• At U.N. council, U.S. calls life in North Korea 'living nightmare'

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea's human rights record after voting to overrule China's objections and add alleged grave abuses by the hermit state to the council's agenda. U.S.…

  • Australian court approves record compensation payout to wildfire victims

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court has approved a record payout of almost A$500 million ($406 million) to survivors and families of some of the 173 people killed in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, the country's worst-ever natural disaster. A class action lawsuit by more than 5,000 people…

  • Bombs in north Nigeria bus station, market kill 27

    By Isaac Abrak and Lanre Ola ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in north Nigeria on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 60, officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack. Boko Haram insurgents have…

  • In Kobane, Islamic State takes a pounding, but holds on

    US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq have allowed the Iraqi Army, Kurdish peshmerga fighters, and their allies to reclaim territory lost to an Islamic State (IS) spring and summer offensive.

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  • Dresden's anti-Islam protests: Rooted in Germany's East-West divide?

    The thousands of anti-Islamist protesters who’ve been gathering in Dresden each Monday – as they did tonight with a record 17,500 participants – to contest what they say is a radical brand of Islam, aren’t just shining a spotlight on a rare glimpse of public xenophobia in Germany.

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  • With plea to 'put aside protests,' New York mayor seeks common ground

    On Monday, standing beside his police commissioner, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the city to "put aside political debates, put aside protests" until funerals could be held for the two police officers killed Saturday. 

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  • Reader Write:US must end gun violence, and US/NATO actions provoke Russia

    Regarding the Dec. 16 online Monitor’s View, “Taliban massacre of children: how Pakistan must now change” ( While I don’t disagree that Pakistan needs to take action, it seems disingenuous of anyone in the United States to tell people in another country how to respond to the massacre…

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Key North Korean websites back online after shutdown

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang.

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  • Some 15 percent of Honduran kids work

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Roberto Castellanos has the hands of a construction worker and the homework of a 6th grader.

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  • Japan's emperor turns 81, renews peace commitment

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito said he "ardently" hoped Japan will strive hard as a peaceful country, as he celebrated his 81th birthday Tuesday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year.

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  • Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Key North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that followed a U.S. vow to respond to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures that Washington blames on Pyongyang. The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government…

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  • Cuba signals that extradition of US fugitives off the table

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's point person on U.S. relations says anything is up for discussion as the two countries move to re-establish diplomatic ties, from anti-drug cooperation to joint environmental agreements.

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  • Tibetan woman burns herself to death in China: reports

    A Tibetan woman died on Tuesday after setting herself on fire in protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region, rights groups and media said. Tsepe Kyi set herself alight in the centre of a town in Aba county, known in Tibetan as Ngaba county, in southwest Sichuan province, Free Tibet and…

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  • Sydney siege victims remembered as floral tributes removed

    Mourners paid emotional tributes to victims of the Sydney cafe siege Tuesday as volunteers and workers removed a giant sea of flowers laid in their memory amid plans for a permanent memorial. Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis, who had a history of extremism and violence, took 17 hostages in the…

  • North Korea Internet outage in wake of Sony attack over

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea experienced sweeping Internet outages for hours before coming back online late Monday. One computer expert said the country's online access was "totally down."

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  • Asian stocks rise on 'Santa rally' after Wall St record

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street closed at record highs in a traditional pre-Christmas advance.

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