Israel should stop settlements, denying Palestinian development: draft Quartet report
By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state, the Middle East peace "Quartet" recommended in a draft of an eagerly awaited report seen by Reuters. The draft report by the Quartet countries sponsoring the stalled peace process - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - said the Israeli policy "is steadily eroding the viability of the two state solution." "This raises legitimate questions about Israel's long term intentions which are compounded by the statements of some Israeli ministers that there should never be a Palestinian state," according to the draft report.
Polls point to Australian election cliffhanger
Australia's leaders made last-gasp pitches Friday to woo voters on the eve of elections as polls pointed to a cliffhanger and the media swung behind "reformer" Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Liberal Turnbull and Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten both campaigned in Sydney on their final day on the hustings as a poll in The Sydney Morning Herald showed them locked in a dead heat on a two-party basis. Turnbull, who has capitalised on the instability sparked by Britain's decision to exit the European Union, said the uncertainty of a hung parliament would be a disaster as he appealed for voters not to go down that road.
IAAF OKs Russian whistleblower's bid to compete at OlympicsMONACO (AP) ? Track and field's governing body has approved Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's bid to compete as a neutral athlete in the upcoming European championships and the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration stands as most glaring failure
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama's inability to overhaul the nation's immigration system will stand as the most glaring failure in his effort to enact a vision of social change. Despite two campaigns full of promises and multiple strategies, he imposed only incremental, largely temporary modifications.
'Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) ? A report of an "active shooter" at a military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed turned out to be a false alarm, though it locked down the base for more than an hour.
Turkish police detain 11 more suspects over airport attack: media
Turkish police detained 11 foreigners suspected of being members of an Islamic State cell in Istanbul linked to the suicide bombers who staged the attack this week at Istanbul's main airport, broadcaster Haberturk said on its website on Friday. The arrests in the dawn raid, by a counter-terror police squad in the Basaksehir district on the European side of the city, brought the number of people detained in the investigation to 24, it said. Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers killed 44 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday, the deadliest in a string of attacks in Turkey this year.
Man killed by bear had plenty of backcountry experience
HELENA, Mont. (AP) ? The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the wild and vast forest that spreads from the shadows of the park's rugged peaks.
Studies testing kelp as local fix for acidifying seawater
HOOD CANAL, Wash. (AP) ? Scientist Joth Davis unspooled 150 feet of line holding thousands of tiny spores of kelp into Hood Canal in Washington state, while Brian Allen dove underwater and affixed the line to a buoy.
Federal judge blocks Mississippi religious objections law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ? A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.
Myanmar decries demotion on US human trafficking blacklist
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ? Myanmar called sad and regrettable a move by the United States to place the country on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, while rights groups welcomed it as long overdue.