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China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist Party in Zhejiang rejects claims of campaign against Protestant churches but one official describes Christianity’s growth as ‘excessive’<p>Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly …

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again – in pictures

Villagers have been evacuated after the volcano in North Sumatra province, Indonesia, erupted again. The volcano has erupted sporadically since September

John Kerry Continues His Quest for Middle East Peace Next Week

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Secretary of State returns to the Middle East shortly after the holidays end to continue …

Leaders of Kenya, Ethiopia in South Sudan for peace talks

The leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia arrived in South Sudan on Thursday to try and mediate between the country's president and the political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup that the government insists sparked violence threatening to destroy the world's newest country.<p>Kenyan President Uhuru …

Syrian regime's barrel bomb assault on Aleppo kills hundreds

A brutal air campaign using barrel bombs has killed as many as 480 people in Northern Syria including dozens of children<p>Syrian air strikes killed 15 people, including three children, in Aleppo on Tuesday, as the regime pressed a blistering nine-day bombing campaign that has killed hundreds, a …

Tickets for Pot Smoking in Public Have Quadrupled in Colorado

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Colorado pot smokers are getting ticketed for doing so in public this year four times as often as …

Russia to host talks on eliminating Syria chemical arsenal | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will host international talks on Friday on the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.<p>A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical …

Israel launches Gaza Strip air strike after fatal border fence shooting

Attack comes after Israeli man was reportedly shot while he was doing maintenance work on the border fence<p>Israel has launched a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian, killing at least two people, including a young girl, and wounding …

Nigerian military 'kills Bama attackers'

<b>At least 70 people are said to have died when Nigerian forces attacked those behind a raid on a barracks.</b><p>Fifty insurgents, 15 soldiers and five civilians died in the clashes as those who raided the barracks in Bama sought to flee to Cameroon, officials said.<p>Some 1,200 people have been killed since …

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Federal Judge Says Gay Marriages Can Continue in Utah

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Monday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby denied a motion to block gay marriages in …

US 'helped kill Colombia rebel leaders'

A secret CIA programme helped Colombia kill at least two dozen FARC leaders, <i>The Washington Pos</i>t has reported.<p>Washington's covert help in targeting Latin America's oldest insurgency, funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget, also includes "substantial eavesdropping help" from the National …

Iran nuclear talks with world powers make 'slow progress'

<b>Iran's foreign minister says talks with world powers on the implementation of an accord on the country's nuclear programme are making "slow progress".</b><p>Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking alongside his Italian counterpart Emma Bonino, who has been visiting Tehran.<p>She told the BBC ties were "improving" …

South Asia

Utah Seeks Emergency Stay Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Officials in Utah are asking for an emergency stay of a federal court ruling that found the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.<p>Reporting from Salt Lake City, NPR's Howard Berkes filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p>"Within minutes of the federal court decision, the Salt Lake County …

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Spain government backs tougher abortion law

<b>The Spanish government has backed a proposal for a tougher abortion law.</b><p>The bill says early termination is no longer a right, and would only be allowed in cases of rape or when the mother's health is at risk.<p>The current law gives women the right to abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy, rising …

Pro-choice

Uganda passes anti-gay bill

Uganda passes anti-gay bill with penalty of life imprisonment for "aggravated homosexual acts".<p><b>Uganda's</b> parliament has passed an anti-gay bill that imposes harsher punishments for homosexual sex acts, including life in prison for some offenders.<p>David Bahati, a lawmaker behind the private member's …