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Pacific Islands inch towards gender equality with female appointments

A pledge by political leaders two years ago to accelerate efforts towards closing the gender gap in the Pacific Islands has been boosted with the announcement that three women will take the helm of the regional intergovernmental organisation, the Pacific Islands forum secretariat, headquartered in …

India's Prime Minister Condemns Rape on National Day

A UN-backed tribunal sentenced two former Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison. Both were found guilty of crimes against humanity for their involvement in “Killing Fields”. About 1.7 million Cambodians died between 1975 and 79. In Thailand, military government is going to ban commercial surrogacy, …

Court: Poland culpable for CIA secret prisons | Europe

<b>Haarlem, Netherlands -</b> On July 24, seven judges on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against Poland in a landmark case, making it the first European Union country to be held accountable for its involvement in the United States' systematic, extrajudicial detention of suspects, known as …

NATO Chief Accuses Russia Of Ukraine 'Incursion'

<i>Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.</i><p>Ukraine's president says Kiev's artillery destroyed a "significant" part of a Russian armored column that is said to have crossed the border overnight.<p>Russia called the claim a "fantasy."<p>President Petro Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that Ukrainian …

Islamic State 'Massacres' 80 Yazidis In North Iraq: Officials

BAGHDAD, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday.<p>"They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon," senior Kurdish …

Biden heading to Central America to address child immigration wave

The White Houseis expanding a public campaign aimed at dispelling rumors in the U.S. and Latin America about its rules regarding deportation of young immigrants — part of an effort to slow the rising number of minors crossing into the U.S. without parents or guardians.<p>Administration officials were …

Argentina president defies US court order on repayment of debts

Argentina's president has said that she would refuse to comply with a U.S. judge's order to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal.<p>Delivering a nationally broadcast address Monday …

Inside China’s Plans For The World’s Tallest (And Pinkest) Towers

Developers are planning a pair of supertall towers that also happen to be hot pink. The architects chat with us about the curious design.<p>Two months after Saudi Arabia announced plans for the Kingdom Tower, a one-kilometer skyscraper overlooking the Red Sea, China is raising the stakes.<p>In Wuhan, the …

GOP pol raises Obama impeachment

Rep. Lou Barletta says the House “probably” has the votes to impeach President Barack Obama.<p>“He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances,” the Pennsylvania Republican said of Obama on the Gary Sutton radio show on Monday. “The problem …

Tumblog Uses Google Street View to Show Detroit’s Decline Over the Years

Detroit. Once one of the greatest contributors to the United States GDP and home to 1.8 million people, the Motor City is down to just over 700,000 …

The Brutal Militant Group Taking Over Iraq Is Bragging Of The Mass Execution Of 1,700 People

Released on the group's Twitter account — where they boasted of killing 1,700 soldiers — fighters show off the trucks and gear they had seized in their takeover of Mosul and Tikrit. But others are much worse, with dozens of people bound and packed into the back of trucks and shuttled to a mass …

Gas prices to climb amid Iraq chaos

Chaos in Iraq has driven crude oil prices to their highest levels in nine months, amid fears that Iraqi oil output could suffer as Sunni militants continue their advance on Baghdad.<p>The jump also drove up gasoline prices for U.S. consumers in parts of the Midwest, though drivers in the rest of the …

Obama order forces Philly rail workers back on job

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday forced union workers in Philadelphia's commuter rail strike to return to the job, granting …

Russia and Ukraine's mystery tanks

<b>The Russian government has strenuously denied that any of its tanks crossed the border into Ukraine.</b><p>But now Nato has released satellite imagery, linked to existing video material, which appears to give added weight to assertions from the Ukrainian authorities that the tanks used by separatist …

Inmates getting coverage under ObamaCare, as states shift cost to feds

The Obama administration often touts that people with pre-existing conditions and countless others can now get covered under ObamaCare. But there's another group that's starting to benefit from the law -- prison inmates.<p>Cash-strapped state and local prisons increasingly are using the Affordable …

McCutcheon took us back in time, but it might just birth the next Occupy

The supreme court is composed of five justices appointed by Republican presidents, and four appointed by Democratic ones. In the McCutcheon v FEC case decided on Wednesday, the five Republican appointees interpreted the first amendment to protect the right of individuals to pour as much as $3.6m …

New IRA rollover rules hit wealthiest savers

An unexpected ruling on tax law regarding IRA rollovers may have just created a headache for a small group of successful savers.<p>But thankfully, experts agree that most Americans won't be affected.<p>The kerfuffle involves a recent decision by the United States Tax Court that states a taxpayer can …

When Did ‘Dependence’ Become a Dirty Word?

Too many Americans—including Christians—are afraid that helping the poor will create ‘dependency.’ They’re forgetting that’s what religion is all …