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  • *Clashes in Mong Kok protest hotspot early on Sunday. HONG KONG, Oct 20- A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police. Hopes of easing the worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain...

  • *Fate of Syrian Kurdish town sparks unrest in Turkey. GENEVA/ MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 10- Thousands of people most likely will be massacred if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene. The United Nations...

  • Let's tear down barriers to educating girls Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    A young girl studying in a classroom in Gao, northeastern Mali.

    Educating girls around the world has to be a top priority, says the national finance co-chair of Ready for Hillary.

  • *Sweden set for shift in foreign policy with new government. STOCKHOLM, Oct 7- Sweden's decision to recognize the Palestine state- without formally consulting its allies- may herald a wider foreign policy shift that has at its heart the aim of asserting a new diplomatic weight around the world. Until now Sweden, under a center-right government, has been close to...

  • Buffett questions report's claims on gay workers Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 4:05 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Berkshire Hathaway's CEO Warren Buffett pushed back against a recent study that said his company doesn't protect LGBT employees.

  • *138,000 Syrian Kurds crossed into Turkey in past week. GENEVA, Sept 23- The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

  • GENEVA, Sept 23- The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans for all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani to flee into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

  • RPT-Culture of violence makes for hit TV in Turkey Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 2:56 AM ET

    *Turkish TV saturated by images of brutality. ISTANBUL, Sept 18- Sefer Calinak killed his first wife when he was 17 and murdered his girlfriend a few decades later with an axe. prime-time talk show host Seda Sayan asked Calinak, who served two separate prison sentences for the murders before being released under an amnesty program.

  • Empowering women is good for the economy Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Countries are waking up to the benefits of empowering women but there's more to be done, says the national finance co-chair of Ready for Hillary.

  • SUVA, Sept 4- Voters in Fiji's election this month are keen to end a dictatorship that has ruled the South Pacific island nation since a military coup in 2006, but sprucing up its human rights situation, and ties with Western neighbours, will take time.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- A Manhattan federal judge has dismissed a 12- year-old lawsuit accusing Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp of encouraging human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, reluctantly concluding that the case does not belong in U.S. courts.

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and "ethnic and religious cleansing".

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including killings, slavery, sexual crimes and targeting people on ethnic or religious grounds.

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including killings, slavery, sexual crimes and targeting people on ethnic or religious grounds.

  • CAIRO, Aug 14- Egyptian police arrested 29- year-old Sherif Siam while clearing a Cairo protest camp one year ago. One year since Egyptian security forces stormed two Cairo camps, killing hundreds of protesters demanding the reinstatement of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, Egyptians remain deeply divided over the future of their country.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Aug 8- Any bid by Russia to deliver humanitarian aid into Ukraine would be viewed as an invasion, the United States said on Friday, warning that Moscow voiced similar concerns for civilians before its brief 2008 war with Georgia.

  • *NATO chief accuses Russia of "reckless" policy in Ukraine. KIEV, Aug 7- The head of NATO called on Russia to "step back from the brink" of war by pulling its troops back from the Ukrainian border and warned further intervention in Ukraine would bring it greater isolation in the world.

  • *NATO chief accuses Russia of "reckless" policy in Ukraine. KIEV, Aug 7- The head of NATO called on Russia to "step back from the brink" of war by pulling its troops back from the Ukrainian border and warned further intervention in Ukraine would bring it greater isolation in the world.

  • BAGHDAD, July 18- The United Nations accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600 civilians this year.

  • *Gaza death toll hits 216 after more air strikes. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 16- Israeli shelling killed four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, an incident the military called tragic, and Israel and Hamas said they would cease attacks for five hours on Thursday for a humanitarian truce requested by the United Nations.