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India: 11 women die after sterilizations

At least 11 women have died and 62 were hospitalized after undergoing sterilization surgery at a government-run mobile health clinic in India, authorities said.<p>Those killed and injured were among more than 80 women who had come to a "camp" for sterilization surgery in Bilaspur district in the …

China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others

After more than a half-century and the imprisonment of millions of people without trial, China officially moved to abolish its re-education through labor camp system at the end of last year.<p>When the Communist Party makes such sweeping policy statements, it pays to be a little skeptical. Last …

Syrian military drop devastating 'barrel bombs' on city

Footage released online puports to show Syrian military helicopters dropping improvised "barrel bombs" on Darayya in south Damascus during the Geneva II peace summit<p>Footage has emerged showing the Syrian regime using explosive "barrel bombs" on civilian neighbourhoods, killing hundreds, while its …

Scientists sound warning after first death from new H10N8 bird flu reported

An elderly woman in China is the first person known to have died from a strain of bird flu called H10N8, according to a new report of the case.<p>The 73-year old woman, from Jiangxi Province in China, developed a fever, cough and chest tightness in late November last year, and was admitted to the …

Report makes legal case for war crimes charges against Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger fighters both carried out killings of civilians, according to new report which sets out evidence of war crimes<p>The Sri Lankan Army and the Tamil Tigers murdered civilians, including pregnant women and medical workers, during the last months of their conflict, …

Koreas agree to family reunions in February

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1050000/1050190_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532484077_905e455b44c4ddf2d8cf4b32660dd2e1<p><b>North and South Korea have agreed to hold reunions for families separated after the Korean War, following calls from Pyongyang to improve ties.</b><p>The …

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Obama's executive actions rejuvenate legal battles

A look at the balance of power in the battle over presidential powers<p>WASHINGTON -- President Obama's effort to advance many of his policies through executive actions this year won't end the political and ideological battles with opponents. They simply will move from Congress to the courts. Here's a …

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Yemeni troops killed in separate attacks

Armed fighters in Yemen have killed at least 17 troops in two separate attacks on a checkpoint and a police patrol.<p>At least 15 soldiers were killed and four wounded by armed fighters in an attack on an army checkpoint in southeastern Yemen on Friday, an army official said.<p>The soldiers were ambushed …

Heroin epidemic plagues N.Y. suburbs

Officials in the Lower Hudson Valley say three deaths this week are suspected to have been caused by overdoses.<p>WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A heroin epidemic claiming the lives of young adults locally and across the nation is continuing despite a crackdown on suppliers and increased efforts to warn users …

Syria talks end first round, government not committed to return

GENEVA (Reuters) - A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.<p>People gather as they search for survivors amidst rubble of …

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New drug in development to reverse spread of breast cancer

A new drug is being developed that could potentially stop the spread of breast cancer in its tracks.<p>Researchers at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales, are working on a novel compound that targets a well-studied protein called Bcl3, which has been shown to play a crucial role in breast cancer’s …

Egypt's El-Sissi Promoted, Military Says He Should Run For President

<b>Update at 1:53 p.m. ET. El-Sissi Should Run For President:</b><p>NPR's Leila Fadel sends us this update from Cairo:<p>The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces says that Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi should heed the calls of the people to run for president and that el-Sissi is free act as his conscience guides him. …

Hollande cautiously backs Turkey's EU bid

French President Francois Hollande has cautiously backed Turkey's aim to join the European Union despite its recent crackdown on police and judiciary and earlier French reservations about the idea.<p>But the trip, the first by a French head of state to Turkey in 22 years, was dramatic enough on its …

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Forest Whitaker on The Butler: 'We've gone from living in chains to the leader of the free world'

Forest Whitaker is having himself a <i>British moment</i>, flashing back more than 30 years to his first visit to London. "The first time I ever went out of the country it was to London. I was with the choir from my college and we were touring around all these different churches. I loved it so much I tried …

Bangladesh court sentences 152 to death for mutiny massacre

One of the largest mass trials in history has concluded with 152 soldiers being sentenced to death in Bangladesh for revolting against their officers in 2009<p>More than 150 <b>Bangladesh</b>border troops were sentenced to death on Tuesday for the massacre of their commanders in the 2009 mutiny which shook …

Fate of boy who killed neo-Nazi father to be decided

The blond boy was 10 when he put a gun to the head of his sleeping neo-Nazi father and pulled the trigger.<p>It was over in an instant for Jeff Hall, but deciding the fate of his son has been a two-and-a-half-year journey that approaches its final stage on Friday in a hearing to determine where he …

In New York, late nights are fueled by party drug Molly

NEW YORK — After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.<p>There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed …

Kenya: two bodies removed from mall thought to be attackers

Two charred bodies recovered from Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall are highly likely to be two of the gunmen who killed dozens of people last month<p>Norway said its suspicion that a Norwegian citizen was one of those involved in the mall assault claimed by the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab had now …

Gorgeous Expressive Paintings by Mandy Tsung

Using everything from ink on paper to oil on wood, figurative painter Mandy Tsung creates captivating works that convey a strong passion and energy. The Vancouver-based artist creates all kinds of lively scenes that blend reality with imaginative landscapes filled with colorful swirls.<p>Featuring …

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