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  • The Latest: Turkish minister blames West for backing Kurds

    Firefighters work on the roof of the Besiktas football club stadium Vodafone Arena as a poster of modern Turkey's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is seen on the wall in Istanbul, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 following the late Saturday explosions. Turkey declared a national day of mourning Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed dozens of people and wounded many others near the soccer stadium — the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the twin explosions near an Istanbul soccer stadium (all times local):




  • Iran says it's finalized $16.6B Boeing deal to buy 80 planes
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has finalized a $16.6 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, a deal made possible by last year's landmark nuclear agreement.

  • Early audience reactions from 'Rogue One' premiere

    Gareth Edwards arrives at the world premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" at the Pantages Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The force is strong with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" according to early reactions from the film's premiere Saturday night in Los Angeles.




  • Islamic State captures Palmyra castle overlooking ancient Syrian city: Amaq news agency
    Islamic State fighters have captured Palmyra castle overlooking the ancient city in eastern Syria, a news agency affiliated to the militants said on Sunday. Heavy Russian air strikes had pushed back the militants from inside the city hours after they captured it last Saturday in a surprise multi-pronged offensive, according to a war monitor and rebels familiar with the situation. The Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday that its jets carried out 64 air strikes during an operation to drive Islamic State out of the strategic areas around the city that it had secured, killing more than 300 militants.

  • Brexit uncertainties threaten brain drain for UK science

    In this photo taken on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, university lecturer Joanna Bagniewska looks at a tiger skull at the Zoology department of the University of Reading in England. Like many foreign scientists in Britain, Joanna Bagniewska was devastated when Britons voted to leave the European Union. The biology lecturer, a Polish migrant who found Britain a welcoming place to build her academic career over a decade, is suddenly seeing her job security and research prospects up in the air. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON (AP) — Like many foreign scientists in Britain, Joanna Bagniewska was devastated when Britons voted to leave the European Union. The biology lecturer, a Polish migrant who found Britain a welcoming place to build her academic career over a decade, is suddenly seeing her job security and research prospects up in the air.




  • Alinghi wins extreme sailing series
    SYDNEY (AP) — Swiss team Alinghi clinched the Extreme Sailing series on the final day of competition on Sydney Harbour on Sunday, with skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis holding off a late attempt from archrivals Oman Air to win the title.

  • Turkey mourns after Istanbul bombings blamed on PKK kill 38

    Turkish police patrol the streets after a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in Istanbul on December 10, 2016Turkey declared a day of national mourning on Sunday after twin bombings killed 38 people near a football stadium in Istanbul and said Kurdish militants appeared to have staged the attacks. A car bomb detonated Saturday outside the home stadium of football giants Besiktas after a Super Lig match between Besiktas and Bursaspor, and less than a minute later a suicide attacker blew himself up near a group of police at a nearby park. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered flags to fly at half mast while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan postponed a planned trip to Kazakhstan, the state news agency Anadolu reported.




  • Shiffrin leads opening World Cup slalom run in Sestriere

    United States' Mikaela Shiffrin competes on her way to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Sestriere, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin led the opening run of a World Cup slalom race Sunday despite a big error about 10 gates in.




  • Turkey vows vengeance at funeral for police killed by Istanbul bombs

    REUTERS PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2016Turkey's interior minister on Sunday vowed vengeance for the more than 30 people killed by twin bombings outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, and warned those who voiced support for the attackers on social media. This blood will not be left on the ground, no matter what the price, what the cost," Suleyman Soylu, said in a speech at the funeral at Istanbul police headquarters. Turkey said that Kurdish militants may be responsible for the bombs that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in what looked to be a coordinated attack on police after a match between two top teams.




  • Bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral kills 25

    Security forces secure the area outside St. Mark Cathedral in central Cairo, following a bomb blast, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Egypt's official news agency says a blast at Cairo's main Coptic Christian cathedral has killed a few people and wounded others. (AP Photo/Nariman El Mofty)CAIRO (AP) — A bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, according to Egyptian state television, making it one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.




  • More than 30 dead as truck rams into vehicles on Kenya road

    More than 30 dead as truck rams into vehicles on Kenya roadA runaway truck carrying volatile gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing at least 33 people and injuring 10, officials said early Sunday. The truck lost ...




  • Iran signs contract to buy 80 Boeing planes

    An Iran Air Boeing 747 passenger plane sits on the tarmac of the domestic Mehrabad airport in Tehran on January 15, 2013Iran Air said Sunday it had finalised a contract to buy 80 planes from US firm Boeing, the official IRNA news agency reported. "Fifty of the planes are 737 and the other 30 are the long haul 777 that will be delivered to Iran Air in a period of 10 years," said Farhad Parvaresh, chief executive of the national carrier, who signed the contract with Boeing officials in Tehran. IRNA reported that the contract was worth $16.6 billion (15.7 billion euros).




  • Romero leads Club America to semifinal of Club World Cup

    Club America's Silvio Romero, left, celebrates his goal against Jeonbuk Motors with his teammate Oribe Peralta, right, during their match at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament at Suita City Football Stadium in Suita, west Japan, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SUITA, Japan (AP) — Silvio Romero scored two second-half goals on Sunday as Mexico's Club America beat South Korean side Jeonbuk Motors 2-1 in the Club World Cup.




  • Car blast kills 16 at police station in Somalia's capital

    An African Union soldier stands in front of destroyed shops near the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on a police station adjacent to the seaport in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. The suicide car bomber killed a number of people, and Islamic extremist rebels al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide car bomber killed at least 16 people and injured nine others at a police station in the Somalia capital, a Somali police official said Sunday.




  • Aiming for weekend sweep, Pinturault leads 1st slalom run

    France's Alexis Pinturault competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, in Val d'Isere, France, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Alexis Pinturault was poised for a weekend sweep after leading the opening run of a World Cup slalom on the steep and icy Face de Bellevarde course Sunday.




  • Turkey hunts for answers, buries dead after blasts kill 38

    A firefighter works on the roof of the Besiktas football club stadium Vodafone Arena decorated with Turkish flags in Istanbul, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 following the late Saturday explosion. Turkey declared a national day of mourning Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed dozens of people and wounded many others near a soccer stadium — the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey declared a national day of mourning and began to bury its dead Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. It was the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats.




  • Suicide bomb kills at least 29 at Somalia's main port - police

    A security officer guards a suspected member of the al Shabaab, who was detained near the Mogadishu port after a suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of the port, in MogadishuBy Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide truck bomb hit the entrance of Somalia's biggest port on Sunday, killing at least 29 people, police said, an attack claimed by Islamist al Shabaab militants. Gunfire rang out after the blast at Mogadishu Port, Mohamed Hussein, a worker there, told Reuters. Al Shabaab's military operation spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told Reuters the blast was aimed at police officers stationed close to the port.




  • Russia says it helped repulse IS assault on Syria's Palmyra
    BEIRUT (AP) — Russia says its air force has helped Syrian troops repulse an Islamic State attack on the historic town of Palmyra.

  • Republicans reject reports Russia helped Trump win election

    US Republicans reject a CIA report that Russian hackers targeted both major political parties but only released informations tolen from the DemocratsRepublicans on Saturday rejected reports of a secret CIA assessment finding that Russia sought to tip the US presidential election in Donald Trump's favor, as a Democratic Senate leader called for an investigation. "The intelligence is wrong," Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told CNN.




  • Turkey says Kurdish militants may be behind soccer bombing that killed 38

    A damaged vehicle is seen after a blast in IstanbulBy Humeyra Pamuk and Tuvan Gumrukcu ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey said on Sunday that Kurdish militants may be responsible for the two bombs that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in what looked to be a coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul after a match between two top teams. The blasts on Saturday night - a car bomb outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team, followed by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park less than a minute later - shook a nation still trying to recover from a series of deadly bombings this year in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. There was no claim of responsibility, but Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said early indications pointed to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a three-decade insurgency, mainly in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast.




  • 2 suicide bombers die in blasts near market in Nigerian city
    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers died when they exploded Sunday in a crowded area near a market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, injuring 17 people, rescue officials said.

  • Golf-Australian Brazel dazzles to win Hong Kong Open
    * Journeyman Brazel wins first European title * Secures title with birdie on last hole * Spaniard Cabrera Bello runnerup, Willett sixth (Adds details, quotes) HONG KONG, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Australian journeyman Sam Brazel prevailed in a tense final hole shoot-out with runnerup Rafa Cabrera Bello to win the Hong Kong Open by a stroke and capture his first European Tour title on Sunday.

  • Hospital director: 160 dead in collapsed Nigerian church

    Hospital director: 160 dead in collapsed Nigerian churchMetal girders and the roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, a hospital director said Sunday. Mortuaries in the ...




  • Italian foreign minister looks poised to get premier's job

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrives to meet reporters at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. With a banking crisis adding urgency, Italy’s president was wrapping up political consultations Saturday, including with Parliament’s largest party, the Democrats, before picking a replacement for caretaker Premier Matteo Renzi. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)ROME (AP) — Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been summoned to the presidential palace in Rome to see the president, who could ask him to be premier and try to form a government.




  • Conflict over Russia is rocky start for Trump and intelligence agencies

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour event at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IowaBy John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's rejection this weekend of U.S. intelligence analysts' conclusion that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help him win the White House is the latest in a string of conflicts between Trump and the intelligence community he will command. Most of them involve Russia, which has grown increasingly aggressive - according to what U.S. intelligence agencies have told Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama - in Syria and Ukraine.




  • Macedonians vote in early elections after wiretap scandal

    Young people stand near a wall with electoral posters at a bus stop in Macedonia's capital Skopje, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Macedonians will vote on Sunday in a general election called two years early in a bid to defuse a deep political crisis sparked by a wire tapping scandal. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Polls opened Sunday in Macedonia for a general election called two years early as part of a Western-brokered agreement to end a paralyzing political crisis.




  • Oil truck fireball kills at least 42 in central Kenya - aid worker
    By Anthony Githonga NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - A fireball from an oil lorry engulfed vehicles on one of Kenya's main highways, killing at least 42 people late on Saturday, a rescue worker at the scene said. The tanker lorry rammed into vehicles north of the central town of Naivasha then exploded, an official with the National Disaster Management Authority said. "More bodies are still trapped inside the burned vehicles," Red Cross volunteer Moha Maris told Reuters.

  • Turkey health minister: 155 wounded, 14 in intensive care after Istanbul blast
    ANKARA (Reuters) - A total of 155 people were being treated in hospital and 14 of them were in intensive care after bombings outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, Turkey's health minister said on Sunday. Recep Akdag made the comment at a joint news conference with Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dale Hudson)

  • Death toll from Istanbul bombing climbs to 38, minister says
    ANKARA (Reuters) - The death toll from the bombing outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul has risen to 38 people, including 30 police officers, Turkey's interior minister said on Sunday, adding that Kurdish militants were believed to be responsible. "According to the latest information we have received, 38 of our nation's children have reached martyrdom after last night's cruel attack," Suleyman Soylu told a news conference. He said seven victims were civilians and one remained unidentified. ...

  • Golf-Australian journeyman Brazel wins Hong Kong Open
    HONG KONG, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Unheralded Australian Sam Brazel birdied the last hole to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke and leave runnerup Rafa Cabrera Bello heartbroken on Sunday. The joint overnight leaders were locked on 12-under at the perilous par-four 18th after a clutch of challengers fell away late on a glorious day at Fanling. Spanish Ryder Cup player Cabrera Bello missed a long downhill putt by inches, leaving 480th-ranked Brazel to roll in an eight-foot birdie to secure his first European Tour win and by far the biggest title of his career. ...

  • Romanians vote for parliament amid concerns over graft

    A woman exits a voting cabin in Targusoru Nou, Romania, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Romanians began voting Sunday in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians began voting Sunday in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.




  • Qantas to fly non-stop from Australia's Perth to London

    Groundstaff work on the tarmac next to Qantas Airways planes parked at Sydney's Domestic Airport terminal in AustraliaBy Peter Gosnell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd will launch the first regular passenger flight directly linking Australia and Europe when it begins flights from Perth to London with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, the airline said on Sunday. "When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops," Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce told a news conference in Perth.




  • Ghana's next leader under pressure to deliver for impatient voters

    Supporters of Ghana's president-elect Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) celebrate on a street in AccraBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana's President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo needs to act fast to deliver on his campaign promise to create jobs, restore rapid growth, build a dam in every village and a factory in every district if he is to satisfy an electorate eager for change. Voters gave President John Mahama just one four-year term before they wielded the axe, rejecting him in an election on Wednesday that cemented Ghana's reputation for democratic accountability in a region scarred by civil wars and coups. "If in three years they (the New Patriotic Party) haven't created enough jobs they could face the same voter backlash that Mahama faced," pollster and newspaper publisher Ben Ephson told Reuters.




  • Russian air strikes force Islamic State retreat in Syria's Palmyra: monitor

    A file photo of Syrian army soldiers driving past the Arch of Triumph in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs GovernorateRussian air strikes forced Islamic State fighters to retreat to the outskirts of Palmyra on Sunday, a day after they had stormed the ancient city in eastern Syria, a war monitor said. The militants were now fighting in orchards on the fringe of Palmyra, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Russia's Defence Ministry said its jets had launched 64 strikes and killed more than 300 militants during the operation, backing up the Syrian army.




  • U.S. Defense Secretary Carter in Iraq for talks on Mosul

    Members of the Iraqi Army fire towards Islamic State militant positions at the south of MosulU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad on Sunday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the U.S.-backed military campaign against Islamic State militants in Mosul, the Pentagon said. Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, have been battling Islamic State in Mosul for eight weeks. Carter said last week the battle for Mosul, while hard, could be complete before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month.




  • Few leave besieged Benghazi district after ceasefire announced -officials
    By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Just 10 people left a besieged neighbourhood in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday after forces surrounding the area said they would grant safe passage to trapped civilians, security and Red Crescent officials said. The eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) has been besieging the district of Ganfouda for months as it tries to take full control of Benghazi following a military campaign against Islamists and other opponents lasting more than two years. The fate of families cornered by the fighting has become a major point of contention, with the LNA saying noncombatants are able to leave safely but opponents accusing it of not providing adequate guarantees.

  • Republicans sweep Louisiana runoffs, ending 2016 elections

    Louisiana state treasurer John Kennedy hugs his wife Becky after addressing supporters at his election watch party, after being elected to the senate seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The 2016 campaign season has finally ended, with Louisiana's runoff election cementing Republican control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP also is holding onto the two U.S. House seats that were undecided going into the state's runoff election.




  • 'Rogue One' premiere brings the Force back to Hollywood

    Diego Luna and Felicity Jones attend the world premiere of Lucasfilm's 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', in Hollywood, on December 10, 2016Fans cheered wildly as the star-studded world premiere of the hotly anticipated "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" continued the space saga after the last episode shattered box office records. "I feel honored to be part of this family, and by that I mean the fans, not just the filmmakers," British actor Riz Ahmed, who stars as pilot Bodhi Rook, told AFP ahead of the screening. Set just before "A New Hope" -- the original 1977 film -- Gareth Edwards's "Rogue One" stars Felicity Jones as rebel Jyn Erso alongside Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.




  • Nigerian church collapse kills at least 160, morgues overflowing and toll expected to rise, says hospital director
    WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian church collapse kills at least 160, morgues overflowing and toll expected to rise, says hospital director.

  • Jury could deliberate fate of Saints star's killer on Sunday
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jury could begin deliberating Sunday in the fatal shooting of New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.

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