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  • Film on 2012 Delhi gang rape stokes debate on Indian male mindset

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A new documentary based on the fatal gang rape of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 highlights gender inequality and sex crimes in India, with the seeming lack of remorse among those convicted of the crime shocking even the film's director. Leslee Udwin's "India's…

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  • Lin returns to All England after 3-year absence as favorite

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Lin Dan can rest for as long as he likes, it doesn't matter. He's the favorite in whatever he enters, including the All England Open this week.

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  • Amid nuclear dispute, Israel and Iran face off over past oil ties

    By Ari Rabinovitch and Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - As Israel loudly and publicly denounces Iran and its nuclear program this week, the two countries are quietly tussling in a decades-old dispute over a secretive oil pipeline company that could be worth billions of dollars to Tehran. In a…

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  • Michelle Obama heads to Asia to promote girls' education

    First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a U.S. global effort to support education for girls, the White House said on Tuesday. The other countries are: Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo, and Uganda.

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  • Afghanistan must prosecute government officials who violate rights: group

    By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - The United States and other aid donors should press Afghanistan to prosecute government and security force officials guilty of serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Holding powerful individuals accountable…

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  • Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said. More than half the world's cassava, a high-energy root…

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  • Global stocks limp after Nasdaq milestone, China in focus

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were lackluster Tuesday despite a milestone for the Nasdaq, as investors looked ahead to the release of China's growth target.

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  • North Korea lifts Ebola travel restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders.

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  • Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a boy sits on pavement while his family retrieves items from their burned home Tuesday following an overnight fire that destroyed a slum-dwellers community in Manila, Philippines. No casualties were reported in the 9-hour fire that burned more than a thousand homes…

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  • Top Indian, Pakistani diplomats meet to mend ties

    By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India's top diplomat pledged to improve relations with Pakistan on Tuesday after the first meeting with his counterpart since India called off talks aimed at easing the rivals' many disputes last year. Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors has resulted…

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  • Budget carrier flydubai posts profit of $68M for 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' budget carrier flydubai, in its fifth year of operation, has turned a profit of $68 million out of total revenue of $1.2 billion last year.

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  • Uighur migrants held in Thailand for 11 months take case to court

    A Thai court will decide this month whether to release 17 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, including 13 children, who have been detained for the past 11 months in Bangkok, a lawyer for the group said on Tuesday. Hundreds of people have been killed in unrest in Xinjiang in the…

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  • Australia on El Nino watch after Pacific Ocean warms

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's weather bureau said on Tuesday the chance of an El Nino developing this year had risen to about 50 percent after signs of renewed warming in tropical Pacific Ocean. The Bureau of Meteorology said six out of eight international models it surveyed indicated that sea…

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  • Top Indian, Pakistani diplomats to meet in Islamabad

    By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India's top diplomat visits Pakistan on Tuesday for the first meeting with his counterpart since New Delhi called off talks last year aimed at easing the rivals' many disputes. Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors have resulted in both armies firing…

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  • Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

    By Kyle Plantz LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say. The annual rate of deforestation from 1990…

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  • China rate cuts just the start as growth slows: analysts

    Factory employment has been falling for more than a year in the workshop of the world as Chinese growth slows, and analysts expect more intervention by the central bank after its second interest rate cut in just three months. The weekend's rate reduction comes as authorities contend with rising…

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  • Exclusive: Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at…

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  • Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry

    By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say. Deforestation has long been known to cause temperature increases in local areas, but new research published on…

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