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Globe in Hong Kong: Clashes erupt between residents and protesters

A backlash against a student-led protest movement produced ugly scenes and arrests in several Hong Kong locations, as tensions boiled over for business owners and local residents angry at having their local roads and neighbourhoods blocked.<p>Hong Kong police said Saturday they have arrested 19 …

Islamic State video shows second British hostage beheaded

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants beheaded British aid worker Alan Henning in a video posted on Friday, triggering swift condemnation by the British and U.S. governments.<p>The footage on YouTube, highlighted on pro-Islamic State Twitter feeds, showed a middle-aged man in an orange …

Chinese firms exporting tools of torture, says Amnesty

<b>A growing number of Chinese companies are exporting "tools of torture" such as electric shock batons and spiked metal batons, Amnesty International says in a report.</b><p>More than 130 firms were involved in the trade, which the rights group said was fuelling abuses in Africa and Asia.<p>Some items exported …

Ukraine's leader sees no military solution of crisis, vows reforms

KIEV/DUSHANBE (Reuters) - The United States and European Union imposed new sanctions against Russia on Friday, tightening financial measures against Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine despite a week-old ceasefire which has brought calm to the embattled east.<p>Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko …

This Man Amputated His Own Leg: That's How Bad China's Health Care Crisis Is

In the early hours of April 14, 2012, Zheng Yanliang cut off his right leg. Racked by pain from arterial thrombosis, but unable to pay for the …

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Military chief could become Thai PM

Thailand's junta chief could stay in charge of the country as head of a provisional government until elections are held some time next year, a legal adviser has said, outlining details of an interim constitution.<p>A member of the ruling military council on Wednesday added that martial law, imposed …

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that …

New York City settles inmate death lawsuit for $2.75 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who claimed guards beat him to death.<p>A spokesman for the city’s Law Department on Monday confirmed the settlement with the estate of Ronald Spear, 52, who died in December …

Iraqi parliament ends first session in chaos, with no leader chosen

Sunni Arab and Kurdish lawmakers walked out of a chaotic opening session of the Iraqi parliament Tuesday after Shiite Muslim leaders failed to nominate a replacement for divisive Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, setting back efforts to build a new coalition government to counter a powerful …

Thailand's army declares martial law after six months of political unrest

Thailand's army has declared martial law "to keep law and order" after six months of violent unrest and anti-government demonstrations and one day after the country's caretaker prime minister refused to step down.<p>The move, which came as a surprise, was announced on the military's television channel …

ObamaCare will hasten income inequality, union report says

A new report from a major U.S. union says ObamaCare will hasten income inequality.<p>Although it defends the intent behind the Affordable Care Act, the report, entitled “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making inequality worse,” concludes that the law will transfer a billion dollars in wealth to insurance …

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Typhoon Haiyan: survival, loss and humanity in obliterated city of Tacloban

On a stretch of road on the way into Tacloban city centre, just past a lone white coffin with gold-painted handles, lay a mass of dead, bloated bodies. Men, women, cats, dogs and pigs were piled in a heap against a stone house with a metal roof bent upwards like a question mark.<p>Its residents stared …

Russia to monitor 'all communications' at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games, documents shared with the Guardian show.<p>Russia's powerful FSB security service plans to ensure that no communication by …

Silvio Berlusconi to request community service for tax fraud sentence

"Silent and humble manual tasks" are not something to which Silvio Berlusconi has ever felt naturally drawn. Before big business and politics he sold vacuum cleaners and sang on cruise ships.<p>Now, however, thanks to the Italian legal system, a very different kind of activity awaits him. His lawyer …

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NBC backs out of Hillary Clinton miniseries after CNN dumps documentary

American channel NBC has become the latest to drop plans for a high-profile Hillary Clinton television project.<p>The move came after CNN announced it was backing out of a documentary about the former first lady.<p>NBC said it was pulling the plug on a four-hour miniseries called "Hillary," which was to …

Countdown To Shutdown: A Closure Appears Inevitable

<b>Monday's Highlights:</b><p>Only hours before a partial shutdown of the federal government would take effect, House Republicans still hadn't arrived at a temporary spending bill that Senate Democrats were willing to approve to keep government workers on the job. A closure appeared inevitable.<p>On Monday …

The Shutdown: A Guide To What Would And Wouldn't Close

With House Republicans and Senate Democrats still miles apart on a budget deal, the federal government appears headed for a shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick breakdown of what government agencies and programs would and would not remain operational in the event of a shutdown:<p><b>What Stays</b> …

Why Putin Is Pushing Authoritarianism in Syria

He is not only defending Assad, he's also preserving his own power.<p>Putin presents himself as the pacifist and Obama as the militarist. He argues that American cruise missile strikes will "result in more innocent victims" and that the U.S. increasingly relies "solely on brute force." He makes no …

In Germany, one TV ad per candidate

BERLIN — Germany is in the heat of election season: in just over a week, voters will head to the polls to determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party get a third term leading the government.<p>So where are the TV ads?<p>The comparative lack of political advertising on the airwaves here would …