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Associated Press News

The 900-year-old Hindu temple at the center of a turf war between Thailand and Cambodia

The South and East China Seas aren’t Asia’s only territorial flashpoints.<p>The UN’s International Court of Justice in The Hague just delivered a much-anticipated ruling on a different subject: whether Thailand or Cambodia can legally lay claim to the land surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple.<p>The …

Yingluck Shinawatra

Egypt's Students Defy Protest Law In Familiar Battle Against Government

CAIRO -- "My mom was afraid for me to come to this meeting," says Mohamed, a student and frequent protester at Cairo's Al-Azhar University. "When all your friends are dead or in prison, you wonder: 'When is it my turn?'"<p>In a private office far from the university, a small group of Al-Azhar students …

Mormon church addresses past racism

The Mormon church has issued its most comprehensive explanation yet about its past exclusion of black people from the priesthood.<p>The statement disavowing previous teachings was posted on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website.<p>It says an era of great racial divide influenced the …

Canada to claim north pole as its own

UN submission will seek to redefine Canada's continental shelf to capture more Arctic oil and gas resources<p>Canada plans to make a claim to the north pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic, the country's foreign affairs minister has said.<p>John Baird said the …

Only 1% of Snowden files have been published

A UK parliamentary committee has been told only 1% of files leaked by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden have so far been published.<p>That is according to the Guardian newpaper’s editor who is appearing before the committee accused of having put the UK’s national security at risk .<p>The …

Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance

UN's senior counter-terrorism official says revelations 'are at the very apex of public interest concerns'<p>The UN's senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden's revelations that …

Rare Iceland armed police operation leaves man dead

<b>Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday.</b><p>It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.<p>Tear gas canisters were fired through the windows in an attempt to subdue the 59-year-old, …

Special Forces

Newt Gingrich Says Trey Radel Deserves Forgiveness, Compares Him To Anthony Weiner

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who was arrested in October for possession of cocaine, deserves forgiveness.<p>According to Saint Peters Blog, Gingrich told the Naples Daily News he thought people would be keeping the congressman in their prayers because it's …

New Data Hint At Accelerating Economic Recovery

While some economy watchers have been disappointed by lackluster retail sales over the long Black Friday weekend, two other data points released …

Ukraine Riots Escalate

The U.N. Has 'Massive Evidence' Implicating Assad in Syrian War Crimes

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The United Nations' human rights chief says her office has found "massive evidence" indicating a …

London 'slavery' case: suspect was communist activist in 1970s

Aravindan Balakrishnan, aka Comrade Bala, ran separatist party-cum-commune from bookshop in Brixton, south London<p>The 73-year-old man arrested on suspicion of holding three women captive in a south London flat for 30 years is a one-time Communist party activist who was well known within far-left …

After Afghanistan, what next for world's biggest military alliance?

• Nato's future uncertain • little appetite for military intervention<p>What does the world's most powerful military alliance do once the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan winds up next year?<p>That is a question worrying military commanders at the SHAPE (Supreme …

Whoever Honduras Elects President Faces Tough Road, Broke Country

Hondurans went to the polls this Sunday to elect a new president. The Central American country has a whole host of problems to deal with, including the highest levels of violence in the world and increased drug cartel activity. Most pressing, though, the new leader will inherit a failing economy. …

Interest Rates

Long Road Ahead For Permanent Iran Nuclear Deal To Be Reached

The Obama administration says one of the most important gains in the Iran nuclear deal is that it will buy time for negotiations on a more permanent agreement. If no such agreement is reached, sanctions that have been suspended could be re-imposed. But analysts say the obstacles to a final …

South Asia

Syrian army captures key town of Qara from rebels

<b>The Syrian army has taken control of Qara, a town near the Lebanese border.</b><p>The area is strategically significant, as it was on one of the opposition's last remaining supply routes.<p>The army launched its offensive on Friday, carrying out a series of air strikes and helicopter attacks. Thousands of …

Middle East

White Supremacist Murderer Who Shot Larry Flynt Is Executed

Joseph Paul Franklin, the white supremacist who was convicted of eight murders, suspected in as many as 20 others and who shot <i>Hustler</i> publisher Larry Flynt in 1978, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri.<p>St. Louis Public Radio followed the news overnight as Franklin ran out of legal challenges.<p>Alan …

Associated Press News

Deal struck on wider UN inspections of Iran sites as Kerry says allies have 'unity' in talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the U.S. and its allies had agreed on the tenets of a deal on Iran's nuclear program, but the Iranians said they were unable to accept the proposal.<p>But the Islamic Republic did agree to offer more information and expanded access to U.N. nuclear …

GMO labelling debate grows in the US

<b>Seattle, US</b> - Some people with the most at stake in the debate over labeling genetically modified food won't be able to vote on it either way.<p>Immigrant farm workers are hearing a lot about I-522, an initiative in Washington state that is the current epicentre of the genetically modified food …

Latest Marvel Comics Superhero: A Muslim Pakistani-American Teen Girl

Look under the costume of Marvel Comics’ latest superhero and you might get a big surprise.<p>Kamala Khan is a teenage Muslim girl with Pakistani …

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