• China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea

    China to carry out more military drills in South China Sea

    China will carry out military drills in the South China Sea all day on Thursday, the country's maritime safety administration said on Wednesday, ordering all other shipping to stay away. China routinely holds drills in the disputed waterway, and the latest exercises come less than a week after a

  • Calais Jungle camp clearance accomplished, prefect says

    Calais Jungle camp clearance accomplished, prefect says

    By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French authorities on Wednesday finished clearing the "Jungle", a squalid shanty town built outside the port of Calais by thousands of migrants desperately seeking a passage to Britain, and expected to disperse the last of its inhabitants around

  • Venezuela opposition marches against Maduro 'dictatorship'

    Venezuela opposition marches against Maduro 'dictatorship'

    By Alexandra Ulmer and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Opposition supporters rallied throughout Venezuela on Wednesday against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of turning into a dictator by preventing a plebiscite to remove him. The opposition coalition says Maduro

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Fearing violence, some officials close schools on Election Day

    Fearing overzealous voters and possible violence on Election Day, communities across the nation have opted to move polling locations out of school buildings or cancel classes for the day to protect students. Republican nominee Donald Trump’s calls for untrained “poll watchers” and claims that the election

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    Global progress on gender pay gap slows, but one country soars

    Global efforts to close the economic gender gap have suffered a “dramatic slowdown,” says a new report. The pay gap today is the widest it has been since 2008, the study finds, with the goal of achieving equal pay for women worldwide now expected to lag another 170 years. This occurs despite an equal

  • Christian Science Monitor

    As US-allied forces press Mosul, why human rights groups are worried

    More than 1,000 people living in villages near Mosul have been evacuated to nearby camps by Iraqi special forces, amid reports of atrocities committed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State against civilians in recent days. The Iraqi government and Kurdish fighters are urging civilians to stay. Recommended

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    This election, the South looks much less Republican

    Paul Ruiz just traveled 4,500 miles from his Hawaii home to resettle in tiny Vinings, Ga., one of the wealthiest corners of Cobb County. Having been a Georgian for just one week, he’s only vaguely aware that Cobb County has long been the South’s version of California’s Orange County – a fount of conservative

  • Reuters

    Lifetime of privation made Albanian priest a Catholic cardinal

    By Benet Koleka SHKODER, Albania (Reuters) - Albania’s new Roman Catholic cardinal stuck to his faith even when his communist persecutors screwed handcuffs on so tight that he fainted from pain, or when they tried luring him into marriage to escape jail. Ernest Simoni, the only survivor of a Catholic

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    Protesters attack EU asylum offices on second Greek island this week

    A group of Syrian refugees protested on Wednesday at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) premises in a migrant camp on the Greek island of Chios, forcing its staff to evacuate, officials said. It was the second protest by asylum seekers this week against delays in the processing of their claims

  • On Mosul road with elite force's 'cleaners'

    On Mosul road with elite force's 'cleaners'

    After crosses were restored and flags raised in this Christian town near Mosul, elite units stayed behind for one of the least gratifying and most dangerous jobs in the war: the clean-up. Constantly scanning their surroundings, five special forces members moved carefully down the streets of Bartalla

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    25 migrants found dead in rubber boat in Mediterranean

    By Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Twenty-five migrants were found dead in the bottom of a rubber boat in the Mediterranean, aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday, as sea deaths look set to break last year's record. MSF said its staff also saved 139 people from another raft in

  • Report: Women won't earn as much as men for 170 years
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    Report: Women won't earn as much as men for 170 years

    GENEVA (AP) — The global gap in earnings between men and women will not be closed for another 170 years if current trends continue, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum.

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    AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Until last week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now, three African states — South Africa, Burundi and Gambia — have made official decisions to leave. Gambia announced its decision late Tuesday. Concerns are high that more African countries now will

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:18 p.m. GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents on Wednesday killed 26 Afghan civilians after abducting them in the remote central province of Ghor the previous day, officials said, the latest brutal attack targeting the local population in one of the country's most lawless areas. The slain civilians

  • Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals
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    Philippine, Japanese leaders sign military, economic deals

    TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Wednesday to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability, and acknowledged the importance of their alliances with the U.S., although a joint statement focused largely on Japan's contribution to Philippine maritime security and other

  • Associated Press

    Moldova: presidential candidate quits, boosting EU hopes

    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — A key candidate in Moldova's presidential election has withdrawn from the race, giving a boost to a pro-European candidate in the former Soviet republic.

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    Pakistan army says Indian troops kill 2 civilians, wounds 8

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says Indian troops have killed two civilians and wounded eight others in what it called an incident of "unprovoked firing" in a remote village bordering Indian-controlled Kashmir, while a third villager died in hospital of gunshot wounds sustained in

  • Reuters

    Iran's Foreign Minister to hold talks in Moscow on Friday: RIA

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will holds talks in Moscow on Friday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss Syria and Iraq, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the foreign ministry. RIA said they would discuss closer coordination in the Middle East. The Russian

  • Reuters

    Gas tanker attacked near key shipping lane off Yemen

    By Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) - Unknown assailants attacked a gas tanker off the coast of Yemen close to the Bab al-Mandab waterway in the latest flare up in an area through which much of the world's oil passes, shipping and security officials said on Wednesday. The incident, the first attack

  • Britain fines Vodafone £4.6mn for breaching consumer rules

    Britain fines Vodafone £4.6mn for breaching consumer rules

    Britain's media regulator on Wednesday said it had fined telecoms giant Vodafone £4.6 million ($5.6 million, 5.2 million euros) for breaching rules designed to protect customers. Ofcom revealed in a statement that it had uncovered evidence of "mis-selling, inaccurate billing and poor complaints

  • Russia's top security official wants closer ties with Serbia
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    Russia's top security official wants closer ties with Serbia

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's top security official on Wednesday urged closer cooperation from Serbia, part of Moscow's efforts to boost its influence in the Balkan country.

  • UN says 145 child soldiers released in South Sudan

    UN says 145 child soldiers released in South Sudan

    The UN children's agency UNICEF said Wednesday it had negotiated the release of 145 child soldiers from two rebel groups in South Sudan. "Our hope is that today's release will be followed by many others," Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF head in South Sudan, said in a statement. UNICEF estimates

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    Egypt upheld life sentence for Muslim Brotherhood leader

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has upheld life sentences against the top leader of the country's now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and 36 others, including former ministers, in murder and violence charges, and upheld death sentences against 10 others tried in absentia.

  • Top Vatican cardinal questioned over sex abuse allegations
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    Top Vatican cardinal questioned over sex abuse allegations

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police flew to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades, officials said Wednesday.

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    Security concerns led Germany to block Chinese takeover

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it withdrew permission for a Chinese company to purchase semiconductor equipment company Aixtron due to security concerns.