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China jails doctor found guilty of baby trafficking

Zhang Shuxia tricked parents into giving up their babies by telling them the newborns were sick or had died. A Chinese former obstetrician was given a suspended death sentence on Tuesday for abducting newborn babies and selling them to traffickers, in a case that drew widespread outrage. Zhang Shuxia sold seven children in the northern province of Shaanxi, the intermediate ...

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Nigerian leader signs anti-gay law

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill on Monday that criminalizes same-sex relationships, defying Western pressure over gay rights and provoking criticism from the United States. The bill, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups, was passed by the national assembly last May but ...

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Emotional Rodman sorry after N Korea trip

Beijing – An emotional Dennis Rodman appeared to break down on Monday as he apologised on his return from a controversial trip to North Korea, where he sang “Happy Birthday” to regime leader Kim Jong-Un. The former NBA star was widely criticised for refusing to bring up human rights abuses or the plight of a US missionary detained in North ...

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Syria peace talks: Russia and US lay groundwork for ceasefire

Damascus government and rebels consider allowing humanitarian relief as battling sides due in Paris for UN-led talks Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris. Photograph: Reuters Syria’s government and the opposition have agreed to consider opening humanitarian access in the run-up to a peace conference that would bring the sides together for the first time, ...

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Syria peace talks: Russia and US lay groundwork for ceasefire

Damascus government and rebels consider allowing humanitarian relief as battling sides due in Paris for UN-led talks Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry at the US ambassador’s residence in Paris. Photograph: Reuters Syria’s government and the opposition have agreed to consider opening humanitarian access in the run-up to a peace conference that would bring the sides together for the first time, ...

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India set to be declared polio-free

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to announce India as a polio-free nation, as the country marks its third consecutive year without any new recorded cases. The war to eradicate polio has been one of India’s public health success stories with a relentless and orchestrated public campaign to reach to the remotest corners of the…

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Iran reaches deal with world powers on how to carry out nuclear pact 

Iran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, with its terms starting from Jan. 20, officials announced Sunday. The announcement, made first by Iranian officials and later confirmed elsewhere, starts a six-month clock for a final deal to be struck…

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Iran reaches deal with world powers on how to carry out nuclear pact 

Iran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, with its terms starting from Jan. 20, officials announced Sunday. The announcement, made first by Iranian officials and later confirmed elsewhere, starts a six-month clock for a final deal to be struck…

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Pope names 19 new cardinals, focusing on the poor

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, including Haiti and Burkino Faso, to reflect his attention to the poor. Francis made the announcement as he spoke from his studio window to a crowd in St. Peter’s Square. Sixteen of the appointees…

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Pope names 19 new cardinals, focusing on the poor

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, including Haiti and Burkino Faso, to reflect his attention to the poor. Francis made the announcement as he spoke from his studio window to a crowd in St. Peter’s Square. Sixteen of the appointees…

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