested 88 people suspected of plotting attacks inside and outside the country....
At least 11 policemen have been killed in a bomb attack on a convoy in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, officials say....
Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq....
How Americans join the fight in Syria...

Asia-Pacific

BBC
Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected....
Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, tell the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State....
A dethroned Burmese beauty queen is refusing to hand back her crown until she receives an apology from South Korean organisers....
The parents of an eight-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy are arrested on charges of arranging their under-age marriage in northern Afghanistan....
A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation....

South-Asia

BBC
Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected....
Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, tell the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State....
A dethroned Burmese beauty queen is refusing to hand back her crown until she receives an apology from South Korean organisers....
The parents of an eight-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy are arrested on charges of arranging their under-age marriage in northern Afghanistan....
A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation....

Business

BBC
Dollar General, the lead discount retailer in the United States, raises its bid for rival store Family Dollar to almost $9.1bn (£5.51bn)....
UK luxury carmaker Aston Martin hires senior Nissan executive Andy Palmer as its new chief executive....
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work....
A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation....
The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests....
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