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  • Garcia reminded that time still on his side to win a major 27 Jul 2016 | 3:29 pm

    Sergio Garcia smiles as he listens to a question during a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Henrik Stenson took his silver claret jug and headed straight for Switzerland to play in a charity event organized by Sergio Garcia. It turned out to be the perfect occasion to deliver an important message to the host.

  • Turkey, once touted as regional model, is mired in tension 27 Jul 2016 | 2:41 pm

    Women are reflected in a shop window as they walk at a shopping street in Istanbul, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa. Six years later, it is mired in tension with neighbors and allies, dominated by a president seeking to increase his constitutional powers and now enmeshed in a purge of large sectors of society after an uprising by renegade military officers (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa.

  • Indonesia says will execute 14 drug convicts this weekend 27 Jul 2016 | 12:12 pm

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug convicts including at least four foreigners this weekend, the attorney general said on Wednesday, stepping up a "war on drugs" that has drawn international condemnation. News of the impending executions prompted condemnation from the United Nations and the European Union. The U.N. human rights chief expressed alarm and urged Indonesia to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty that was suspended in 2013.

  • Lack of FGM ban in domestic violence law fails Liberia's girls, activists say 27 Jul 2016 | 11:47 am

    By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights activists condemned Liberia's parliament on Wednesday for removing a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) from a new domestic violence law in a country where half of women have been cut. The law listed FGM as a criminal offense, along with threats and acts of physical and sexual violence, and emotional abuse, when it was first submitted to lawmakers last September. "It's extremely frustrating that the domestic violence bill was due to include an FGM ban, then a weaker ban and now no ban at all," said Mary Wandia of the rights group Equality Now.

  • Indian activist wins Asia's Nobel prize for fighting manual disposal of faeces 27 Jul 2016 | 11:28 am

    By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian activist who helped to set up a human rights group campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, a euphemism for disposing of faeces by hand, was awarded Asia's equivalent of the Nobel prize on Wednesday. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Bezwada Wilson one of six winners this year, citing his "moral energy and prodigious skill in leading a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India". Disposing of faeces from dry toilets and open drains by hand to be carried on the head in baskets to disposal sites, has long been an occupation thrust upon members of the Dalit group, traditionally the lowest ranked in India's caste system.

  • Three Thai activists charged with criminal defamation 27 Jul 2016 | 10:37 am

    BANGKOK (AP) — Three Thai human rights activists have been charged with criminal defamation over a report that detailed alleged systematic torture inside military enclosures in the country's southern provinces. All three denied the charges and were freed Wednesday without having to post bail.

  • Factbox: New ministers in Indonesia's revamped cabinet 27 Jul 2016 | 10:28 am

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president on Wednesday appointed a new cabinet, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of his team and boosting growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. ...

  • Egypt asks IMF for $12 billion loan amid struggling economy 27 Jul 2016 | 10:01 am

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is in the "final stages" of negotiating an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to secure a $12 billion loan over three years, while targeting more loans totaling $7 billion annually, according to a Cabinet statement.

  • Global stocks rise on Japan stimulus ahead of Fed statement 27 Jul 2016 | 6:41 am

    FILE - This Monday, July 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for Wall Street carved into the side of a building in New York. Stocks were slightly higher in early trading on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, as investors monitor corporate earnings from the likes of Gilead, McDonald's, Texas Instruments and others. Slumping oil prices held the gains in check. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks rose Wednesday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans for a 28 trillion-yen ($254 billion) stimulus package ahead of the latest policy statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  • Indonesia president puts ex-general, popular World Bank leader in cabinet 27 Jul 2016 | 6:26 am

    Indonesia's new ministers pose for photographers during the announcement of the new cabinet at Presidential Palace in Jakarta, IndonesiaBy Gayatri Suroyo and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo pleased market reform advocates on Wednesday by bringing home the World Bank's managing director to be finance minister and upset human rights activists by naming a controversial ex-general as security chief. The surprise appointments of Sri Mulyani Indrawati to head the finance ministry and Wiranto as coordinating minister for politics, law and security were part of a wider-than-expected cabinet reshuffle in which the trade, energy, transport and industry ministers were also replaced. "I am aware that the challenge keeps changing and it needs quick action from us," Widodo told reporters, adding that unemployment and income inequality must be addressed and the cabinet needed to work "more quickly, more effectively".

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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