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Syrian Rebel Alliance Battles al-Qaida-linked Fighters – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaBEIRUT — An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in apparently coordinated strikes against the powerful al-Qaida-linked group. Activists said …Syria fighting between rebels and Al Qaeda-linked group spreadsLos Angeles TimesSyrian rebels want foreign fighters […]

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Thousands Rally For Full and Free Elections in Hong Kong – Radio Free Asia

Radio Free AsiaThousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to call for universal suffrage in planned elections for the territory’s chief executive which are currently controlled by Beijing. Many had expected the former British colony to enjoy full democracy by 2017, …Hong Kong Protesters Demand Full Democracy in Next ElectionBloombergPolice get a […]

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1 Dead in Thailand Protest Shooting, While Demonstrators Disrupt Election … – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaOfficials in Thailand say one person was killed and three wounded early Saturday in Bangkok when at least one gunman fired into a group of anti-government protesters, while elsewhere, protesters continued to block candidates from registering for upcoming …Thai protester shot dead as political crisis deepensBBC News1 protester killed in new Thai political […]

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Icebreakers speed toward stranded ship in Antarctica – CBS News

CBS NewsLOS ANGELES — Three icebreakers are speeding to rescue a ship carrying tourists and researchers that is trapped in thick ice in Antarctica. The ship has been stuck since Tuesday about 1,700 miles south of New Zealand. Passengers and crew aboard the …Ship trapped in Antarctica surrounded by iceNBCNews.comAntarctica researchers stuck after wind blows […]

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Japanese prime minster to visit controversial war shrine – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit a controversial World War II shrine on Thursday, his office told CNN. Past visits by Japanese prime ministers and other political leaders to Yasukuni Shrine have ignited a firestorm of controversy with …Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni shrineUSA TODAYJapan PM Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni […]

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Defiant Turkish PM Erdogan in major reshuffle – BBC News

BBC NewsTurkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle after three ministerial resignations over a corruption inquiry. Mr Erdogan named 10 new ministers – almost half of his total roster – after talks with President Abdullah Gul. One of those …Turkey: Government reshuffle after ministers quitHouston ChronicleUPDATE 7-Hit by scandal and resignations, […]

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Thai Antigovernment Protesters Stage Mass Rally – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThai antigovernment protesters gathering during a rally outside Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence on Dec. 22. Associated Press. BANGKOK—Large crowds of protesters spilled out onto the streets of Thailand’s capital Sunday in a bid to force …Thai protesters stage new mass rally in BangkokUSA TODAYThai Protesters Surround Yingluck’s House as She Tours NorthBloombergTens […]

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Thai military backs elections despite links to opposition – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBangkok: Thailand’s powerful military has declared its support for elections set for February in a blow to the country’s protest movement that has crippled the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But top military commander Thanasak …Thai military chief rebuffs appeal for interventionTimes of IndiaProtest leaders outline their aimsHerald ScotlandThai protest leader wants […]

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India’s Top Court Upholds 153-Year-Old Law Criminalizing Gay Sex – Bloomberg

BloombergIndia’s top court upheld a 153-year-old colonial-era law that criminalizes gay sex, leaving it up to lawmakers to amend the legislation in a setback for homosexual rights in the world’s second-most populous country. The ruling by a two-judge bench of the …Court Restores India’s Ban on Gay SexNew York TimesIndian Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Gay LawVoice […]

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White House says Obama-Castro handshake ‘not planned’ – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro’s handshake at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was unplanned, the White House has said. White House aide Ben Rhodes told reporters the two exchanged nothing more substantive than a …Handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro offers hope for US-Cuba tiesABC OnlineRepublicans thump Obama for Castro handshakeAFPPresident […]

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How to win votes and influence people, Arvind Kejriwal style – Hindustan Times

Hindustan TimesOn October 6 last year, as Arvind Kejriwal walked into Banaram’s house in Delhi’s modest Tigri colony to restore the power connection, a new language of election campaigning was being scripted. Today, as the debutant Aam Aadmi Party notches up an …Delhi elections 2013: BJP winner, Congress zero, AAP heroTimes of IndiaWho is Kejriwal?: […]