• Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq
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    Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq

    Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown. The Yazidi survivor was speaking to a crowd of hundreds in

  • U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text
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    U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text

    Countries are on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rulebook" to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and which comes into force in 2020. Talks in Katowice, Poland, under way since Dec. 2, have been

  • 'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help
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    'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help

    With the British parliament deadlocked, the ultimate destination of the Brexit project remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership. May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, rejected

  • 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

  • Christian Science Monitor

    What strips power from today’s emperors

     In democracies, leaders are often reminded, outside regular elections, about the source of their authority and how that responsibility is to be exercised. Take these events just in recent days:

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Prescription art: Take in two museums and call me in the morning

    The five pavilions that comprise the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, one of Canada’s most prominent institutions, draw their share of art lovers, of tourists, and of ragtag school groups. During any given week, there are deaf teens and young adults viewing the works as part of their education in how to

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 2:42 a.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. He said in a speech that Australia will recognize east

  • Gosling goes behind the camera for DRCongo book
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    Gosling goes behind the camera for DRCongo book

    Actor Ryan Gosling is best known for films as diverse as "La La Land" and "First Man" but he recently moved behind the lens for a passion project -- taking photos in the crisis-hit Democratic Republic of Congo. The 38-year-old Gosling, who is Canadian, is no stranger to advocacy

  • Reuters

    Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital

    "Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel," Morrison said. "We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical ... and after final status determination," he told

  • Associated Press

    Mexican president seeks to revamp health care for poor

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced a $5.7-billion, two-year plan Friday to revamp the country's health care system for the poor. He also said the country should consider a program for euthanasia, or voluntary assisted dying, which is currently not allowed.

  • French 'yellow vests' spark copycats and fakes abroad
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    French 'yellow vests' spark copycats and fakes abroad

    The "yellow vest" revolt in France over the high cost of living has sparked copycat protests abroad -- as well a swarm of fake reports. The month-long French demonstrations, which have led to repeated rioting in Paris, have inspired protesters in a number of mostly European countries. On

  • 7-year-old in good health, border agents said; then she died
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    7-year-old in good health, border agents said; then she died

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By

  • France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions
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    France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions

    Thousands of France's "yellow vest" demonstrators were expected to take to the streets again on Saturday, a month after the start of their protest movement which has plunged President Emmanuel Macron's government into its biggest crisis. The number of protesters who turn out could

  • Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics
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    Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

    Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team's ascendance into an international powerhouse.

  • Salt Lake City tabbed for possible Winter Olympics bid
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    Salt Lake City tabbed for possible Winter Olympics bid

    Salt Lake City has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee for a potential bid to host the 2030 Winter Games. The USOC has expressed interest in bidding for a future Winter Olympics, but has not determined when a formal bid will take place, the organization said in a statement on Friday

  • Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod
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    Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

    Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturday to work towards founding an independent church, in what Kiev authorities hope will be a further step out of Russia's orbit. Ties between the ex-Soviet neighbours have broken down since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 following a pro-Western

  • Conservatives' Brexit faultlines run deep in divided UK
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    Conservatives' Brexit faultlines run deep in divided UK

    The conflict over Europe that has been tearing the Conservatives apart for three decades is as evident on the streets of English towns as it is in the corridors of power. In Leave-voting Hastings, on the south coast of England, the faultlines of a bitter rivalry between moderates and hardliners within

  • Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia
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    Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia

    Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that prompted outrage in Serbia, which does not recognise its former province's independence. Kosovo has been guarded by NATO-led peacekeeping troops since it broke away from Belgrade in a bloody separatist

  • US, Canada promise due process for arrested Chinese executive
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    US, Canada promise due process for arrested Chinese executive

    The United States and Canada on Friday promised a fair judicial process for a Chinese executive arrested in Vancouver on a US request, as they appealed to Beijing to free two Canadians held in apparent retaliation. Foreign ministers and defense chiefs of the neighbors met in the US capital as Canada

  • Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis
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    Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis.

  • Book Proust gave to his lover sells for world record 1.5 million euros
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    Book Proust gave to his lover sells for world record 1.5 million euros

    A copy of Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" which he dedicated to his "little darling", sold for 1.51 million euros ($1.7 million) in Paris Friday -- a world record for a French book, auction house Sotheby's said. The rare copy of the first volume of the French writer'

  • Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit
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    Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit

    Marathon talks aimed at charting mankind's path away from climate catastrophe entered overtime Saturday as nations picked over a plan presented by host Poland that exposed several sources of disagreement. Negotiators told AFP that the nearly 200 states involved were still far apart on several crunch

  • Nigerian military lifts ban on UNICEF in restive northeast
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    Nigerian military lifts ban on UNICEF in restive northeast

    The Nigerian military lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the ravaged northeast late Friday after earlier suspending the aid agency and accusing it of training "spies" supporting Boko Haram jihadists. Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency has killed more than 27,000 people since it began in

  • Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel
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    Senators ask FBI to investigate Blackmun for lying to panel

    Two lawmakers are asking the Justice Department and FBI to look into whether former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun lied to a Senate panel in testimony about the handling of sex-abuse allegations against Larry Nassar.