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China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - More than 850 government workers in China’s southern province of Guangdong have been forced out of their jobs as part of an anti-crackdown on officials whose spouses and children have emigrated abroad.<p>An investigation by the provincial government identified 2,190 “naked …

Obama calls Afghan candidates as vote recount drags on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday called Afghanistan’s presidential candidates who are fighting over who won a June 14 election and urged them to maintain national unity during a vote recount and transition, the White House said.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and …

Number of homes destroyed in Washington fire doubles to 300

The number of homes destroyed in the worst wildfire in the state of Washington's history has about doubled to 300, Okanogon County Sheriff Frank T. Rogers said Friday.<p>In a telephone interview, Rogers said that officials have confirmed that about 300 residences have been destroyed in the Carlton …

Forests

UN says Islamic State could be added to Syria war crimes list

Islamist fighters have been accused by rights groups of summary executions, abductions, murder among other atrocities<p>Islamic State fighters accused of atrocities in Syria are expected to be added to a list being drawn by the United Nations of possible war crime indictees, the chief rights …

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.<p>Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban were …

Indonesia: Metal fans cheer Joko Widodo poll win

<b>The winner of Indonesia's presidential election has been receiving congratulatory messages from an unlikely group of supporters - heavy metal music fans around the world.</b><p>Soon after Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo - widely known as Jokowi - declared victory on Tuesday, Randy Blythe, singer of the metal …

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Cease-fire between Hamas, Israel starts

Israel late Saturday authorized an extension of the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza for another 24 hours at the request of the United Nations, Israeli officials told CNN.<p>But Hamas rejected a cease-fire extension, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.<p>"Any humanitarian cease-fire that does not include …

Judge allegedly falls asleep during child rape trial

An investigation has been launched following claims a judge fell asleep in court, causing a child rape trial to be halted.<p>The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) confirmed it was looking into the allegation against Recorder Philip Cattan, who was presiding over a trial at Manchester crown …

UN studies formal Palestinian plea for a protectorate

While Secretary of State John Kerry continues to pursue a cease-fire in Gaza—and Hamas rockets continue to rain down on Israel--the United Nations is looking over a proposal from Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas—now known formally at the U.N. as President of the State of Palestine—to draw …

Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola death in Lagos

<b>Nigeria says it has put all entries into the country on red alert after confirming the death of a Liberian man who was carrying the Ebola virus.</b><p>The man died after arriving at Lagos airport on Tuesday, in the first Ebola case in Africa's most populous country.<p>Surveillance has been stepped up at all …

Farmers drilling deeper for water as drought drags on

On a dusty clearing between a fallow wheat field and wilting orange groves, Steve Arthur's crew of two mud-splattered well drillers worked furiously to deliver a lifeline to another despondent farmer.<p>Using a diesel-powered rig that rumbled like a moving subway car, the workers bore deeper and …

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Jay Paterno book defends late father over Penn State sex abuse scandal

The former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky was a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.<p>In Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons …

North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense …

Australian and Dutch forces prevented from taking control of MH17 crash site

Deployment of multinational force of policemen and soldiers to site of Malaysian Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine held up by haggling with both Ukrainian and rebel authorities<p>Australian and Dutch officials are still negotiating the deployment of a multinational force of policemen and soldiers to …

‘Unchecked’ Putin puts pressure on Obama to take ‘decisive action’

Fresh evidence that Russia is directly shelling Ukrainian military targets is stoking concerns that Vladimir Putin feels increasingly comfortable running roughshod over his neighbors in defiance of the U.S. and Europe, putting pressure on the Obama administration to draw a red line that even Moscow …

Air Algerie AH5017: Second black box found in Mali

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1096000/1096313_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1527303881_f80dc524b81fc61e4abde2fac56e274a<p><b>France's president has promised that the bodies of 118 people who died when an Air Algerie plane crashed in Mali will be brought to France.</b><p>Francois …

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Gaza ceasefire reveals full extent of Israeli destruction

Thousands of people in Gaza have ventured out from homes and shelters during a 12-hour ceasefire to find that whole streets and neighbourhoods have been destroyed in the last week.<p>Israel and Hamas both agreed to a UN request to stop fighting from 8am until 8pm on Saturday. An Israeli cabinet …

U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel

The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.<p>About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines, were evacuated early Saturday and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials …