• North Korean leader's aunt sues defectors in South for defamation

    By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's aunt and her husband, who acted as guardians when he was a teenager, filed a defamation lawsuit in South Korea on Wednesday against three defectors, seeking 60 million won ($51,612) in damages, her lawyer said. The lawsuit is…

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  • Al Qaeda militants take over two south Yemen towns, residents say

    Al Qaeda have retaken the two major southern Yemeni towns of Zinjibar and Jaar that had fallen briefly to militants four years ago, residents and local fighters said on Wednesday. Residents said the militants launched a surprise attack and clashed with the local forces, known as popular…

  • NATO invites Montenegro to become 29th member of alliance

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invited Montenegro on Wednesday to join the U.S.-led alliance, paving the way for the ex-Communist country to become the 29th member of NATO. "We congratulate Montenegro," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told…

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  • Can Chicago police reform? It's up to Mayor Emanuel now

    The mounting fallout from the police killing of a black teenager a year ago rocked the Chicago Police Department to its core Tuesday. On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and announced the creation of an accountability task force to probe whether the department protects…

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  • How to prevent ISIS from getting dirty bomb? Russia and US need to talk

    To prevent that scenario, the international community urgently needs to come together to safeguard against both the spread of nuclear and “radiological” materials and illicit access to them, says former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn. In particular, that means a return to sustained and fruitful dialogue…

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  • Why one California community is trying a privatized approach to homelessness

    Mr. Michaud is one of about 170 homeless people in Pacific Palisades, an affluent waterfront neighborhood in Los Angeles. Overall, California experienced the second-largest increase in the number of homeless people (1,786 individuals) among the 50 states this past year, according to the US…

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  • Trump says CNN should pay him $5 million for next debate. Does he have a point?

    For Donald Trump to grace CNN and the American public with his presence at the upcoming GOP debate, the cable TV network may very well have to pay $5 million. Citing the success of debate programming for channels that sponsored earlier GOP debates this year, Mr. Trump suggested to his supporters…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • The Latest: Investigator: Noise heard in cockpit recording

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The latest on the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people onboard. (All times local.)

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  • Suspected global match-fixer seeks reasons for rearrest, lawyer says

    A Singaporean man accused of leading the world's largest football match-fixing syndicate is trying to find out why he has been rearrested almost a week after being freed by the country's highest court, his lawyer said Wednesday. The release of businessman Dan Tan on November 25 following an order…

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  • Suspected match fixer Tan re-arrested a week after release

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore businessman Dan Tan has been re-arrested just a week after being released following more than two years in detention on suspicion of coordinating a global soccer match-fixing syndicate.

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  • Top Asian News 7:07 a.m. GMT

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Two months after the Taliban rampaged through the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, residents are still sifting through the rubble, wondering how they will ever rebuild and worrying that the insurgents will return. The Taliban swept into the strategic northern city in late…

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  • Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng out of contact for 3 days

    BEIJING (AP) — Wife of the prominent Chinese political dissident Gao Zhisheng says her husband has been out of contact for three days after he voiced support for a fellow activist who was sentenced to prison last week.

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  • Heavy rains batter auto production in India's Detroit

    Heavy rains in India's southern Tamil Nadu state have battered one of the country's largest auto manufacturing hubs and forced plants to shut for the second time in less than a month, crippling production and deliveries from the region. Ford, Daimler and Nissan were among the automakers who told…

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  • India's government restores funding for HIV-AIDS program

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's federal government said it will restore funding to the country's HIV-AIDS program months after it cut its contribution and asked regional governments to fill in the gaps.

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  • Afghans face daunting task in rebuilding war-battered city

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Two months after the Taliban rampaged through the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, residents are still sifting through the rubble, wondering how they will ever rebuild and worrying that the insurgents will return.

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  • Pakistan hangs four convicted of Taliban massacre at school

    Pakistan executed four men on Wednesday for involvement in the massacre of 134 children at an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar last year, media and security sources said. The hangings were the first execution of civilians convicted by Pakistan's military courts, which were set…