Pakistan opposition says dozens of activists arrested


By Asad Hashim and Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani police raided an opposition party youth rally in the capital Islamabad on Thursday night and arrested about 40 people ahead of a planned protest that party leader Imran Khan has said would shut down the city, a party spokeswoman said. The raid came hours after a city order banned all ...

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Putin rejects claims of Russian interference in US election


MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russia is interfering in the U.S. presidential election, saying the allegations are designed to distract the public from real issues. The United States has accused Russia of coordinating the hacks of Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails to influence the outcome of the election. Speaking to international foreign policy experts in ...

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Turkey calls for end to NATO's migrant mission in Aegean


By Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey is seeking an end to NATO’s counter-migration mission in the Aegean Sea and it is telling the U.S.-led alliance that the sharp drop in refugees trying to get to Greece means there is no longer a need for warships to patrol its coast. Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik told other ...

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Venezuela parliament seeks to push ahead with Maduro trial


By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition-dominated Congress convened on Thursday to push forward a political trial of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, a day after dozens were injured in protests demanding a vote to recall the unpopular leader. The opposition has intensified demonstrations since authorities last week effectively scuttled its drive for a plebiscite, with a national strike and ...

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Facts on Iraq's Yazidi minority


Strasbourg (France) (AFP) – Iraq’s Yazidi minority is in the spotlight Thursday after two women from the community won the European Parliament’s Sakharov human rights prize. Nadia Murad and Lamia Haji Bashar have spearheaded a movement to protect Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion with more than half a million Kurdish-speaking believers concentrated in northern Iraq. Here are some facts ...

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African group urges leaders to stick with ICC


Nairobi (AFP) – A group of African legal and rights experts on Thursday called on Burundi, South Africa and Gambia to reconsider their plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The African Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) — consisting of lawyers, prosecutors, judges, academics and human rights activists — called on the countries’ leaders to “reconsider and ...

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Twitter beats estimates, cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profitability


By Supantha Mukherjee and Dustin Volz (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said Thursday it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce to keep costs down as the microblogging service reported quarterly results that beat Wall Street expectations, lifting shares. Third-quarter revenue growth slowed sharply but topped analysts’ expectations. Its stock rose 2.6 percent to $17.75 in early trading. Up to ...

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The Latest: UN will try again to evacuate Aleppo wounded


BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 4 p.m. A U.N. humanitarian aid official for Syria says efforts will be renewed to secure the evacuation of nearly 200 wounded and allow medical and food supplies into the besieged rebel-held part of the city of Aleppo. Jan Egeland says the U.N. team is “not giving ...

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Does The Future Of Entertainment Entail Popping A Hallucinogenic Pill?


You would’ve thought that AT&T’s recent bid to take-over multimedia giant Time Warner would have Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ knickers in a twist. However, brushing aside the concerns in a recent interaction at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive, Hastings mentioned how the future of entertainment could feature a hallucinogenic pill. Hastings was at the event to elaborate on how the ...

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