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Sudan woman appeals against apostasy sentence

A Sudanese woman facing death for refusing to renounce Christianity after allegedly converting from Islam has appealed against the sentence, her lawyer said.<p>The appeal demands the release of Mariam Ibrahim, and says the court that tried her committed procedural errors, her lawyer, Eman Abdul-Rahim, …

Ukraine's new president outlines plans for peace

The newly elected Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko has been outlining his plans to end clashes between separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine.<p>Promising to decentralise power; an amnesty and local elections, Poroshenko would not commit to meeting Russian President Putin later in …

G7 leaders warn Russia of more sanctions

Barack Obama and leaders of the G7 group of nations have threatened Russia with more sanctions if it continues to undermine the sovereignty of Ukraine and fund separatists in the east of the country.<p>The US president issued the warning on Thursday and urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to …

Marriage Can't End Poverty

Last week, we heard a call for renewed dedication to the fight against poverty from many of our nation's leaders. On its face, it seems like the rallying cry we need to ensure continued focus on this important issue. The proposed solutions however -- friendship, accountability, love and traditional …

Obama urges Putin to make choice over Ukraine

President Barack Obama wants Vladimir Putin to take steps to rebuild the trust shattered by Russia's actions in Ukraine.<p>Obama's comment came as he visited Poland on Tuesday, the first stop on his three-country European trip which is intended, in part, to reassure allies in Eastern Europe unnerved …

Slavery Is Still Thriving And Is More Profitable Than Big Oil

It's hard to believe, but even today, people are forced into slavery, girls are sexually exploited and children are forced to do hard labor -- all for the sake of profits.<p>To find out just how widespread this "forced labor" is, the International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nation's agency …

Prosecutors file felony charges against alleged abductor, husband

LOS ANGELES — A woman who told police she was kidnapped at 15 and held hostage by a man for 10 years now says she feels "happy and blessed" to be back with her family.<p>Orange County prosecutors filed five felony charges Thursday against the alleged abductor, Isidro Garcia, including rape and …

Bombs tossed out car windows in Chinese terror attack; 31 dead

Witnesses described bombers flinging explosives out of car windows Thursday as two vehicles plowed through a crowded morning market in northwestern China, leaving at least 31 people dead and 94 injured.<p>It was the most sophisticated in a spate of recent terror attacks in China.<p>The attack took place …

China and Russia sign gas deal worth $400bn

China and Russia have signed a long-awaited natural gas supply deal, which would see Moscow supply 38 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas to Beijing each year for 30 years under a contract valued in excess of $400bn overall.<p>The gas will be transported along a new pipeline linking Siberian gas fields …