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  • Iran talks reverberate through web of Mideast alliances

    November 26, 2013 5:42 AM 41

    Speculation about a thaw between Washington and Tehran touches on the idea of a 'hinge' moment that realigns the region politically. BEIRUT — The interim accord hammered out between Iran and global powers focuses narrowly on Tehran's nuclear ambitions but the reaction across the Middle East points to a broader significance: the prospect of a geopolitical

  • Campaign against Gender Violence Kicks off in Armenia

    November 25, 2013 9:02 PM 59

    YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—“16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” kicked off in Armenia Monday, an international campaign that runs from November 25 to December 10, International Human Rights Day. It includes two global campaigns: 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and the White Ribbon Campaign. Since 1991, more than 3,700 organizations in 164 countries

  • Bangladesh announces polls despite boycott threat

    November 25, 2013 3:53 PM 78

    The main opposition coalition has vowed to hold a series of nationwide protests unless Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina resigns and transfers power to a non-partisan caretaker administration to oversee the elections. Hasina has rejected the demand. Instead, earlier this month Hasina formed what she calls an all-party election-time government to oversee the polls

  • Afghan elders endorse U.S. troops’ presence but President Karzai still refuses to sign

    November 25, 2013 3:38 AM 36

    Best news photos of the week Delegates said it was in Afghanistan’s “vital national interest” to have a partnership with the United States, and they urged Karzai not to delay the signing of the bilateral security agreement until after the country holds elections in April. “President Karzai should promise us, he should sign the [agreement] as soon as possible

  • Desert Island Discs: Miliband brothers' rift still open

    November 24, 2013 5:26 PM 46

    Ed Miliband has said his relationship with brother David has still not fully recovered, more than three years after their fight for the Labour leadership. The Labour leader told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs it was "healing", following his narrow victory in 2010, On the programme Mr Miliband defended his party's handling of the candidate selection

  • Holodomor: Memories of Ukraine's silent massacre

    November 24, 2013 5:12 PM 41

    Eighty years ago, millions of Ukrainians died in a famine that many label a genocide by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin. As Ukraine prepares to embark on its annual memorial events, the BBC's David Stern finds that memories of the massacre are undimmed for many. Nina Karpenko, an energetic 87-year-old, demonstrates what it took to survive Ukraine's

  • Egypt's interim president issues controversial law to restrict protests

    November 24, 2013 2:44 PM 37

    CAIRO, Egypt -- Egypt's interim president has issued a new law regulating protests, weeks after the much-anticipated bill stirred serious criticism from rights and political groups. Presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said details of the law endorsed Sunday by President Adly Mansour will be published later. The protest law, proposed by the military-backed

  • Prime Minister Harper attends Philippines fundraiser

    November 24, 2013 12:02 PM 43

    Members of the local Filipino community trying to raise funds to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan got a boost from a visit by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday. Harper came out for a fundraiser at the Philippine Canadian Cultural Centre. He took pictures, shook hands with volunteers and praised their efforts. Organizers Charmaine Hernandez said this is a true case of an entire

  • Insight: Kim Jong Un, North Korea's master builder

    November 24, 2013 5:09 AM 56

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un has rattled the United States with his nuclear threats and bemused the world with his penchant for funfairs, Disney and Dennis Rodman. Partly out of the public eye, however, the young leader has presided over a construction boom since he took office two years ago with the aid of funds from China, the North's

  • Russia, Turkey Vow to Boost Bilateral Trade, Tourism

    November 22, 2013 10:55 PM 60

    ST. PETERSBURG, November 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Turkey are expected to boost bilateral trade, despite a slight slowdown this year amid unfavorable conditions on the global market, the countries’ leaders said Friday. “We have a common goal of reaching trade of $100 billion by 2020,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting of the high-level