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  • Australian Dion Lee a designer for all seasons 27 May 2016 | 10:44 pm

    Models catwalk creations by Australian fashion designer Dion Lee during his show for Australian Fashion Week in SydneyFashion retail is experiencing a seismic shift: the audience is global, seasons are increasingly irrelevant and the rise of social media means consumers don't want to wait for runway styles. Designer Dion Lee, the breakthrough star of Australian fashion who has worked with Kanye West and whose clothes are worn by the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett, understands such challenges better than most. Lee launched his brand in Sydney -- which has opposing seasons to the the fashion capitals of Europe and North America.


  • US official: Tribal shield should be pulled from auction 27 May 2016 | 4:18 pm

    FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 file photo, a man looks at Native American artifacts as a group of American Indian advocates hold a news conference nearby at the Smithsonian National Musem of the American Indian, in Washington, to contest a Paris auction house's upcoming auction of Native American remains and sacred objects. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday she's troubled by the auctioning off of objects held sacred by Native American tribes and she's calling on the French government to help find a path toward repatriating the items. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday asked French authorities to prevent the auction of a ceremonial shield from a Native American community in New Mexico, saying the item was believed to have been stolen decades ago.


  • Rio Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts 27 May 2016 | 4:00 pm

    To press on with the Olympic Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," an open letter arguedAn open letter signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers Friday called for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be moved or delayed due to the Zika virus. To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," the letter argued. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before," said the letter, signed by experts in the United States, Britain, Canada, Norway, the Philippines, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, and Lebanon, among others.


  • Argentine FM says Falklands no obstacle to becoming UN chief 27 May 2016 | 3:46 pm

    FILE - In this May 16, 2016 file photo, Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra takes part in a joint press conference, at the Lebanese foreign ministry in Beirut, Lebanon. Malcorra is arguing that there’s no conflict of interest between her bid to be the next U.N. secretary-general and her work pressing her country’s sovereignty claim over the disputed Falkland Islands. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's foreign minister said Friday she believes there's no conflict of interest between her bid to be the next U.N. secretary-general and her work pressing her country's sovereignty claim over the disputed Falkland Islands.


  • Defense secretary discusses concerns in South China Sea 27 May 2016 | 3:18 pm

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers remarks during the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Friday, May 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — China could be erecting "a Great Wall of self-isolation" with its increasingly provocative moves against its neighbors, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.


  • Thailand grapples with first big MMA bout 27 May 2016 | 2:53 pm

    Japanese MMA fighter Yoshitaka Naito (R) avoids a kick from Thai fighter Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (L) during their title bout at the first ever ONE FC event in Bangkok on May 27, 2016Thailand hosted its first major mixed martial arts event late Friday, as cage fighting makes inroads in a country fiercely proud of its homegrown Muay Thai boxing tradition. Some Thai fighters are turning from traditional Muay Thai to MMA, a transition smoothed by the Thai sport's versatile elbow, punch and kick techniques. Friday's glitzy event, under the banner of the ONE Championship which is pushing cage fighting across Asia, was held despite opposition from Muay Thai purists who fear the new, big-spending sport could chip away at the domestic martial art.


  • The Latest: Officials say Acoma shield was stolen years ago 27 May 2016 | 1:57 pm

    FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 file photo, a man looks at Native American artifacts as a group of American Indian advocates hold a news conference nearby at the Smithsonian National Musem of the American Indian, in Washington, to contest a Paris auction house's upcoming auction of Native American remains and sacred objects. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday she's troubled by the auctioning off of objects held sacred by Native American tribes and she's calling on the French government to help find a path toward repatriating the items. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a planned auction in France of Native American sacred items (all times local):


  • Kazakhstan accuses protesters of trying to oust government 27 May 2016 | 10:27 am

    A policeman (R) and a woman set up a Kazakh national flag at a polling station in a village of Targap, some 100 kms outside Almaty, on April 1, 2011Oil-rich Kazakhstan on Friday accused organisers of anti-land reform demonstrations last week of trying to overthrow the Central Asian country's government. Citing independent observers, Human Rights Watch said "hundreds" of detentions took place in Almaty and the capital Astana on Saturday. The government's controversial proposals to amend the land code to allow foreigners to lease land, among other changes, have sparked unrest.


  • 3 Cambodian commandos jailed for attack on legislators 27 May 2016 | 6:59 am

    Cambodian motorists ride past the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, May 27, 2016. A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two CNRP lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators’ lawyer called the punishment too lenient. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Friday convicted three military commandos of beating up two opposition lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to one year each in prison. The legislators' lawyer called the punishment too lenient.


  • South Korea leader seeks African support against North Korea 27 May 2016 | 6:30 am

    South Korea's President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, May 27, 2016. South Korea's president, who is on a three-nation visit to Africa, is urging African leaders to support international efforts seeking to denuclearize North Korea. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Korea's president on Friday urged African leaders to support international efforts to denuclearize North Korea.


Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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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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