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Reformists sweep Tehran municipal vote as Rouhani wins Iran

Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have totally controlled Tehran's municipal council since such votes began in 1999.

Severe weather creates havoc across Germany

The German news agency dpa reported today that a regional train derailed near Stadtroda in eastern Germany after the tracks were covered by a mudslide late yesterday. 

Donald Trump says he's 'very close' to naming an FBI director

President Donald Trump says he is "very close" to naming a new FBI director.

400 contacts being traced in Congo's Ebola outbreak: WHO

400 contacts being traced in Congo's Ebola outbreak: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thrusday said that health workers are monitoring more than 400 people amid an Ebola outbreak in a remote corner of Congo where already three deaths have been blamed on the deadly virus.

Arrested Thai activist to receive S Korean human rights award

Arrested Thai activist to receive S Korean human rights award

A Thai law student arrested for sharing a critical article about his country's new king that was posted on Facebook is this year's winner of South Korea's most prestigious human rights award.

China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region

China appears to be laying the groundwork for the broad collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that's been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said on Monday.

Explosion hits Schaeffler factory in Bavaria, 13 injured

German police say 13 people have been injured in an explosion in a factory in Bavaria.

Turkish President Erdogan visits White House, amid much friction between US, Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan visits White House, amid much friction between US, Turkey

The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to US interests in the volatile Middle East.

North Korea open to US talks under conditions: Official

Choe Son Hui, director general for North American Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, spoke briefly to reporters in Beijing yesterday en route to Pyongyang. 

Pope Francis says won't convince Donald Trump on immigration policy

Pope Francis says won't convince Donald Trump on immigration policy

Pope Francis says he won't try to convince US President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace.

Iran's Rouhani says upcoming election 'historical decision'

Rouhani said, "We are at the edge of a great historical decision. Our nation will announce if it continues on the path of peacefulness or if it wants to choose tension." 

Small blast near Rome post office damages car, no injuries

A preliminary probe indicated that the blast likely was "a demonstrative act, showing that it could be done," but apparently not designed to cause major damage, Rome police said.

US-backed fighters hunt for IS holdouts in Syria's Tabqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces scored one of their biggest victories against IS jihadists as controversy intensified over a US decision to arm the alliance's Kurdish component.

Iraq forces launch anti-IS push in western desert

The army, backed by aircraft from the US-led coalition and local tribal fighters, launched their sweep at dawn in desert areas of Anbar province where the jihadists have hideouts, an army lieutenant colonel said.

Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

Amazon is giving its voice-enabled Echo speaker a touch screen and video-calling capabilities as it competes with Google's efforts at bringing "smarts" to the home.

Death toll in Iran mine explosion rises to 42

Iranian state TV says that search crews have found seven more bodies at the site of a coal mine explosion last week, bringing the total death toll in the incident to 42.

Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany to attend Georgetown Law School

Another Trump is going to Washington. Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of the president, will be enrolling at Georgetown University Law School this fall, according to her brother. Eric Trump, who revealed the school choice, received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown.

Top Malaysian Islamic State operative dead in Syria: Police

Malaysia's police chief said the country's top Islamic State operative was killed in an attack in Syria last month.

Police pour in to Paris' train station, evacuate passengers

Police poured into Paris' Gare du Nord station, evacuating passengers from platforms and sealing off the area for several hours in a new security scare to hit the French capital.

North Korea claims plot reveals US state-sponsored terrorism

The assertion comes as the US is considering putting the North back on its list of terror sponsors.