• New Algerian group urges Bouteflika to step down, and army not to interfere
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    New Algerian group urges Bouteflika to step down, and army not to interfere

    A new Algerian group headed by political leaders, opposition figures and activists has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down at the end of his term on April 28, and urged the army not to interfere in politics. In a statement titled "Platform of Change", the National Coordination

  • U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners
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    U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners

    DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed fighters besieging the last shred of Islamic State territory in eastern Syria said on Tuesday they had captured 157 mostly foreign fighters as they tracked efforts by jihadists to escape the enclave. "Our units monitored a group of terrorists,

  • Ethiopia and Indonesia crash parallels heap pressure on Boeing
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    Ethiopia and Indonesia crash parallels heap pressure on Boeing

    ADDIS ABABA/PARIS (Reuters) - Investigators into the Boeing Co 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia have found striking similarities in a vital flight angle with an airplane that came down off Indonesia, a source said, piling pressure on the world's biggest planemaker. The Ethiopian Airlines disaster eight

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Lonely life in the middle for Britain’s newest political movement

    It’s mid-afternoon on another long day of Brexit debate, and the chamber’s green leather benches are mostly empty, including the backbench whence Ms. Ryan has just returned after supporting an amendment calling for a second referendum to be held. The amendment was the latest move in the three-dimensional

  • Christian Science Monitor

    AOC is the right’s new villain. And in Queens, they love her for it

    Mystery novelist Radha Vatsal was playing detective. The Queens resident had recently heard about an upstart young woman who was taking on the district’s longtime Democratic congressman, Joe Crowley. Ms. Vatsal wanted to learn more about her, but couldn’t recall her name.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Building both trust and safety into automated travel

    The recent crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners provide a reminder of the difficult choices the world faces as it moves even faster toward “intelligent” transportation systems. Whether in the air, on highways and railways, or on the water, the transportation industry is undergoing a revolutionary

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Kabul repository for memories of war speaks to need for peace

    A veteran of Afghanistan’s endless wars, Kabal Shah can only wipe away his tears when he frees his hand from one of his crutches, holding the metal support steady with the stump of his amputated leg. Wearing a thick beard on his grizzled face and a wool shawl over his shoulder to ward off the late winter

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 8:22 a.m. GMT

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister declared Tuesday she would do everything in her power to deny the accused mosque gunman a platform for elevating his white supremacist views, after the man dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at his trial in the killings

  • Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter
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    Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — International journalists' organizations are criticizing South Korea's press freedoms after the country's ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter with South Korean nationality over what it claimed was a "borderline traitorous" article insulting President

  • Over 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique
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    Over 1,000 feared dead after cyclone slams into Mozambique

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation's president said.

  • Brexit in crisis as PM May plots a course around speaker's obstruction
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    Brexit in crisis as PM May plots a course around speaker's obstruction

    Speaker John Bercow blindsided May's office on Monday by ruling the government could put the same Brexit deal to another vote in parliament unless it was substantially different to the ones defeated on Jan. 15 and March 12. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay said the ruling meant a vote this week on

  • Flags at half-mast after Utrecht shooting, police search for motive
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    Flags at half-mast after Utrecht shooting, police search for motive

    Regional police commissioner Rob van Bree said on a late night talk show that there was no connection known yet between the suspect and the victims, while Prime Minister Mark Rutte said "terrorist" motives could still not be ruled out.

  • Dutch prosecutors arrest third over deadly tram shooting
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    Dutch prosecutors arrest third over deadly tram shooting

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police say they have arrested a third person on suspicion of involvement in the tram shooting in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five injured.

  • Thai tycoon convicted, bailed in black leopard poaching case
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    Thai tycoon convicted, bailed in black leopard poaching case

    A Thai tycoon accused of killing a black leopard was sentenced to 16 months in jail on other poaching-related charges Tuesday but allowed to go free pending an appeal, in a case that has caused an outcry in a country fed up with impunity for powerful figures. Construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta,

  • Reuters

    ICC prosecutor: examination of Philippines continues despite withdrawal

    AMSTERDAM/MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Monday her examination into possible crimes against humanity committed in the Philippines would go on, despite its withdrawal from the court. The Philippines' withdrawal from the Hague court was formalized on

  • Thai exec guilty in poaching case, cleared of panther charge
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    Thai exec guilty in poaching case, cleared of panther charge

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai construction tycoon was convicted Tuesday on charges related to a high-profile poaching case last year but was found not guilty of possessing the carcass of an endangered black panther seen in photos that had sparked a public outcry.

  • Thailand's oldest party may be king-maker after vote to determine military role
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    Thailand's oldest party may be king-maker after vote to determine military role

    Will Abhisit's pro-business, pro-establishment Democrat Party join with a new pro-military party in a coalition after the vote, likely extending the army's dominance of power? Or will the Democrats band together with a "pro-democracy front" to keep the army out of government - but

  • When snakes strike, lives shatter
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    When snakes strike, lives shatter

    On June 15, 2015, four-year-old Chepchirchir Kiplagat's life changed forever. Sleeping beside her on a mattress on the floor of their modest, mud-walled home, Chepchirchir's two-year-old sister Scholar was also bitten. "It was hard to tell what had happened because the children were crying

  • Reuters

    Ethiopia crash investigators return home after reviewing black box data: sources

    Ethiopian air crash investigators have returned to Addis Ababa from Paris where they had reviewed the black box data from a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet, two sources familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Tuesday. Data from the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder is now in

  • Associated Press

    Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou returns to swimming

    PARIS (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou is making a comeback to swimming with the aim of competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

  • Turkey escalates crackdown on dissent six years after Gezi protests
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    Turkey escalates crackdown on dissent six years after Gezi protests

    After all, the people originally prosecuted over the 2013 protests - which began against the redevelopment of central Istanbul's Gezi Park and grew into nationwide anti-government unrest - were acquitted. A Turkish judge ruled in 2015 that the protesters were exercising the right of freedom of assembly

  • Reuters

    Boeing plane development under review by U.S. prosecutors, Transportation Department: sources

    WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors and the U.S. Department of Transportation are scrutinizing the development of Boeing Co's 737 MAX jetliners in the wake of two deadly crashes in five months, two people briefed on the matter confirmed late on Monday. The U.S. Justice Department

  • Reuters

    Uganda probes U.N. relief food after three deaths: police

    Uganda is investigating a supply of food from the World Food Program (WFP) after three people died and more than 150 others became sick in recent days, police said. The food was part of a community feeding program in northeast Karamoja region, a semi-arid area where the United Nations food agency has

  • Reuters

    Job skills for young Indonesians a key concern ahead of election

    As a flood of young people enters the workforce, President Joko Widodo, who seeks re-election on April 17, has pledged to develop human capital in his second term, after focusing on roads, railways and airports since taking office in 2014. In a vice presidential debate this week, partly focused on education

  • Brother's teasing before NZ mosque shooting proved prophetic
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    Brother's teasing before NZ mosque shooting proved prophetic

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — She wonders now if that moment was a prophecy, if her brother somehow knew it was the last time they'd see each other. Or maybe he was just teasing her, like he always did. But whatever the whole thing meant, Aya al-Umari likes to believe it was her brother's