Turkey replaces 28 elected officials with appointees

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Clashes erupted between police and protesters Sunday after Ankara announced it had replaced 28 elected municipal and district mayors in several predominantly Kurdish towns in Turkey’s east and southeast. The officials being replaced are suspected of colluding with groups the government considers terrorist organizations, the Interior Ministry announced Sunday, adding that the decision was in line with ...

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South Africa reports drop in rhino poaching in biggest park

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protection efforts in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park have reduced rhino poaching there, though poaching syndicates may be moving operations to parks elsewhere in the country, a top official said Sunday. The carcasses of 458 poached rhinos were found in Kruger National Park between January and the end of August, down about 18 percent from the same ...

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Top Asian News 11:40 a.m. GMT

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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Before the crack of dawn and before the protesters hit the streets to resume demands India leave Kashmir, he dressed like an ordinary man and made sure not to carry anything identifying him as police. He joined six passengers in a shared taxi outside his village in a lush pine forest near the militarized boundary that ...

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North Korea says sanctions push after nuclear test 'laughable'

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By Minami Funakoshi and Ju-min Park TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Sunday a push for further sanctions following its fifth and biggest nuclear test was “laughable”, and vowed to continue to strengthen its nuclear power. The isolated state on Friday set off its most powerful nuclear explosion to date, saying it had mastered the ability to mount a ...

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AP PHOTOS: Muslims gather for climax of hajj pilgrimage

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MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Before dawn on Sunday, Muslim pilgrims from around the world began ascending a hill just outside Mecca where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon some 1,400 years ago. The day spent on Mount Arafat is the pinnacle of the five-day hajj pilgrimage, which all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform at least once. ...

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Muslims climb Mount Arafat in hajj high point

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Mount Arafat (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – The annual hajj pilgrimage reached its climax on Sunday when Muslims from across the world climbed a stoney hill in western Saudi Arabia to pray and recite from the Koran. More than 1.8 million gathered from sunrise at the hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometres (nine miles) ...

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Cracks in building hamper search after Bangladesh factory fire

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By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) – The fire at a food and cigarette packaging factory in Bangladesh that killed at least 26 people has been extinguished, but heavy smoke and the risk of the building collapsing further were hampering the search of the premises, officials said on Sunday. Saturday’s blaze was the country’s worst industrial accident since the Rana Plaza ...

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Why Media Ignores The Majority

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Older readers of this column will remember a time, about 20 years ago, when stories of dowry deaths regularly appeared in newspapers. These followed a pattern. Every other day or so, an almost identical report would appear on the front pages. A young woman would be set on fire by her in-laws, who would claim the stove had exploded in ...

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Rhetoric or real? N. Korea nuclear test may be a bit of both

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s latest nuclear test, its most powerful to date, is a game-changer … according to North Korea. As with anything reported by Pyongyang, an authoritarian state run by a third-generation dictator who allows zero dissent or outside investigation, there’s reason to be skeptical. But even if the North’s assertion that it has rounded a ...

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The Prasarita Padottanasana Yoga Pose

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The Prasarita Padottanasana Yoga Pose Written by Jeff Behar    Prasarita Padottanasana, prounounced pra-sa-REE-tah pah-doh-tahn-AHS-anna, is a wide legged forward bend ashtanga yoga pose. The name is derived from: prasarita = stretched out, expanded, spread, with outstretched limbs pada = foot ut = intense tan = to stretch or extend (compare the Latin verb tendere, “to stretch ...

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