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  • Thai protester shot dead as political crisis deepens

    December 28, 2013 4:35 PM 21

    A Thai protester was shot dead and several were wounded by an unidentified gunman in the early hours of Saturday in the capital Bangkok. Meanwhile protests forced the suspension of candidate registration in upcoming elections in at least six provinces in the opposition-dominated south. They are further signs of the deepening political crisis rupturing

  • EU Urges Turkey to Address Graft Probe in 'Impartial Manner'

    December 28, 2013 7:27 AM 12

    The European Union urged Turkey on Friday to address corruption allegations involving close government allies in a "transparent and impartial manner". "I urge Turkey, as a candidate country committed to the political criteria of (EU) accession... to take all the necessary measures to ensure that allegations of wrongdoing are addressed without discrimination

  • Gas explosion at mall in southwest China kills 4

    December 27, 2013 12:42 PM 14

    The local work safety agency said four people died and 35 were injured — six of whom were in serious condition. Local news reports said a gas leak was reported and that about 200 people inside the mall were evacuated before the explosion shook the building. A moviegoer, identified by the family name of Xiao, told the local newspaper that he had initially

  • String of Palestinian attacks has Israel fretting over potential new violent uprising

    December 27, 2013 8:40 AM 18

    JERUSALEM -- A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising. In contrast to previous waves of Palestinian violence, the recent incidents do not appear to be an organized effort by militant groups but rather a collection of individual

  • Bloomberg predicts Times Square pedestrian plaza will stay under de Blasio

    December 26, 2013 1:42 AM 15

    While opening the 30,000-square-foot space on Broadway where the once-busy road has been replaced with granite pavement for pedestrians only, New York’s mayor said of his successor, ‘I think he’ll take a look at this and find out that this is exactly the right thing to do … You’d have a very tough time rolling this back.’ The new team at New York City Hall won’t

  • Turkish PM replaces 10 ministers in spiraling graft scandal

    December 25, 2013 10:16 PM 28

    (L-R): Turkey's European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis, Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Environment and City Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan greet their supporters at Esenboga Airport in Ankara December 24, 2013 (AFP Photo / Adem Altan) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet

  • Activist, journalist beaten in Ukraine amid unrest

    December 25, 2013 3:55 PM 18

    KYEV, Ukraine -- Hundreds of journalists and opposition activists gathered outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in Kyev on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko after the attack on Tetyana Chernovil. Some held pictures of Chernovil, who has also been one of the leaders of mass demonstrations that have rocked

  • Pope’s Christmas Wish: Hope For A Better World

    December 25, 2013 2:17 PM 29

    Written by Jeremy Scott on December 25, 2013 VATICAN CITY — In his speech on Christmas Day, Pope Francis said he hopes for a better world, including successful Middle East negotiations in the land of Jesus’ birth, peace for Syria and several war-torn African countries, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict. Francis spoke from the central

  • President Obama Holiday Address: Honor Christmas by helping those in need

    December 25, 2013 11:34 AM 17

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the values Jesus taught can spur Americans of all faiths to be better parents, friends, neighbors and citizens

  • Thai PM unveils reform plan but protesters still threaten poll

    December 25, 2013 8:31 AM 11

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra unveiled a plan on Wednesday to create an independent reform council to try to appease opponents who, angered by her billionaire family's political dominance, are calling for her resignation. The proposal, which comes after weeks of anti-government protests that have rallied more than 200,000 people