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Rio Olympics roundup: Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky win gold; U.S. Gymnastics dominates

Rio roundup: US leadingOn a day when the United States Women's National Team disappointed on the soccer field and Serena Williams was eliminated from Olympic competition, events were anything but predictable.

That was until Simone Biles and the 'Final Five' took to mats and Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps entered the pool in Rio de Janeiro.


A 19,000-ton oil rig has blown ashore in Scotland

Oil rig blows on land in ScotlandA massive oil rig was blown ashore in Scotland during a severe storm early Monday morning.

The more than 19,000-ton drilling rig, Transocean Winner, was being towed west of Scotland's Isle of Lewis when it was hit by the harsh weather.

In a statement, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it became detached from the tug boat around 4:20am BST and became grounded at Dalmore Beach near Carloway.


Putin Meets With Erdogan To Renew Ties After Turkey’s Failed Coup

Putin meets with ErdoganRussian President Vladimir Putin told his visiting Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan he hoped Ankara could fully restore order after a failed military coup last month, saying on Tuesday that Moscow always opposed unconstitutional actions.

Erdogan’s trip to Russia comes as Turkey’s relations with Europe and the United States are strained by what Ankara sees as Western concern about how it handled the abortive coup, in which more than 240 people were killed.


Air strikes on Yemen capital resume, civilians killed

Yemen air strikes kill civiliansA Saudi-led military coalition has conducted air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa for the first time in more than three months and locals said that 14 civilians were killed in a factory.

Medics working in the area told the Reuters news agency that the civilians were killed in a strike on a crisp factory in the Nahda district of the capital.

The strikes also forced the suspension of flights into Sanaa International Airport for 72 hours from late on Monday.


The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

Israel's disappeared babiesFor nearly 40 years, everything about Gil Grunbaum's life was a lie, including his name.

He was not, as he had always assumed, the only son of wealthy Holocaust survivors who owned a baby garments factory near Tel Aviv. Grunbaum had been stolen from his mother by doctors at a hospital in northern Israel in 1956, moments after she gave birth.


Bomber targets lawyers gathered at Pakistan hospital

Pakistan lawyers attacked in ER: 70+ deadPakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at the emergency department of a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta that left at least 70 people dead.

Monday's attack targeted a group of mourning lawyers, who were gathered to accompany the body of a murdered colleague.

"The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar takes responsibility for this attack, and pledges to continue carrying out such attacks. We will release a video report on this soon," the group's spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in an email.


Iran executes nuclear scientist who returned to country from US

Shahram Amiri executedAn Iranian nuclear scientist, whose disappearance in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and subsequent return to Tehran a year later from Washington was shrouded in mystery, has been executed in his home country.

The family of Shahram Amiri, an expert in radioactive isotopes at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, which is affiliated to Iran’s ministry of defence, told two overseas Persian-language TV networks at the weekend that he had been executed earlier in the week at an unknown location.


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