• Myanmar's Suu Kyi blames lack of safety regulations for deadly landslide

    By Aung Hla Tun and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON/HPAKANT, Myanmar (Reuters) - A disregard for the rule of law in the jade mining industry in Myanmar had made accidents such as the landslide that killed more than 100 people at the weekend a common occurrence, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said on…

  • Chinese court upholds conviction against journalist but lowers sentence by two years

    By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court upheld a conviction on Thursday against a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website but reduced her jail sentence by two years in a case criticized by the West and rights groups. Gao Yu, 71, was…

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  • Pope in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God's name

    By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence and hate in God's name was unjustified, speaking in Kenya which has been the victim of a spate of Islamist militant…

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  • Black Lives Matter protests were nonviolent, but certainly not calm

    Charles Preston wants to make one thing perfectly clear. Overnight Tuesday in Chicago and Minneapolis, there was widespread relief. Worries that protests against police might turn violent had brought a member of Congress out onto the pavement in Minneapolis and prompted a pleading press…

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  • Is Donald Trump really a 'fascist?'

    Is Donald Trump really “fascist”? It seems his recent nativist statements – including his apparent endorsement of a national registry for Muslims in the US, and support for the surveillance of mosques – have pushed Republicans who think Trump is unelectable over the edge. Recommended: What do…

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  • How Muslims are using social media to reclaim their faith

    When Marwa Balkar learned of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s support of a tracking database for Muslims, she decided she would not take his remarks lying down. “When I first heard Donald Trump’s comments, I wasn’t shocked because I feel like it was something Donald Trump would…

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  • Italy's artful arsenal against Islamic State

    Up to now, the West’s war on Islamic State (IS) has been mainly one of words and weapons. On Tuesday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi opened a new front, directed at the influx of refugees into Italy from conflict zones like Syria and Iraq. Italy, after all, has plenty of art to go around,…

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  • Is Portugal about to go down the same road as Greece?

    An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye. Sound familiar? It's not ...

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  • Qatar launches probe after rains exposed poor construction

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has launched an investigation after heavy rains exposed poor construction in the oil-rich country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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  • China's carbon footprint grows with the good life

    The son of peach farmers, Chen Jian relishes the fruits of his middle class life, driving to work and flying on holiday, epitomising how China's carbon footprint has grown alongside the prosperity of its nearly 1.4 billion people. China's ruling Communist Party bases its claim to legitimacy on…

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  • Asada, Hanyu aiming to shine on home ice at NHK Trophy

    NAGANO, Japan (AP) — For Mao Asada, the NHK Trophy presents a chance to add momentum to a comeback that began with a victory at the Cup of China earlier this month.

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  • German interior minister calls for European refugee cap: newspaper

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Europe should set a "generous" limit on the number of refugees it takes in a year, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday. "When the quota is filled, there are no further entries in the year," he said in the interview with…

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  • The Latest: Kenyan Muslim senator welcomes pope's message

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

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  • South Africa all out for 79 against India in Nagpur

    NAGPUR, India (AP) — Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled out South Africa for just 79 on the second day of the third test Thursday, the visitors' lowest innings total ever against India.

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  • Fan pours drink on Celtics draft pick Thornton during game

    SYDNEY (AP) — An elderly basketball fan has been banned for the rest of the Australian season after tipping beer on the head of Boston Celtics 2015 draft pick Marcus Thornton during a domestic league game.

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  • Report: Pakistan allowed to play against India in Sri Lanka

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given the green light for the country's cricket team to play a limited-overs series against India in Sri Lanka next month, Pakistan media reported Thursday.

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  • Spieth finds going tough in 1st round of Australian Open

    SYDNEY (AP) — Last year, Jordan Spieth played what he called the best round of his life by shooting a record 8-under 63 to win the Australian Open by six strokes.

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