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David Cameron to visit Jamaica after call for compensation over slavery

Some in Jamaica want Britain to compensate the island for slavery, which was abolished in 1833<p>David Cameron has refused calls to issue an apology for Britain’s involvement in slavery or pay reparations ahead of a visit to Jamaica.<p>A senior government official said slavery was a “centuries old” issue …

Great Britain

China punishes 249 officials for laziness during corruption crackdown

China has punished 249 officials for laziness, exemplified by failure to spend government funds, delays to projects and sitting on land earmarked for development, the state news agency Xinhua has reported.<p>Spooked by China’s biggest ever crackdown on corruption, many officials in the past 18 months …

China

Nepal Rations Fuel Amid Worsening Political Crisis and Alleged Indian Blockade

Massive protests and a diplomatic confrontation between India and Nepal over the latter’s new constitution has resulted in trucks carrying goods and …

India

Record half-a-million refugees reach Europe this year

A record number of refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year, breaching the half-a-million mark for the past nine months, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).<p>As of Tuesday, the group said 522,124 people had travelled by sea to reach the …

Refugees

Saudi police say 1,100 photos of dead are from start of hajj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Tuesday the nearly 1,100 photos distributed to foreign diplomats to help identify nationals who have …

Academic freedom at risk? Prof who backed Hong Kong protests denied post

In a move widely seen as kowtowing to Beijing, the oldest and most prestigious university in Hong Kong on Tuesday denied a promotion to a well-respected law professor and vocal supporter of the territory's pro-democracy movement.<p>The eight-month drama over the appointment has drawn attention from …

Family lawsuit: Killing of teen by officers not justified

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old man in South Carolina threatened to blow his head off before firing, and …

Statistics show increase in violent crime in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police crime statistics show the rate of violent crimes has increased for the third year in a row.<p>Announcing the annual crime statistics on Tuesday, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said the rate of contact crimes increased, with murder rising by 4.6 …

Not Doomed Yet: China Could Peak Its Carbon Emissions in 2025

A weekly summary of global-warming news, for people who want to pay more attention to it<p><i>This is ‘Not Doomed Yet,’</i> The Atlantic<i>’s</i> <i>new weekly newsletter about global warming. It lives here in the science section; you can also get it in your inbox:</i><p><b>The Macro-Trends</b><p><b>The atmosphere is filling with</b> …

Environmental groups seek end to all Arctic Ocean drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell's decision to end its quest for oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska sparked jubilation among environmental …

Health impact of Animas River toxic spill: 'This is a real mess'

<b>(CNN) —</b> While the mustard-yellow hue of the Animas River is fading, leading toxicologists say there could be health effects for many years to come from heavy metals such as lead and mercury that spilled into the water.<p>"This is a real mess," said Max Costa, chair of the department of environmental …

Pollution

How Google Is Helping In The Fight Against ISIS

Tony Avela—AP<p>Aya Brackett—Nest<p>George Frey—Reuters<p>Tripplaar Kristoffer—Sipa USA<p>Google/AP<p>Ventures and Capital<p>Tony Avelar—Bloomberg/Getty Images

30 movies that will inspire you to travel the world

From the "Lord of the Rings," which was filmed in New Zealand, to "Into the Wild," which was filmed in Alaska, here are 30 movies that will make you want to travel all over the world.

Children and mentally ill lead new wave of suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers

Militants continue to rampage across northern Nigeria and Cameroon as local forces prepare new battle to contain rising regional security threat<p>A 12-year-old girl and a “mentally handicapped” woman were among those who carried a weekend wave of suicide bombings by suspected Islamic militants in …

Uber, Airbnb And The Conflict Between Policy’s Ratchet Effect And Tech’s Accelerating Speed

One day before New York’s city council was about to vote on capping Uber’s growth, the company and Mayor Bill de Blasio reached a last-minute agreement for a four-month study on the company’s impact on city congestion. Likewise, here in San Francisco, Airbnb and a group of property owners and …

Australia urged to 'come clean' on Vietnamese refugees

<b>Concerns have been raised about the fate of 42 asylum seekers who have been allegedly sent back to Vietnam.</b><p>The Australian Greens said the government may have breached international law by sending them back.<p>A small wooden boat, the first "illegal" vessel entry into Australia since June 2014, was …

Obama challenges Kenya on gay rights, corruption

In a joint press conference after bilateral talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama compared homophobia -- on the rise across Africa -- to racial discrimination he had encountered in the United States.<p>After pledging stronger business ties and aid for entrepreneurs, he also called for firm …

World's first malaria vaccine approved after 30 years of trials

The European Medicines Agency has approved the world's first malaria vaccine - meaning that it could be administered to children across Africa within the next few years<p>Scientists across Africa are celebrating the news that the world's first vaccine against malaria has been approved by the European …

Another Reason Not To Eat Sea Turtles: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Researchers have found some nasty microbes in turtles off the coast of Mexico<p>Turtles may not have gained the human fascination of other sea animals, particularly the shark, but these Triassic reptiles continue to be adored by many. In the wild, these creatures continue to be the target ecotourism …

Are Americans More Pessimistic About Race—or More Realistic?

White Americans are increasingly gloomy about the state of race relations, but that may just reflect increased attention to longstanding problems.<p>You don’t need a pollster to tell you that race relations are not especially good at the moment in the United States—all you need is a quick survey of …

Race Relations