Saturday, 3:39 PM
By Yesim Dikmen ANKARA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey will shut down its military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the defense minister, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in a move designed to bring the military under tighter government control after a failed coup. The changes, some of which Erdogan said would likely be announced in the government's official gazette by Sunday, come after more than 1,700 military personnel were dishonorably discharged this week for their role in the abortive July 15-16 putsch. Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and possible death on the night of the coup, told Reuters in an interview last week that the military, NATO's second-biggest, needed "fresh blood".
Saturday, 10:14 PM
By Mustafa Mahmoud KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Militants stormed a gas facility in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing four workers and planting several explosives before security forces managed to regain control, security sources said.... read more
Saturday, 6:57 PM
A member of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party has been disqualified from running in next month's Legislative Council elections after he declined to sign a controversial new form saying the city is an "inalienable" part of China. Chan Ho-tin received an email from the Electoral Affairs Commission on Saturday which said his application to join the election had been "invalidated", fuelling speculation that others who hold pro-independence views also could be disqualified. "The National Party is honored to become the first party to be banned from joining a democratic election by the government due to political difference," the party wrote on its Facebook page.
Saturday, 10:15 PM
The Yemeni government said Sunday it has accepted a UN-proposed peace agreement to end more than a year of armed conflict, but there has been no word from the rebels. The announcement by the Saudi-backed government came after a high-level meeting in Riyadh chaired by Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. "The meeting approved the draft agreement presented by the United Nations calling for an end to the armed conflict and the withdrawal (of rebels) from Sanaa... and the cities of Taez and Al-Hudaydah," said a statement, cited by the Saba news agency.
Saturday, 8:39 PM
Donald Trump hit back at accusations from the father of a slain Muslim soldier that the billionaire has "sacrificed nothing" for his country, saying he had employed thousands of people. Khizr Khan -- whose son died in Iraq -- accused the Republican presidential nominee of vilifying American Muslims in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention on Thursday. "Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America," Khan said to Trump.
Saturday, 8:38 PM
Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are planning to rally in the German city of Cologne Sunday, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. Since the attempted military power grab on the night of July 15, skirmishes have broken out between backers and opponents of Erdogan in Germany, home to Turkey's biggest diaspora. On Sunday, up to 30,000 people are expected to answer a call to take to the streets issued by a pro-Erdogan group, the Union of European-Turkish Democrats (UETD), according to police.
Saturday, 5:51 PM
Thunderstorms that prevented leaders from starting the third round of the PGA Championship set the stage for a bizarre finish at rain-swamped Baltusrol. Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day of Australia, only two shots back of US co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, and British Open champion Henrik Stenson, who sat three adrift, were among those unable to tee off due to dangerous weather. More thunderstorms are forecast Sunday and Monday, so Kerry Haigh, PGA of America's chief championships officer, decided to keep third-round pairings for the fourth round and start it early to try and finish on Sunday.
Saturday, 5:48 PM
July 31 (Gracenote) - Latest leaderboard in the third round from the PGA Championship at the par-70 course on Sunday in Springfield, New Jersey holesplayed rounds -9 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 65 66 Robert Streb (U.S.) 68 63 -7 Jason Day (Australia) 68 65 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 66 67 -6 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 67 67 -5 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 70 65 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 66 69 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 18 71 69 65 Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 68 67 -4 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 69 67 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 18 71 70 65 Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 68 68 Harris English (U.S. ...... read more
Saturday, 5:00 PM
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Reactions on Saturday at the weather-interrupted PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club, where 49 players need to finish their third round on Sunday before heading back out for the final round: - - - Australia's world number one Jason Day: "Obviously the rain is going to soften up the golf course, so you've got to be a little bit aggressive out there. It should yield a few more birdies." - - - British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden: "You've just got to get some good sleep and make sure you eat enough and drink enough, plenty during the day, because it will be a long day. It's normally the mind that gives up before the body ... the body is normally fine to play two rounds of golf." - - - American world number three Jordan Spieth: "Just wish I could sleep in.... read more
Saturday, 10:37 PM
A daredevil skydiver on Saturday became the first to jump from a height of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters) without a parachute, landing in a net in southern California, a spokesman said. Luke Aikins, 42, who has 18,000 jumps under his belt, completed the jump in Simi Valley just west of Los Angeles, landing in a net measuring 100 feet by 100 feet (30 meters by 30 meters) in a feat broadcast on Fox. "Aikins' leap represents the culmination of a 26-year career that will set a personal and world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wing suit," his spokesman Justin Aclin said in an email... read more
Saturday, 10:23 PM
The numbers drawn in the 11 p.m. EDT drawing on Saturday were 11, 17, 21, 23, 32 and the Powerball number of 5, according to the Powerball website. A single winning ticket was sold in New Hampshire, said North Dakota Lottery director Randy Miller, chair of the Powerball group.
Saturday, 10:15 PM
A hot air balloon crashed and caught fire in Lockhart, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Austin. Authorities say it's unlikely the 16 people on board survived... read more
Saturday, 10:38 PM
By Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - British and Chinese securities watchdogs are discussing an agreement that will pave the way for landmark financial services projects between the countries, sources said, easing fears that Britain could be a less attractive partner for such deals after last month's vote to leave the European Union. Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) are cooperating on a regulatory framework for a scheme for distributing fund products in each other's jurisdiction and a proposed London-Shanghai link for trading shares, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Britain, home to the EU's biggest finance sector, has been pushing in recent years to deepen its financial services ties with China, which has agreed to these and other cross-border financial services schemes as part of the UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) program.
Saturday, 8:34 PM
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Saturday, 1:01 PM
(Reuters) - Americans Bob and Mike Bryan, the most successful doubles team in men's tennis history, have pulled out of the defense of their title at the Rio Games saying their family's health is their top priority. "After countless hours of deliberation Mike and I have decided to forego the Rio Olympics," the pair wrote on their Facebook page on Saturday. "Though we'd love to compete again, as husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." Many athletes have withdrawn from the Olympics over concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to birth defects in newborn babies and possible neurological problems in adults.
Saturday, 12:55 PM
(Adds details) July 30 (Reuters) - Americans Bob and Mike Bryan, the most successful doubles team in men's tennis history, have pulled out of the defence of their title at the Rio Games saying their family's health is their top priority. "After countless hours of deliberation Mike and I have decided to forego the Rio Olympics," the pair wrote on their Facebook page on Saturday. "Though we'd love to compete again, as husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." Many athletes have withdrawn from the Olympics over concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to birth defects in newborn babies and possible neurological problems in adults.... read more
Saturday, 12:04 PM
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A sushi restaurant employee believed to have been infected in a hepatitis A outbreak on the island of Oahu is recovering while almost all other staff members are cleared for work.... read more