• Canada says China has granted consular access to second detainee
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    Canada says China has granted consular access to second detainee

    John McCallum, Canada's ambassador to Beijing, met Michael Spavor, the statement said. Spavor and Michael Kovrig were both picked up after Canada arrested a senior Chinese executive on a U.S. extradition request. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - who said on Friday the detentions were unacceptable

  • Reuters

    Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

    U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey's foreign minister said on Sunday. "In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working

  • Police, firemen search for cause of explosion in Japan's Sapporo
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    Police, firemen search for cause of explosion in Japan's Sapporo

    Police and fire officials on Monday were searching for the cause of a dramatic explosion in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo that collapsed a building and injured 42 people. Sapporo police and fire officials said it was too early to say anything certain about the cause of the explosion.

  • 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

  • Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday
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    Taliban say they're meeting US officials again on Monday

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.

  • Protesters arrested outside Russian security service HQ
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    Protesters arrested outside Russian security service HQ

    Russian police on Sunday arrested seven people protesting outside the Moscow headquarters of the FSB, Russia's security service, an independent monitor reported. Several dozen protesters gathered outside the infamous Lubyanka building for an unauthorised rally against what they say are abuses committed

  • Imperious Latham strokes epic 264 as stuttering Sri Lanka face defeat
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    Imperious Latham strokes epic 264 as stuttering Sri Lanka face defeat

    New Zealand opener Tom Latham flayed Sri Lanka's bowlers with an unbeaten 264 Monday before the tourists' top order failed again, leaving them on the verge of a heavy first Test defeat in Wellington. Latham walked off to a standing ovation at the Basin Reserve after carrying his bat and helping

  • Reuters

    Singapore court allows gay man to adopt son in landmark ruling

    Singapore's high court on Monday allowed a gay doctor to adopt his biological son, a landmark ruling in the socially conservative city-state that comes almost a year after his initial bid was rejected. The decision overturns a 2017 ruling in which a court said the man could not adopt the boy because

  • Asian shares edge higher with Fed meeting in focus
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    Asian shares edge higher with Fed meeting in focus

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Monday on hopes that the Federal Reserve would re-evaluate its hawkish stance at a meeting later this week, following signs of slower global growth.

  • Associated Press

    Cambodia's biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's largest hydropower project has begun producing electricity as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to support a jump-start to industrial expansion.

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:03 a.m. GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Taliban

  • Sri Lanka 20-3 at stumps on day 3, 1st test vs. New Zealand
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    Sri Lanka 20-3 at stumps on day 3, 1st test vs. New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Opener Tom Latham carried his bat for more than 11-1/2 hours and 157 overs to make 264 in a first innings of 578 which put New Zealand in charge of the first cricket test against Sri Lanka after day three on Monday.

  • Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men
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    Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.

  • Miss Philippines wins 2018 Miss Universe crown
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    Miss Philippines wins 2018 Miss Universe crown

    Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants. Catriona Gray, 24, finished first ahead of the South African and Venezuelan

  • Bowing out as president, Congo's Kabila raises prospect of a return act
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    Bowing out as president, Congo's Kabila raises prospect of a return act

    "My role will be to make sure that we don't go back to square one, square one meaning where we found the Congo 22 years ago," he told Reuters inside an ornate reception room with high ceilings and sweeping views of the churning Congo River. Whether the vote due on Dec. 23 brings down the

  • Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Kashoggi murder
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    Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Kashoggi murder

    Canada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday, as criticism mounts over the kingdom's role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led war in Yemen. "The murder of a journalist is absolutely unacceptable

  • Associated Press

    This Week: Housing starts, Fed meeting, 3Q GDP

    A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:

  • Geoffrey Rush faces fresh claims of inappropriate behaviour
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    Geoffrey Rush faces fresh claims of inappropriate behaviour

    Academy award-winner Geoffrey Rush on Monday faced fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour by an actress, amid his defamation battle with an Australian newspaper over separate claims. Australian actress Yael Stone, who stars in Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black", told The New York

  • U.N., Palestinians launch humanitarian appeal after funding cuts
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    U.N., Palestinians launch humanitarian appeal after funding cuts

    The United Nations and the Palestinian Authority on Monday appealed for $350 million in humanitarian relief for Palestinians next year, saying that they needed more but had to be realistic in the face of "record-low" funding. The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan outlined 203 projects to be

  • Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal
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    Nissan to replace rock-star chairman amid arrest scandal

    TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's board is meeting to pick a chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations.

  • Reuters

    Blast smashes windows at Greece's SKAI TV; no injuries

    SKAI is one of Greece's biggest TV stations and part of a media group which includes a radio station and is affiliated with Greece's major daily newspaper, Kathimerini. Police said a makeshift explosive device went off near the SKAI building at 2:35 a.m. following warning calls to two media

  • White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand
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    White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing the government to the brink of a partial shutdown, the White House is insisting that Congress provide $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite lawmaker resistance from both parties.