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Myanmar Poet Who Wrote of Penis Tattoo Is Convicted of Defaming Ex-Leader

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Maung Saungkha, who wrote that he had a tattoo of the country’s president on his penis, was sentenced to six months in jail and released for time served. 



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Canadian PM Trudeau shows romance is not dead

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Whoever said romance was dead has obviously not met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The 44-year-old pinup premier said Tuesday he would take a day off ahead of G7 talks in Japan to celebrate his wedding anniversary with spouse Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, calling it an essential...(more) 



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Drop in migrant deaths in Mediterranean is hopeful sign, NGO says

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By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Fewer migrants are dying as they try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, which may reflect better management of refugee flows and swifter rescue operations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. The death toll included 13 in...(more) 



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Malian to seek forgiveness for razing of Timbuktu, ICC told

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A Malian jihadist will seek forgiveness from his people for attacking the world heritage site of Timbuktu when he pleads guilty at an unprecedented case before an international war crimes court, his lawyer said Tuesday. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi will become the first person to...(more) 



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Abortion, taboo in Jamaica, makes its way into island dancehalls

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By Rebekah Kebede KINGSTON, Jamaica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Abortion might seem an unlikely topic at a party but in Jamaica, it can be the subject of lyrics that get people dancing and singing along. "If yuh never dash up yuh belly, hold up your hands,"...(more) 



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Freddie Gray verdict leaves activists frustrated and wondering about the cases against other officers

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It was one of the most closely watched cases in recent years of a black man dying after being in police custody. With Baltimore reeling from demonstrations that sometimes had become violent, Marilyn J. Mosby, Maryland's attorney for the city, acted within weeks of the...(more) 



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Surge in eastern fighting kills seven Ukrainian soldiers: official

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Ukraine said on Tuesday seven of its servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours as a result of increased attacks by pro-Russian rebels, the highest reported daily casualty figure since August. A ceasefire signed in February 2015 has failed to quell all fighting in...(more) 



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Israel resumes cement shipments for private Gaza reconstruction after 45-day break

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel on Monday resumed deliveries to the Gaza Strip of cement for home reconstruction by private individuals, ending a 45-day-old ban it imposed after it accused the Palestinian enclave's Hamas rulers of seizing some of the stock. Hamas has denied...(more) 



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Philippines' Duterte launches vulgar attacks on Church

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Outspoken incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population. Duterte also warned the Church, which has a centuries-old tradition of influencing...(more) 



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Study evaluates geo-engineering to reduce global warming by increasing aerosol levels

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If only global warming could be solved by additives in airplane fuel, then humanity wouldn't face the hard decisions 



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Rights group wants probe of Thai shooting of migrant worker

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BANGKOK (AP) — A human rights group is demanding an investigation into the fatal shooting of an ethnic Rohingya man who was among 21 to escape from an immigration detention center in southern Thailand. 



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EU should keep promises to Turkey, or Ankara will cancel agreements with bloc: Cavusoglu

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ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union should keep its promises or Turkey will cancel agreements with the bloc, including a deal to take back migrants, Turkey foreign minister said on Tuesday. "It's not realistic to treat Turkey this way after it took such important steps. We...(more) 



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