• Canada gets consular access to second man detained in China
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    Canada gets consular access to second man detained in China

    OTTAWA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Canadian diplomats gained consular access on Sunday to the second of two men detained by China over the past week, Canada's foreign ministry said in a statement that gave few details, as China said it was ensuring their rights were protected. John McCallum, Canada'

  • 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

  • UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote
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    UK PM to warn against 'damage' of second Brexit vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday warn MPs against supporting a second referendum, saying it would do "irreparable damage" to British politics. "Anther vote... would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics," she will say, adding that a second vote "would

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 7:43 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

  • Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir public march
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    Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir public march

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Armed soldiers and police have fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir and are enforcing a security lockdown to foil a public march separatists have called from heading to India's military headquarters in the disputed region.

  • India rocked by two early wickets in 287 run chase
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    India rocked by two early wickets in 287 run chase

    India made a disastrous start to their run chase against Australia in the second Test in Perth on Monday, losing two early wickets on a fast deteriorating pitch. Set 287 to win after Australia were dismissed for 243 in their second innings, India were 15 for two at tea, still needing another 272 to

  • Associated Press

    Cambodia's biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's largest hydropower project officially began producing electricity Monday as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to reduce energy imports and help jump-start industrial expansion.

  • Reuters

    Another Brexit referendum would increase uncertainty: UK business minister

    LONDON (Reuters) - British business minister Greg Clark said that a second Brexit referendum would increase uncertainty for the country and his preference would be for parliament to back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal. Clark was speaking on BBC radio on Monday. (Reporting by Sarah Young

  • India teetering on 15-2 after being set 287 to win in Perth
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    India teetering on 15-2 after being set 287 to win in Perth

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia strengthened its grip on the second cricket test as India teetered on 15-2 at tea on day four after being set 287 runs to win at the Perth Stadium on Monday.

  • Reuters

    Kashmir locked down as India seeks to stifle protests after killings

    Unrest has intensified over recent weeks in the Muslim-majority region at the heart of decades of hostility between India and Pakistan, and seven civilians were killed on Saturday when security forces opened fire at a protest over the killing of three militants. Separatists planned to march toward an

  • Associated Press

    Maldives president calls India 'our closest friend'

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The new president of the Maldives has called India the island nation's closest friend, welcome words for New Delhi after years of Beijing's growing economic influence.

  • Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son
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    Gay Singaporean man wins right to adopt surrogate son

    A gay Singaporean man Monday won the right to adopt a child he fathered via a surrogate in the United States, in a landmark court ruling for the conservative city-state. While Singapore is affluent and modern in many ways, attitudes towards homosexuality are routinely criticised as outdated. Gay marriage

  • Reuters

    Blast smashes windows, wrecks offices at Greece's SKAI TV in 'attack on democracy'

    SKAI is one of Greece's biggest TV stations and part of a media group which includes a radio station and is affiliated with the leading 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 outlets

  • Japan police investigate cause of blast that hurt 42
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    Japan police investigate cause of blast that hurt 42

    Japanese police were investigating Monday the cause of a powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in the country's north overnight, injuring 42 people and damaging surrounding buildings. The explosion in the city of Sapporo on Sunday night started fires and caused the partial collapse of

  • 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.

  • 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.