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Argentina town bans 'sexist' beauty competitions

A town in Argentina has become the first in the country to ban beauty queen competitions.

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20 jihadists killed in failed east Syria airport attack

At least 20 Islamist State (IS) group members were killed in the second failed jihadist bid in a month to take over an air base in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said Sunday.

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Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage

Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.

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China tells U.S. opposes all forms of cyber attacks, 'terrorism'

China opposes all forms of cyberattacks and cyber "terrorism", the country's foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday.

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Indian PM Modi's party unlikely to form Jammu & Kashmir government: polls

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party will not win enough seats to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir state, two exit polls showed on Saturday

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North Korea denies hacking Sony

North Korea has said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the US

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Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba

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Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

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Pakistan hangs two militants after Taliban school massacre

Pakistan executed two prominent militants on Friday, sources said, in a clear response to this week's massacre of more than 130 children at a school.

Ferguson prosecutor: Some witnesses lied, including woman who didn’t see shooting

A woman who swore she saw teenager Michael Brown pummel Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson and charge him “like a football player,” was lying about being at the scene

Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said

Jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest

A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday.

Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago

Politics  

Pakistan: 59 militants killed after school massacre

Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 59 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the army said Friday.

S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party

South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views.

Taliban attack: Pakistan army retaliates, kills 57 militants

Pakistan army retaliated to the the deadly Taliban attack at Peshawar school by killing 57 militants in the Khyber tribal region where the suicide bombers were reported trained.

Around 180 Syrian soldiers, jihadists reported killed in battle for base

Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle in which insurgents captured the Wadi al-Deif military base.

Russia invites North Korea leader for May visit: paper

Russia has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to attend a May ceremony marking the end of World War Two, Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily said on Wednesday.

Jeb Bush explores 2016 U.S. presidential run

Jeb Bush is actively exploring a run for the U.S. presidency in 2016, making the former Florida governor one of the first major Republicans to formally move toward a possible candidacy.

Environment  

Hawaii lava on course to hit gas station, stores

Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said.

Indonesia rescuers use earth-movers in landslide rescue as toll rises to 24

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday used heavy-lifting equipment for the first time to clear roads leading to the site of a landslide that destroyed a village and killed at least 24 people.

Philippine typhoon weakens but leaves 21 dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm Monday, leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million people into shelters but sparing most of a central Philippine region.

Philippine typhoon weakens to a storm; 3 dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a storm Monday after it left at least three people dead and sent more than a million others into shelters.

Thousands stranded as Filipinos brace for super typhoon Hagupit

Ports were shut across the Philippines, leaving thousands of travelers stranded,as super-typhoon Hagupit swept towards eastern coasts of the island nation.

Flash flooding strands drivers in California

Heavy downpours took a parting shot Thursday at California, triggering flash floods that temporarily stranded more than three dozen people in their cars.

Health  

Ebola toll in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia reaches 6,583: WHO

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the three worst-hit countries in West Africa reached 6,583 as of Dec. 10, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Fifteen Indians blinded after surgery with suspected infected tools

Fifteen Indians lost their sight after a doctor used suspected infected equipment to remove cataracts at a free eye surgery camp.

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August.

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 - WHO

The death toll in the Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by the end of Nov. 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Family of Dallas Ebola victim reaches settlement with hospital

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the only person to die of Ebola in the United States, said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with the hospital that had treated him and admitted to

Americans strongly back quarantine for returning Ebola health workers

Nearly 75 percent of Americans surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll believe medics returning to the United States after treating people with Ebola should be quarantined.

Entertainment  

Sony cancels The Interview release amid threats

Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned US release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.

Woman sues Bill Cosby, claiming underage abuse

Bill Cosby was sued Tuesday by a Southern California woman who claims the comedian molested her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old.

Security  

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday.

Pakistani pupils recall narrow escapes, carnage in Taliban slaughter

It began like any other morning in Pakistan's Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Students pored over their books. Teachers ruffled through their notes & gave lectures.

Sydney siege ends as police storm Lindt Cafe and hostages run out

An armed siege at a cafe in the heart of Sydney has ended after police entered the building shortly after a series of loud bangs were heard and groups of hostages ran out onto the street.

Hostages held in Sydney cafe, forced to hold Islamic flag in window

An armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside a central Sydney cafe, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writings.

Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as foreign troops head home

The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers & several national & foreign soldiers ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks.

Shaky grip on northern road as Iraq pushes advance against IS

Government troops and their Shi'ite militia allies finally lifted the siege of the refinery three weeks ago, after special forces troops held out.