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  • South Korea's Park to accept impeachment vote: party official
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    South Korea's Park to accept impeachment vote: party official

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Tuesday she would accept the result of an impeachment vote against her this week but indicated she would not step down now as demanded by opposition parties, a top official of her Saenuri Party said.

  • Cazeneuve named as new French Prime Minister
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    Cazeneuve named as new French Prime Minister

    PARIS (Reuters) - Bernard Cazeneuve, currently French interior minister, will replace Manuel Valls as the country's new prime minister, President Francois Hollande's office said on Tuesday. "He's a strong personality, with experience of state affairs," said a source in the president

  • Renzi to resign after referendum rout, leaving Italy in limbo
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    Renzi to resign after referendum rout, leaving Italy in limbo

    By Steve Scherer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced on Monday that he would resign after suffering a resounding defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform, leaving the euro zone's third-largest economy in political limbo. Italy's largely ceremonial

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Is Dylann Roof trying to sabotage his own trial?

    A week after dismissing his attorneys, accused Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof asked a judge to let them represent him in just the guilt phase of his federal trial, leading some analysts to wonder if he's trying to sabotage the sentencing stage and push a jury to give him the death penalty

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Child porn on government devices: A hidden security threat

    Daniel Payne, director of the Pentagon's Defense Security Service, admitted this spring to encountering “unbelievable” amounts of child pornography on government computers.

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    'Trump effect' topples Italy's PM – and could shake Europe further in 2017

    In Italy, a coalition of opposition parties, spearheaded by the anti-immigrant right wing Northern League and the populist Five Star movement, earned an unexpectedly convincing victory Sunday over Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a referendum, defeating his plans for constitutional reform and forcing

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why the EU can’t let a crisis go to waste

    In March, the European Union plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding document, the Treaty of Rome. As the EU struggles with multiple cracks and crises – which now include instability in Italy after a Dec. 4 vote revealed strong anti-EU feelings – the Union needs reminders of its original

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Israel-Palestinians story

    SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story June 11 about the FIFA Congress, The Associated Press reported erroneously that performer Mohammed Assaf wore a Muslim headscarf. Assaf's black and white headscarf is a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

  • Reuters

    Transgender women in India face bias despite laws, says activist

    By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Transgender women in India face persistent bias that denies them education and jobs despite India having progressive laws for transgender people, according to a leading activist. In a landmark judgment in 2014, India's Supreme Court ruled that

  • Associated Press

    China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan

    BEIJING (AP) — The first 120 troops of a 700-member Chinese U.N. peacekeeping force have departed for South Sudan, deepening China's commitment to the troubled East African nation, where two of its peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.

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    Saudi court sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran: Arabiya TV

    DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported. The 15 were among 32 people -- comprising 30 Saudi Shi'ite Muslims, one Iranian and an Afghan -- who were detained in 2013 on charges of spying for Iran and went

  • Indonesia takes new step to combat loss of forests, fires
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    Indonesia takes new step to combat loss of forests, fires

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has strengthened its moratorium on converting peat swamps to plantations in a move a conservation research group says will help prevent annual fires and substantially cut the country's carbon emissions if properly implemented.

  • Asian stocks post biggest daily gain in two weeks
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    Asian stocks post biggest daily gain in two weeks

    Asian stocks posted their biggest rise in two weeks on Tuesday and the euro steadied as investors judged the selloff after Italy's referendum to be overdone, with robust U.S. economic data also helping sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan bounced 0.7 percent,

  • French premier steps down to focus on presidential election
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    French premier steps down to focus on presidential election

    PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has stepped down to focus on running for president in next year's election and has been replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

  • By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy
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    By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:31 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms. Chung Jinsuk, floor leader of the conservative ruling party

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    Uganda rebel commander goes on trial at Int'l Criminal Court

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — One of the most senior commanders in the feared militia of fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony is going on trial at the International Criminal Court.

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    Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly a million people face hunger because of failed harvests. But aid groups warn that more rain is needed for the current crop-planting season to succeed and they

  • Thai king appoints new members to royal council: palace
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    Thai king appoints new members to royal council: palace

    Thailand's new king appointed three new members to his powerful royal advisory council on Tuesday and removed some former members in one of his first acts since taking the throne. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 64, was proclaimed king on Thursday, ushering in a new era for the

  • Ransomed: The race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria
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    Ransomed: The race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria

    SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) — Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State group — by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom.

  • Australia notches 378-5 in 2nd ODI vs New Zealand
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    Australia notches 378-5 in 2nd ODI vs New Zealand

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Opener David Warner scored a run-a-ball century — 119 from 115 deliveries — to pace Australia to an imposing total of 378-5 after being sent into bat in the second one-day international against New Zealand on Tuesday.

  • Group: China's opaque anti-graft probes rife with abuse
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    Group: China's opaque anti-graft probes rife with abuse

    BEIJING (AP) — Torture, solitary confinement and coerced confessions are rife in investigations of Chinese Communist Party officials detained on suspicion of corruption, according to a report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch that analyzes one of the most secretive aspects of China's one-party

  • Toyota to expand hybrid system development to further cut emissions
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    Toyota to expand hybrid system development to further cut emissions

    Toyota Motor Corp on Tuesday said it would expand the development of its gasoline-hybrid technology over the next five years to speed up the introduction of lower-emission engines in the face of stricter global emissions standards. In addition to improving the efficiency of its hybrid systems and gasoline

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    Turkish, US military chiefs meet at Incirlik air base

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military says the country's military chief has held talks with his U.S. counterpart during a previously announced visit to an air base in southern Turkey.

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    SKorean president to 'calmly' accept impeachment outcome

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms.