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Italian Navy Rescues Hundreds in All-Night Operation

The Italian navy saved almost 500 migrants in a mission that lasted from Monday night to Tuesday morning and including more than 100 children.<p>After …

China dismisses UN report on N Korea 'crimes'

China has dismissed a UN report alleging that North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, raising fears among human rights activists that it will shield its ally Pyongyang from international prosecution.<p>Chen Chuandong, a member of China's mission in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council …

Insight - Crisis in tiny Nauru puts spotlight on Australia's asylum seeker policy

SYDNEY (Reuters) - It was mid-morning when the knock came at Rod Henshaw’s door. He had 30 minutes to pack, police told him, then straight to the plane that would deport him from the home he’d made on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru.<p>A woman holds a banner during a rally in support of asylum …

China eases one-child policy

A relaxation of China’s one-child policy comes into effect on Saturday.<p>It means couples where one parent is an only-child will be allowed to have two kids. In the past, this was only allowed for couples where both parents were only-children.<p>The one-child policy was introduced in 1979.<p>It had been …

Separated from your family in a natural disaster? There's an app for that

Imagine a flood strikes, filling your house with water and washing you away from your children; or waking up alone in hospital after an earthquake has hit your home; or getting separated from your loved ones after the panic caused by an airstrike. Electricity is affected, the phone lines are down. …

Don't hate the woman behind the 'world's worst selfie'

It's the most selfish "selfie" ever! While police officers tried to talk down a man who was preparing to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, a woman in the park below took out her phone and posed for the type of photograph that recently gave Oxford Dictionaries its word of the year.<p>She made the cover of …

Kim Jong-un 'preparing to purge aunt'

Reports in South Korea suggest that Kim Kyong-hui could be the next victim of the North Korean leader's purge of the old guard<p>The ailing aunt of Kim Jong-un, the leader of <b>North Korea</b>, may be the next senior member of the regime to fall victim to the blood letting that is gripping Pyongyang's "old …

Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe

<b>Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China.</b><p>Mr Abe told the Wall Street Journal there were "concerns that China was trying to change the status quo by force, rather than by the rule of law".<p>…

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Kim Jong Un's Luxurious 'Seven-Star' Lifestyle Of Yachts, Booze And Food

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un enjoys a “seven-star” lifestyle of yachts, parties and extravagant food, his friend Dennis Rodman has revealed.<p>The former basketball star, 52, last month made his second visit to the secretive communist nation.<p>While millions of North Koreans starve, Rodman said …

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross

Europe is sinking into a protracted period of deepening poverty, mass unemployment, social exclusion, greater inequality, and collective despair as a result of austerity policies adopted in response to the debt and currency crisis of the past four years, according to an extensive study being …

Are Americans dumb? No, it's the inequality, stupid

Are Americans dumb? This is a question that has been debated by philosophers, begrudging foreigners and late night TV talk show hosts for decades. Anyone who has ever watched the Tonight Show's "Jaywalking" segment in which host Jay Leno stops random passersby and asks them rudimentary questions …

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Press freedom: is that the right to make up stories about asylum seekers?

<i>"That's the fun of it, isn't it? Having a little smidgen of power,"</i> Rupert Murdoch to his biographer, William Shawcross<p>In January 2004, the press regulator received a complaint about the Daily Express. Nothing unusual there; except this one was from the Express's own journalists. Reporters …

China says US has 'responsibility' to resolve debt ceiling row

A senior Chinese government official on Monday publicly warned Washington about the dangers of the current row over the US’s debt ceiling.<p>In the Chinese government's first public comments on the deadlock Zhu Guangyao, the vice-finance minister, told reporters in Beijing: “The United States is …

15 fun Google Easter eggs

Google is used by millions of people to navigate the web every day, but how many of us really put it through its paces? The Telegraph digs out a few of the search engine's hidden gems.<p>1. Calculator<p>Google's calculator function is far more powerful than most people realise. As well as doing basic …

Migration Is Development

LONDON – In September 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals rallied the international community behind a shared vision. The MDGs, …

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30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

The French African Connection | France

In January, France sent 4,000 troops to Mali in a bid to combat rebel fighters who, after seizing control of the country's north, threatened to invade the capital city of Bamako.<p>F rancois Hollande, the French president, justified the intervention by stressing his country's commitment to its former …

China resettles two million Tibetans, says Human Rights Watch

<b>More than two million Tibetans have been resettled by the Chinese government over the last seven years, a new report by Human Rights Watch says.</b><p>Many, including hundreds of thousands of nomads, were forced into so-called "socialist villages", the group says.<p>The aim is to exert tighter political …

Why China might be a better superpower | China

"The nationswhich today own the world's resources fear the rise of China and wish to postpone the day of that rise." - Rabindranath Tagore, 1915<p>Until the mid-20th century, China suffered what has been termed as the "Century of Humiliation" - a period of subjugation and oppression by Western …

Why the US locks up prisoners for life

<b>Life sentences that truly mean a lifetime in prison are rare in the UK but common in the US. Why is this punishment so prevalent in the US?</b><p>Last week, an English court handed a whole-life sentence to Dale Cregan for murdering four people, including two policewomen.<p>That penalty means he will never be …

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Edward Snowden claims US hacks Chinese targets

The US has perpetrated hacking attacks on “hundreds” of targets in Hong Kong and mainland China since 2009, the former CIA analyst Edward Snowden has claimed.<p>In an interview with the <b>South China Morning Post</b>, Mr Snowden, who has been hiding in the former British colony since May 20, accused the US …

World Bank sees end of poverty in 2030

Before saying a word at a press conference in Washington this year, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim held up a piece of paper on which he had scrawled a number: 2030.<p>The finance ministers and central bankers who set the World Bank's agenda had just signed off on his request to set a deadline – 17 …

Chinese leader Xi Jinping joins Obama for summit

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/984000/984890_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532511593_0dbfbf31369bafae163f15667a2a294b<p><b>Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama have begun a two-day summit in California.</b><p>The two leaders spoke of overcoming differences and …

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