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  • South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park; vote due Friday
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    South Korea parliament introduces bill to impeach Park; vote due Friday

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's parliament introduced a bill on Thursday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, setting the stage for a historic vote to oust the embattled leader engulfed in an influence-peddling scandal. Parliament is expected to vote on Friday in favour

  • British spy chief says Islamic State plotting attacks as Russia makes 'desert' of Syria
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    British spy chief says Islamic State plotting attacks as Russia makes 'desert' of Syria

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - Islamic State militants are using turmoil sown by Russian President Vladimir Putin's bombing in Syria to plot attacks against the United Kingdom and her allies, Britain's foreign intelligence chief said on Thursday. In his first major public speech since

  • Chinese cardinal says Vatican must stand up to Beijing
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    Chinese cardinal says Vatican must stand up to Beijing

    By Pak Yiu and Lisa Jucca HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese Catholic cleric, says the participation of an excommunicated prelate at two bishop ordinations in China was a "slap in the face" for Pope Francis just as Rome seeks a historic deal with Beijing. Bishop

  • Christian Science Monitor

    As South Korean women fight for their rights, the gloves come off

    Min-so Yun is on the front line of a bitter war. Armed only with words and a rickety shield of anonymity, she is part of a new generation of feminists determined to dismantle misogyny in South Korea. In Megalia, a groundbreaking feminist website launched last year, Ms. Yun, who asked to use a pseudonym

  • Christian Science Monitor

    At dawn of Trump era, political center sees an opening

    Nominally a Republican, and to many a populist, Trump can be hard to label. It launched a “Problem Solvers Caucus” in Congress – more than 80 members, both Republican and Democrat. “The Trump coalition doesn’t look like the traditional Republican coalition,” says William Galston, a fellow on governance

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump's tweets: Transparency or manipulation?

    The business mogul's strained relationship with the press throughout his campaign, during which he temporarily banned a number of media organizations from access at his events and regularly railed against The New York Times, has some critics concerned that his strategic bypassing of the "mainstream

  • Christian Science Monitor

    White nationalist event at Texas A&M reignites campus discourse debate

    Hundreds of students at Texas A&M University protested white nationalist rhetoric delivered on their campus Tuesday night, reigniting a debate about political discourse at colleges and the rise of fringe political movements following the election of Donald Trump. Mr. Spencer arrived at the College Station

  • Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul
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    Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi army says troops have entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the southeastern part of Mosul.

  • 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.

  • European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus
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    European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is adding half a trillion euros ($579 billion) in stimulus to the eurozone economy to support growth as Europe heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:12 p.m. GMT

    MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people. Volunteers and nearly 1,500

  • Manila says will not help US on patrols in South China Sea
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    Manila says will not help US on patrols in South China Sea

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it is highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China.

  • Reuters

    U.S. weather forecaster sees La Nina conditions present

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Nina conditions are present and favored to dissipate in early 2017. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, in a monthly forecast said La Nina Conditions are present. Last month, the

  • Nazi camp cash counterfeiter Adolf Burger dies at 99
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    Nazi camp cash counterfeiter Adolf Burger dies at 99

    Adolf Burger, the last of the concentration camp inmates forced by Nazi Germany to churn out phoney British money, has died at the age of 99, media reports said Thursday. Burger wrote a book about his astounding experience, which was turned into the film "The Counterfeiters" that went on to

  • The Latest: ECB chief says stimulus not being 'tapered'
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    The Latest: ECB chief says stimulus not being 'tapered'

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the European Central Bank's policy meeting (all times local):

  • EU states to return migrants to Greece from March
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    EU states to return migrants to Greece from March

    The EU recommended Thursday that member states resume sending asylum seekers back to Greece from March next year, after transfers were halted for five years because of poor conditions there. Brussels said it was a key step towards restoring the European Union's migration policies and the passport-free

  • China's Fujian drops Aixtron bid after Obama blocks deal
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    China's Fujian drops Aixtron bid after Obama blocks deal

    China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund has dropped its takeover bid for chip equipment maker Aixtron after the United States blocked the deal on security grounds, throwing the German company's future into doubt. The collapse of the Aixtron deal comes amid growing objections in Germany and

  • Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians
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    Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible.

  • Kashima beats Auckland City 2-1 in opener of Club World Cup
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    Kashima beats Auckland City 2-1 in opener of Club World Cup

    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.

  • Associated Press

    Teen fit to stand trial in UK slaying of retired US teacher

    LONDON (AP) — The lawyer for a teenager accused in the London slaying of a retired Florida teacher says the defendant is fit to stand trial next year.

  • EU unblocks visa-free travel for Ukraine, Georgia
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    EU unblocks visa-free travel for Ukraine, Georgia

    By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will allow Ukrainians and Georgians to visit the bloc without a visa after diplomats and lawmakers struck a deal on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute that had been holding up the plan. Agreement on a mechanism for suspending such visa

  • Reuters

    Brussels says Greece should take back some asylum-seekers from March

    By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU states should be permitted to send some asylum-seekers back to Greece from March, the bloc's executive said on Thursday as it looks to restore a common policy on migration that collapsed last year under a mass influx of refugees. Under EU rules, the

  • EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal
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    EU takes legal action against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal

    By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union started legal action on Thursday against seven countries including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Amid mounting frustration in Brussels over what it sees as

  • Associated Press

    Rights group says US may be complicit in Yemen 'atrocities'

    CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is calling for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and says the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" there.

  • Hungary's leader urges Hungarian minority to vote in Romania
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    Hungary's leader urges Hungarian minority to vote in Romania

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister is urging the Hungarian minority in Romania to vote in Sunday's parliamentary election there and "speak up for their own interests."