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  • Yuanyuan has reportedly survived a beating by a girl, 10, in Chongqing, China

    6 December 2013 2:28 PM 24

    NEW reports suggest a toddler who was beaten by a 10-year-old girl has actually survived and is in hospital with fractures and a ruptured lung. Earlier reports said that Yuanyuan, who is nearly two years old, died after being beaten by the 10-year-old and thrown off a 25th floor balcony in Chongqing, China. CCTV footage showed Yuanyuan's mother accidentally

  • Kerry urges Israel and Palestinians to make peace like Mandela

    6 December 2013 1:12 PM 52

    Published: 2:11AM Saturday December 07, 2013 Source: Reuters US Secretary of State John Kerry closed another Middle East troubleshooting mission by urging Israel and the Palestinians to follow Nelson Mandela's lead and make peace. The death on Thursday of Mandela, who fought apartheid in South Africa and became its first black president, was mourned

  • Al Qaeda claims deadly attack on Defence Ministry in Yemeni capital

    6 December 2013 12:43 PM 51

    ADEN, Yemen -- Militants stormed the Defence Ministry in the heart of Yemen's capital Thursday, killing 52 people, including at least seven foreigners, in a suicide car bombing and assault by gunmen. The brazen attack claimed by al Qaeda's local branch in Yemen follows a rise in U.S. drone strikes in this key American ally in the Middle East. The two-stage

  • Ukraine's Yanukovich postpones foreign trip over domestic turmoil: statement

    6 December 2013 12:35 PM 45

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has postponed a scheduled visit to Malta next week, the presidential website said in a statement on Friday, citing his need "to focus on domestic political issues." Yanukovich, who finished a four-day visit to China on Friday and was reported to be heading for talks with Russian President Vladimir

  • Nicaragua canal promoter to build Ukraine ports

    6 December 2013 2:40 AM 50

    Complex attack on Yemen’s Defense Ministry kills dozens Yanukovych’s visit aimed to gain Chinese support for Ukraine’s battered economy. The country’s economic malaise has helped fuel ongoing massive anti-government protests in the capital, Kiev, demanding the government’s resignation. Wang, who made his fortune in finance and mining, also runs telecommunications

  • Amnesty urges North Korea to close political prisoner camps

    5 December 2013 6:26 AM 38

    Amnesty International has urged North Korea to close two political prisoner camps, where it says torture is rampant and execution commonplace. It quotes one former official as saying that inmates are forced to dig their own graves and women disappear after "servicing" officials. Amnesty alleges that hundreds of thousands of people are held in detention

  • Central African Republic militia 'killed' children

    4 December 2013 5:18 PM 40

    A Christian militia is suspected to have killed 12 people, including children, and wounded 30 others in an attack in the Central African Republic (CAR), officials say. The attackers appeared to have targeted a mainly Muslim community north of the capital, Bangui, the officials said. Ex-President Francois Bozize was ousted in a rebellion led by the Seleka

  • U.S. concern over Huawei telecoms deal with South Korea

    4 December 2013 6:12 AM 52

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The heads of two U.S. Senate committees overseeing national security have expressed concern to the Obama administration over a recent network supply deal between China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Washington ally South Korea. South Korea, which hosts some 28,000 U.S. soldiers to deter potential provocation from North Korea

  • Greenpeace Activists Detail Russia’s Capricious Justice System

    4 December 2013 12:57 AM 62

    Working through translators, because most of the crew spoke little or no Russian, the investigators produced sheet after sheet of documents for the detainees to sign, chronicling the slow progression of the criminal case but not delving into the facts of the allegations themselves. “They haven’t been asking me, ‘What did you do? Why did you do it?’ ” said Sini Saarela

  • Biden says U.S. 'deeply concerned' by China air defence zone

    3 December 2013 6:00 PM 43

    TOKYO -- Seeking to soothe an anxious ally, the U.S. voiced solidarity with Japan on Tuesday against China's claim to airspace over disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing. Standing shoulder to shoulder in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo