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UNSC takes up N. K.'s human rights

The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea's bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leade...

Updated : 2014.12.23 08:09

Gulf producers stand firm on OPEC output

ABU DHABI (AFP) ― Oil-rich Arab Gulf countries stood firm against non-OPEC crude producers on Sunday, vowing they would not cut output or hold an emergency cartel meeting to support slumping prices.OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and Kuwait said they would not cut production even if non-OPEC me...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:49

Greek P.M. offers elections for presidential vote deal

ATHENS (AFP) ― Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Sunday offered to hold early elections in late 2015 to clinch a crucial presidential vote next week that could affect the country’s economic fu...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:34

France probes possible ‘radical Islamic’ attack

JOUE-LES-TOURS, France (AFP) ― France on Sunday probed a suspected ‘radical Islamic’ attack on police that left two officers seriously injured and the assailant dead, prompting security to be stepped up at police and fire stations nationwide.Bertrand Nzohabonayo was shot dead Saturday a...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:34

Cuban-American flock fractured by pope’s role

MIAMI (AP) ― The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seei...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:34

Shock, anger in N.Y. after 2 police killed

NEW YORK (AFP) ― New York was reeling Sunday after the murder of two uniformed cops by a man who said he was seeking revenge for the recent killings of unarmed black men by police.The two officers, W...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:33

Ten years on, where did all the tsunami debris go?

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) ― Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers inland.Driving in the remade communities today,...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:16

Bangladesh development ‘threatens fragile Sundarbans’

DHAKA (AFP) ― Bangladesh’s rapid development on the doorstep of the ecologically fragile Sundarbans mangrove forest means “environmental disasters” like this month’s oil spill in the massive delt...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:03

Christmas in China means sax, Smurfs, steam trains

BEIJING (AFP) ― Christmas ― once banned in China ― has exploded in the atheist nation in recent years, with marketeers using everything from saxophones and Smurfs to steam trains to get shoppers to...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:02

Thai sea gypsies embrace modern life after tsunami

KOH PHRA THONG, Thailand (AFP) ― As he gently lowers a fishing net into an azure lagoon, Saponkit Klatalay concedes he no longer roams the waters for days and nights like generations of sea gypsies before him, but prefers to sleep on the Thai mainland, where he was resettled after the 200...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:01

German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

BERLIN (AP) ― Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:01

Renowned British actress Whitelaw dies

LONDON (AFP) ― British actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her intense collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett who wrote several roles for her, died on Sunday aged 82, her son told the BBC.Descr...

Updated : 2014.12.22 21:00

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with ‘mild’ pneumonia

LOUISVILLE (AFP) ― Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for three decades, was in stable condition after being hospitalized with a “mild” case of pneumonia, his sp...

Updated : 2014.12.22 20:59

Photographer Jane Bown who snapped royalty, rockstars dies

LONDON (AFP) ― British photographer Jane Bown, who captured Samuel Beckett, John Lennon and Queen Elizabeth II in iconic black and white portraits, has died aged 89, her former employer The Observer reported on Sunday.The newspaper employed Bown in 1949, and she came to the office each we...

Updated : 2014.12.22 20:59

Italian protester climbs up St. Peter’s Basilica ― again

Italian entrepreneur Marcello di Finizio talks on the phone as he stands on the facade of St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican, Sunday. (AP)VATICAN CITY (AFP) ― A disgruntled Italian entrepreneur on...

Updated : 2014.12.22 20:59