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  • Reuters

    Jordanian writer shot dead outside court before trial over cartoon

    A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, state news agency Petra said. Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist who was a supporter

  • Bosnian Serbs to hold a disputed vote amid ethnic tensions
    Reuters

    Bosnian Serbs to hold a disputed vote amid ethnic tensions

    By Gordana Katana BANJA LUKA, Bosnia (Reuters) - The Bosnian Serbs vote on Sunday in a referendum over a disputed national holiday, defying Bosnia's highest court and Western pressure to call off a process that risks stoking ethnic tensions in the divided Balkan country. The referendum, on whether

  • Ecuador hopes hearing marks 'beginning of the end' of Assange saga
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    Ecuador hopes hearing marks 'beginning of the end' of Assange saga

    By Hugh Bronstein UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Ecuador hopes that the October questioning of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the country's London Embassy since 2012, will mark the "beginning of the end" of the legal deadlock over case, Ecuador's foreign minister said.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Is Jeremy Corbyn the Bernie Sanders of British politics?

    Jeremy Corbyn remains planted firmly at the head of Britain’s Labour Party after handing a resounding defeat to challenger Owen Smith on Saturday. With over half a million registered Labour supporters casting a ballot on the eve of the party’s conference, Mr. Corbyn won with 61.8 percent of the vote

  • Christian Science Monitor

    North Carolina's new video law: Will it bring more, or less, transparency?

    Protestors at Charlotte may see an additional hurdle in their bid for police to release the video of Keith Lamont Scott’s fatal shooting as a new law comes into effect on Oct. 1. The controversial law, signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in July, will exclude police body and dashboard cameras from

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Native Hawaiians: Is change in federal status a sign of progress?

    A change in federal policy Friday, as the Department of Interior announced that it had finalized a rule that would allow a native Hawaiian government to form a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States. The rule “provides the Native Hawaiian community with the opportunity to

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Charlotte street protests: Where the new South meets the old South

    There’s Houston and Atlanta and Jacksonville, Fla., of course, but perhaps no city epitomizes the promise of the New South more than this old Indian trading post turned global banking capital. The spires of big banks pierce the Carolina blue sky.

  • Associated Press

    Swiss vote on granting new powers to intelligence services

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters are casting ballots to decide whether to grant new powers to Switzerland's intelligence services, such as tracking internet activity, snooping on email boxes and tapping phones to better fight spies, criminal hackers and violent extremists.

  • 'Gunman kills Jordanian writer' charged over anti-Islam cartoon
    AFP

    'Gunman kills Jordanian writer' charged over anti-Islam cartoon

    A gunman on Sunday killed prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. The 56-year-old Christian was arrested on August 13 after posting a cartoon mocking jihadists on his Facebook

  • Ireland send South Africa to bat in cricket ODI match
    AFP

    Ireland send South Africa to bat in cricket ODI match

    Benoni (South Africa) (AFP) - Ireland won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in a one-off one-day international at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

  • Lara Arruabarrena wins Korea Open
    AFP

    Lara Arruabarrena wins Korea Open

    Seoul (AFP) - Spain's Lara Arruabarrena beat Romanian fifth seed Monica Niculescu Sunday to win the Korea Open, her first WTA Tour singles title for more than four years.

  • Bosnian Serbs vote on 'national holiday,' in challenge to Sarajevo
    AFP

    Bosnian Serbs vote on 'national holiday,' in challenge to Sarajevo

    Serbs in Bosnia headed to the polls on Sunday to decide whether to mark their "national holiday", in a referendum that has placed the country's fragile institutions under pressure. The vote is the brainchild of Milorad Dodik, nationalist leader of the Bosnian Serb-run entity Republika

  • Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma
    AFP

    Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

    The soldier clutched his book with both hands. The soldier said he was caught up in a Boko Haram ambush and colleagues were killed. Instead, he saw the inside of beer bottles, the smoke of cannabis joints, then the drug dependency ward of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:58 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After fleeing North Korea to avoid extreme poverty and oppression, the young woman allowed a stranger to arrange a marriage for her with a rural Chinese farmer because she had nowhere to go. An even more painful decision came later. She said severe abuse by her husband, including

  • Associated Press

    Journalist's exile shows concern over Nepal's press freedom

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A prominent local journalist who helped organize a gathering in Nepal of investigative reporters from throughout Asia was notably absent from the event, exiled to avoid possible arrest.

  • China begins operating world's largest radio telescope
    Associated Press

    China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

    BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige.

  • Wozniacki beats Japanese teen Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open
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    Wozniacki beats Japanese teen Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open

    TOKYO (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki overcame injury to beat Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 and win the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday.

  • World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China
    AFP

    World's largest radio telescope starts operating in China

    The world's largest radio telescope began operating in southwestern China Sunday, a project which Beijing says will help humanity search for alien life. The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), nestled between hills in the mountainous region of Guizhou, began working around

  • Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive
    AFP

    Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive

    Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile. Demand for pangolin meat and body parts has fuelled a bloodbath, and driven the scale-covered, ant-eating mammal towards extinction. More than a million pangolins are believed to have been poached from the wild in the

  • Prince William and Kate visit Canada
    AFP

    Prince William and Kate visit Canada

    Victoria (Canada) (AFP) - Prince William and Kate arrived in British Columbia on Saturday for an eight-day trip during which they will view spectacular nature sites and meet with refugees and indigenous Americans.

  • Britain's Prince William and Kate visit Canada
    AFP

    Britain's Prince William and Kate visit Canada

    Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in British Columbia on Saturday for an eight-day trip during which they will view spectacular nature sites and meet with refugees and indigenous Americans. "As any parent who has traveled with children knows, it's a whole different experience

  • Coalition raids kill nine in central Yemen: medical sources, residents
    Reuters

    Coalition raids kill nine in central Yemen: medical sources, residents

    Arab coalition air strikes killed nine people in Houthi-controlled Ibb city in central Yemen late on Saturday, medical sources and residents in the area told Reuters. Nine people were also wounded in the attack on several areas of the city and its outskirts, they said, adding the nine dead included

  • Asia scoops top honours at San Sebastian film festival
    AFP

    Asia scoops top honours at San Sebastian film festival

    Asian cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's "I am not Madame Bovary" taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best actress gong for her role in the same film. In the satirical comedy, Chinese star Fan

  • Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice
    AFP

    Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice

    Timbuktu's residents still recall with horror the sight of jihadists waging a campaign of destruction against the fabled Malian city, but now some say they are ready to forgive an extremist whose trial in The Hague they see as a rare moment of justice. On Tuesday, Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi will be

  • Philippines tells world not to interfere in Duterte drugs war
    Reuters

    Philippines tells world not to interfere in Duterte drugs war

    By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay told the United Nations on Saturday his country's new president, Rodrigo Duterte, had an "unprecedented" mandate and the world should not interfere in his crackdown on crime. Addressing the annual