• Special Report: China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

    By Sui-Lee Wee and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - In a café lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China. As Golog Jigme prepared to testify in March…

  • Australian court tests legality of offshore detention for asylum seekers

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's highest court will begin considering on Wednesday whether the policy of sending asylum seekers to the tiny South Pacific nation of Nauru for long-term detention is in breach of the constitution, a major challenge to the controversial policy. The…

  • Japan's Abe set to keep allies in key posts as attention returns to economy

    By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to retain close allies in key posts in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, playing it safe as he refocuses on the economy after enacting divisive security legislation that dented his popularity. Half of the current 18 cabinet…

  • Why Justice Department's plan to free 6,000 inmates is only the beginning

    Some 6,000 drug offenders in federal prisons around the country will be set free at the end of the month, the Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon, as part of punishment reductions put in place by the US Sentencing Commission last year which have been made retroactive. The “Drugs Minus Two”…

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  • The deeper frustration behind House hard-liners' revolt against speaker

    House hard-liners have a few questions for the three Republican candidates for speaker when they arrive for their job interview Tuesday night. Recommended: So you think you know Congress? “I’m looking for a change in the culture and the way things are run,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R) of South…

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  • How Europe, US can solve Internet privacy

    For two decades, Europe and the United States have managed to balance their differing views on how to protect a person’s privacy on the Internet. On Tuesday, Europe’s highest court abruptly invalidated a 2000 agreement that had allowed data to flow freely across the Atlantic under voluntary rules…

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  • Why the Justice Department will soon release 6,000 prisoners

    This decision, which came Tuesday from the Department of Justice and was first reported by The Washington Post, comes as lawmakers from both ends of the political spectrum are increasingly zeroing in on prison overcrowding and mass incarceration nationwide. Since the 1980s, the United States’…

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  • Americans use 2nd-half surge to beat Panama 4-0

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Substitute Jerome Kiesewetter sparked the offense with a goal and an assist in the second half, and the United States beat Panama 4-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on a rainy Tuesday night.

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  • As Pyongyang readies grand show, rural life still a struggle

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — While North Korea prepares a big show to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party, the daily struggles of life outside the capital — such as finding clean running water and putting nutritious food on the table year-round — pose a harsh, but largely…

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  • Blaze put out at Shell chemical plant in Deer Park, Texas

    A small fire was quickly extinguished Tuesday night at a Hexion Inc [MOMEPM.UL] resin processing plant within Royal Dutch Shell Plc's refining and petrochemical complex in Deer Park, Texas, a Hexion spokesman said. A Shell spokesman said operations at the 316,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Deer Park…

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  • Spieth, Dustin Johnson partners in Presidents Cup

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson battled at Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open. They will be partners in South Korea at the Presidents Cup.

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  • Bank of China ordered to release counterfeiters' records

    SHANGHAI (AP) — A New York judge has ordered the Bank of China to hand over detailed information about Chinese bank accounts used by a counterfeiting ring that allegedly sold millions of dollars of fake Gucci handbags and wallets in the U.S.

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  • Asian shares mostly higher, Japan muted on BOJ decision

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, taking in stride the IMF's lower global growth forecast, while Japan traded cautiously as its central bank left monetary policy unchanged.

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  • Prolonged Australian dry spell threatens agricultural output

    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - A bout of hot, dry weather in Australia over the next three months is likely to exacerbate an expected downturn in agricultural output, with wheat and milk production most affected, analysts said on Wednesday. Nearly all of Australia's east coast is likely to…

  • Kerry stops in Haiti to discuss election preparations

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Haiti's capital on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the country's upcoming elections and encourage people to refrain from disrupting balloting after a messy parliamentary first round in August.

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  • Abbas opposes 'escalation' with Israel as Al-Aqsa prayers restrictions lifted

    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday he wanted to avoid a violent escalation with Israel as Israeli police lifted restrictions on worship at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in an apparent bid to ease tensions after three weeks of violence. Abbas's remarks came as spreading unrest provoked…

  • How to Double Your Money Every 4 Years

    In a recent study, a group of University professors show how 539 individual investors were able to consistently double their money every 3.5 years.

  • Death toll from China typhoon rises to 19: Xinhua

    The death toll from a typhoon that struck China on the weekend has risen to 19, with four people missing, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Seven people were killed in typhoon-triggered tornados in the southern province of Guangdong while seven died in landslides, Xinhua said…

  • Warne, Tendulkar to lead star-studded cricket tour of US

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket greats Shane Warne of Australia and Sachin Tendulkar of India will captain opposing teams of former star players in a three-match exhibition tour of the United States next month.

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