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Pope Francis to visit Bangladesh and Myanmar in November

Pontiff’s visit to Myanmar, the first by any pope, set to focus international attention on plight of Rohingya Muslim minority<p>Pope Francis will travel to Myanmar and Bangladesh this year for a landmark visit that is likely to focus international attention on the plight of the stateless Rohingya …

China says sanctions won't help as Trump targets Venezuela

BEIJING (Reuters) - Venezuela’s close ally China said on Monday that history shows external interference and unilateral sanctions only make things more complex and will not help resolve problems, after the United States imposed new sanctions on Venezuela.<p>FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan children wave flags …

Serious Nursing Home Abuse Often Not Reported To Police, Federal Investigators Find

More than one-quarter of serious cases of nursing home abuse are not reported to the police, according to an alert released Monday morning by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.<p>The cases went unreported despite the fact that state and federal law require …

More than 20 Swiss protesters arrested during Chinese leader's visit

Swiss authorities have kept protesters away from the Chinese President during a state visit to Bern.<p>Xi Jinping met his Swiss counter-part and he is due to attend the World Economic Forum that opens in Davos this week.<p>The Chinese leader said he wanted to help work out “mutual solutions for important …

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army during clashes | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News

A Palestinian teenager has been shot dead by the Israeli army during a confrontation in the occupied West Bank, according to officials.<p>The violence erupted on Monday when Israeli forces raided the village of Tuqu, south of Bethlehem. Four other Palestinians were wounded in the clashes.<p>In a …

Drug-resistant superbug may be more widespread than previously known

<b>(CNN) —</b> One family of superbugs, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, may be spreading more widely than previously thought, according to a study published Monday (PDF) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p>In fact, transmission of these bacteria …

Public Health

Gunmen kill eight Egyptian police in attack on al-Naqab checkpoint, interior ministry says

Two attackers killed when security forces fought back, and three other security personnel injured<p>Gunmen killed eight police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in south-west Egypt, the interior ministry said.<p>Two of the attackers were killed when security forces …

10,000 People Have Been Killed In Yemen's Bloody War, U.N. Confirms

The war in Yemen has killed at least 10,000 people and injured 40,000, according to the U.N., whose Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed was in the …

Chinese websites censor ‘fatty’ nickname that mocks Kim Jong-un

Ban on ‘Kim Fatty the Third’ comes after North Korean officials formally ask China to stop such insults appearing in media<p>Chinese websites are censoring a phrase meaning “Kim Fatty the Third”, a nickname widely used to disparage the North Korean leader, after officials from his country reportedly …

Trump Immigration Adviser Kris Kobach Wrote the Book on Muslim Registry

The man who helped write the book on creating a federal Muslim registry in the name of national security, now has Donald Trump’s ear as a top member of his transition team.<p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a policy wonk with a reputation for handcrafting the legal means to political ends, says …

Trump supporter cites Japanese internment 'precedent' in backing Muslim registry

A spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC cited World War II Japanese internment camps as "precedent" for President-elect Donald Trump's discussed plan for a Muslim registry system.<p>Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL, appeared on Fox News' "The Kelly File" to argue in favor of the plan, which …

Donald Trump

US senators introduced a bill to punish Chinese officials suppressing freedom in Hong Kong

Two US Republican senators have introduced new legislation that would punish Hong Kong or mainland Chinese officials who suppress basic freedoms in Hong Kong in the wake of Beijing’s increasing interference into the city’s promised high autonomy.<p>The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was …

U.S. Mideast intelligence analysts felt superiors distorted findings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials in the U.S. military’s Central Command, which oversees combat operations in the Middle East and South Asia, were much more likely than counterparts elsewhere to believe superiors distorted or suppressed their analyses, according to a government intelligence …

National Security

Two suspected FARC fighters killed in Colombia

Two suspected fighters belonging to the FARC have been killed in combat with security forces in Colombia, just four days after a new peace deal was signed to end half a century of fighting.<p>The fighters were killed in combat - with a third one surrendering - in the northern Bolivar province when …

Airstrikes in Syria's besieged Aleppo kill more than 20

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes pounded rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third …

Middle East

Malaria drug’s effect on troops should be examined: Somalia inquiry head

The man who led an inquiry into the 1992 beating death of a Somali teenager at the hands of Canadian troops says he is frustrated that his commission's work was cut short before it could explore what role a controversial anti-malarial drug might have played in the violence.<p>Gilles Létourneau, a …

Trump presidency bodes ill for Israel-Palestine peace process

With president-elect likely to be either maximalist pro-Israel or isolationist, the question is whether stagnant process can survive<p>As Donald Trump continues to ponder his choice for secretary of state, and other key foreign policy positions, one thing seems clear: the impact on the peace process …

Foreign Policy

U.S., China Soldiers Conduct Joint Drills Despite Tensions

BEIJING — A six-day joint exercise between U.S. and Chinese troops is underway, amid a warning to Congress that Beijing's growing military might is posing a serious threat to national security.<p>The exercise involving 89 U.S. soldiers and 134 counterparts from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is …

National intelligence chief Clapper resigns

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday that he has submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama and will not stay on past the transition to Donald Trump.<p>Clapper offered the news during his opening statement in a rare open hearing of the House Intelligence Committee …

New York City mayor tells Trump about 'how fearful' residents are

<b>(CNN) —</b> New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he conveyed to President-elect Donald Trump concerns he has about immigration policies that would merge the roles of police officer and immigration agent, and how "fearful" citizens are about proposed changes.<p>The liberal mayor met with Trump …

Donald Trump

U.S. refutes claim its soldiers sparked Jordan shooting

The U.S. Embassy in Jordan on Thursday refuted a claim that American soldiers sparked a deadly shooting at military base.<p>Three U.S. Army sergeants — Kevin McEnroe, Matthew Lewellen and James Moriarty — were killed when they came under fire while entering a military base in southern Jordan on Nov. …

Kosovo police foiled Islamic State attacks on Israel national team

Kosovo police said on Thursday that they prevented simultaneous attacks by the Islamic State group, including on the Israeli national football team that played a World Cup qualifier in neighbouring Albania.<p>A police statement said plans were in place to attack Saturday’s match in Albania, and at the …

Extremism

Iraqi forces yet to seal off Mosul as battle enters second month

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed offensive to crush Islamic State in its last major city stronghold in Iraq entered a second month on Thursday as forces arrayed against the hardline Sunni group sought finally to seal off Mosul from all sides.<p>The militants have been steadily retreating from areas …

Middle East

US and Nato troops begin Ukraine military exercise

<b>About 1,300 troops from 15 countries - including the US and other Nato members - have begun a military exercise near Lviv in western Ukraine.</b><p>The US says the drill had been planned before the current crisis in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels.<p>Clashes …

Tony Abbott says Australian forces' aim is to 'dislodge' Isis from Iraq

Tony Abbott has said the objective of deploying Australian forces in Iraq is to help national and regional authorities maintain internal security and to “dislodge” Islamic State (Isis) militants.<p>The prime minister said the aim was to “work with the Iraqis, to work with Kurds to ensure that they are …