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Saudi Arabia gears up to end women driving ban access_timeJune 22

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists.  Overturning the decades-long ban...

N. Korea 'already starting' denuclearization: Trump access_timeJune 22

WASHINGTON –North Korea has already begun its denuclearization, US President Donald Trump said Thursday, after many observers greeted with skepticism the results of his historic meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un.  "Th...

Pentagon to prepare 20,000 beds for migrant children access_timeJune 22

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon will prepare to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases, a US military spokesman said Thursday.  The decision follows a request from the US Department of Health and Human Services &q...

4 police killed, 13 laborers kidnapped in S. Afghanistan access_timeJune 22

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Four police were killed and 13 laborers were abducted after militants attacked a road construction site in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, local police said on Friday.  The incident occurred Thur...

Germany pockets 2.9 bn euros from Greece bailouts access_timeJune 21

  FRANKFURT AM MAIN – Germany has earned some 2.9 billion euros ($3.5 billion) since 2010 on Greek debt bought to help the struggling country, a government report seen by AFP showed Thursday.  "Contrary to all the rightwing...

Trump orders halt to family separations access_timeJune 21

WASHINGTON –President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border Wednesday, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international comm...

14 security personnel killed in N. Afghanistan access_timeJune 21

MAIMANA, Afghanistan –Up to 14 security personnel lost their lives as militants stormed Afghan forces security checkpoints on a road in Khawja Sabzpush district of the northern Faryab province in the wee hours of Thursday, deputy to Provincial Co...

Indonesia police detain captain in ferry disaster: authorities access_timeJune 21

SIMALUNGUN, Indonesia –The captain of an overloaded Indonesian ferry that sank into the depths of a volcanic lake has been detained by police for questioning over the deadly disaster, authorities said Thursday.  Identified as Tua Sagala...

UN chief urges unity, solidarity for refugees access_timeJune 21

NEW YORK –In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged unity and solidarity to help refugees around the world.  In his...

Killing dogs for meat illegal, rules S. Korean court access_timeJune 21

SEOUL – A South Korean court has outlawed the killing of dogs for meat, in a landmark ruling that animal rights activists said Thursday could pave the way to making eating canines illegal.  The meat has long been a part of South Korean ...

Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180: police access_timeJune 20

SIMALUNGUN, Indonesia –Nearly 180 passengers are missing after a ferry sank into the depths of a volcanic lake in Indonesia, police said Wednesday, almost tripling initial estimates -- but the search-and-rescue agency cautioned it was still uncle...

Australia "disappointed" by U.S. withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council access_timeJune 20

SYDNEY – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoken out on Wednesday about the United State's decision to turn their backs on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).  "Australia is disappointed by the decision o...

At least 60 dead after migrant boat sinks: survivors access_timeJune 20

ROME – At least 60 migrants died in the Mediterranean sea when their rubber dinghy sank last week, according to survivor testimonies gathered by a rights group in Sicily.  The Diciotti, an Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 500 ...

21 killed by dengue in Thailand so far this year: official access_timeJune 20

BANGKOK –A total of 19,804 people have been reportedly infected by dengue, 21 of whom were dead from Jan. 1 until June 12 this year in Thailand, said a senior government official on Wednesday.  Department of Disease Control director gen...

Over 5.2 million Afghan refugees return home in 16 years: UNHCR access_timeJune 20

KABUL –More than 5.2 million Afghan refugees have returned to their militancy-plagued country over the past 16 years, said a statement of UN Refugee Agency, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) here Wednesday.  The statement re...

Australia to launch inquiry into workplace sexual harassment access_timeJune 20

CANBERRA – Australia is set to lead the way with a world-first independent national investigation into sexual harassment in the workplace.  The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will launch the inquiry, which it said on Wednesda...

US withdraws from 'cesspool' UN rights body access_timeJune 20

WASHINGTON –The United States withdrew from the United Nations HumanRights Council on Tuesday, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel.  The US ambassador to the Un...

North Korea's Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit access_timeJune 20

BEIJING –Kim Jong Un declared North Korea's unstinting "friendship, unity and cooperation" with Beijing during his third visit to China this year, in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President D...

Israel mum on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria access_timeJune 19

JERUSALEM –Israel declined to comment on Tuesday on a weekend air strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria after its US ally implicated it in the attack.  The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syria...

China accuses Trump of 'blackmail' after new tariffs threat access_timeJune 19

BEIJING –Beijing on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of "blackmail" and warned it would retaliate in kind after the US president threatened to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods, pushing the world's two biggest economies closer to a ...