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NSA contractor to face espionage charges for alleged data theft

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Government lawyers on Thursday said they would prosecute a former National Security Agency contractor accused of stealing classified information under an espionage law, a move carrying far more severe penalties than previously announced charges.

WikiLeaks: Ecuador cuts Julian Assange’s internet access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said on Monday that its founder Julian Assange's internet was shut down by the government of Ecuador, deflecting blame from the U.S. or British governments which have sparred with Assange for releasing sensitive material.

Britain cannot revoke EU divorce once begun, top lawyer says

LONDON — Once Britain triggers its formal divorce from the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, there is no going back on the decision, the government’s top lawyer told the High Court on Monday.

Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD — Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.

S.African government demands end to violent student protests

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government called on Saturday for an immediate end to violent protests by students demanding free education, after nine people were arrested in overnight clashes with police in Johannesburg.

Egypt retaliates against Islamist militants

CAIRO — Egyptian jets bombed Islamist militant targets for three hours on Saturday, one day after Islamic State guerrillas killed 12 soldiers in North Sinai province, the armed forces said in a statement.

World’s longest-reigning monarch dies

BANGKOK — Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch and a father-figure to the nation, died in hospital on Thursday. He was 88.

Boko Haram frees 21 girls after 2 1/2 years

ABUJA — Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of more than 200 girls it kidnapped in April 2014 in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, after mediation by Switzerland and the International Red Cross, officials said on Thursday.

Islamic State confirms death of propaganda chief

BEIRUT — Islamic State on Monday confirmed the death of its propaganda chief, whom the Pentagon said was killed in a U.S.-led air strike in Syria's Raqqa province last month.

Attack on mourners kills 82

SANAA, Yemen — Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 82 people when they struck mourners at a hall in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the acting health minister in the Houthi-run administration said, but the coalition denied any role in the incident.

Cholera kills 13 in hurricane’s wake

PORT-AU-PRINCE/LES CAYES, Haiti — Cholera has killed at least 13 people in southwest Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, government officials told Reuters on Saturday, as health workers sought to reach the epicenter of one outbreak.

Indian police seek kingpins in tax scam aimed at U.S.

MUMBAI — U.S. citizens were swindled out of tens of millions of dollars in an alleged tax scam that was run for about a year from call centers on the outskirts of Mumbai, a senior investigator said on Thursday, predicting more arrests on top of the 70 made so far.

U.S. lawmakers to investigate funding of WHO cancer agency

LONDON — Officials from the U.S. government’s health research agency are to be questioned by a congressional committee about why taxpayers are funding a World Health Organization cancer agency facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens.

Matthew kills 26 people in Caribbean

LES CAYES, Haiti/GUANTANAMO, Cuba — Hurricane Matthew twisted toward the Bahamas and Florida’s east coast on Wednesday after killing at least 26 people and damaging a majority of homes in Haiti’s south, prompting the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election.

Protests shut down South African universities

JOHANNESBURG — Clashes between police and students protesting about the cost of education forced South Africa’s Wits and Cape Town universities to suspend classes on Wednesday for the second time in less than a month.

Argentina bets on U.S. lemon exports as soured ties turn sweet

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina, the world’s top lemon producer, is confident a 15-year ban on exporting the fruit to the United States will be lifted soon as government relations improve despite opposition from U.S. farmers, an Argentine official said on Wednesday.