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Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM
Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM

Thousands of Thai pro-government "Red Shirts" massed Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts.

Thai 'Red Shirts' rally to support embattled PM
The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington. ©Reuters/Gary Cameron
US top court rules domestic abusers can't own guns

The US Supreme Court upheld a federal law Wednesday barring anyone convicted of even a minor domestic violence charge from ever owning a gun.

US top court rules domestic abusers can't own guns
At least 74 dead in Boko Haram violence in Nigeria
At least 74 dead in Boko Haram violence in Nigeria

At least 74 people were killed in attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants this weekend, taking the overall death toll this year beyond 300, with no apparent end in sight to the carnage.

At least 74 dead in Boko Haram violence in Nigeria
Australia PM 'won't be blackmailed' after bloody PNG riot
Australia PM 'won't be blackmailed' after bloody PNG riot

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday said he will not succumb to "moral blackmail" over an Australian detention centre on Papua New Guinea, as graphic witness accounts of recent violence told of "blood everywhere".

Australia PM 'won't be blackmailed' after bloody PNG riot
Honduras murder rate the world's highest - but falling
Honduras murder rate the world's highest - but falling

The murder rate in Honduras -- the world's highest at more than eight times the international average -- has actually gone down.

Honduras murder rate the world's highest - but falling
Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women
Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women

Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem.

Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women
Woman shot dead, burnt in Thai deep south 'revenge attack'
Woman shot dead, burnt in Thai deep south 'revenge attack'

A policeman's wife was shot dead and then set on fire in front of terrified shoppers at a busy market in Thailand's violence-ridden deep south, officials said Monday, in an apparent revenge attack.

Woman shot dead, burnt in Thai deep south 'revenge attack'
UN warns of 'genocide' in C. Africa as parliament seeks new leader
UN warns of 'genocide' in C. Africa as parliament seeks new leader

The UN has warned that bloodshed in the Central African Republic could turn into genocide as horrors continue to unfold in the country where parliament is preparing to choose a new leader.

UN warns of 'genocide' in C. Africa as parliament seeks new leader
Pakistan gang rape inspires New York opera
Pakistan gang rape inspires New York opera

To those who complain that opera is an elitist indulgence served up to snobs in dinner jackets, New York's latest world premiere may come as something of a shock.

Pakistan gang rape inspires New York opera
Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead
Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead

Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary.

Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead
Bangladesh stares into abyss after bloody vote 'farce'
Bangladesh stares into abyss after bloody vote 'farce'

Bangladesh stared into the political abyss Monday after the ruling Awami League romped to victory in a blood-soaked election which was dismissed as a farce by the opposition.

Bangladesh stares into abyss after bloody vote 'farce'
Attacks, strike plague Bangladesh on election eve
Attacks, strike plague Bangladesh on election eve

Dozens of polling booths were torched on the eve of Bangladesh's violence-plagued election Saturday as the opposition staged a general strike in a final act of defiance against the "farcical" polls.

Attacks, strike plague Bangladesh on election eve
Cambodian police disperse opposition rally
Cambodian police disperse opposition rally

Cambodian authorities Saturday dispersed opposition protesters from their rally base in the capital and halted further protests against the kingdom's strongman premier, a day after police launched a deadly crackdown on striking garment workers.

Cambodian police disperse opposition rally
Children beheaded in C.Africa fighting: UNICEF
Children beheaded in C.Africa fighting: UNICEF

At least two children have been beheaded in the fighting which has gripped the Central African Republic, the UN agency for children said Monday, adding "unprecedented" levels of violence were being committed against youngsters.

Children beheaded in C.Africa fighting: UNICEF
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China holds ex-security chief's colleague over graft

A former close colleague of China's ex-chief of internal security Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for "law and discipline violations", authorities have announced, stepping up anti-corruption inquiries another notch.

China holds ex-security chief's colleague over graft
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Eight police station 'attackers' shot dead in China's Xinjiang: govt

Eight "attackers" armed with knives and explosives were killed Monday during an assault on a police station in China's Xinjiang, according to authorities who have blamed "terrorists" for a string of deadly incidents in the largely Muslim region.

Eight police station 'attackers' shot dead in China's Xinjiang: govt
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UN reinforcements start arriving in S.Sudan

The first UN peacekeeping reinforcements arrived Friday in South Sudan, where the government is said to have agreed an immediate ceasefire after nearly two weeks of heavy fighting with rebels.

UN reinforcements start arriving in S.Sudan
Thai police battle protesters trying to stop election
Thai police battle protesters trying to stop election

Thai police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Thursday as clashes broke out with protesters trying to prevent political parties registering for elections, leaving dozens wounded and forcing officials to flee by helicopter.

Thai police battle protesters trying to stop election
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers

Thousands of Christians are killed every year because of their faith and the persecution is becoming more widespread.

Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
SPLA soldiers. ©Reuters/Goran Tomasevic
'Thousands' killed as South Sudan slides towards civil war

Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed in over a week of violence with reports of bodies piled in mass graves, the UN said Tuesday, as the Security Council agreed to nearly double its peacekeepers in the young nation threatening to slide into civil war.

'Thousands' killed as South Sudan slides towards civil war