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Rihanna Excited to Celebrate 10 Years in Music Industry

2 hours 9 min ago
Rihanna says she's thrilled to have had a decade-long career in music and she plans on celebrating the feat at some point this year.  "Definitely a very big deal for me. You know, I can't believe it's 10 years already, but we definitely have to celebrate this year,'' the singer said during an interview Monday. "There are a few things I have in mind, so you'll have wait on that, but don't think I'm forgetting because this means a lot to me...

'Everest', Depp Among Venice Film Festival Highlights

2 hours 31 min ago
It's a sure sign that summer's over and the awards season is around the corner - the feast of fall film festivals. The 72nd Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday (September 2), followed later in September by movie extravaganzas in Toronto and New York. As well as celebrating the best of global cinema, the festivals battle one another to snag the biggest stars and hottest awards prospects.   Venice, the oldest and stateliest of the bunch, brings 11 days of red carpets,...

At Halfway Mark, Mexican President's Approval at New Low

3 hours 15 min ago
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's approval rating sank to a new low in a poll released on Tuesday, as the embattled leader faces a struggling economy and a litany of security and conflict of interest scandals that have undercut his support. The president's approval stands at a low of 35 percent, down from 40 percent in May and 56 percent in early 2013 shortly after he took office, according to the survey by polling firm Buendia & Laredo. Pena Nieto was elected in 2012...

China Welcomes Sudan's War Crime-accused Leader as ‘Old Friend’

3 hours 18 min ago
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, as an "old friend" on Tuesday, as China's foreign ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of World War Two. The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Bashir in 2009 and 2010, accusing him of masterminding genocide and other atrocities in his campaign to crush a revolt in the western Darfur region. Members...

UN Deplores Resumption of Executions in Chad

3 hours 42 min ago
The U.N. Human Rights Office says it deplores the resumption of executions in Chad, where 10 people were put to death on Saturday under a newly enacted anti-terrorism law.   This is the first use of the death penalty in Chad since the country declared a moratorium in 2003.  The United Nations human rights office calls this a big step backward.   The agency says it also is concerned about the speed with which the executions were carried out.  Spokeswoman Cecile...

Turkey Police Move Against Media Ahead of Poll

4 hours 5 min ago
Turkish police launched a series of raids Tuesday on businesses owned by a major media company in what now appears to be the start of a fresh crackdown on newspapers and broadcasters critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist Justice and Development Party, or AKP, say rights groups. The raids on the Koza Ipek group - a mining-to-media conglomerate - came just days after a whistleblower with a credible track record warned on Twitter that President Erdogan was planning a...

Yahoo Chief Pregnant with Twins

4 hours 27 min ago
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's pregnant with identical twins.   Mayer says on a posting on her blog that she and her husband are expecting the twin girls in December.   "I have some exciting news to share - I'm pregnant!'' she says on her Tumblr posting Monday night.   Mayer says that she will take some limited time away but work during the pregnancy as she did with her son's birth three years ago.   She says that she's informed...

Lebanese Protesters Stage Environment Ministry Sit-in

4 hours 38 min ago
Dozens of Lebanese protesters staged a sit-in inside the environment ministry in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, calling on Minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign, a Reuters witness said. Lebanon has been hit by a series of protests against the government ignited by a dispute over uncollected rubbish in the country. A Reuters witness said that soldiers watched protesters who staged a sit-in along a corridor inside the top floor of the ministry. Hundreds more demonstrators gathered outside...

Malaysian PM’s Tenure Uncertain Following Finance Scandal

4 hours 44 min ago
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak is battling against calls for his resignation over a $700 million financial scandal. Weekend rallies calling for his ouster drew as many as 200,000 people protesting in Kuala Lumpur. Analysts are divided over whether the prime minister can hang on to power. Allegations of corruption The trouble for Prime Minister Najib Razak started in July with media reports alleging that a state development fund that he had set up had channelled $700 million in...

Ukraine Protest Death Toll Rises to 3

5 hours 25 sec ago
The death toll from violent protests in Ukraine rose to three on Tuesday when two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, officials said. In the worst outburst of violence in Kyiv since the new government took power in 2014, nationalist protesters clashed with police and National Guard troops outside Ukraine's parliament on Monday as lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. About 140...

Ethical Investors Challenge Australia's Secretive Refugee Camps

5 hours 46 min ago
Investors in the company that runs Australia's secretive refugee camps are starting to flex their muscles in a way that may achieve what refugee advocates and politicians have failed to for years – greater transparency and oversight. Australia's offshore immigration detention system, which involves intercepting refugee boat arrivals and processing applications for protection visas on islands outside the migration zone, has earned the criticism of the United Nations because of...

Turkish Police Raid Gulen-linked Conglomerate

5 hours 53 min ago
Turkish police raided the offices of a conglomerate with close links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, an ally-turned-foe of President Tayyip Erdogan, company officials said on Tuesday. Erdogan, who wants to win back a majority for the ruling AK Party in a snap Nov. 1 election, accuses Gulen of seeking to overthrow him by means of a "parallel structure" of supporters in the judiciary, police, the media and other institutions. The state-run Anadolu Agency said 23...

China Toughens Tobacco Advertising Rules

5 hours 53 min ago
China enforced sweeping new rules on Tuesday to restrict tobacco advertisements, in its latest step to rein in a widespread habit that has caused a massive health crisis. More than 300 million people have made cigarettes part of the social fabric in the world's biggest producer and consumer of tobacco, and another 740 million are exposed to second-hand smoke, state media have reported. Revisions to the national advertisement law, passed in April, ban tobacco advertisements in mass...

Japan Scraps Olympic Logo Over Plagiarism Charge

5 hours 53 min ago
Tokyo Olympic organizers on Tuesday decided to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials. Reversing their earlier support for designer Kenjiro Sano against allegations of plagiarizing the design, the organizers said the decision came after new accusations over the weekend. "We have reached a conclusion that it would be only appropriate for us to drop the logo and develop a new emblem," said Toshio...

Bleak China Economic Outlook Rattles Markets

6 hours 6 min ago
Worries about China's economic growth were sharpened by a disappointing report on that nation's huge manufacturing sector on Tuesday. Prices on the Shanghai market fell drastically at the open, but regained some strength to close at a loss of just under 1.3 percent, as Chinese officials insisted the situation is under control. Key stock indexes in London, Paris and Germany were down nearly three percent, while U.S. market indexes were off around two percent in early...

Azerbaijani Reporter Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison

6 hours 13 min ago
Award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova who reported extensively on high-level corruption has been sentenced by an Azerbaijan court to seven and a half years in prison. A day before the verdict was announced the contributor to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) called Azerbaijan's government a "repression machine" at the close of her trial on corruption charges, dismissing her trial as a "scam" aimed to silence her. Ismayilova’s lawyer...

China Parade Draws Putin, but Few Other Major World Leaders

6 hours 36 min ago
Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.   Beijing says the attendance of 30 overseas leaders from countries ranging from Mongolia to Egypt to Venezuela is a sign that China's long-undervalued contributions to that victory in 1945...

Pope to Allow Forgiveness for Abortion During Holy Year

6 hours 47 min ago
Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move toward a more open and inclusive church. In a letter published by the Vatican Tuesday, Francis wrote, "I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision." The pope said he had...

Lagarde Sees Weaker Global Economic Growth

6 hours 55 min ago
Global economic growth is likely to be weaker than earlier expected, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, due to a slower recovery in advanced economies and a further slowdown in emerging nations. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde also warned emerging economies like Indonesia to "be vigilant for spillovers" from China's slowdown, tighter global financial conditions, and the prospects of a U.S. interest rate hike. "Overall, we expect...

Whitaker Urges Lawmakers to Speak Out for Young People

7 hours 5 min ago
Oscar-winning actor and U.N. goodwill ambassador Forest Whitaker urged world lawmakers on Monday to speak out to help former child soldiers in Uganda, South Sudan and Myanmar, gang members in Mexico and the United States, and orphans in Syria and other countries. He said many young people around the world feel marginalized because nobody listens to them and believe their only recourse is violence and extremism. Whitaker is the special envoy for peace and reconciliation for the U.N....

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