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Factories forced to close as Vietnamese rage mounts over China oil rig

Outside Ho Chi Minh City's popular brick-and-wood Chieu Café, a hastily fashioned, bright yellow placard warns away potential patrons. "Customers from mainland China will be refused service," it reads, "until the Chinese government removes its oil rig."<p>The café's owner, Nguyen Chieu, 37, an …

Venezuela’s Agony: Weak President, Strong Generals, Riots and Cocaine

One year after his election, President Maduro is losing his grip. But it’s not the opposition that’s growing stronger; it’s the cocaine-corrupted …

10 questions for Election 2014

Seven months out from Election Day, there are a few things we can say with a high degree of confidence: 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for the GOP. Republicans have a decent shot of taking the Senate and possibly padding their House majority. And Obamacare is the biggest, perhaps the …

China cancels human rights dialogue with Britain

China has cancelled this week's bilateral human rights dialogue with Britain, which David Cameron highlighted as one of the "important achievements" of his high-profile trip to Beijing last year.<p>Beijing accused the UK of making irresponsible comments and using human rights issues to interfere in …

Iraq Kurds press states to recognise genocide | Iran

<b>Erbil, Iraq -</b> Twenty-six years have passed since Saddam Hussein's campaign of mass killings against the Kurds in northern Iraq. Yet to date, no governments except for Iraq's have officially recognised the campaign as constituting a genocide.<p>Saddam systematically killed more than 100,000 Iraqi Kurds …

Gender Issues Could Be a Game Changer in India's Elections

As India enters its second week of nationwide polls, the issue of female safety from sexual violence is coming second only to corruption in the minds …

Sebelius: Obamacare Rollout Was 'Terribly Flawed'

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius called the rollout of the government’s healthcare reform law “terribly flawed” and …

Jury chosen for US terror trial of Egyptian imam

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury was chosen Monday for the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired …

Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

MAALOULA, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much …

FBI Tried to Recruit Member of 9/11 Plotters' Legal Team, Lawyers Claim

At Guantánamo Bay, the wheels of justice turn not so much slowly, as seldom. Twelve and a half years after 9/11, the five men accused of planning and …

Left behind, Shanghai's older generation hark back to Chairman Mao

The familiar melodic strains could be heard a block away. Walking closer, the chorus swept into a rousing crescendo:<p>The Communist party is like the sun / Wherever it shines, it is bright / Wherever the Communist party is / Hurrah, there the people are liberated!<p>East Is Red, the anthem of China's …

Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police

BEIJING (AP) — His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The …

After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen

<i>Twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, Chinese students were mourning the death of a reformist leader. But what began as mourning evolved into mass protests demanding democracy. Demonstrators remained in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, day after day, until their protests were brutally suppressed by</i> …

Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya attack

<b>Jordan's ambassador to Libya has been abducted by masked gunmen in the capital, Tripoli, officials say.</b><p>Assailants opened fire on Fawaz al-Itan's vehicle, wounding the driver, as they left his house early on Tuesday.<p>The kidnappers are said to have demanded the release of a Libyan Islamist …

Africa

Injuries as blast hits central Cairo

Two Egyptian policemen and a civilian have been wounded in a bomb attack targeting a security checkpoint in central Cairo, officials and a medic said.<p>The device, which was placed by unknown assailants between two cars near the checkpoint at al-Galaa Square in Dokki neighbourhood, exploded at about …

Obama and Putin Had a Tense Phone Call About Ukraine

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The White House has announced that on Monday night, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir …

Sudan bans meetings of political parties

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has issued a decree banning political parties from holding meetings without permission from the authorities, the official SUNA news agency has reported.<p>"No political party has the right to hold meetings and conferences inside their areas without first obtaining …

Revealed: the radical clerics using social media to back British jihadists in Syria

Two radical Muslim clerics have been identified as influential online cheerleaders for fighters seeking to topple the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in a pioneering academic study published on Wednesday.<p>Researchers based at King's College London reveal how social media is being harnessed by a …

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave

A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking …

Syria war: Maaloula's monastery destroyed after Assad forces drive rebels out

The Syrian regime shows off its latest conquest – a scarred monastery where the language of Christ is still spoken<p>It has stood for centuries above the ancient settlement at Maaloula, one of a handful of villages in the mountains northeast of Damascus where Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, is …

Middle East

'Complacency and inadequate defences' led to deadly Camp Bastion attack

An MPs investigation into the deadly 2012 attack on Britain's biggest base in Afghanistan has accused the MoD of being "obstructive and unhelpful"<p>Complacency among British commanders and poor defences led to a devastating attack on Britain’s biggest base in Afghanistan and the heaviest loss of …

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Associated Press News

The Week in Review: When World Leaders Joined #SelfieNation

Inside Flipboard / December 14, 2013<p>On Tuesday, President Obama took part in what could be called the “Selfie Seen ‘Round the World.” That is, Danish …