Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, state media reported, reach

Crown prince becomes oil-rich Kuwait's new ruling emir

Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah became the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir Tuesday night, reaching the highest post in the country after decades in its security services.

US man could get prison for review of Thailand hotel

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Blue water lines the coast of Koh Chang island in March 2018, Trat Province, southern Thailand. American expat Wesley Barnes, an English-language teac
Labor activists, journalists and whistleblowers in Thailand have been targets in recent years of criminal defamation lawsuits for exposing alleged corporate wrongdoing, but now a disgruntled hotel guest has joined their ranks and could face prison time for his online comments disparaging a hotel.

Azerbaijan and Armenia brush off suggestion of peace talks

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This image taken from a video on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 allegedly shows fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces at the contact line of the se
Leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia brushed off the suggestion of peace talks Tuesday, accusing each other of obstructing negotiations over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with dozens killed and injured in three days of heavy fighting.
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An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 people who had been accused of crimes in a 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead.
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If there is anything the Rev. Mario Carminati and the traumatized residents of Italy's Bergamo province remember about the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak, it's the wail of ambulance sirens piercing the silence of lockdown.
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UN meeting that began with unity concludes with divisions

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Gazans left stranded abroad by Israeli-Palestinian standoff

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Israel approves law to curb protests during virus lockdown

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7 parties agree on Belgian coalition government

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Survey: China's factory, export activity gain in September

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Earthquake off Taiwan's east coast shakes Taipei

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Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

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Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

Britain's young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil.
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Experts find about 15 skeletal remains in central Mexico

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UN council urges speedy halt to Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

The U.N. Security Council called on Armenia and Azerbaijan Tuesday to immediately halt fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and urgently resume talks without preconditions.
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UN: Libya rivals reach preliminary pact on prisoner exchange

The United Nations says talks between Libyan rivals in Egypt have concluded with preliminary agreements to exchange prisoners and open up air and land transit across the country's divided territory.
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Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference that produced a global roadmap for gender equality and a ringing rallying cry that became part of the event's official declaration: "Women's rights are human rights."
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Influencers behaving badly: Mexico kicks them out of ruins

Archaeological authorities in Mexico said Tuesday they kicked some cast members of a popular local "Jersey Shore"-style reality show out of the Mayan ruins of Uxmal after they behaved "immaturely" and refused to wear masks or follow social distancing rules.
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Emirati officials brief Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum about a possible moon mission, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates to launch spacecraft to moon in 2024

The United Arab Emirates plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, a top Emirati official said Tuesday, the latest gamble in the stars by the oil-rich nation that could see it become only the fourth nation on Earth to accomplish that goal.
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Myanmar says militants hampering return of Rohingya refugees

A top Myanmar official on Tuesday accused a militant group and its supporters of hampering the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in 2017 and are now in camps in Bangladesh.
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Prosecutor: Huawei defense turning US extradition into trial

A Canadian prosecutor says by requesting the inclusion of additional evidence the defense team for a Chinese executive wanted in the United States is coming close to turning an extradition hearing into a trial.