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South Korean president's leadership under question over PM troubles | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye rejected the resignation of her prime minister on Thursday and asked him to stay on after her second nominee for the job stood aside over controversial comments he had made about Korea’s troubled past with Japan.<p>South Korean President Park …

Detroit's Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

A right-wing state and corporate push to cut off water is economic shock therapy at its most ruthless and racist, but resistance is growing<p>On the city streets with the Detroit 300 community police force's armed A-team<p>It was six in the morning when city contractors showed up unannounced at Charity …

Planned Parenthood: Why NBC's Abortion Ad Snafu Matters

NBC’s digital ad team rejected a trailer because of the word ‘abortion,’ which a staffer deemed inappropriate for audiences—it’s time for an honest …

Beijing Subways Introduce 'Anti-Terror' Checks

A security officer stands guard as passengers line up and wait for a security check during morning rush hour at Tiantongyuan North Station in Beijing on May 27. Beijing tightened security checks at subway stations last Saturday, following an attack in China's troubled Xinjiang region which killed …

China

South Korean nominee for PM withdraws in latest blow to Park | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye suffered another political setback on Wednesday when her choice for prime minister withdrew his name amid questions about the ethics of earning a large income after leaving public service.<p>South Korean President Park Geun-hye looks at the …

Pope Francis Says He Might Retire

In little-noticed remarks aboard the papal plane this week, the pontiff said he wouldn’t rule out following Pope Benedict XVI’s path.<p>Pope Francis …

Six elderly people in China kill themselves 'before burial ban'

Suicides in Anqing reported to be a reaction to new regulations ordering that those who die after 1 June should be cremated<p>Six elderly people in China are said to have killed themselves to ensure they died before new regulations banning coffin burials come into force, a newspaper has reported.<p>China …

Pregnant Pakistani woman beaten to death with bricks by relatives

A pregnant woman is beaten to death by her relatives outside a court building. And for what? She eloped with the man she loved rather than marry the groom chosen by her family.<p>The terrible fate of Farzana Parveen, 25, is one shared by all too many women in Pakistan and elsewhere.<p>She was killed in …

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Oldest living American turns 115

DETROIT -- Her life spans parts of three centuries.<p>And Friday, Jeralean Talley will hit a milestone only a handful in the world ever have experienced: She turns 115.<p>The Inkster, Mich., woman, who bowled until she was 104, went fishing last year, and still gets around on her own with the help of a …

25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers

The elderly woman carefully handed over the tissue-thin white paper slip. The flimsy invoice was her son's death notice. The words hurriedly scrawled on it in blue ink — "shot outside and died" — were proof to her of the crimes of the state.<p>Zhang Xianling's son, Wang Nan, was just 19 years old when …

Iran Police Arrest 6 After 'Happy' Video Featuring Women Without Hijabs Goes Viral

<b>UPDATE: May 21, 2014, 1:45 p.m. ET:</b> At least five in the group of six Iranians arrested on Monday have apparently been released.<p>Iranian authorities …

Daily life in North Korea | North Korea

There is a popular saying, "Wherever there is oppression, there is resistance". This oft-quoted statement might sound lofty and uplifting, but, alas, it is patently false. As experience of the 20th century politics demonstrates well, it is quite possible to organise a state in a way that precludes …

Tissues, counselors help ease pain at 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (AP) — There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing, photos of people falling from them, portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and …

J.P. Morgan Pledges $100 Million to Help Rebuild Detroit

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The nation's largest bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, has pledged to invest $100 million in the city of …

Seventy people arrested in New York over child sex abuse images

Five-week investigation resulted in one of the largest local roundups ever of individual consumers of child abuse images<p>A police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, a nurse and a Boy Scout leader were among at least 70 people arrested in the New York City area in recent weeks as part of a sweeping …

It's not looking good for Target

The tough times at Target continue. First it was the customer data breach in December. Now it's a fired CEO and lackluster profits for the start of 2014.<p>Worst of all, business isn't likely to turn around soon for the retailer.<p>Target (TGT) disclosed another steep drop in profits and dimmed its …

Nigeria: Boko Haram accused of more killings as Jos death toll 'rises to 200'

Islamist militants Boko Haram are being blamed for killing 30 people in villages near Chibok where hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted.<p>It comes the day after back-to-back bomb blasts, attributed to the group, killed as many as 200 people in the central city of Jos, according to …

Activists free 2 Chinese kidnapped at Myanmar mine

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Two Chinese workers at a copper mine in Myanmar were freed Monday after being held more than 30 hours by activists who were …

Bus fire kills over 30 children in Colombia

More than 30 young children have been killed in a fire on a broken-down bus in Colombia.<p>The tragedy happened in the north of the country as they were returning from a church event, near the city of Fundacion.<p>It is not known why the blaze started. Media reports have suggested a link with an engine …

Burning Bridges: Rival Soccer Fans Urge Ukraine Unity

Rival Ukrainian soccer fans representing the north, south, east and west of a fractured nation came together in Kiev Sunday to demonstrate their desire for the country to remain united.<p>Around 2,000 supporters of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Dynamo Kiev, Chornomorets Odessa, Vorskla Poltava, Metalist …

Europe

How an oil rig sparked anti-China riots in Vietnam

When China's state-owned oil company dispatched an oil rig to a contested area of the South China Sea it flicked a match on a long-smoldering dispute with its communist neighbor Vietnam.<p>Analysts say Beijing must have known the move would elicit some reaction, but it clearly didn't predict having to …

China Hits Back Over Hacking Charges

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­cision to bring crim­in­al charges against mem­bers of the Chinese mil­it­ary is already show­ing signs of …

China

At least six killed in train crash near Moscow

A freight train collision with a Moldova-bound passenger train has left at least six people dead and more than a dozen others injured.<p>Several carriages were derailed in the crash forcing many dazed victims to make their way to safety by clambering out of the wreckage.<p>The passenger train was heading …

Police investigation of Ford still active

Police have tracked down and interviewed one of two men who detectives believe were trying to sell a recent video of Toronto's mayor smoking what is said to be crack cocaine in his sister's basement.<p>Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux, the officer leading the criminal investigation into Rob Ford's …

Kim Jong Un Visits North Korea Children's Hospital

Newly-released pictures show Kim Jong Un visiting children at a hospital and orphanage in the North Korean capital.<p>The images show Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju being greeted by youngsters at the Taesongsan General Hospital in Pyongyang.<p>The photos were released just days after Kim's government …

North Korea

South Korea manhunt for missing ferry owner

Prosecutors in South Korea have launched a nationwide manhunt for one of the owners of the ferry that sank last month, killing more than 300 people.<p>The country's prime minister, Chung Hong-Won, said in parliament on Tuesday that the government would try to seize all assets held by the family that …