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  • President starts talks on new PM in deadlocked Croatia 26 Nov 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, pictured on October 9, 2015, opened talks with parliamentary parties to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemateCroatia's president opened talks with parliamentary parties Thursday to try and name a prime minister-designate and end a political stalemate after an election 18 days ago failed to produce an outright winner. The lack of a decisive outcome has caused concerns among analysts, coming as a huge influx of migrants passes through the European Union's newest member, which is slowly emerging from six years of recession and in need of economic reforms. The centre-left alliance, led by the Social Democrats and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, won 56 seats but has since secured the support of 10 deputies from smaller parties and minority groups, increasing its chances of staying in power.

  • North, South Korea agree to high-level talks next month 26 Nov 2015 | 11:27 am

    South Korean chief delegate Kim Ki-Woong (right) shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Hwang Chol during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom, on November 26, 2015A Unification Ministry official in Seoul said the two sides would meet at the deputy minister level on December 11 in the Kaesong joint industrial zone, just inside North Korea. Unification Ministry Spokesman Jeong Joon-Hee told reporters that the North Koreans had initially demanded a set agenda for the Kaesong meeting, but later agreed to Seoul's proposal for a "comprehensive discussion of pending issues related to improving ties". A similar effort back in June 2013 saw both sides agree to hold what would have been the first high-level dialogue for six years -- only for Pyongyang to cancel a day before the talks were scheduled to begin.

  • Stranded migrants try to storm into Macedonia, tear down fence 26 Nov 2015 | 10:20 am

    A migrant tries to escape from Macedonian police officers as he tries to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of IdomeniHundreds of Moroccans, Algerians and Pakistanis tried to storm the border between Greece and Macedonia on Thursday, tearing down part of the barbed wire fence at the crossing and demanding to be allowed to carry on into northern Europe. Some threw stones at police while others fell to their knees shouting, "We want to go to Germany!" A few ran across into Macedonia but were quickly detained by police. Police in riot gear guarded a gap where migrants had torn down about 30-40 meters of fence, and a Reuters photographer saw riot police armed with assault rifles.

  • Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses 26 Nov 2015 | 10:04 am

    BANGKOK (AP) — Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.

  • South Africa moves closer to legal trade in rhino horns 26 Nov 2015 | 9:00 am

    FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 a darted rhino is blind-folded before being grounded for skin and blood samples to be taken, and microchipped, near Skukuza, South Africa, before being transported by truck to an area hopefully safe from poachers in a bid to cut down on the numbers killed by poachers. A South African Judge on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, struck down a government ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns, alarming some conservationists who say the decision could intensify the slaughter of the threatened species. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court on Thursday opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns, alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record numbers.

  • Image of Asia: Trying to reclaim what's left of their homes 26 Nov 2015 | 8:15 am

    Fire survivors sift through the debris, a day after a huge fire razed an informal settlers' community in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Fire officials say no casualties were reported but about 800 houses were razed and thousands of informal settlers were rendered homeless. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)In this photo by Bullit Marquez, fire survivors sift through the debris after a huge fire razed an informal settlers' community in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. The fire destroyed about 800 houses that were home to thousands of people, many of whom returned to the community Thursday to try to salvage what remained of their belongings. People without a place to go were staying at a city gymnasium. Fire officials reported no casualties.

  • Afghan president sacks security officials over fall of Kunduz 26 Nov 2015 | 7:50 am

    Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference in Kabul, AfghanistanBy Feroz Sultani KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday dismissed national security agency officials who he said had neglected their duty to defend the northern city of Kunduz, which Taliban militants briefly captured in September. The Taliban's seizure of the city was a major setback for the government, and prompted Washington to prolong the 14-year-old U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. Government forces wrested back control of the city after days of fighting in which a U.S. air strike destroyed a hospital run by the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) aid group, killing 30 people.

  • South African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade 26 Nov 2015 | 7:36 am

    South Africa says 1,215 rhinos were killed in 2014 for their horn which is used as a traditional medicine in East AsiaA South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, alarming conservationists who described it as an "extremely dangerous move" that could worsen a poaching crisis. The government said it planned to appeal against the ruling, which was delivered in the Pretoria High Court after two South African game breeders fought a legal battle to overturn the moratorium. The court decision came ahead of a meeting in Johannesburg next year of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which could lift the global ban.

  • France, Italy see need to stop Islamic State in Libya 26 Nov 2015 | 7:11 am

    World powers need to step up efforts to stop Islamic State gaining ground in Libya while keeping up the fight against the militant group in Syria and Iraq, France and Italy said on Thursday. French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who met in Paris, expressed concern that instability in the North African country was providing fertile soil for IS to flourish, with Renzi warning that Libya risked becoming "the next emergency". France is pushing for a grand coalition of world powers to destroy the militant group following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and Hollande, after meeting Renzi, spoke of the need for a Libyan government of national unity to end anarchy.

  • Child marriages set to soar in Africa: UNICEF 26 Nov 2015 | 5:19 am

    Africa's population of girls is expected to balloon from the current 275 million to 465 million within 35 yearsChild marriages in Africa are set to more than double by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken, UNICEF warned Thursday as delegates met in Zambia to discuss how to halt the practice. The two-day meeting in Lusaka is the African Union's first conference on "Ending Child Marriage in Africa", gathering representatives from member states as well as first ladies, UN officials and civil society groups. "The total number of child brides will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050... if we do not do something now," UNICEF deputy executive director Fatoumata Ndiaye told AFP.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
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