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Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

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BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops,...(more) 



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5 things you need to know Tuesday

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Australia's Senate votes to repeal mining tax in win for Abbott

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's upper house Senate voted on Tuesday to scrap a tax on mining industry super profits, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott that has fueled accusations that he is in the pocket of global mining giants.  




Adoptive parents continue to get checks for cast-aside children

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Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old, unless they voluntarily give them up....(more) 



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Pakistan parliament meets over political crisis

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's parliament has convened over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remain camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 



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Russia 'to alter military doctrine'

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Russia is to adjust its military doctrine as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's increasing presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says. 



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Amnesty accuses Islamic militants of war crimes

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes. 



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Poland's Tusk may step down as early as September: spokeswoman

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Poland's Donald Tusk may resign as prime minister as early as September to take up the job of European Council president, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "I think that it will be possible even in September," Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska told private radio station PiN, when asked...(more) 



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Pakistan PM's chairs joint parliament session as crisis deepens

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By Sheree Sardar and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over mass protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. Sharif had called the session and he...(more) 



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British rights activist faces libel trial in Thailand

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The trial comes as civil society groups voice increasing concern over what they say is a rise in the number of criminal defamation cases brought by the military against rights workers and journalists in an attempt to silence them. The military has ruled in Thailand since...(more) 



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Homicide charges for S. Korean soldiers over death

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials say South Korean military prosecutors are charging four soldiers with homicide over the hazing death of a young army conscript in April. 



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Sinosphere Blog: With Land Scarce, Chinese School Builds Rooftop Track

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The running track atop the school building provides enough play and exercise space for 1,600 students at a time, the school’s principal told Chinese radio. 



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