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Thailand: State Department issues travel alert after violent protests

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Thailand, warning visitors about demonstrations sparked, in part, by elections next month.<p>"The situation is unpredictable and ongoing demonstration activity, primarily in the greater Bangkok area and occasionally elsewhere in Thailand, is …

Israel to build 1,400 new homes on disputed land

Israel plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory the Palestinians claim for their state.<p>Israel's housing ministry announced on Friday that 800 new houses would be built in the West Bank and 600 in East Jerusalem – a contentious move that is …

China abolishes its labour camps and releases prisoners

China's leaders address Chairman Mao's 're-education through labour' by closing labour camps across country and releasing tens of thousands of prisoners<p><b>China</b> appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them …

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U.N. told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes: diplomats

JUBA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a “foiled …

India's Supreme Court reinstates law criminalizing gay sex

NEW DELHI — In a reversal that surprised many gay activists and flew in the face of changes seen in some other countries recently, India's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower-court ruling, in effect making homosexuality a crime again.<p>The nation's top court overturned a 2009 Delhi High …

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Mid-East conflict: Palestinians blame Israel over teenager's death

<b>The Palestinian presidency has blamed Israel for the killing of a 15-year-old boy near Ramallah in the West Bank.</b><p>The teenager, Wajdi Wajih al-Ramahi, was killed in the Jelazoun refugee camp on Saturday night.<p>A Palestinian medical source told AFP he was dead on arrival at a Ramallah hospital, from a …

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As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

The World Health Organization has declared a polio emergency in Syria.<p>After being free of the crippling disease for more than a decade, Syria recorded 10 confirmed cases of polio in October. Now the outbreak has grown to 17 confirmed cases, the WHO said last week. And the virus has spread to four …

Singapore bus death triggers riot

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Thailand: Opposition party resigns from parliament in protest

NEW DELHI — After several days of relative calm in Bangkok, the main opposition party raised the stakes Sunday by resigning en masse from parliament in protest over a government they claim is illegitimate.<p>By aligning with street protesters, the opposition Democrat party is threatening to deepen the …

UN nuclear inspectors visit Iran site

Experts from Iran and the six major powers overseeing the interim nuclear agreement will meet Monday in Vienna to discuss its implementation with U.N. inspectors, an Iranian negotiator said.<p>"On Monday, we will have another expert-level meeting with the six countries and (EU foreign policy chief …

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US urges North Korea to release detainee Merrill Newman

<b>The White House has urged the release of US citizen Merrill Newman, detained in North Korea for more than a month.</b><p>On Saturday, state media in North Korea said Mr Newman, 85, had confessed to "indelible crimes" against the state during the 1950-53 Korean War.<p>It published what it described as a …

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Thailand protests: Coup not imminent, says minister

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1031000/1031931_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534413967_e987f2aec20957ff65236fc1006cfd36<p><b>Thailand's education minister has told the BBC he does not believe a coup is imminent as anti-government protests move into a fifth day.</b><p>Chaturon …

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Two die as part of World Cup stadium in Brazil collapses | Financial Times

Part of the stadium that will host the opening World Cup match in Brazil next year has been destroyed in an accident that killed two workers, raising …

Libya still plagued by violence

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met the British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan in London to discuss the security situation in Libya.<p>Rebels helped topple and kill veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, but have since banded into militias carving …

Mali voters stay home amid Islamist threats

Recent spike in attacks from al-Qaeda-allied militia raises fears that keep polling stations half-empty as Mali votes in parliamentary elections<p>The threat of Islamist attacks kept many voters at home on Sunday as Mali held its first parliamentary polls since a coup last year led to al-Qaeda seizing …

Secret talks helped forge Iran nuclear deal

A historic agreement on Iran's nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world's most adversarial powers, it emerged on Sunday.<p>The meetings ran parallel to official …

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Worker lauded for inviting teen with autism to help him stock supermarket<p>Good Samaritans join police in dramatic car fire rescue: Video<p>Officer …

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85-Year-Old U.S. Veteran Detained in North Korea May Not Be Home for Thanksgiving

It sounds like a scene from a spy flick: A weary traveler makes his way to the airport, boards the plane, fastens his seat-belt. Moments before …

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

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Minister Suspended for Officiating Son's Gay Wedding, Expects to Be Defrocked

Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor – at least for the next 30 days.<p>The United Methodist clergyman convicted of breaking …

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