Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

BEIRUT Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. The announcement came as Russia and President Bashar al-Assad’s government declared a “humanitarian operation” in the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo, opening “safe corridors” so people can flee Syria’s most important opposition…

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Bezos passes Buffett, becomes third-richest person: Forbes

Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N). Bezos’ fortune was $65.3 billion as of 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9 billion. Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) co-founder Bill Gates remained the world’s…

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Attempt at U.S.-Russia cooperation in Syria suffers major setbacks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2016. Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin GENEVA/WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to elicit Russian military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria suffered two potentially crippling blows on Thursday. First, the Syrian army said it had cut off all supply routes into the eastern part…

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Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

A security guard stands beside a logo of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) posted at the main gate in Manila, Philippines April 28, 2016. Reuters/Romeo Ranoco DHAKA The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines’ central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka’s efforts…

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US social media star Hayes Grier hurt in car crash

Image copyright AP Image caption Hayes Grier at the 2015 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards last summer US teenage social media celebrity Hayes Grier is recovering in hospital after a car crash, his spokeswoman has said. No other details were given about the accident involving the former Dancing with the Stars contestant, who is 16. But his brother Nash Grier tweeted to say Hayes had suffered a concussion, two fractured ribs…

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Exclusive: FBI investigates hacking of Democratic congressional group – sources

Congressional candidates running for office and being supported by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Reuters/Rick Wilking SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion against a major Democratic Party congressional fundraising group, an attack that may be related to an earlier hack against the party apparatus, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The previously unreported incident at the Democratic Congressional…

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Peru's new president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski sworn in

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kuczynski received the presidential sash from President of Congress Luz Salgado A 77-year-old former investment banker has been sworn in as Peru’s new president at a ceremony in Lima. In his inaugural speech, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski – known as PPK – said he longed for Peru in five years “to be more modern, more just, more equal”. The conservative beat Keiko Fujimori in run-off…

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English Bulldog health problems prompt cross-breeding call

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption English Bulldogs are loving family dogs. But as a breed they suffer from health problems Crossing the English Bulldog with another breed is the best way to ensure its survival, scientists have argued. Due to centuries of selective breeding for physical traits, the Bulldog has become so inbred it cannot be returned to health without an infusion of new bloodlines, a genetic study suggests….

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Syria conflict: Aleppo 'corridors' must be protected – Red Cross

Media captionLiving on cucumber and parsley: The BBC meets a family under siege in Aleppo People allowed to flee besieged areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo using new humanitarian corridors must be given protection, the Red Cross says. Aid workers must also be allowed access to civilians and ensure that families who choose to leave are kept together, the agency added. Russia, Syria’s ally, says three routes will be…

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Pope Francis in Poland: Huge crowds rally in Krakow

Image copyright AFP Image caption It is the Pope’s first visit to eastern Europe Pope Francis has blessed hundreds of thousands of pilgrims on the second day of his visit to Poland. He told young people gathered in Krakow “a merciful heart opens up to welcome refugees and migrants”, a statement that puts him at odds with Poland’s anti-immigrant right-wing government. It is Pope Francis’s first visit to eastern Europe,…

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