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    New Indian citizenship law 'discriminatory' against Muslims: U.N. says

    The United Nations human rights office voiced concern on Friday that India's new citizenship law is "fundamentally discriminatory in nature" and called for it to be reviewed. The new law does not extend the same protection to Muslim migrants as to other religious minorities, thereby undermining

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    Russia jails Jehovah's Witness adherent for six years over extremism

    A Russian court on Friday jailed a Jehovah's Witness adherent for six years after finding him guilty of extremist activity, a spokesman for the U.S.-headquartered Christian denomination said, a move he described as a blow to religious freedom. A court in Penza, around 350 miles (563 km) southeast

  • Mass protests expected as Algerian media call election a success
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    Mass protests expected as Algerian media call election a success

    Thousands of demonstrators were expected to take to the streets of Algeria on Friday to denounce a presidential election they reject as a charade to keep the ruling elite in power. One candidate, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, a former prime minister, has said he won the election outright, while three others

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    French police kill man who threatened officers with knife in Paris

    Police officers shot dead a man who threatened them with a knife in the Paris business district of La Defense on Friday, police sources said. A security man had alerted police to the presence of a man armed with a knife in La Defense Square.

  • Japan's Empress Emerita Michiko losing weight, poorly since September: palace
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    Japan's Empress Emerita Michiko losing weight, poorly since September: palace

    Japanese Empress Emerita Michiko has been vomiting blood and losing weight since September, when she had surgery for early-stage breast cancer, but the cause of both remains undetermined, a palace official said on Friday. Michiko has been undergoing hormone treatment for breast cancer since the surgery

  • Victory for nationalism: Johnson's win puts UK's future in doubt
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    Victory for nationalism: Johnson's win puts UK's future in doubt

    BELFAST/GLASGOW (Reuters) - The election result was hailed as a victory for English, Scottish and Irish nationalism - and it could spell the end of the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson's resounding triumph will allow him to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union next month but it could spell

  • Japanese PM Abe cancels India visit amid Assam unrest
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    Japanese PM Abe cancels India visit amid Assam unrest

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a visit to India, the Indian foreign ministry said on Friday, amid tensions in a northeast region where he was due to hold summit talks with counterpart Narendra Modi. Two people were killed in Assam state on Thursday when police opened fire on mobs torching

  • How Boris Johnson’s election gamble paid off
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    How Boris Johnson’s election gamble paid off

    The mantra of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party during the national election campaign was aimed at harnessing voter frustration at a parliamentary logjam over Britain’s exit from the European Union. Beyond the traditional strategy of swaying voters in swing districts held

  • In an Indian village, a woman's killing and alleged rape opens caste divides
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    In an Indian village, a woman's killing and alleged rape opens caste divides

    When the young woman limped toward shopkeeper Ravindra Prakash, pleading for help on a dark and foggy morning in the northern Indian village, her body was so charred that he thought she was a witch. As she came closer, under the dim light of his shop, it took Prakash a few minutes to realize she was

  • Rattling Republicans, U.S. House committee delays impeachment vote to Friday
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    Rattling Republicans, U.S. House committee delays impeachment vote to Friday

    Democrats delayed an impeachment vote by a U.S. House Committee just before midnight, incensing Republicans and setting up a Friday showdown over President Donald Trump's future. The committee had been expected to approve two articles of impeachment late on Thursday, setting up a vote by the Democratic-controlled

  • Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce
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    Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

    GERVAIS, Ore. — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant labourers returned to Guatemala from Oregon.The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying

  • Scotland must be given new independence vote: Sturgeon
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    Scotland must be given new independence vote: Sturgeon

    Scotland must be allowed to hold another referendum on its place inside the United Kingdom following the crushing victory of the nationalists in the election, leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday. The exit poll predicted that the Scottish National Party would win 55 of the 59 seats in Scotland. "

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    Australia names first female intelligence chief

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday appointed a woman to head a major Australian spy agency for the first time. Rachel Noble will become next director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), which intercepts electronic communications from foreign countries. "Her appointment to

  • Review: In Malick's 'A Hidden Life,' a hymn of defiance
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    Review: In Malick's 'A Hidden Life,' a hymn of defiance

    Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” resides above the clouds in a small Alpine hamlet.Franz Jägerstätter lives there, in Austria, with his wife, Franziska, and their young daughters. They spend their days working and playing in the hillside fields, enraptured by their humble mountain idyll. The enormous

  • 'Why is the road broken?' Sightless Hong Kongers live city of protest by sound
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    'Why is the road broken?' Sightless Hong Kongers live city of protest by sound

    In Hong Kong, when the tempo of traffic-light signals accelerates to about 800 ticks a minute, visually impaired residents know they can safely cross the road. Anti-government activists have smashed more than 700 traffic lights since demonstrations erupted in June, significantly altering the soundtrack

  • Myanmar's lawyer to critics on genocide case: Everyone has right to defense
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    Myanmar's lawyer to critics on genocide case: Everyone has right to defense

    Canadian lawyer William Schabas, an international scholar on genocide, has been criticized by friend and foe for first researching crimes against the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar, and now defending the state accused of perpetrating them. Schabas helped research a report in 2010 on systematic attacks against

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    Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

    The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.Week of December 11, 2019TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1&

  • House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote
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    House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote

    WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee pushed deliberately toward a historic vote Thursday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, split sharply along party lines. The daylong session was expected to end with charges being sent to the full House for action next week, before

  • UK exit poll suggests majority for Johnson's Conservatives
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    UK exit poll suggests majority for Johnson's Conservatives

    LONDON — An exit poll in Britain’s election projected Thursday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party would likely win a solid majority of seats in Parliament, a decisive outcome that should allow Johnson to fulfil his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.The survey

  • Shares and sterling soar as trade and Brexit fog lifts
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    Shares and sterling soar as trade and Brexit fog lifts

    LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Stocks rose and the pound gained on Friday as the prospect of a China-U.S. trade deal and an election victory for Britain's Brexit-backing Conservative Party cleared two of the darkest clouds on the global investment horizon. The double dose of relief undercut safe-haven

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    'Lemonade' by Beyoncé is named the AP's album of the decade

    NEW YORK — The top 15 albums of the decade by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:1\. Beyoncé, “Lemonade”: At the beginning of this decade, Beyoncé was already the greatest singer of her generation. She won a record six Grammys in a single night, had women AND MEN “oh-oh-oh’ing” to the fun

  • Boeing's crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight
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    Boeing's crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station.After an intensive review Thursday, NASA and Boeing managers agreed to a Dec. 20 liftoff."Hopefully, we should all be getting an early Christmas present

  • The Latest: UK pound surges as exit poll projects Tory win
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    The Latest: UK pound surges as exit poll projects Tory win

    LONDON — The Latest on Britain's Brexit general election (all times local):10:10 p.m.The pound has surged after an exit poll in Britain’s Brexit election projected that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party likely will win a majority of seats in Parliament.The pound jumped over two cents

  • Britain speeds towards Brexit as Johnson wins large majority in election
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    Britain speeds towards Brexit as Johnson wins large majority in election

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31. Brexit represents the country's biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world

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    AP's top songs of the decade: Robyn, Kelly Rowland, Drake

    NEW YORK — The top 25 songs of the decade, as determined by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:1\. Robyn, “Dancing on My Own”: We’ve all been there — the one you want is dancing with someone else. For that exact moment, Robyn created “Dancing on My Own," so instead of awkwardly checking