• U.N. rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance…

  • Brazil's Rousseff widens lead over Neves ahead of Sunday vote: polls

    BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has a clear lead of between 6 and 8 percentage points over her pro-business challenger Aecio Neves ahead of Sunday's presidential election runoff, two polls showed on Thursday. In the first polls to show the leftist incumbent with a lead…

  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls in northeast Nigeria

    By Imma Ande and Isaac Abrak YOLA/ABUJA (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack…

  • In gloomy Ukraine, an unexpected gleam for one company

    Ukraine's economy may be imploding, the government teetering on the brink of default, and the country's industrial heartland devastated by war.

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  • More and more, bystanders recording NYPD – including arrest of subway musician

    More and more, when New York City police make an arrest in public, bystanders pull out their smart phones and begin recording.

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  • Will this shocking atheist pamphlet be handed out in some Florida schools?

    If The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist group, gets its way, it may be handing out controversial pamphlets in several Florida public high schools depicting a lecherous human-like Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.

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  • Did Elizabeth Warren just hint she might run for president in 2016?

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has launched a new round of media hyperventilating about a possible run for the presidency.

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  • Recent Study Shows Joint Relief Really Works

    Clinical study concluded that natural joint supplement demonstrated a significantly significant reduction in joint issues within 5 days of treatment.

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  • Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — He was a recent convert to Islam and a petty criminal with a long rap sheet, including a string of drug offenses. In recent weeks, he had been staying in a homeless shelter, where he talked about wanting to go to Libya to get away from drugs but griped that he couldn't get a…

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  • US-led strikes kill more than 500 militants in Syria

    US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters readied to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane. The battle for Kobane has become crucial for both the Islamic State (IS) group and its opponents, with a senior US…

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  • Canadian police say Ottawa gunman acted alone

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police on Thursday said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspect in Wednesday's gun attack in Ottawa acted alone, and that there is no evidence that he had any ties to the suspect in another attack in Montreal days earlier. Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian who may have had dual Libyan…

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  • Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

    LAKE CHON, North Korea (AP) — When North Korea opens its doors, it does so for a reason. So it was when the authoritarian government granted permission for a road trip so extensive that few North Koreans — let alone a pair of American journalists — could imagine taking it. We drove 2,150 kilometers…

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  • Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed over 500

    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

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  • Haitians' lawyer to NY judge: Ignore UN immunity

    NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Haitians seeking compensation from the United Nations for victims of a deadly cholera outbreak asked a judge Thursday to ignore the U.N.'s immunity and let a lawsuit proceed, but a U.S. lawyer said doing so would open up the United Nations to many more lawsuits.

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  • Guantanamo prisoners in protest over women guards

    MIAMI (AP) — Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say.

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  • Billionaire Soros urges Europe to 'wake up' and save Ukraine

    US billionaire investor George Soros warned Thursday that Europe's very existence was being threatened by Russia, in a scathing criticism of the EU's response to the Ukraine crisis. The 84-year-old, in an article published in Le Monde daily and the New York Review of Books, said European…

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  • AP Interview: Libya FM wants Tripoli negotiations

    CAIRO (AP) — Libya's newly appointed foreign minister said Thursday that he hopes to see a negotiated solution to the standoff in the capital, Tripoli, where Islamist-allied militias have taken over the city and forced out the elected lawmakers.

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  • Ex-Mountie hero of shooting at Canada's Parliament

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder.

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