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France has 'misunderstood' burkini, Australian designer says

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The French authorities have misunderstood why the burkini was created and should not turn it into a symbol of division, the Australian designer of the swimsuit said on Wednesday.<p>The burkini swimsuit made international headlines after the mayors of Cannes, …

Philippine Senate investigates Duterte's controversial war on drugs

President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs has claimed more than 1,900 lives in just seven weeks. Now the Philippine Senate investigates …

Asia

Violent protests break out in West Bank over Palestinian prisoner 'beaten to death' in police custody

Violent protests have broken out in Nablus, the West Bank's second largest city, after a Palestinian prisoner was allegedly beaten to death while in …

In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk. Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame.<p>Iraqi security forces remove a suicide vest from a boy in Kirkuk, Iraq, …

Islam

Over 1,900 killed in 'chilling' Philippines war on drugs

MANILA (Reuters) - More than 1,900 people, or about 36 per day, have been killed in a violent campaign against drugs in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office seven weeks ago, the country’s national police chief said on Tuesday.<p>Philippine National Police chief …

Asia

Required Reading for July, 2016: From Tong Wars to Siracusa

Every month, Signature combs through the upcoming releases across nonfiction and literary fiction to provide a look at the most exciting titles rounding the bend.<p>The dog days aren’t over just yet, so churn out that Vitamin D while you can and slip into one of the many stories coming out this July, …