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world Myanmar Releases Almost 7,000 Prisoners in Amnesty

Myanmar released almost 7,000 prisoners on a presidential pardon, including more than 200 foreigners and former military-intelligence officers.

41 minutes ago // New York Times

world Sinosphere Blog: Ai Weiwei Disputes Restricted Visa From Britain

The artist, who was detained for 81 days in 2011, disagrees with British officials over whether he has a criminal conviction and says the visa he received may keep him from attending his installation in London.

46 minutes ago // The Guardian

world PNG will cancel contracts of Australians advising government, says Peter O'Neill

In shock announcement, PNG prime minister says over-dependence on foreign advisers is making local public servants lazy and is not in best interests of PNGPapua New Guinea will boot out Australian officials working for its government by the end of the year.Prime minister Peter ONeill has told the PNG parliament he is concerned about foreign advisers spying while their presence caused local public servants to slack off.

49 minutes ago // CBS

world New undercover video raises pressure on Planned Parenthood

Senate Republicans launch effort to defund Planned Parenthood as organization defends itself: "These videos do not show anything illegal"

53 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Female Ukrainian war hero facing 25 years in Russian jail

MOSCOW The contentious trial of a female Ukrainian war hero charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists began in southern Russia on Thursday, amid public protest from the Ukrainian government and private negotiations to strike a deal for her release

53 minutes ago // ABC

world Former Top Chinese General Suspected of Corruption

Former top Chinese general expelled from Communist Party as anti-graft campaign churns ahead

1 hour ago // ABC

world Wing Part Could Help Solve What Happened to MH370

Wing part could help solve one of aviation's biggest mysteries: what happened to MH370?

1 hour ago // UPI

world Tom Cruise woos South Korean moviegoers in Seoul

Elizabeth ShimSEOUL, July 30 UPI -- Tom Cruise promoted his latest movie Mission Impossible Rogue Nation on Thursday in a different kind of nation: South Korea, the second largest market for some top Hollywood movies after North America.

1 hour ago // The Times of India

world Hundreds protest in Taipei after student suicide

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Taipei early on Friday calling for the education minister to resign after a student committed suicide, amid a deepening row over the island's "China-centric" school curriculum.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Coast Guard Will Search All Night For Missing Florida Teens

An area roughly the size of Alabama has been searched of the coast of Florida after the 14-year-olds disappeared during a boating trip Friday.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Bushfires turn into fire tornadoes: scientists explain how video

How scientists analyse the spread of extreme bushfires and the weather phenomena they create. In the latest Catastrophic Science episode, researchers at University of New South Wales analyse the deadly 2003 Canberra bushfires during which fire spread across the wind's direction as well as with it, and spawned supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes Continue reading...

1 hour ago // BBC

world Move to end anti-icebreaker protest

The US Coast Guard begins an operation to remove Greenpeace protesters blocking an icebreaker from departing Portland, Oregon.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Open Source: Attack on Gay Pride Parade Shakes Israels Self-Image as Bastion of Tolerance

An Israelis violent rampage at the event in Jerusalem was quickly politicized by critics of Israel.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Today in Pictures: A Blue Lagoon and a Tough Toucan

A blue lagoon, a Vatican spiral, a tough toucan and more.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world German government accuses news website of treason over leaks

For the first time in more than 50 years journalists are facing treason charges, which is being denounced as an attack on the freedom of the pressGermany has opened a treason investigation into a news website a broadcaster said had reported on plans to increase state surveillance of online communications. Related: Germany fights Facebook over real names p

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Argentine President Defends Her Country's Iran Deal

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has pointed to the nuclear accord between world powers and Iran to defend a much-criticized deal her own government made with Tehran nearly three years ago.

1 hour ago // ABC

world State Police Commander, 3 Others Killed in Southern Mexico

State police commander, 3 others killed in violence-ridden Mexican state of Guerrero

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Beer shortages loom in Venezuela as troops occupy Caracas warehouse

Empresas Polar breweries suspend operations amid row with government of President Nicolas Maduro over economic sabotageVenezuelas largest beer manufacturer is shutting some of its breweries, blaming a lack of imported barley, as its parent company remains locked in a wider dispute with the countrys government.The federation of beer brewers announced on Thursday that the beer-making subsidiary of Empresas Polar would suspend operations at two of its six plants owing t

1 hour ago // UPI

world Wing piece, suitcase will take days to link to MH370

Doug G. WareSAINT-ANDRE, Runion, July 30 UPI -- A small section of wing possibly from missing Malaysian Flight 370, along with a damaged suitcase found nearby will take days to analyze, officials said.

1 hour ago // UPI

world Wing piece, suitcase will take days to link to MH370

Doug G. WareSAINT-ANDRE, Runion, July 30 UPI -- A small section of wing possibly from missing Malaysia Flight 370, along with a damaged suitcase found nearby will take days to analyze, officials said.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Lupita Nyong'o to make NYC stage debut

The Oscar-winner will make her New York stage debut in September

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Venezuela Takeover Order Riles Companies

The government ordered major food companies, including units of Pepisco and Nestl Inc., to evacuate warehouses in an area where the state plans to expropriate land to build low-cost housing.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Taiwan students storm education ministry compound in textbook protest

TAIPEI Reuters - Hundreds of Taiwan students stormed the ministry of education compound early on Friday, after one committed suicide earlier in the week, intensifying anti-China protests over textbooks they say are aimed at promoting Beijing's "one China" policy.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Stan Grant: 'You don't throw off the shackles of your history that easily' - video

Indigenous Sky News Australia journalist Stan Grant talks about the feeling of liberation he experienced living outside Australia where he says he felt 'free of the shackles of our history'. He says despite his education, career success and travelling the world as a reporter, he has not grown out of his childhood suffering Continue reading...

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Stan Grant: 'You don't throw off the shackles of your history that easily' - video

Indigenous Sky News Australia journalist Stan Grant talks about the feeling of liberation he experienced living outside Australia where he says he felt 'free of the shackles of our history'. On the back of his piece for Guardian Australia, Grant says despite his education, career success and travelling the world as a reporter, he has not grown out of his chi

1 hour ago // USA Today

world 6 stabbed at gay pride parade in Jerusalem

Police said the attacker stabbed several at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005.

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Chimps Aren't 'Legal Persons,' New York Judge Rules

Hercules and Leo will stay put because chimps aren't "legal persons," a New York judge reluctantly ruled Thursday.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Migrant Crisis Continues at U.K.-France Border

The nightly game of cat and mouse between migrants and French authorities continued here in the early hours of Thursday, as a group of about a dozen people tried to break in to the terminal of the railway tunnel linking France to the U.K.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Etihad vows to fight case brought by man seated next to obese passenger

Brisbane man seeks more than $277,000 after allegedly spending hours contorting his body while seated next to a sick, obese passengerEtihad Airways has vowed to keep fighting court action brought by a man who is suing the airline for health problems he says he developed after sitting next to a sick, obese passenger.Brisbane man James Andres Bassos, 38, has claimed his 2011 flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney caused a back injury after he was forced to twist and contort his body to a

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Brisbane restaurant partially destroyed after 24 pest bombs explode

Owners of business on Mains road, Sunnybank, reportedly planted pest-repellent bombs inside store, which then caused a vapour explosionA Brisbane restaurant has been partially blown apart after dozens of cans of pest repellent caused an explosion.The owners of the business on Mains road, Sunnybank, had reportedly planted 24 repellent bombs inside the store, which then caused a vapour explosion.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Still Mired In Controversy

Voter ID laws have sparked controversy across the US. More than 30 states enacted laws requiring citizens to show identification before they vote. Against fierce opposition, the state of Wisconsin recently enacted one the most restrictive voter ID laws in country. As Jeff Swicord reports, no one can predict its impact as the 2016 election nears.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Voting Rights Act Gave Minority Candidates Opportunity to Serve

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was also a milestone for the American Civil Rights Movement -- creating thousands of black and minority politicians. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some some elected officials who -- without the Voting Rights Act -- would never have had the opportunity to serve their communities.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Gerrymandering Creates Favorable Districts for Candidates

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ensured federal enforcement of the right to vote for millions of African-Americans in many parts of the southern United States. Correspondent Chris Simkins reports on the current political debate over the practice of intentionally creating voting jurisdictions or districts that favor a candidate or one political party over another.

1 hour ago // BBC

world MoD land could help Calais delays

Ministry of Defence land could be made available to help relieve traffic problems in Kent caused by the migrant crisis in Calais, the BBC understands.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world China Expels General From Party

The latest purge by President Xi Jinping in his campaign to stamp out alleged corruption ensnared senior military commander Gen. Guo Boxiong, who was accused of accepting bribes.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Myanmar Releases Almost 7,000 Prisoners in Amnesty

Myanmar released almost 7,000 political prisoners on a presidential pardon, including more than 200 foreigners and former military-intelligence officers.