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  • As Philippines' Duterte visits Vietnam, U.S. jibes hang over new partnership
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    As Philippines' Duterte visits Vietnam, U.S. jibes hang over new partnership

    By Martin Petty HANOI (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte met Vietnam's top leadership on Thursday, aiming to advance a burgeoning alliance that could become increasingly uncertain amid his defiance of the United States and overtures towards China. Vietnam and the Philippines have

  • Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise
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    Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighboring countries, saying they are "stealing jobs from Thais", amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia's second-largest economy stagnates

  • Thousands of Indonesian workers protest against tax amnesty
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    Thousands of Indonesian workers protest against tax amnesty

    By Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of Indonesian union workers marched to the heart of Jakarta on Thursday to protest against a government tax amnesty scheme, which is meant to plug a large budget deficit but which they say unfairly pardons wealthy tax dodgers. The amnesty program,

  • 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

  • Associated Press

    Brazil GP organizers surprised with FIA doubts on 2017 race

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Organizers of the Brazilian Grand Prix say they are surprised that the event has not been confirmed on next year's Formula One calendar despite a contract being in place.

  • Italy's PM warns Britain over post-Brexit rights in EU
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    Italy's PM warns Britain over post-Brexit rights in EU

    Britain must not expect to end up with more rights than other countries outside the EU following Brexit negotiations, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned in an interview Thursday. Renzi also told the BBC that he blamed Britain's former premier David Cameron for June's vote to leave

  • Associated Press

    Spain: Socialists in turmoil as board revolts against leader

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's leading opposition Socialist party is in the throes of a crisis after nearly half of its executive board resigned in a rebellion against leader Pedro Sanchez.

  • Israel begins paying last respects to Peres
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    Israel begins paying last respects to Peres

    Israeli leaders and crowds of mourners gathered outside parliament on Thursday to pay last respects to ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, whose body was lying in state. A major security operation was being put in place ahead of Friday's funeral, which is to be attended by leaders

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:53 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says that Indian troops have killed two of its soldiers on the Pakistani side of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir in an "unprovoked" attack. In a statement Thursday, the military said Pakistani soldiers "befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked

  • Associated Press

    Afghan president, insurgent warlord sign peace agreement

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a peace treaty with a notorious warlord on Thursday, pledging to lobby the U.S. and the United Nations to remove him and his party from terrorist blacklists.

  • Philippines' Duterte to scrap future war games with US
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    Philippines' Duterte to scrap future war games with US

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was 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.

  • The Latest: Bill Clinton arrives in Israel for Peres funeral
    Associated Press

    The Latest: Bill Clinton arrives in Israel for Peres funeral

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local):

  • Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty
    Associated Press

    Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Acutely partisan and all but dysfunctional, Congress has completed its most elementary task after an intense weekslong struggle, finalizing a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.

  • Reuters

    Pakistan says Indian claim of surgical strike in Kashmir an 'illusion'

    By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said India's claim of a "surgical strike" across the countries' de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir was an illusion, saying that the incident was "cross-border fire". "The notion of surgical strike linked to

  • Reuters

    Indian markets slump after military strike on militants in Pakistan

    (Reuters) - Indian shares, bonds and the rupee fell sharply on Thursday after India attacked suspected militants in Pakistan, raising political tensions just days before the central bank is set to hold a policy review. India has conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants in Pakistan

  • Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers
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    Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins, Donald Trump wondered whether to blame overseas governments or overweight hackers working from home.

  • Amnesty accuses Sudan of deadly Darfur chemical attacks
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    Amnesty accuses Sudan of deadly Darfur chemical attacks

    Rights group Amnesty International has accused Sudanese government forces of killing scores of civilians, including many children, in suspected chemical weapons attacks in a mountainous area of war-torn Darfur. More than 30 such attacks are believed to have been carried out on several villages as part

  • Pakistan fury after India conducts 'surgical strikes'
    AFP

    Pakistan fury after India conducts 'surgical strikes'

    India said Thursday it had conducted military strikes along its de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir to thwart attacks on some of its biggest cities, provoking a furious reaction from its nuclear-armed neighbour. With a growing backlash in India over a deadly assault on one of its army bases in

  • Obama saw override coming, but still it stung
    Associated Press

    Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House saw it coming, but still it stung.

  • Expert panel warns Tokyo Olympics cost could top $30 billion
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    Expert panel warns Tokyo Olympics cost could top $30 billion

    TOKYO (AP) — An expert panel commissioned by Japan's capital city has warned that the total cost for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could exceed 3 trillion yen ($30 billion) unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken.

  • Oil shares pull Asian stocks higher; yen slips
    Reuters

    Oil shares pull Asian stocks higher; yen slips

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Oil shares pulled regional stock markets higher on Thursday 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 neared.

  • African wax prints tackle rivals for place in the sun
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    African wax prints tackle rivals for place in the sun

    In a bustling market in Abidjan, women browse through a bewildering array of intricately patterned wax-print fabrics, each of which has a unique and sometimes quirky name. Another bale of this brightly coloured fabric is labelled "jealousy". The name often reflects a key element in the pattern