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Turkey's Erdogan says Arab demands on Qatar unlawful

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 7 hours 2 min ago

By Mehmet Caliskan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf emirate's sovereignty. In his strongest statement of support for Qatar in the nearly three-week-old crisis centered on the Gulf state, Erdogan said the call to withdraw Turkish forces was disrespectful and that Doha - which described the demands as unreasonable - was taking the right approach.


Q&A: Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 8 hours 48 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don't need better odds.


Milky Way nightscapes

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 9 hours 12 min ago

Thousands of glittering stars lighting up beautiful Indonesian and Malaysian nightscapes will take your breath away.


Banned Bahraini newspaper fires staff

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 11 hours 40 min ago

A independent Bahraini newspaper has sacked its staff three weeks after Sunni-dominated authorities banned it on accusations that it "sows division" in the Shiite-majority Gulf kingdom. "We regret to inform you that the board of directors... has decided to terminate the employment contracts with the employees," board chairman Adel al-Maskati wrote in English in a message addressed to "all staff" on Saturday. The information ministry banned Al-Wasat in early June "until further notice" for its "violation of the law and repeatedly publishing information that sows division in society and affects Bahrain's relations with other states," said BNA state news agency.


Official results confirm Cambodian opposition gains

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 14 hours 9 min ago

Cambodian election authorities on Sunday released final results from this month's local polls, confirming that the opposition to the country's strongman leader made significant gains. More than seven million people voted on June 4, testing the political temperature of a country rife with tension between Prime Minister Hun Sen and an embattled opposition determined to end his more than three-decade rule. Hun Sen faces a national election next year and has vowed "civil war" if he is toppled.


AirAsia plane 'shaking like washing machine' returns to Australia

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 15 hours 24 min ago

An AirAsia flight to Malaysia was forced back to Australia Sunday due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was "shaking like a washing machine". The Airbus A330 from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey. It landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a "technical issue".


Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - 16 hours 29 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes.


China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 9:43pm

President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong this week to celebrate 20 years since the former British colony's return to China, state media confirmed Sunday, a trip that will stoke resentment among pro-democracy activists. It will be Xi's first visit to Hong Kong since the head of the Communist Party became president in 2013. The Chinese leader will also take part in the inauguration of the fifth administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the semi-autonomous city's government.


Firefighter Arrested After He Allegedly Beat A Man Who Refused to Give Him a Cigarette: Cops

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 1:32pm

The victim sustained injuries to his face before a bartender broke up the fight.


Donald Trump defies calls to appoint envoy to combat anti-Semitism around the world

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 11:44am

Donald Trump has defied calls to appoint a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism across the world despite growing pressure from Jewish groups and Congress. The two remaining staffers in the US State Department's office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism are reportedly set to be reassigned next month, which will leave the branch completely unstaffed after 1 July. President Trump is legally required to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position created under former president George W. Bush.


4 Best Drinks To Fight Dementia

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 11:00am

Drinking a cup or three of tea a day can reduce the risk of cognitive decline by 50 percent.


One Dead and One Injured After Small Plane Crashed Into Daycare Center

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 10:59am

The daycare was not open during the crash and no employees were on scene.


Iran arrests Islamic State-linked group planning attacks: state TV

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 10:53am

Iranian security forces have arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centers, state television reported on Saturday. Intelligence Ministry agents "were able to arrest a group linked to Daesh (Islamic state) that intended to carry out terror operations in religious cities ..., and (seized) explosive and suicide attack equipment," the television said. The arrests came days after Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired missiles from western Iran into eastern Syria, aiming at bases of the Islamic State which had claimed responsibility for twin attacks that killed 18 people in Tehran on June 7.


Labour leader gets rapturous music festival welcome

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 10:21am

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn got a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of revellers at the Glastonbury music festival on Saturday. The Labour leader took to the stage just before the Kaiser Chiefs at a festival that took a political turn this year, two weeks after a general election. Corbyn also pledged his support for refugees and young people and said that the politics of US President Donald Trump would be "put back in a box".


Hot Car Deaths up As Extreme Heat Sweeps Country

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 9:31am

Nationwide, hot car deaths are up and there’s a push for new legislation in Congress that would require all passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system.


Emmanuel Macron teams up with Arnold Schwarzeneggar to take swipe at Donald Trump on climate change

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 8:06am

Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggar has teamed up French President Emmanuel Macron in a new video pledging to make "the planet great again" in a swipe at US President Donald Trump. Both Mr Macron and Mr Schwarzeneggar are known for their outspoken criticism of Mr Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement. Mr Macron - who along with a number of other European leaders has decried the decision to have America withdraw from the deal - has called on US scientists to emigrate to France.


These 4 Animals Are Real Extinct American Creatures

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 8:00am

They sound like mythical creatures but these prehistoric American animals were very real before they went extinct thousands of years ago.


Dallas officer charged with aggravated assault for killing of 21-year-old woman

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 5:00am

Mary Dawes (center), Genevive’s mother, becomes emotional during a news conference. A grand jury has indicted a Dallas police officer on a charge of aggravated assault for firing into a moving car and killing a 21-year-old woman. Christopher Hess, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into the death of Genevive Dawes, Dallas police said in a statement on Friday.


2 Amazing Pictures Of Space Taken By An Amateur

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 5:00am

These are some of the most visually striking things related to space.


If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

Yahoo Top Stories Feed - June 24, 2017 - 4:49am

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi's title of "caliph", or overall commander of Muslims. Russia's defense ministry said last week Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike in Syria and Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian parliamentarian on Friday as saying the likelihood that he had been killed was close to 100 percent.


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