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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattles south-central Alaska

29 July 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled a wide area of south-central Alaska, including Anchorage, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

Part of a propaganda banner which reads, "Prevent and reject the Church of Almighty God's cult invasions", is seen at an outdoor exercising court, in Puyang, Henan province, China, in this file picture taken January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China's Party hierarchy

29 July 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) - Sometime in the last year, a group of mid-ranked government officials gathered for a dinner in a private room in a Beijing restaurant, all slightly nervous, but keen with anticipation.

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

29 July 2015

ADDIS ABABA: Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end “the cancer of corruption”, in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president.

China says recovered 38.7 billion yuan in graft losses

29 July 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has recovered 38.7 billion yuan (4 billion pounds) in losses from graft, state media reported, as the leadership pursues a campaign against pervasive corruption.

Singapore arrests man who tried to join Islamic State

29 July 2015

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old "self-radicalised" man who tried to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.

Magnitude 5.9 quake hits Panama-Colombia border, no reports of damage

29 July 2015

(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 quake struck the forested Panama-Colombia border on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta addressess to media as he leaves the anti-corruption agency, locally known as the DNA, in Bucharest, Romania June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Octav Ganea/Mediafax

Romania's PM Ponta to go on holiday amid criminal probe

29 July 2015

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's leftist Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Tuesday he will be on holiday from Wednesday until Aug. 9, weeks before he is to face hearings by prosecutors conducting a criminal investigation against him.

U.N. aid chief says no warring parties observed Yemen truce

29 July 2015

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien said on Tuesday none of the warring parties in Yemen had observed a humanitarian pause in fighting announced by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces and accused both sides of failing to respect international law.

Mire Ibrahim waves the Finnish flag during a demonstration against racism where an estimated 15,000 people attended in Helsinki, Finland on July 28th, 2015. REUTERS/Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva

Thousands rally in Finland against lawmaker's anti-immigration remark

29 July 2015

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in Finland on Tuesday against a lawmaker's anti-immigration remarks and voiced their support for a multicultural Finnish society.

Police officers stand guard as the six men accused of the kidnapping and killing of 11 women listen to the verdict at a court room in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Mexican state hands down historic sentence for femicide

29 July 2015

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Five men in northern Mexico were sentenced to an unprecedented 697 years in prison for the gender-driven killing of 11 women, in a state where hundreds of young women have been murdered since 1990.

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