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  • Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.

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  • Tropical deforestation threatens global food production

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the U.S. Midwest, a study released on Thursday said. By 2050,…

    Reuters
  • Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

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  • Putin says Russia's turn to Asia was planned long ago

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's turn toward Asia was a long-planned move and that a new gas route to China would help both sides. At his annual end-of-year news conference, Putin said: "The gas contract with China was not made at a loss. Both sides will…

    Reuters
  • Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

    With the start of the Asian Cup only weeks away, a wide-open tournament has become even more unpredictable after a rash of coach firings in recent months left many of the top teams in disarray.

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  • Qatar: Building team to spring surprise in 2022

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — It's a cold, hard fact of football: Countries with tiny populations don't generally beat big ones with deep wells of talented players.

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  • Pope adds 2nd victim to sex abuse commission

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has added a second survivor of priestly sex abuse to his commission of experts advising the Vatican on child protection policies, tapping a self-described "thorn in the side of the church" who has criticized the church's response to the scandal.

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  • Image of Asia: Indians pray for Pakistan victims

    In this photo by Altaf Qadri, an Indian schoolgirl observes two minutes of silence Wednesday in New Delhi for those who were killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Following Tuesday's attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted a series of statements,…

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  • Qatar: Where is it? What is it?

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — WHERE: Qatar is a thumb of land that pokes into the Persian Gulf. Its only land border is with Saudi Arabia.

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  • Philippine communist rebels announce cease-fires

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels on Wednesday declared cease-fire periods for the Christmas holidays and for the visit of Pope Francis next month.

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  • Quotes from around the world on Pakistan attack

    Reactions from around the world to the deadly Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday.

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  • Taliban attack on Pakistan school draws global revulsion

    "By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity," said President Barack Obama, promising that the United States would stand by Pakistan in its struggle against violent extremism. Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was herself…

    AFP
  • Image of Asia: Dalai Lama marks anniversary

    In this photo by Tsering Topgyal, the Dalai Lama is served biscuits during a break Tuesday in a ceremony in New Delhi marking the death of 14th century Tibetan scholar Lama Tsongkhapa, who founded the Dalai Lama's Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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  • Thailand fails to clean poisoned creek despite court order: rights group

    By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. In 1998, Lead Concentrates…

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  • Thailand fails to clean lead-poisoned creek despite court order: HRW

    By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. In 1998, Lead Concentrates…

    Reuters
  • Antibiotics resistance could kill 10 million a year by 2050

    London (AFP) - A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050.

    AFP
  • Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak

    Japan on Tuesday ordered the slaughter of some 4,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu at a poultry farm in the southwest of the country. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Miyazaki after its owner reported more than 20 sudden deaths among his poultry on Sunday…

    AFP