U.N. Chief Furious With Morocco Over Western Sahara Demonstration

UNITED NATIONS, March 15 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Morocco’s foreign minister on Monday he was angered and disappointed by a demonstration in Rabat he said was a personal attack on him over remarks he made about the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched though the capital on Sunday… Continue reading U.N. Chief Furious With Morocco Over Western Sahara Demonstration

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War, Disasters Disrupt Education of 80 Million Children

LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labour, trafficking and extremism, experts said on Thursday. Many humanitarian aid appeals for 2015 ignored education, and aid appeals for education were only… Continue reading War, Disasters Disrupt Education of 80 Million Children

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On World Water Day, 650 Million People Can’t Get a Safe Drink

LONDON, March 16 – Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world, according to… Continue reading On World Water Day, 650 Million People Can’t Get a Safe Drink

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Palestinian Kills U.S. Tourist in Stabbing Spree on Tel Aviv Boardwalk

TEL AVIV, March 9 – An American tourist was stabbed to death and at least nine other people were wounded by a Palestinian armed with a knife on a popular boardwalk in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, authorities said, while U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in a meeting a few kilometres (miles) away. The attack… Continue reading Palestinian Kills U.S. Tourist in Stabbing Spree on Tel Aviv Boardwalk

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Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Daesh is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing interviews with more than three dozen Yazidi women who escaped from the militant group. The New York Times reported that Daesh used “oral and injectable contraception, and sometimes both” to ensure that the women did not… Continue reading Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

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Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Daesh is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing interviews with more than three dozen Yazidi women who escaped from the militant group. The New York Times reported that Daesh used “oral and injectable contraception, and sometimes both” to ensure that the women did not… Continue reading Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

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Yemen War Generates Widespread Suffering, But Few Refugees

March 9 – Amid Yemen’s misery, two young women living in the war-damaged cities of Aden and Sanaa know they are among the relatively fortunate. They are not starving, their homes have not been destroyed and they have survived bombs and bullets unscathed. But both long to escape the conflict plunging their country ever deeper… Continue reading Yemen War Generates Widespread Suffering, But Few Refugees

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Militants, Tunisian Forces Clash in Border Town, 45 Killed

TUNIS, March 7 – Islamist fighters attacked army and police barracks in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border on Monday and at least 45 people, including civilians, were killed in the clashes, residents and the Interior Ministry said. Authorities sealed off the nearby beach resort town of Djerba, a popular destination… Continue reading Militants, Tunisian Forces Clash in Border Town, 45 Killed

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Trump Takes South Carolina, Clinton Wins Nevada

LAS VEGAS/COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb 21 – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rolled to victory on Saturday in South Carolina in a contest that saw former Florida Governor Jeb Bush drop out, while Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton beat back a strong challenge from Bernie Sanders in Nevada. The victories by Trump and Clinton solidified their positions… Continue reading Trump Takes South Carolina, Clinton Wins Nevada

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Wife of Missing Hong Kong Bookseller Says Reunited With Husband in China

HONG KONG, Jan 24 – The wife of one of five missing Hong Kong booksellers said she met with her husband in China, according to a statement released by the Hong Kong police on Sunday amid growing diplomatic pressure on Chinese authorities to clarify the fate of the men. Lee Bo, 65, an owner of… Continue reading Wife of Missing Hong Kong Bookseller Says Reunited With Husband in China

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Iran Says Will Resist Curbs on Oil Output as Part of Global Pact

ANKARA/DUBAI, Feb 17  – Iran said on Wednesday it would resist any plan to restrain its oil output as fellow OPEC ministers flew to Tehran to try to persuade the country to join the first global oil pact in 15 years. The talks in Tehran follow a deal reached on Tuesday by dominant OPEC power… Continue reading Iran Says Will Resist Curbs on Oil Output as Part of Global Pact

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Bahrain To free U.S. Citizens Accused of Illegal Gathering: Lawyer

DUBAI, Feb 16 – Bahrain’s public prosecution office said on Tuesday it had accused four U.S. nationals of participating in an illegal gathering but ordered them freed pending further investigation. The media campaign group Reporters Without Borders said on Monday that a U.S. journalist and three members of her camera crew had been detained in… Continue reading Bahrain To free U.S. Citizens Accused of Illegal Gathering: Lawyer

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Kenya Urged to Help Women Raped During Post-Election Violence

LONDON, Feb 15 – Hundreds of girls and woman raped during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence are struggling with devastating health problems including HIV, a rights group said on Monday, as it urged the government to provide help and compensation. Human Rights Watch (HRW), which interviewed more than 170 rape victims, said most were still in… Continue reading Kenya Urged to Help Women Raped During Post-Election Violence

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Documents Show Australia Directed Officials How to Address Nauru Rights Concerns

SYDNEY, Feb 11  – Australia’s government has directed senior officials on how to respond to questions about political turmoil and alleged corruption in Nauru, where it has an asylum seeker detention center, documents obtained by Reuters under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show. The diplomatic cables, ministerial talking points and classified emails between Australian… Continue reading Documents Show Australia Directed Officials How to Address Nauru Rights Concerns

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U.S. & India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

NEW DELHI, Feb 10 – The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take… Continue reading U.S. & India Consider Joint Patrols in South China Sea

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Saudi King Salman Calls For Others Not to Interfere in Kingdom

RIYADH, Feb 7 – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom’s internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh’s main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest. “It is our right to defend ourselves, without interfering in the affairs of… Continue reading Saudi King Salman Calls For Others Not to Interfere in Kingdom

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Masked Men Attack Saudi Intelligence Compound With Firebombs

DUBAI, Jan 11 – Masked men threw firebombs at an intelligence service compound in the city of Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, activists said on Monday, in an apparent reprisal for the execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric earlier this month. A Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman said “there was a failed terrorist attempt to… Continue reading Masked Men Attack Saudi Intelligence Compound With Firebombs

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Turkish Forces Kill 32 Kurdish Militants as Conflict Escalates

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 10 – Security forces killed 32 Kurdish militants in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast this weekend, the army and security sources said on Sunday, escalating a conflict reignited by the collapse of a two-year ceasefire last summer. It was one of the bloodiest weekends since the three-decades-old insurgency resumed last July, scuppering a… Continue reading Turkish Forces Kill 32 Kurdish Militants as Conflict Escalates

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Iran: Riyadh Thrives on Tension Following Severed Ties

DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia used an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions, Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday after Riyadh severed diplomatic relations. Iran was committed to protecting its foreign diplomatic missions, the ministry added. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the early hours of Sunday… Continue reading Iran: Riyadh Thrives on Tension Following Severed Ties

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Bomb Attacks Target Hindu Gathering in North Bangladesh

A religious Hindu ceremony in Muslim-majority Bangladesh was targeted in a bomb attack in the northern region. The countr has witnessed a rise in Islamist violence over the last year. REUTERS/Ashikur Rahman DHAKA, Dec 5 (Reuters) – At least six people were injured, with three in a critical condition, after a series of bomb blasts… Continue reading Bomb Attacks Target Hindu Gathering in North Bangladesh

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U.S. Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Calls for Helping Syria’s Christian Refugees

Nov 16 – U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush called for assisting the Christian refugees out of Syria in an interview to CNN on Sunday. The former governor of Florida, who is also brother of ex-President George Bush was discussing the fallout from Friday’s attacks in Paris that left at least 127 people dead as… Continue reading U.S. Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Calls for Helping Syria’s Christian Refugees

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For this tribe in Vanuatu, their mountain god Prince Philip’s retirement comes as a shock

TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu, May 7 – The retirement of Britain’s Prince Philip from public life led world headlines on Thursday, but his most devout and remote followers have only just heard the news. A tribe in Vanuatu was shocked and dismayed to discover on Saturday that the man they pray to as the son of… Continue reading For this tribe in Vanuatu, their mountain god Prince Philip’s retirement comes as a shock

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