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Hong Kong: Police arrest 116 at protest site

November 26, 2014
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"Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day Wednesday after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people. People wearing red baseball caps and T-shirts that said 'I (heart) HK' helped dismantle a first row of barricades made up mostly of wooden pallets after bailiffs issued a warning to the crowd that they would start enforcing the court-ordered clearance." (11/25/14)

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Afghanistan: Ghani orders military review

November 26, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor. The move appears aimed at revamping the military for the fight against the Taliban amid new indications that U.S. and international forces will play a greater role than initially envisaged after the 13-year U.S.-led combat mission formally ends next month.( 11/25/14)

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Mexico: Cardenas leaves leftist party he founded

November 26, 2014
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Colorado Springs Gazette    

"A pillar of leftist politics in Mexico and son of a revered former president has resigned from the political party he founded, citing disagreements with its leadership. Three-time presidential candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas released a letter explaining his decision late Tuesday. Earlier this month, he asked the entire national executive committee of the Democratic Revolution Party to resign following the disappearance of 43 college students in Guerrero." (11/25/14)

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Burkina Faso: 24 died in unrest that ousted leader

November 26, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"A committee cataloging the damage done during protests that forced Burkina Faso's longtime president from power says 24 people were killed in the unrest. Opposition protesters, angry that President Blaise Compaore was seeking another term after nearly 30 years in power, set the parliament building on fire and forced his resignation on Oct. 31." (11/25/14)

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Judge: FEC improperly narrowed disclosure rules

November 26, 2014
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Greensboro News-Record    

"A judge says the Federal Election Commission impermissibly narrowed disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations that finance electioneering communications, the political ads that run close to an election. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the FEC regulation was arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law." (11/25/14)

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Russia: Treaty means greater control over Black Sea region

November 25, 2014
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Omaha World-Herald    

"Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea. The move drew outrage and cries of "annexation" in Georgia and sent a chill through those in Abkhazia who fear that wealthy Russians will snap up their precious coastline. It also raised further suspicions in the West about Russian President Vladimir Putin's territorial aspirations after his annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in March." (11/24/14)

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Gitmo: Quiet transfer of detainees suggests closing prison still a priority

November 25, 2014
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Naples Daily News    

"While the nation focused on the immigration plan President Obama introduced Thursday evening, the administration was quietly working to achieve another one of the president’s goals – closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Obama used his executive powers Friday and again Saturday to quietly transfer six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Georgia, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia." (11/24/14)

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Hong Kong: Authories begin clearing protest site

November 25, 2014
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ABC    

"Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday began clearing away some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. Police were on hand to assist bailiffs working under a court order to remove obstructions from the site, which activists have occupied for nearly two months. It said police are authorized to arrest anyone obstructing the bailiffs." (11/24/14)

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US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

November 24, 2014
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Providence Journal    

"The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior U.S. official said that with the Monday evening cutoff date a little more than a day away, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry proposed to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Java Zarf that the two sides start discussing post-deadline talks in their latest meeting since Kerry arrived three days ago to add his diplomatic weight to the talks." (11/23/14)

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Mexico: Ministry summons Uruguay’s ambassador over comment

November 24, 2014
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"Mexico has summoned Uruguay's ambassador for talks after the South American country's president described Mexico as a kind of 'failed state' in a magazine interview. Mexico's foreign ministry released a statement Sunday expressing its 'surprise and categorical rejection' of the statements by President Jose Mujica which appeared in Foreign Affairs' Latin American edition. Mujica made the statements when questioned about 43 college students missing in southern Mexico, a case that has sparked widespread protests." (11/23/14)

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Portugal: Former premier kept in jail amid fraud case

November 23, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates is spending a third straight night in jail as officials continue to investigate him for suspected corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. Socrates's lawyer, Joao Araujo, told reporters that after a preliminary hearing Sunday the investigating judge decided he needs to ask Socrates more questions. He said the interrogation will continue Monday." (11/23/14)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram said to kill about 45 people

November 21, 2014
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Janesville Gazette    

"The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village. Muhammed Gava of the Nigeria Vigilante Group said the assault occurred Wednesday in Azaya Kura village in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that the heavily armed Boko Haram militants surged through the village in several trucks, destroying houses and carting away food and livestock." (11/20/14)

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UK: Police spied on reporters for years, documents show

November 21, 2014
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"In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore all the way down to the color of his boots. It was, he said, proof of something he'd long suspected: The police were watching him." (11/20/14)

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Turkey: Government, Kurdish authorities argue over Yazidi refugees

November 21, 2014
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"In a picnic grove nestled in wheat and cotton fields just south of Diyarbakir, municipal officials have set up a refugee camp for more than 4,000 Yazidis who fled the threat of genocide when Islamic State extremists captured their cities in early August. U.S. airstrikes provided the cover for Yazidis to escape the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, but it was the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known by its Kurdish initials as the PKK, that set up a security corridor and guided them to safety through Iraqi Kurdistan and later to Turkey." (11/20/14)

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Mexico: Citizens angry about 43 missing students protest

November 21, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Tens of thousands marched in the capital Thursday demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day normally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-17 Revolution. Officials had canceled the traditional Nov. 20 Revolution Day parade, and marchers carrying 'mourning' flags with Mexico's red and green national colors substituted by black suggested the country was in no mood for celebration." (11/21/14)

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US sends Guantanamo prisoners to Georgia, Slovakia

November 21, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"Five prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay as part of a renewed effort to close the detention center at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba, officials said Thursday. Three men were sent to Georgia and two to Slovakia for resettlement. They were among dozens of low-level prisoners at Guantanamo that an administration task force in 2009 deemed to no longer pose a threat." (11/21/14)

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Iraq: From IS militant to informant

November 20, 2014
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Janesville Gazette    

"The former Islamic State group commander walked into the visitors' room of his Baghdad prison, without the usual yellow jumpsuit and shackles his fellow inmates wear. In slippers and a track suit, he greeted guards with a big smile, kissing them on the cheeks. The scene testifies to the strange path of Abu Shakr, a 36-year-old who joined al-Qaida out of anger over treatment of Iraq's Sunnis and rose in the group as it transformed into the extremist juggernaut now called the Islamic State. Finally, he became an informant against the group after his capture." (11/19/14)

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Colombia: US sanctions soccer team for drug ties

November 20, 2014
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Omaha World-Herald    

"The U.S. has imposed sanctions on a popular Colombian soccer team for alleged ties to a drug cartel. The Treasury Department on Wednesday placed Envigado soccer club and its owner, Juan Pablo Upequi, on its foreign narcotics kingpins list, freezing any U.S. assets they may have and barring Americans from doing business with them." (11/19/14)

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North Korea threatens to beef up military capability

November 20, 2014
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San Antonio Express-News    

"North Korea threatened Thursday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N. resolution on its human rights violations. A U.N. committee on Tuesday adopted the resolution urging the Security Council to refer the North's rights situation to the International Criminal Court." (11/19/14)

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Hong Kong: Protesters try to storm legislature

November 19, 2014
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"Hong Kong police arrested four men early Wednesday after a small group of protesters tried to force their way into the city's legislature in overnight clashes. The arrests came after authorities cleared some barricades a day earlier from a small section of a site occupied by pro-democracy activists for nearly two months." (11/18/14)

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Italy: Mobsters take secret oath in police video

November 19, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Recruits for Italy's 'ndrangheta crime syndicate have been caught on video taking a loyalty oath, swearing 'under the splendor of the moon,' in a ceremony secretly recorded by police in what investigators called authorities' first such glimpse of the ritual. Carabinieri paramilitary police in Milan on Tuesday released video of what they said were two 'convivial' get-togethers of suspected mobsters at a farmhouse in Castello di Brianza, northern Italy, with one recruit as young as 17." (11/18/14)

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UN push against North Korea on rights moves ahead

November 19, 2014
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Thibodaux Daily Comet    

"An anxious North Korea will see Tuesday how the boldest effort yet to bring its leaders to account for alleged crimes against humanity will move forward, as the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee votes on a resolution that demands the country's referral to the International Criminal Court. The vote follows a groundbreaking U.N. commission of inquiry report on North Korea early this year that declared the country's human rights situation 'exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror.'" (11/18/14)

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Greece: Former minister convicted over Swiss account

November 19, 2014
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Winston-Salem Journal    

"A Greek former finance and defense minister has been convicted of failing to declare 1.2 million euros ($1.5 million) that his wife had placed in a Swizz bank account.  An Athens court on Tuesday sentenced Yannos Papantoniou and his wife Stavroula Kourakou to four years each in prison and ordered them to pay fines of 10,000 euros respectively. The prison sentence will be suspended pending the couple's appeal." (11/18/14)

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India: Guru’s followers at ashram fight off police; 190 people hurt

November 19, 2014
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Thousands of devotees of an Indian spiritual leader who is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case fought running battles with police Tuesday outside the guru's heavily fortified ashram in northern India. About 190 people, including more than 100 security forces, were injured in the melee as authorities tried to move in and arrest 63-year-old Sant Rampal, police said." (11/18/14)

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Congo: 51 killed in police sweep vs. gangs

November 18, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Human Rights Watch says in a new report that police in Congo's capital conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in a three-month crackdown against organized crime gangs. The rights group says 'Operation Likofi' launched last November aimed to quash an upsurge in armed robbery and other crimes by small gangs known as kuluna." (11/17/14)

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