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Spokesman: Afghan government investigating reports Mullah Omar is dead

29 Jul 2015
The Afghan government is investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the Afghan Taliban, is dead, a spokesman for the president's office said on Wednesday.   Afghan and Pakistani media reports this week said that the leader...
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Activist couple test gay rights barriers in conservative Korea

28 Jul 2015
Growing up as a young gay man in South Korea in the 1970s and 80s, film director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo was warned that his homosexual "disease" would condemn him to a life of loveless, insatiable promiscuity.   "From an...
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Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

28 Jul 2015
"The first time she hit me was pay day; she told me to sign my name on a piece of paper, but I asked, 'why should I sign when you didn't give me the money?' Then, she hit me."   A 30-year-old Indonesian domestic...
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Disaster has displaced 1 person per second in the last 7 years

Displaced people in Bentiu, South Sudan on December 22, 2013
20 Jul 2015
At least 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2014, with at least one person every second displaced by a disaster in the last seven years, according to a report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) ...
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Chattanooga stirs US Muslims' concerns about radicalization

19 Jul 2015
Addressing his congregation on the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez implored worshipers to combat Muslim extremism in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed five servicemen in Tennessee...
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In Greek crisis, one big unhappy EU family

19 Jul 2015
The latest paroxysm of Greece's debt crisis has exposed growing rifts in the euro zone which, unless addressed soon, could lead to the break-up of European monetary union, the EU's most ambitious project.   The most worrying...
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UPDATE: Between rock, hard place, Greece picks austerity. How did it get into this mess?

13 Jul 2015
Greece's affair with the euro began with the grandest of hopes. But then it all went terribly wrong.   In talks over the weekend, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced an awful choice: Either abandon the euro currency and...
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INSIGHT: With funds and people power, charities globally face government crackdown

Central Security Forces raid NGO the National Democratic Institute in Dokki on 29 December.
09 Jul 2015
Vinuta Gopal, acting head of Greenpeace India, has had more than a few sleepless nights over the past year worrying about the future of her organisation. The Indian government labelled the group "anti-national" for its campaigns...
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'Ground zero': China's stock market crash up close in Shanghai

09 Jul 2015
Shanghai investors see savings evaporate 02:42   Our mission: Reporting the wild swings of China's stock markets from "ground zero."   And it didn't take long for me to sense the mixed feelings of desperation...
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Genocide, the gravest and hardest crime to prove

07 Jul 2015
Genocide, the key charge arising from the Srebrenica massacre two decades ago, is the gravest crime in international humanitarian law, yet it is also the most difficult to prove.   Derived from the Greek word "genos", for...
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