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Shamsi Ali: The rise and fall of a New York imam

<b>An imam once regarded as one of New York's leading religious figures had a sudden fall from grace. So what does the story of one man's attempt to adapt Islam to modern America tell us, asks Sune Engel Rasmussen.</b><p>Before the controversy that cut him down, Shamsi Ali was the leading figure of moderate …

Korean president says talks with Japan would 'serve no purpose'

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see "no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings"<p>President Park Geun-Hye has painted a bleak picture of South Korea's current and future ties with Japan – a key ally in efforts to rein in North …

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Wonder what's going on inside your microbiome? Artist Ben Arthur gives NPR an illustrated tour.<p>Credit: Benjamin Arthur for NPR<p>After spending months working on a series of stories about the trillions of friendly microbes that live in and on our bodies, I decided it might be interesting to explore my …

6 tourists killed in ferry accident in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — An overcrowded tourist ferry capsized and sank near a popular Thai seaside town, killing six tourists, including two Russians and a Chinese, police said. The rest of the roughly 200 people aboard were rescued.<p>The double-decker ferry, carrying Thai and foreign tourists, left Lan …

Toronto mayor vows 'to cut back on drinking'

Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has conceded he drinks too much as he fights to save his job in "crackpipe scandal'<p>Rob Ford has apologised for making "mistakes" and acknowledged the need to curb his drinking, but he didn't address allegations of drug use and said he will continue to lead Canada's …

Will China's Third Plenum be an economic turning point?

<b>Will 2013 be another 1978 or at least another 1993 for China?</b><p>Those were the two significant overhauls of economic policy which occurred during previous Third Plenums.<p>The Third Plenum refers to the third time that the new leaders of China lead a plenary session of the Central Committee.<p>The current …

FEDS: Navy Commander Sold Secrets To Malaysian Businessman For Hookers, Gaga Tickets

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nicknamed "Fat Leonard," the gregarious Malaysian businessman is well known by U.S. Navy commanders in the Pacific, where his company has serviced warships for 25 years.<p>But prosecutors in court papers say Leonard Francis worked his connections to obtain military secrets by lining …

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White House rejects clemency for Edward Snowden over NSA leaks

Obama adviser and heads of House and Senate intelligence signal hard line despite European support for whistleblower<p>The White House and leading lawmakers have rejected Edward Snowden's plea for clemency and said he should return to the United States to face trial.<p>Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama …

Mohammed Morsi speaks from the dock: 'I am president'

Egypt's deposed president has defied the military-backed regime to reject as illegal a court trying him on charges of incitement to murder<p>Egypt’s deposed president Mohammed Morsi went on trial amid chaotic scenes in Cairo on Monday, dominating the courtroom from inside the defendants’ cage to …

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