• South Africa's Zuma appoints permanent police commissioner
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    South Africa's Zuma appoints permanent police commissioner

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa appointed General Khehla Sitole as national police commissioner, the presidency said on Wednesday, following nearly three years of the post being filled on acting basis. South Africa has been without a permanent head of police since President Jacob Zuma suspended

  • In surprise reversal, Lebanese PM puts resignation on hold
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    In surprise reversal, Lebanese PM puts resignation on hold

    Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Wednesday that he was putting his resignation on hold to give way for more consultations, nearly three weeks after he unexpectedly announced he was stepping down. It was a quick reversal — a day after his return to Lebanon — and a likely embarrassment

  • The Latest: Top Bosnian Serb leader slams Mladic verdict
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    The Latest: Top Bosnian Serb leader slams Mladic verdict

    The top Bosnian Serb leader says the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia proved its anti-Serb bias by convicting Ratko Mladic of war crimes and genocide committed during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. The European Union says it counts on the Balkan nations to honour the victims of

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    As interest rates rise, banks are paying more for deposits

    For years after the recession, banks paid next to nothing on deposits — much to the detriment of savers everywhere. Now, banks have increased lending and need more deposits, so they're willing to pay higher interest rates. The big publicly traded banks are paying roughly 0.40 per cent on their

  • Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison
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    Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic convicted of genocide, gets life in prison

    By Toby Sterling, Stephanie van den Berg and Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A U.N. tribunal on Wednesday convicted former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war and sentenced

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    In Alabama, Nitro the police dog creates viral workout video

    An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet — and it's also intended as a public safety reminder. Al.com reports that Nitro is a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd who joined the Gulf Shores Police Department's canine unit in February. Josh Coleman

  • Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himself
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    Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himself

    It's been six years since Theo Ramos first cut himself in the school bathroom, six years since his parents and friends and teachers found out he wanted to be a boy instead of a girl, six years in transition. PART TWO : Living with a transitioning transgender child "is anything but a straight

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    Russia's Putin says 'new stage' reached in Syria, concessions needed

    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a "new stage" had been reached in the Syria crisis but achieving a political solution would require compromises from all sides, including the Syrian government. Putin was speaking alongside Turkish President Tayyip

  • Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims
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    Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex claims

    The consequences came swiftly after the allegations emerged against Charlie Rose. Rose became the latest in a string of prominent journalists felled abruptly by accusations of sexual misconduct. While news organizations aren't the only companies taking prompt measures against the accused, they

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    Army members investigated for misbehaviour during Trump trip

    The Pentagon says it is investigating allegations of misbehaviour by three service members during President Donald Trump's trip to Asia earlier this month. The Washington Post reports that the Army personnel are under investigations for claims they broke curfew and had improper contact with foreign

  • Group calls for Indonesian forces to stop virginity tests
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    Group calls for Indonesian forces to stop virginity tests

    Indonesia's military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity, an international human rights group said Wednesday. Human Rights Watch said senior Indonesian police and military

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    U of Michigan says safety paramount in possible Spencer talk

    University of Michigan has opened discussions with a white supremacist Richard Spencer on his request to speak on campus but says there's no certainty it'll occur, President Mark Schlissel revealed Tuesday. A date for Spencer's appearance has not been set. During a special meeting of the

  • China widens personality cult around 'unrivaled helmsman' Xi
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    China widens personality cult around 'unrivaled helmsman' Xi

    State media applaud him endlessly, private businessmen praise his speeches and universities are devoting new departments to his theories. At the start of his second five-year term as leader of China's ruling Communist Party, Xi Jinping is at the centre of China's most colorful efforts to build

  • Mexico's program to protect journalists struggles to work
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    Mexico's program to protect journalists struggles to work

    After years of threats and attacks that Candido Rios blamed on a local mayor furious over his reporting, Rios' home in Mexico's deadliest state for journalists was encircled by a fence topped with coils of barbed wire and surrounded by a half-dozen surveillance cameras he monitored on screens

  • Search for missing Argentine submarine reaches 'critical phase'
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    Search for missing Argentine submarine reaches 'critical phase'

    By Walter Bianchi and Nicolás Misculin MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic for one week reached a "critical phase" on Wednesday as the 44 crew on board could be running low on oxygen, a navy spokesman said

  • Source: Gymnastics doctor set to plead guilty to sex charges
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    Source: Gymnastics doctor set to plead guilty to sex charges

    A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the

  • US, Chinese soldiers find common ground in disaster drills
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    US, Chinese soldiers find common ground in disaster drills

    A man lay on the grass, shivering beneath his bloodstained T-shirt as Chinese military doctors and U.S. Army medics hovered over him, applying a splint and an IV. On a pine-studded base along the Oregon coast, military units from two seemingly unlikely partners were carrying out a joint response to

  • Pledge deaths at US colleges fuel reviews of Greek life
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    Pledge deaths at US colleges fuel reviews of Greek life

    The deaths of at least four fraternity pledges this year have helped fuel a re-examination of Greek life at U.S. colleges, which have long struggled with how to crack down on hazing, alcohol abuse and other unwelcome aspects without disbanding organizations that have loyal members and alumni. Florida

  • UN court convicts Mladic of genocide over Bosnia's horrors
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    UN court convicts Mladic of genocide over Bosnia's horrors

    Ratko Mladic, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army, was sentenced Wednesday to life imprisonment after a United Nations special court found him guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity that it labeled as some of the "most heinous" in human history. Mladic, 75, was found guilty

  • JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary
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    JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary

    A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth is drawing to a close exactly 54 years after his assassination. National park rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a 21-gun salute by an honour guard will

  • Kremlin pledges to stand up for Russian billionaire arrested in France
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    Kremlin pledges to stand up for Russian billionaire arrested in France

    By Katya Golubkova and Polina Devitt MOSCOW/PARIS (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday it will spare no effort to defend the rights of Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian businessman and lawmaker who was arrested in the French Riviera resort of Nice in connection with a French tax evasion case. Shares

  • Russian baritone Hvorostovsky dies at 55
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    Russian baritone Hvorostovsky dies at 55

    Beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has died after a long battle with cancer. Diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, Hvorostovsky had all but given up live performances. In June, the Vienna State Opera announced that he had cancelled all upcoming appearances.

  • Disney star Jordan Fisher wins 'Dancing with the Stars'
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    Disney star Jordan Fisher wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

    Disney Channel star Jordan Fisher has been crowned the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" alongside partner Lindsay Arnold. Fisher beat out violinist Lindsey Stirling and actor Frankie Muniz for the Mirrorball Trophy on the season 25 finale of the ABC reality competition Tuesday. Fisher paid

  • US renews grant for clearing bombs in Cambodia
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    US renews grant for clearing bombs in Cambodia

    By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday opened a $2 million tender to help clear unexploded bombs in Cambodia weeks after the government's mine clearance agency said its U.S. funding had been stopped. Relations between Cambodia and the United States have spiraled

  • Pope to meet head of Myanmar army and Rohingya refugees: Vatican
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    Pope to meet head of Myanmar army and Rohingya refugees: Vatican

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will meet the head of Myanmar's army on a visit to the country and Rohingya refugees while he is in Bangladesh, both late additions to his tour of the two countries next week. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, briefing reporters on the trip,