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Thai Protest Rages On
After disrupting a national election, anti-government demonstrators in Thailand have vowed to keep up their campaign against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The troubled election Sunday, which was boycotted by the main opposition party, appears unlikely to resolve Thailand's protracted political crisis, which has fueled bouts of deadly unrest in the Southeast Asian country. During the tense election process, anti-government protesters stopped candidates from registering, blocked delivery of ballot boxes and prevented people from casting their votes. Authorities said, As a result, voting was disrupted in 69 out of the country's 375 electoral districts.
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Pope Names Cupich As Next Chicago Archbishop
Pope Francis has chosen a bishop known as a moderate to replace retiring Cardinal Francis George as head of the high-profile Chicago archdiocese. The Vatican said Saturday that the pontiff had appointed Monsignor Blase Cupick, 65, a native of Nebraska, for the post that had been held by George, a leading church conservative who is 77 and battling cancer.
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Why The Women's Empowerment Movement Is So Important
We're currently experiencing a global gender revolution. Women are not only finding their voices — they’re using them. And we can't afford to ignore the dormant social and economic power that lies within those voices. Diminishing the importance of women means failing to make use of humankind's full potential. The topic of women's empowerment is ripe for conversation, and there are multiple panels at this year’s Social Good Summit to help push the topic forward and bring these critical issues to light.
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Turkey: 49 Hostages Have Been Freed
Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State group in Iraq were freed Saturday, resolving a serious crisis which Turkish officials had long cited as a reason to avoid moving aggressively against the violent militant group. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. But the circumstances of their release — which drew flag waving crowds to the Turkish capital's airport — were clouded in mystery.
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NZ's Ruling National Party To Return To Power
New Zealand's ruling National party was headed towards a third term in government on Saturday, as general election votes showed the center-right party held 49 percent of the vote with nearly three-quarters of the votes counted. The opposition Labour Party lagged far behind with 24 percent of the party vote, while the Green party followed with 10 percent. Opinion polls had pointed to National, which has been in power since 2008, being the biggest single party with about 46 percent support, with the main center-left Labour Party trailing a distant second on 25 percent.
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Buffer Zone Agreed On In Ukrainian Peace Talks
Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine. The deal reached by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Moscow-backed rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe marks an effort to add substance to a cease-fire agreement that was signed on Sept. 5 but has been frequently broken by clashes.
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As G20 Chases Growth Goal, Members Differ On How To Get There
Financial leaders of the Group of 20 top economies remain committed to chasing higher global growth, but were divided on how to achieve it as Germany pushed back at calls from the United States and others for more immediate stimulus. Opening a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined on Saturday an ambitious agenda of boosting world growth, fireproofing the global banking system and closing tax loopholes for giant multinationals. "We have the opportunity to change the destiny of the global economy," said Hockey, who back in February launched a campaign to add 2 percentage points to world growth by 2018 as part of Australia's presidency of the G20.
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John Travolta Breaks Out Into Song And Dance, Sings "You're The One That I Want" With Abigail Spencer
John Travolta has never met an opportunity to sing and dance that he didn't like. And that's exactly what he was doing behind the scenes while filming his upcoming crime thriller, The Forger. Travolta's co-star Abigail Spencer told E! at the premiere of her new dramedy, This Is Where I Leave You, "I was a song and dance girl and he's a song and dance guy. I play an undercover agent and we'd be in the park and he'd be in his criminal getup and all of a sudden we'd be doing a time step in the middle of a park in Boston.. It was amazing." Even more amazing, singing Grease tunes with Travolta. She said, "It was kind of surreal. We'd bust out, 'You're The One that I Want' or something. It was very organic though. I didn't want to push it."
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Britain Must Honor Pledge To Grant Scotland Powers, Gordon Brown Says
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told British leaders on Saturday that they must honor their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after voters backed staying in the United Kingdom in an independence referendum. Just days before the Sept. 18 vote, Brown appeared to be making British policy by announcing that laws granting further devolution to the Scottish parliament would be drafted by the time Scots celebrate the birthday of their most revered poet, Robert Burns, on January 25. "These are men who have been promise makers and they will not be promise breakers and I will ensure as a promise keeper that these promises that have been made are upheld," he said.
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The History Of The Predator, The Drone That Changed The World
These days, the word drone is used to refer to just about any kind of remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft. That could mean a consumer-grade quadcopter or a slightly more advanced octocopter. But in military parlance, drone has a more austere connotation. In the US, at least, the term refers to the Predator, a combat-proven vehicle that can fly at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet for as long as 40 hours. The Predator is no great flying machine -- it can easily be overtaken or shot down by anyone with the ability to get close to it. But it offered its controllers the opportunity to surveil, or attack, a target on the other side of the world with no danger to an American military asset other than the unmanned drone itself.