• Asked about Trump, China says U.S. people want good ties

    China understands people in the United States have the right to say what they want, but most want good relations with China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, apparently dismissing repeated attacks by billionaire Donald Trump as "disturbances". The Republican presidential hopeful has recently…

  • Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

    By Isla Binnie VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion…

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  • China says Japan complaints about U.N. Ban's WW2 parade visit 'irritating'

    China on Tuesday rebuffed as "irritating" complaints from Japan about the Beijing visit of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to watch a military parade marking the end of World War Two. Thousands of Chinese troops will march through central Beijing on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary…

  • European court: Italy failed 3 Tunisian Arab Spring migrants

    PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld the case of three Tunisians expelled from Italy in 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, ruling that the migrants had been subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment during time spent in a detention center, suffered a…

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  • Palmyra temple destruction confirmed by satellite images

    Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group. The destruction of the Temple of Bel sparked outrage and international headlines, precisely the reaction the jihadist group may have been…

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  • Sri Lanka leader calls for reforms to promote ethnic harmony

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked the country's newly elected lawmakers to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era.

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  • German minister's 'Negro' comment sparks social media storm

    A German state minister sparked a social media storm Tuesday after calling a beloved German pop singer a "wonderful Negro" during a TV debate on Europe's migrant crisis. The Twitter hashtag #Neger (Negro) topped trending topics in Germany the morning after Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim…

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  • Lebanese protesters enter environment ministry, stage sit-in

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Dozens of Lebanese protesters staged a sit-in inside the environment ministry in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, calling on minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign, a Reuters witness said. Lebanon has been hit by a series of protests against the government ignited…

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  • US, Swiss federal prosecutors to give update on FIFA cases

    GENEVA (AP) — Federal prosecutors leading investigations of corruption in international football are to hold a joint news conference in FIFA's home city.

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  • Malaysian police summon anti-PM protest organisers

    The organisers of a massive weekend demonstration demanding the Malaysian prime minister's removal over corruption allegations said Tuesday they had been summoned by police, after the government earlier threatened they could face charges. Several protest leaders were ordered to report to police…

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  • United States defeats Cuba at women's volleyball World Cup

    OKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States overpowered Cuba 25-15, 25-11, 25-15 to remain top of the standings at the women's volleyball World Cup on Tuesday.

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.…

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  • Lebanese protesters storm ministry over garbage crisis

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese protesters broke into the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the minister over the country's snowballing trash crisis.

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  • Sword-wielding Patel crusader threatens Modi's 'model' in India

    By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - A sword-wielding 22-year-old activist has emerged overnight as the most pressing political threat to Narendra Modi, accusing the Indian prime minister of breaking a promise to provide jobs that helped him win last year's general election. Hardik…

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  • Exiled Tibetan gov't warns China not to meddle in tradition

    DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The exiled Tibetan government said it saw no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, insisting that Tuesday instead marked a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan kingdom.

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  • Taiwan swipe card with porn star image sells out in 4 hours

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.

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  • Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

    Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church. "I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests…

    AFP43 mins ago
  • World markets drop after bleak Chinese industry report

    TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets fell sharply Tuesday and Wall Street was set to open lower as gloomy economic data from China and Japan augured further uncertainty for investors after a brutal August.

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