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New U.N. chief, in China, calls for human rights respect

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United Nations needs to make sure there is an "effective combination" of human, civil and economic rights in a world where many rights are not respected, U.N. secretary general-elect Antonio Guterres said on Monday during a visit to Beijing.

Climate change 'threatens Thai fight against illegal fishing'

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (Reuters) - Climate change threatens to undermine Thailand's efforts to combat illegal fishing and avoid a potential European Union ban on exports by the multi-billion dollar seafood industry, environmental groups say.

Mourinho's two reds set another Premier League landmark

(Reuters) - Manchester United's Jose Mourinho is fond of setting landmarks as a manager but becoming the first individual to be sent off twice in this season's Premier League is not one he will covet.

Yemen's Saleh asks U.N. to allow him to travel to Cuba - statement

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the country's dominant Houthi movement, has asked the United Nations Security Council to allow him to travel to Cuba to pay respects to former president Fidel Castro, according to a statement by his party.

Syed Saddiq humbled after audience with Johor Ruler

PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has been left humbled after an audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

Czech aid group says evicted from eastern Ukraine's Doneck by separatists

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech humanitarian organisation Clovek v Tisni (People in Need, PIN) has been banned from the Doneck area in eastern Ukraine by separatist authorities, the aid group said in a statement.

Castro and the Catholic Church - from persecution to praise

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Baptised as a Roman Catholic and educated by Jesuits, Fidel Castro became a persecutor of the Church after seizing power in Cuba in 1959. Nearly 40 years later, he began a rapprochement that was eventually to enable the Vatican to broker a historic resumption of ties between Cuba and the United States.

India's Modi calls for move towards cashless society

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation's small traders and daily wage earners to embrace digital payment channels, as a cash crunch following the government's surprise ban on high-value bank notes drags on.

Muslim preacher Zakir Naik allegedly offered M'sian citizenship, says report

PETALING JAYA: Controversial Muslim scholar Dr Zakir Naik has been given a Malaysian citizenship, according to an article published in the Hindustan Times

Three California mosques receive hateful letters mentioning Trump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hateful letters sent anonymously to three mosques in California with a warning that President-elect Donald Trump would "cleanse" the United States of Muslims have stirred fears among congregants, a community leader said on Saturday.