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China formally eases one-child policy, abolishes labor camps

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China formally approved on Saturday easing its decades-long one-child policy and the abolition of a controversial labor camp system, the official Xinhua news agency reported.<p>Both were among a sweeping raft of reforms announced last month after a meeting of the ruling Communist …

Second Christmas Without Families For Executives In Mongolia

One American and two Philippine former executives of SouthGobi Resources, a coal mining company, remain under exits bans of 14, 18 and 18 months respectively. They are unable to leave Mongolia to see their families for Christmas for the second year in a row.<p>The government of Mongolia legislated …

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Brussels rolls out stunning flower carpet<p>The Milky Way, a flower carpet and a spider monkey baby: World in Photos<p>Race to rescue any survivors trapped …

Hit by scandal and resignations, Turk PM names new ministers

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday after three members quit over a corruption scandal that has posed an unprecedented challenge to his 11-year rule.<p>The crisis erupted on December 17 when dozens of people, including of the head of …

Kim tells N Korean army to ready for combat

Kim Jong-Un has warned war could break out "without any prior notice" amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has warned war could break out "without any prior notice" and urged his military to bolster its combat readiness, state media reported.<p>The call on …

Blasts rock Christian areas in Iraqi Capital

At least 24 people killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad's south, including a car bomb near church after Christmas service.<p>At least 24 people were killed in bomb attacks in Christian areas of Baghdad, including a car bomb that exploded near a church after a Christmas service, police and medics said.<p>A …

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Mandela memorial service interpreter admitted to psychiatric hospital

The man who sparked an international furor by offering bogus sign language interpretation at a major memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.<p>The Star newspaper reported that Thamsanqa Jantjie was admitted …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

China successfully lands spacecraft on Moon

China, whose lunar ambitions have only expanded in the last few years, has finally joined the United States and Russia in successfully landing a spacecraft on the Moon. The country's Chang'e-3 unmanned spacecraft, launched two weeks ago, landed on the moon today, the first craft to "soft-land" on …

School Shooting Is Another Tragedy For Colorado

A Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, chilling a state that's still trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.<p>Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High …

Developing countries lose $1tn a year from 'illicit financial flows'

Developing countries are losing more than $1tn (£614bn) a year in "illicit financial flows", stemming from crime and corruption, according to estimates. This fast-rising figure is already 10 times the total amount of foreign aid these countries are receiving.<p>Between 2002 and 2011, governments in …

Iran arrests man on charges of spying for Britain

Iranian authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain, according to media reports.<p>The semiofficial ISNA news agency said on Saturday that the man was arrested in the town of Kerman, south-east Iran, after authorities spent months tracking him down.<p>A Kerman judiciary official, who …

Bomb explodes in Belfast city centre

The area was evacuated after a telephone bomb threat and no one was hurt in the small explosion<p>A bomb explosion in Belfast city centre led to hundreds of Christmas revellers being evacuated.<p>No one is thought to have been injured after the small explosion in the Cathedral Quarter area, which came …