• China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Liu, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of the 48th…

  • North Korea shows captive Canadian pastor confessing before congregation

    North Korea released video footage on Monday of a Canadian pastor confessing before a Pyongyang church congregation that he had committed crimes against the state. Dressed in a dark blue suit and tie and speaking to a sparse congregation which included some foreign residents of Pyongyang, South…

  • China seeks hearts and minds with Tibetan resettlements

    By Natalie Thomas NGABA, China (Reuters) - Nineteen-year-old Longsel Tsondre sees nothing romantic about the itinerant life his Tibetan herder family left behind when the government in his remote corner of southwestern China offered to resettle them a few years ago. Now we dance every day," he…

  • Are students held captive by rising textbook prices? How to cut the cost

    Textbook prices have risen by 1,041 percent since 1977 according to NBC’s recent review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. College Board suggested that college students budget anywhere between $1,200 and $1,350 for books and supplies in the 2014-2015 school year. What can college students…

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  • Elderly couple provides 'safe school' in their home: a solution to bullying?

    The students, aged between 11 and 16, typically spend around a year at the Northleigh House School studying English, math, and science, taught by a mainly part-time staff of 22. Some of you may find my next statement surprising: We should want our children to feel some emotional pain when they are…

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  • In eastern Congo, a gorilla reserve tries to rise above its troubled region

    Strolling among the tombstones of Virunga National Park’s “gorilla graveyard,” Innocent Mburanumwe, one of the chief wardens, smiles as he talks about his favorite gorilla, whose bald head reminds him of an old man. Here in Africa’s oldest national park, he has watched the iconic mountain gorilla…

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  • Is our outrage over Cecil the Lion going too far?

    The shooting of Zimbabwe’s beloved Cecil the Lion last month sparked international outcry, with many commenters saying that the hunter responsible, a Minnesota dentist, should be tried in court. One celebrity even went as far as to publish his home address.

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  • Basketball Australia refuses to reinstate Elizabeth Cambage

    SYDNEY (AP) — Basketball Australia has rejected a legal bid from China-based star Elizabeth Cambage for reinstatement to the Australia women's team which will play New Zealand in an Olympic qualifying series later this month.

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  • Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight

    US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy. The White House will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and…

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors…

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  • Syria army plane crashes in rebel-held town: monitor

    A Syrian military aircraft crashed while on a bombing run over the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, leaving at least 12 people dead, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear how many of the dead were from the crash and how…

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  • Ledecky shocked after improving 1,500 world record in heats

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Katie Ledecky touched the wall, turned around, spit out some water, curled her mouth into a big smile and began waving her finger.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    In the Middle East this past week, attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories threatened to ignite widespread violence in the region.

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  • Burundi tense amid gunfire after killing of a general

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Gunfire rang out in Burundi's capital Sunday night following the killing of a feared military general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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  • Quintana to ride in Vuelta after 2nd place at Tour de France

    MADRID (AP) — Movistar cycling team says Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana will race in the Spanish Vuelta.

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  • Saudi king leaves France after 8-day stay after controversy

    PARIS (AP) — The Saudi king's visit to his family's French Riviera mansion is over after weeks of controversy surrounding the closure of a public beach during his stay, the top state official in the area said on Monday.

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  • Newborn girl abandoned in Chinese toilet: report

    A newborn baby girl was abandoned in a Beijing public toilet and fell head-first down the pipe, reports said Monday, after her mother apparently gave birth in the facility. Members of the public were alerted by the baby's cries, the Beijing Times reported, and a police officer reached down the…

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  • Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to take Sinjar from Islamic State

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region says that Iraqi Kurds must maintain control of areas in northwestern Iraq, including the city of Sinjar, after they are recaptured from Islamic State militants.

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