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  • Hong Kong democracy movement feels Beijing's pressure

    Hong Kong democracy movement feels Beijing's pressure
    Hours after mainland Chinese officials announced new rules ensuring that only handpicked candidates could run for Hong Kong’s top leadership position in 2017, local democracy activist Benny Tai Yiu-ting declared a new "era of civil disobedience."...
  • In Pakistan, some antigovernment protesters just want to go home

    In Pakistan, some antigovernment protesters just want to go home
    A month ago, Shabbir Ahmed was excited when he and 20 coworkers were ordered by their boss to join antigovernment demonstrations in the heart of this capital. The 25-year-old laborer from the eastern metropolis of Lahore had never been to Islamabad...
  • Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State fighters

    Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State fighters
    Turkey’s government opened its border Friday to thousands of Syrian Kurds fearing a massacre at the hands of the Islamic State as a U.S.-backed opposition group called for airstrikes to halt the militants’ advance in northern Syria. In the...
  • 'Unfounded' coup rumors spread in Pakistan

    'Unfounded' coup rumors spread in Pakistan
    The political crisis in Pakistan deepened Monday as protesters stormed and briefly held the state-run television headquarters and the capital buzzed with talk about whether the army would step in to remove either Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or the...
  • Is Vladimir Putin insane? Hardly

    Vladimir Putin has enjoyed a stunning variety of incarnations in the American imagination in his nearly 15 years as Russia's leader. He started out as an economic reformer and a budding democrat, held those misapplied titles for years — aided by...
  • Democrats, Republicans compete to show solidarity with Venezuelan people

    The continuing civil unrest in Venezuela has prompted a massive U.S. mobilization — of Florida politicians. Democrats and Republicans are taking plenty of shots at each other as they try to make themselves look good and sway the state's critical...
  • Poll shows unwavering support for medical marijuana

    Poll shows unwavering support for medical marijuana
    Florida's attempt to become the 24th state to completely legalize medical marijuana is beginning to look inevitable – with a new poll showing support from 88 percent of likely voters. The level of support is the same as Quinnipiac University...
  • U.N. rights chief deplores torture in war-plagued Syria

    The United Nations human rights chief condemned widespread torture by all sides in the Syrian conflict, citing examples such as that of a detained 26-year-old woman who was raped, had her teeth pulled out and was beaten with electrical cables. The...
  • Myanmar anti-junta crusader and journalist Win Tin dies

    Myanmar anti-junta crusader and journalist Win Tin dies
    YANGON, Myanmar -- Win Tin, one of Myanmar’s most respected opposition leaders who was jailed for nearly two decades by his country's military rulers, died early Monday at age 84. His death, attributed to organ failure, came as Myanmar marked...
  • Win Tin dies at 84; respected Myanmar opposition leader

    Win Tin dies at 84; respected Myanmar opposition leader
    YANGON, Myanmar — Win Tin, one of Myanmar's most respected opposition leaders who was jailed for nearly two decades by his country's military rulers, died early Monday. He was 84. His death, attributed to organ failure, came as Myanmar marked...
  • Dutch priest who lived in Syria for decades is slain at home

    BEIRUT -- A Dutch priest who lived in Syria for almost five decades and refused to evacuate this year from the rebel-held Old City area of Homs was shot and killed at his residence early Monday, according to official accounts. Father Frans Van der...