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A munitions blast killed 31 regime and allied fighters at a military airport in central Syria on Saturday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain and relies on a network of sources on the ground, said it was unclear what had caused…

Russian police detained nearly 200 people Saturday at a Moscow protest against unfair elections, a monitoring group said. The non-governmental group OVD-Info, which monitors arrests, said 194 people were arrested along thoroughfares in the city center, where Russian officials said unauthorized opposition protests were held. Prominent activist Lyubov Sobol was…

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that things are going well with China, insisting U.S. consumers are not paying for import taxes he has imposed on goods from that country although economists say Americans are footing the bill. “Things are going along very well with China. They are paying…

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he wants to see American ground-based intermediate-range conventional missiles deployed to Asia. Speaking to reporters on his first international trip as head of the Defense Department, Esper said the weapons were important due to the “the great distances” covered in the Indo-Pacific region….

The African Union envoy to Sudan said Saturday the pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council have finalized a power-sharing agreement. Mohammed el-Hassan Lebatt told reporters that the two sides “fully agreed” on a constitutional declaration outlining the division of power for a three-year transition to elections. He did not…

Forty-eight insects are currently included on the U.S. Endangered Species List, and the only way any insect has ever come off the list is through extinction. This is especially troubling for the world’s butterfly populations, which have declined by 20% over the last decades.  This time of year, Nate Fuller…

The United States has pulled out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in order to develop its own new missiles, after the Russians refused to destroy new missiles that NATO says violate the pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise”…

Обсяг газу, який Національна акціонерна компанія «Нафтогаз України» накопичила в підземних сховищах, 2 серпня перетнув позначку 16 мільярдів кубометрів. Про це повідомив у мережі Facebook голова правління «Нафтогазу» Андрій Коболєв. «Сьогодні перетнули позначку в 16 млрд. куб. м. До початку опалювального сезону залишилось 73 дні», – написав високопосадовець. Днем раніше…

A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people. A 30-foot-long slab of the cliff plunged onto the sand near Grandview Beach north of San Diego. A KNSD-TV helicopter captured footage of beach chairs, towels, surf boards and…

A fresh round of U.S.-Taliban peace talks will start in Qatar’s capital Doha Saturday, officials said, describing it to be the “most crucial” phase of negotiations to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. Senior officials privy to the talks said a peace agreement could be expected at the end of…

VOA’s Ayaz Gul contributed to this story from Islamabad. Some of the information used in this report came from Reuters WASHINGTON, KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN — Nematullah Bakhtyar, 29, a member of the Afghan National Army (ANA), was thought to have been killed while fighting the Afghan insurgents in southern Afghanistan in mid-2018….

Hong Kong civil servants and supporters crowded into a public park Friday to join a pro-democracy movement that China’s top diplomat accused Western nations of provoking. Several thousand joined the rally for government workers in solidarity with protesters who have called for greater rights and government accountability over the past…