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President Morsi decree creates ‘political earthquake’ in Egypt

CAIRO — A decision by Egypt’s new president to reinstate parliament was a bold challenge to the military that dissolved the house, but some politicians slammed it as a constitutional coup that shows no regard for the judiciary or democracy. President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday issued a decree ordering the…

Report: 1 in 10 Malawians will need food aid due to massive crop failure

More than 10 percent of Malawi’s inhabitants will need food aid over the next few months following massive crop failure in the south, a report said Monday. The report said 1.63 million Malawians, out of a population of 13 million, would need food aid despite a bumper harvest of three…

Report: Anti-LGBT laws hurt HIV/AIDS treatment worldwide

Laws that criminalize gay behavior create a a host of legal tangles that waste resources and hinder an effective response to HIV/AIDS worldwide, an independent commission reported on Monday. The report by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law also pointed to laws that make sex work a crime,…

Chinese companies push out Japan on Fortune Global 500 list

China overtook Japan on the Fortune Global 500 for the first time on the list of the world’s biggest companies by revenue, the US business magazine said Monday. While US companies held the plurality of slots on the list, with 132 US firms featured, Chinese companies came in second, with…

Secret ‘Southeast Asian Nations’ human rights document met with outcry

ASEAN said Sunday it would release “key elements” of a proposed human rights declaration after international rights watchdogs slammed secrecy surrounding the document. The decision was reached after Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers met with members of the bloc’s human rights commission, which is drafting the declaration, a…

Mystery woman with North Korea’s Kim stirs speculation

A mystery woman pictured accompanying North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-Un to recent events has prompted speculation in Seoul about whether she is his partner or his younger sister. The North’s state television Sunday aired footage of the woman joining Jong-Un as he paid tribute to his late grandfather Kim…

Netanyahu backs ‘conscription for all’ plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he will back a controversial plan to compel ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arab Israelis to complete compulsory military or community service. The decision was an about-turn for Netanyahu, who just last week dissolved the panel whose recommendations he has now endorsed, after a key coalition…

Charity condemns tourists’ use of fresh water in developing countries

Study finds visitors to Bali, the Gambia and Goa use 16 times as much water as locals, causing conflict and disease The disproportionate use of fresh water by tourists in developing world destinations is causing local conflict, exacerbating poverty and helping to spread disease, says a report to be published…

WHO finds virus link to Cambodia mystery disease

Health experts working to identify an illness that has killed dozens of children in Cambodia found a link to a virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease, the UN health agency said on Monday. At least 52 children aged three months to 11 years have died from the undiagnosed…

Clinton in plea for rights after Afghan woman executed

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a powerful plea for the rights of women in Afghanistan, using a global forum to insist that they must be part of the country’s future growth. Her comments came as a horrific video emerged showing the public execution of a 22-year-old woman accused…

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