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Taiwan nixes ‘Jeremy Lin Party’

Taiwanese authorities have rejected an application to set up a new political party named after Asian-American basketball hero Jeremy Lin, officials said Monday. The “Jeremy Lin Party”, jointly endorsed by 30 people as required by Taiwan law, was turned down by the interior ministry’s Department of Civil Affairs. “According to…

Elton John dedicates Beijing show to Chinese dissident

Pop-rock balladeer Elton John dedicated his Beijing show to Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei — a controversial move the artist said Monday was unlikely to make the nation’s cultural minders happy. After the Icelandic singer Bjork chanted “Tibet, Tibet” at a 2008 concert in Shanghai, authorities refused numerous Western acts permits…

More protests in Egypt as Morsi plans meeting with judges

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was to meet with senior judges on Monday in a bid to defuse a crisis that erupted after he assumed sweeping new powers, sparking strikes and deadly protests. The crisis talks, on the eve of rival rallies which threaten to deepen the country’s divisions, come…

New factory fire in Bangladesh before national day of mourning

Bangladesh firefighters battled a new blaze at a garment factory Monday as the country prepared for a day of mourning after the death of 110 workers over the weekend in the export industry’s worst accident. The second fire broke out at a 12-storey facility on the outskirts of the capital…

Hamas chief backs Palestinian UN bid: statement

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Monday told Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas that his movement backs a bid for enhanced UN status for the Palestinians, a Hamas statement said. “Khaled Meshaal… held a telephone conversation with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in which he affirmed that Hamas welcomes the step of going…

Catholic brother accused of sex crimes flees

A former Catholic brother wanted in Australia on more than 250 child sex charges was reported Monday to have fled New Zealand for Sri Lanka before his extradition could be secured. Bernard McGrath is facing 252 child sex charges in Australia relating to his time in church-run institutions in the…

In world’s most religious country, humanists rally for secular space

In world's most religious country, humanists rally for secular space In Ghana, where deeply held religious beliefs unite much of the population, a new group has formed around a shared disbelief in religion. The Humanist Association of Ghana practices a philosophy that is mostly unheard of in Ghana, which a…

Chris Hayes: U.S. helps terrorism ‘brings strategic benefits’ in Middle East

Good news “can sometimes seem in short supply” in the Middle East, said Chris Hayes during his MSNBC show, Up with Chris Hayes. But a recent ceasefire was celebrated by many Gazans, although met with mixed opinion from Israelis, as 49 percent were opposed to the ceasefire. Gazan’s suffered over…

Palestinian cars vandalized in apparent ‘revenge’ hate crime

Palestinian cars were vandalised overnight in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a hate crime by rightwing Israeli extremists, victims and police said on Sunday. Eight vehicles belonging to the same family had their tyres slashed, and one was daubed with the slogan in Hebrew…

Germany’s Merkel eases Jewish concerns over circumcision ruling

Angela Merkel sought to ease the concerns of Germany’s Jews Sunday over a disputed ruling against circumcision as she became the first chancellor to address the Jewish community’s annual council meeting. “The respecting of religious ritual is a fundamental good,” she told the annual gathering of the Central Council of…

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