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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


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 …

Middle East

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

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 …

North Korea
Donald Trump
Hong Kong

U.S. Mideast intelligence analysts felt superiors distorted findings | Reuters

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
South America

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 day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers said.<p>The Russian military meanwhile said airstrikes in …

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 …

Donald Trump

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


National intelligence chief Clapper resigns


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


Kosovo police foiled Islamic State attacks on Israel national team


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 …

Why Germany Can't Avoid a Larger Military Commitment to NATO

Germany's position as Europe's leading economic and political power put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position vis-a-vis how to address Vladimir Putin's extra-territorial activities. With high implied stakes for the post-Cold War order, Germany must carefully balance its self-interest with its …

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

PM says taking part in terrorist activity is ‘against God’ and ‘against religion’, as George Brandis denies country is at war<p>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 …

North Korea Is Trying To Add 'A New And Potentially Destabilizing Addition' To Its Military Arsenal

"Based on recent US and South Korean intelligence, we have detected signs of North Korea developing a vertical missile launch tube for submarines," a ministry official told AFP.<p>Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a regular press briefing Monday that the North's 3,000-ton Golf-class submarine could …

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