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  • Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles

    Hong Kong police said on Tuesday they arrested 19 people during scuffles with pro-democracy activists prompted by China's decision not to allow the Asian financial hub to choose its next leader. The 19, aged between 20 and 45, were arrested on Monday for illegal assembly, trying to force their way…

    Reuters
  • Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit

    Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger role in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is due to host Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders at a G20 summit…

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  • Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months. Mohamed Ali Nasri told reporters in hospital that about five…

    Reuters
  • The answer to Islamic State: by sword – or word?

    As world leaders try to counter the killing spree of the militant group Islamic State, better known as ISIS, they should take note of this trend: More Muslim leaders are challenging the group’s core message that faith can be compelled by the threat of violence. Rather, the Islamic State is also…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Texas and Louisiana abortion laws blocked, but how many clinics remain?

    In a matter of three days, two judges might have kept as many as 19 abortion clinics in Texas and Louisiana open – at least temporarily. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas blocked implementation of a Texas law that would have required abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev

    East Ukraine's Russian-backed rebels now say they are willing to talk with Kiev about a political settlement that would keep Ukraine united but would grant sweeping autonomy to their war-torn regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Barely a week ago, rebel prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko insisted he…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Rick Perry deletes tweet about drunk Democrat. Why did he bother?

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry took back a tweet on Sunday. First, the background: On Sunday night Governor Perry’s verified Twitter account posted an image of Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic prosecutor at the heart of Perry’s recent indictment on charges of public corruption. The (doctored) image of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

    Associated Press
  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down…

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  • Tropical Storm Dolly forms off Mexico's coast

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Dolly has formed off Mexico's coast over the Bay of Campeche.

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  • Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A jury is about to consider the fates of four former Blackwater security guards who face charges stemming from the shooting of 30 Iraqis on a Baghdad street in 2007.

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  • Asia stocks mostly higher, wages data boosts Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday after a jump in average wages boosted Japan's market. Hong Kong's benchmark was recovering after initially retreating on weak Chinese data and concerns over tensions with Beijing.

    Associated Press33 mins ago
  • Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers

    Fiji revealed for the first time Tuesday the demands being made by Al-Qaeda-linked Syria rebels who took more than 40 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights last week. Fiji army chief Mosese Tikoitoga said the rebels wanted their organisation, the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, to be…

    AFP33 mins ago
  • Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A dethroned beauty queen from Myanmar says she won't return her $100,000 crown until the pageant's organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • Clashes between Islamists, rivals in Libya kill 31

    CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan security official says clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi between Islamists and rival fighters loyal to a renegade general have killed 31 on both sides.

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  • Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother in another case that casts a harsh light on Thailand's beleaguered surrogacy industry.

    Associated Press58 mins ago
  • Homicide charges for S. Korean soldiers over death

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials say South Korean military prosecutors are charging four soldiers with homicide over the hazing death of a young army conscript in April.

    Associated Press
  • Hong Kong police arrest 22 pro-democracy protesters

    Hong Kong police have arrested at least 22 people during a series of protests targeting a senior Chinese official visiting the city, authorities said Tuesday. The city has been plunged into political crisis after pro-democracy activists vowed to take over the streets of the city's financial…

    AFP
  • Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset: expert

    It has been one of the more bizarre features of a deadly epidemic: a vocal minority in west African society denying that Ebola exists even as family and friends die around them. "When people say that Ebola does not exist, they are rebelling against something," Senegalese university professor…

    AFP