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  • Reuters

    Three Chinese fishermen killed in confrontation with South Korea coastguard

    Three Chinese fishermen were killed on Thursday in a fire that broke out on their boat when South Korean coastguard men trying to apprehend them for illegal fishing threw flash grenades into a room they were hiding in, a South Korean official said. Disputes over illegal fishing are an irritant in relations

  • After military raid, India looks at more ways to pressure Pakistan
    Reuters

    After military raid, India looks at more ways to pressure Pakistan

    By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Beyond Thursday's raid by Indian special forces into Pakistan's side of divided Kashmir, New Delhi is considering new economic and diplomatic measures to bring pressure to bear on its neighbor, Indian officials said. In a rare public acknowledgement,

  • Former party boss of China's Guangzhou jailed for life for graft
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    Former party boss of China's Guangzhou jailed for life for graft

    A Chinese court jailed the former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou for life on Friday after finding him guilty of corruption, the latest official to fall in President Xi Jinping's sweeping war on graft. Wan Qingliang was put under party investigation in 2014, before being handed

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Is Sudan using chemical weapons on civilians in Darfur?

    A new report from Amnesty International accuses the Sudanese government of launching chemical weapons attacks against civilians in the western region of Darfur, causing the deaths of an estimated 200-250 people – and wounding hundreds more – from exposure since January 2016. “We are certain that the

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Hoboken crash: Is the nation's rail system in need of repair?

    The New Jersey Transit train that crashed into a station Thursday morning during rush hour is the latest tragedy for a transportation agency already plagued with problems – and it’s one that some say could have been avoided. The crash Thursday morning killed one person and injured at least 75, New Jersey

  • Christian Science Monitor

    How a Hollywood scandal is changing rape laws around the country

    California is the latest state to amend its statute of limitations on filing rape charges, as lawmakers were moved by the stories of dozens of women who claimed that entertainer Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them more than a decade ago. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that lifted the statute

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Do offensive names deserve trademark protection? Supreme Court to weigh in

    An Asian-American rock band called the Slants tried in 2011 to trademark its name, but the US Patent and Trademark Office declined, citing the moniker's likelihood to disparage many people of Asian descent. The band's leader, Simon Tam, sued on First Amendment grounds. Mr. Tam won on appeal

  • Edge of Hurricane Matthew whips at Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao
    Associated Press

    Edge of Hurricane Matthew whips at Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Rain and winds from a strengthening Hurricane Matthew whipped at Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao early Friday as it passed north of the islands on a rare track through a part of the Caribbean that rarely sees such storms.

  • Five key facts about Georgia's Christian tradition
    AFP

    Five key facts about Georgia's Christian tradition

    Pope Francis arrives in Georgia on Friday for a three-day visit as part of a broader tour of the Caucasus region. Here are some key points about Georgia's ancient Christian tradition. Georgia was the second nation in the world -- after neighbouring Armenia -- to adopt Christianity as a state religion

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
    Associated Press

    AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    Colombia's government signed a historic peace accord with the country's oldest and biggest guerrilla movement last week, ending more than five decades of internal conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos and the top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Rodrigo Londono, shook

  • 'Viktator' Orban: liberal rebel turned populist strongman
    AFP

    'Viktator' Orban: liberal rebel turned populist strongman

    In June 1989, a shaggy-haired Hungarian in his mid-twenties gave a rousing speech on Budapest's Hero square, telling the occupying Soviet forces to go home and demanding free elections. Almost 30 years later, Viktor Orban is Europe's standard-bearer for swelling opposition to German Chancellor

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 3:50 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has compared his bloody anti-drug campaign, which has left more than 3,000 people dead, to how Hitler massacred millions of Jews, saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. President Rodrigo Duterte issued his latest threat

  • China reports 6 dead, 23 missing in typhoon landslides
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    China reports 6 dead, 23 missing in typhoon landslides

    BEIJING (AP) — Six people are reported dead and at least 23 people are still missing after two landslides triggered by a major typhoon swept through separate villages in southeastern China, state media reported.

  • Europe's populist surge fuelled by migrant crisis
    AFP

    Europe's populist surge fuelled by migrant crisis

    Hungarians are poised to reject the EU's troubled refugee quota plan in a referendum on Sunday, as fiercely anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban rides a populist wave across the bloc. Following are the main European populist parties that have stoked concerns about the continent's worst migrant

  • Rosberg leads 1st practice after pit lane fire in Malaysia
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    Rosberg leads 1st practice after pit lane fire in Malaysia

    SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg edged his teammate and Formula One title rival Lewis Hamilton in Friday's opening practice session at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

  • US orders families of govt personnel to leave DR Congo
    AFP

    US orders families of govt personnel to leave DR Congo

    The United States ordered families of government personnel stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to leave amid fears about escalating violence, the State Department said. "The potential for civil unrest is high in parts of Kinshasa and other major cities," it said, referring to the

  • Spieth predicts victory while McIlroy eyes key win at Ryder Cup
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    Spieth predicts victory while McIlroy eyes key win at Ryder Cup

    Jordan Spieth predicted victory alongside Patrick Reed over Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson in Friday's opening Ryder Cup match while Rory McIlroy said a win would carry extra importance. The 41st biennial US-Europe team golf showdown begins Friday at Hazeltine with four morning alternate shot foursomes

  • US paper facing threats for endorsing Hillary Clinton
    AFP

    US paper facing threats for endorsing Hillary Clinton

    A conservative Arizona newspaper is facing death threats and losing subscriptions after it broke with tradition by endorsing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for US president, a senior editor told AFP. The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic, the state's largest newspaper, announced in an editorial

  • Saudi Arabia and 9/11: What we know
    AFP

    Saudi Arabia and 9/11: What we know

    A new US law allows survivors of terror attacks and victims' relatives to sue foreign governments, opening the way for Saudi Arabia to be targeted for its alleged role in the 9/11 attacks. The kingdom firmly denies it had anything to do with the September 11, 2001 assault on New York and Washington

  • Reuters

    Japan signals end for $10 billion nuclear prototype

    By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan signaled on Wednesday it would scrap a costly prototype nuclear reactor that has operated for less than a year in more than two decades at a cost of 1 trillion yen ($9.84 billion). There is also a strong anti-nuclear sentiment in Japan in reaction to the 2011

  • Hurricane Matthew strengthens brushing by Caribbean islands
    Associated Press

    Hurricane Matthew strengthens brushing by Caribbean islands

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — People in the Dutch Caribbean islands reinforced their homes and stocked up on emergency supplies Thursday as a strengthening Hurricane Matthew took a rare turn through the southern Caribbean ahead of an expected shift to the north.

  • Marlins' Fernandez remembered as larger than life at funeral
    Associated Press

    Marlins' Fernandez remembered as larger than life at funeral

    MIAMI (AP) — Despite all his accomplishments, Jose Fernandez never pitched a complete game, and on Thursday he was carried out of church in a casket with too much unfinished business.

  • Rainout allows Tigers to alter pitching plans for weekend
    Associated Press

    Rainout allows Tigers to alter pitching plans for weekend

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers could end up with a wacky travel schedule next week — if they're able to keep their Major League Baseball season going.

  • World leaders gather for funeral of Nobel laureate Peres
    AFP

    World leaders gather for funeral of Nobel laureate Peres

    World leaders from US President Barack Obama to Prince Charles were expected in Israel on Friday for the funeral of ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres. Security forces were on high alert for the funeral at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery, with roads closed and

  • Hooper believes Australia can end Pretoria jinx
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    Hooper believes Australia can end Pretoria jinx

    Australia flanker Michael Hooper believes the Wallabies can end a Pretoria jinx Saturday by winning there for the first time and inflicting further Rugby Championship misery on South Africa. The teams enter the round 5 match having experienced contrasting fortunes lately with Australia seeking a third