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  • Exclusive: Pakistani rebel chief says would welcome help from arch-rival India
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    Exclusive: Pakistani rebel chief says would welcome help from arch-rival India

    By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The elusive leader of a major rebel group fighting for independence in Pakistan's Baluchistan province said he would welcome cash and other help from India, words likely to alarm Islamabad which accuses New Delhi of stirring trouble there. In his first video

  • The underground pipeline shaping North Korea's new capitalists
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    The underground pipeline shaping North Korea's new capitalists

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - As the United States and other nations grasp for new ways to sanction Pyongyang in response to its latest nuclear test, some North Korean defectors see investment in its rudimentary market economy as a way to foment gradual change from within. One defector living in

  • Reuters

    The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot'

    By Zeba Siddiqui HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Centuries ago, Indian princes would bathe in the cool Kazhipally lake in Medak. Now, even the poorest villagers here in India's baking south point to the barren banks and frothy water and say they avoid going anywhere near it. A short drive from the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Why the US government will pay native Americans nearly half a billion dollars

    The Department of the Interior and the United States Attorney General announced this week that the federal government will pay 17 native American tribes $492 million, settling claims that the government mismanaged tribal resources for years. This week’s settlement is the latest in a series of similar

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What does academic freedom mean in the era of social media?

    The University of Tennessee College of Law will take no disciplinary action against Glenn Reynolds, a professor who last week published a tweet which appeared to urge drivers to hit demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C., the school announced Tuesday. 

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How many Americans know someone who is transgender?

    As federal, state, and local governments across the United States debate who should regulate sex-segregated restrooms, spawning controversies over alleged violations of transgender rights, most Americans don't really know the people whose rights are being debated. Less than a third of Americans

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Does the US owe blacks reparations? Yes, says UN panel

    Can reparations reconcile some of the damage done by centuries of slavery, segregation, and discrimination? The topic has always highlighted deep divides, and a recent United Nations report that called the slave trade a crime against humanity and urged the US to pay reparations has reignited the issue

  • Reuters

    North Korean soldier defects to South Korea

    SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Thursday, South Korea's military said. The soldier crossed the military demarcation line that runs through the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, which remain in a technical state of war since their 1950-53 conflict

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:51 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's defense minister on Wednesday said India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence, in a sign of mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Khawaja Muhammad Asif told The Associated Press that Pakistan will continue to extend moral support

  • Associated Press

    Seoul says North Korean soldier crosses the border to defect

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect.

  • A year of bombing in Syria stirs little debate in Russia
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    A year of bombing in Syria stirs little debate in Russia

    Veteran Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis was among 300 people who showed up to a protest in Moscow against the start of the Kremlin's Syria bombing campaign. "As far as I know there haven't been any other events dedicated specifically to the Syria issue and the involvement of

  • Obama defends Syria policy in face of renewed criticism
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    Obama defends Syria policy in face of renewed criticism

    President Barack Obama defended his refusal to use military force to end Syria's brutal civil war Wednesday, as diplomatic efforts faltered and a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions unfolded in Aleppo. With just months left in office, the besiegement and bombardment of Syria's second

  • Energy shares lead Asian stocks higher on OPEC output deal
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    Energy shares lead Asian stocks higher on OPEC output deal

    HONG KONG (AP) — Energy companies led a rally in Asian stock markets Thursday as investors welcomed news that OPEC nations planned to cut oil production for the first time in eight years in an effort to reduce a global glut.

  • Associated Press

    Philippines' Duterte to scrap future war games with US

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is giving notice to the United States, his country's long-standing ally, that joint exercises of Filipino and American troops next week will be the last such drills.

  • Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean
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    Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday night as it gained strength and headed west into open waters.

  • Hundreds brought down from slopes of erupting volcano in Indonesia
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    Hundreds brought down from slopes of erupting volcano in Indonesia

    Hundreds of climbers have been brought down safely from the slopes of an Indonesian volcano that erupted this week, the disaster agency said on Thursday, although the fate of several daredevil tourists who declined to leave was not clear. More than 1,000 tourists including 639 foreigners were in Mount

  • Statewide blackout in Australia raises questions over renewable energy
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    Statewide blackout in Australia raises questions over renewable energy

    Power was restored to the state of South Australia on Wednesday after storms a day earlier caused an unprecedented statewide blackout which disrupted operations at mining majors like BHP Billiton, closed ports and halted public transport. The blackout of the country's fifth most populous state,

  • Peres to lie in state as Israel honours last founding father
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    Peres to lie in state as Israel honours last founding father

    The body of Shimon Peres is to lie in state outside Israel's parliament on Thursday as the world pays tribute to a statesman whose funeral is expected to draw leaders from around the globe. The ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner died on Wednesday at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke.

  • Reuters

    NASA to help China improve air traffic management

    NASA has signed an agreement with the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) to cooperate on research that will help China's airports improve their management of air traffic, the U.S. space agency said late on Wednesday. China is the world's fastest growing aviation market but passengers often

  • Reuters

    Rescuers pull 15 out from China landslide, 32 missing

    Rescuers have pulled 15 people alive from a landslide that slammed into a village in China's eastern Zhejiang province after a typhoon but 32 people are still missing there and in another nearby village, state media said on Thursday. Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Typhoon Megi caused the

  • More gumption: Fans urge Trump to up debate game
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    More gumption: Fans urge Trump to up debate game

    It's 10 days to America's next presidential debate, but some of Donald Trump's most ardent admirers agree: he must do better -- focus more on policy, and hit Hillary Clinton harder. Most mainstream political analysts gave Democrat Clinton, the 68-year-old former first lady, senator and secretary

  • 32 people missing in China landslides following typhoon
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    32 people missing in China landslides following typhoon

    BEIJING (AP) — At least 32 people were reported missing Thursday after rain-saturated hillsides collapsed onto villages in southeastern China following a typhoon.

  • Oil prices, stocks up on surprise OPEC deal though gains seen fizzling
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    Oil prices, stocks up on surprise OPEC deal though gains seen fizzling

    Oil prices extended gains in Asia on Thursday, boosting stock markets, after OPEC members agreed to curb output in a surprise deal, though investors were wary of chasing markets higher as the U.S. presidential election nears. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.8

  • Quake jolts Nicaragua, one dead
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    Quake jolts Nicaragua, one dead

    A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Nicaragua on Wednesday, killing a woman and damaging homes close to the epicenter in the country's north, officials said. The woman, Higinia Margarita Cruz, suffered a heart attack from the shock of the shaking, said First Lady Rosario Murillo, who is also the government

  • Associated Press

    Reid returns to lead New Zealand for US, Mexico games

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — West Ham defender Winston Reid will return to lead New Zealand in away football friendlies against Mexico and the United States next month.