• Reuters

    U.S.-led coalition destroys Syrian mosque used as ISIS command center

    The U.S.-led coalition in Syria destroyed on Saturday a mosque in the town of Hajin which had been used as an Islamic State command and control center, the U.S. military said. Hajin is the last big town that the Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The U.S.-backed

  • Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, embassy not moving yet
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    Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, embassy not moving yet

    Australia formally recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Israel described the move as a step in the right direction. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb

  • Nicaragua police beat journalists in crackdown on free press
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    Nicaragua police beat journalists in crackdown on free press

    Earlier this week police occupied the offices of prominent editor Carlos Fernando Chamorro, along with buildings used by several civil society organizations it had banned. A Reuters witness counted at least seven journalists from international and national media, including Chamorro, who were grabbed

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Readers write: US-Russia exchange, and how to address genocide?

    What a pleasant surprise to see Sharon Tennison profiled in the People Making a Difference feature in the Oct. 22 Weekly Print Edition! Our family traveled with her 30 years ago as part of her program Center for Citizen Initiatives, which sets up trips to Russia for Americans and trips to the United

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Stuck between China and US, Canada finds itself ‘alone in the world’

    Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable that the United States would not back Canada in a geopolitical standoff. In reaction, Ottawa has been seeking a place in this shifting international landscape, in part bolstered by economic and political ties with China to reduce its dependence on

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Israel booms with babies as developed world’s birth rates plummet. Here’s why.

    Pro-natalist Israel is having a sustained baby boom, and now has the highest per capita rate of population growth in the developed world, experts say. Families here have an average of 3.1 children, compared with 1.7 in other developed countries. At this rate Israel’s population, which currently numbers

  • Looking out for West Africa's migrant children
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    Looking out for West Africa's migrant children

    "I got on a bus to Cotonou sticking to a lady as if I were her son," says the relaxed young man, as if travelling several hundred kilometres alone at such a young age was no big deal -- even if it was to his mother's native country. Seven years later, Jacques is living in the cosmopolitan

  • France's 'yellow vest' protests lose momentum on decisive weekend
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    France's 'yellow vest' protests lose momentum on decisive weekend

    Groups of defiant "yellow vest" demonstrators faced off with tens of thousands of police around France on Saturday, but the protest movement appeared to have lost momentum on a fifth and decisive weekend. President Emmanuel Macron, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, announced a series

  • Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group
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    Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group

    PARIS (AP) — The man described as the father of the 29-year-old suspect in this week's deadly Christmas market attack in Strasbourg says his son subscribed to the beliefs of the Islamic State group.

  • Associated Press

    Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

    The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from U.S. officials who said she had not been given food or water for days.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:23 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — While a Huawei executive faces possible U.S. charges over trade with Iran, the Chinese tech giant's ambition to be a leader in next-generation telecoms is colliding with security worries abroad. Australia and New Zealand have barred Huawei Technologies Ltd. as a supplier for fifth-generation

  • Ex-military chief to be next Australia governor-general
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    Ex-military chief to be next Australia governor-general

    A former chief of Australia's defence forces was Sunday appointed as the next governor-general, the representative of Britain's Queen, but will only assume the role after crucial state and federal elections next year. Retired general David Hurley, 65, will be the second ex-defence forces chief

  • China's Xi to address key reform anniversary on Tuesday: Xinhua
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    China's Xi to address key reform anniversary on Tuesday: Xinhua

    President Xi Jinping will make a major speech on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, state news agency Xinhua reported. Xi will speak at a conference to be held at the Great Hall of the People from 10 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Tuesday, Xinhua said on Sunday. Former leader

  • Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village
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    Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

    SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through

  • Reuters

    Guatemalan girl's dad: she was healthy, well-hydrated before death at border

    A statement from the family of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, released to reporters in El Paso, Texas, by the head of a migrants shelter where her father was staying, disputed media reports that the girl had gone days without food or water and become dehydrated while traveling from Guatemala through

  • The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions
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    The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):

  • Fake news vs fact in online battle for truth
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    Fake news vs fact in online battle for truth

    Since US President Donald Trump weaponised the term "fake news" during the 2016 presidential election campaign, the phrase has gone viral. Increasingly it is used by politicians around the world to denounce or dismiss news reports that do not fit their version of the truth. At the same time

  • Nicaragua police raid opposition paper, end rights groups' permits
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    Nicaragua police raid opposition paper, end rights groups' permits

    Nicaraguan police have raided the offices of an opposition daily and then stripped human rights and activist groups' permission to operate, those targeted said Saturday. Nine police officers armed with rifles entered the offices late Friday and started pushing people, beating others and making fun

  • Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in Kashmir
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    Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian forces who were exchanging fire with insurgents in disputed Kashmir on Saturday fatally shot at least seven civilians when large crowds descended on the site of the gunbattle in support of the militants, police and residents said.

  • Tear gas in Paris, but fewer protesters and bigger demands
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    Tear gas in Paris, but fewer protesters and bigger demands

    PARIS (AP) — A protest movement that has brought the French into the streets for five Saturdays in a row in a major challenge to President Emmanuel Macron lost momentum in its latest nationwide outcry, but the smaller crowds pushed fervently for one of their expanding demands, a citizen's referendum

  • Australia appoints military leader as next governor general
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    Australia appoints military leader as next governor general

    Hurley, 65, had a 42-year military career in the Australian Army culminating in his appointment as Chief of the Defence Force in 2011. "I'll be enormously proud to represent Australia in the role of governor general," Hurley said. The current governor-general, Peter Cosgrove, had been

  • Reuters

    Rescue helicopter crashes in Portugal, four feared dead

    State broadcaster RTP and daily Correio de Manha reported the helicopter had crashed, killing two pilots, a nurse and a doctor onboard. INEM said a rescue operation was under way but the helicopter had still not been found.

  • Deep in the red: Chinese county pays price for vanity-project binge
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    Deep in the red: Chinese county pays price for vanity-project binge

    Officials have spent a small fortune on the project that has transformed the village of Shazhou, in Hunan province, into an open-air museum dedicated to the Chinese Communist Party. The "red tourism" project was the brainchild of the former Communist Party chief of the local county, Rucheng

  • Ronaldo nets penalty as Juventus wins derby at Torino 1-0
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    Ronaldo nets penalty as Juventus wins derby at Torino 1-0

    MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo rediscovered his scoring touch by converting a penalty to help Juventus beat city rival Torino 1-0 in a Serie A derby on Saturday.