• Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

    By Clare Jim and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy. China's National People's Congress (NPC)…

  • Britain to pass new laws to counter homegrown Islamist fighters

    Prime Minister David Cameron will announce new laws on Monday to try to stop radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq launching attacks on British soil, after a video purportedly showed a London-accented man beheading a U.S. The announcement, expected around 1030 ET, comes after Cameron…

  • Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight: U.N. debate

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Both Islamist fighters and Iraqi government forces have killed civilians and committed atrocities in three months of fighting, senior U.N. officials said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday. There was "strong evidence" that fighters from…

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  • Obama ponders action against Islamic State extremists. What do Americans think?

    It’s been the summer of his discontent for President Obama, at least in terms of how voters apparently see him. Gallup reported this past week that Americans are more than twice as likely to say they “strongly disapprove” of President Barack Obama's job performance (39 percent) as they are to say…

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  • Behind the gavel of America's busiest judge

    Less than an hour into one of his regular morning dockets, federal district Judge Robert Brack has already sentenced 14 felons, or roughly one-sixth the number of people the average federal judge sentences in an entire year. More than anything, the turnstile justice in his courtroom is the…

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  • In Bosnia's schools, three different people learn three different histories

    When Daniel Eror studied World War II in high school, his textbook included one sentence noting that the Croatian fascist Ustase regime ran a concentration camp during the war.  Two decades after Bosnia's brutal civil war ended, reconciliation is still a dream, one the education system is pushing…

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  • For Myanmar political predictions, locals look to the stars

    For years, Myanmar watchers attributed the odd decisions made by the country’s military rulers to an influential class of government apparatchik: the astrologer bureaucrat. Take the way the regime moved the capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw in 2005: on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., 1,100 military trucks…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • Finnish nuclear plant further delayed until 2018

    Finnish utility TVO says construction of the country's fifth nuclear reactor has been delayed again, with the plant not expected to go online until 2018 — nine years later than initially forecast. French-German ...

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  • Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August: U.N.

    At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August, the United Nations said on Monday, as sectarian violence raged in the center and north of the country. Another 1,370 Iraqis were wounded and 600,000 people forced to flee, the U.N. added, as Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas…

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  • Bosnia police detain 13 Serb ex-soldiers, police suspected of war crimes

    Bosnian police on Monday detained 13 former Bosnian Serb soldiers and policemen suspected of taking part in the murder and persecution of hundreds of Bosnian Croats and Muslim Bosniaks early in the country's 1992-95 war. The case was handed over to the Bosnian prosecutors from the Hague-based U.N.…

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  • Japan and India agree to boost strategic ties at summit

    By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and agreed to accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy. Japanese Prime…

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  • Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

    MADRID (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K.

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  • Green joins Hamburger SV on loan from Bayern

    BERLIN (AP) — Julian Green joined Hamburger SV on a season-long loan from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich on Monday.

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  • UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

    GENEVA (AP) — Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

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  • 'Blair-like' PM divides French Socialists

    Splits in France's ruling Socialist Party, which sparked an emergency government reshuffle last week, continue to widen as members on the left flank snipe at a prime minister they see as attempting a "Tony Blair"-style lurch to the right. President Francois Hollande's party, meeting this weekend…

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  • Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's…

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  • UEFA charges Legia Warsaw for fans' snarky banner

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Legia Warsaw's legal problems this season continued Monday, when UEFA charged the club over a banner criticizing its disputed exit from the Champions League.

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