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  • South Sudan's government, rebels sign cease-fire accord

    South Sudan's government, rebels sign cease-fire accord
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Sudan’s government and rebels signed an agreement Thursday to cease hostilities, the first breakthrough since combat erupted last month. The accord, signed in the capital of neighboring Ethiopia, called on both...
  • Behind bars in Brazil is no place you want to be

    Behind bars in Brazil is no place you want to be
    South America's powerhouse faces tough dilemmas in 2014. Brazil is hastily preparing to host two of the world's premier mega-events: the World Cup starting in June and the Olympics just 24 months later. While it has come under heavy criticism for the...
  • Thai government declares state of emergency as violence escalates

    Thai government declares state of emergency as violence escalates
    Thai officials proclaimed a state of emergency Tuesday to contain increasingly violent anti-government protesters trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and derail an election she has called. The 60-day emergency state gives the government...
  • Photos may provide evidence of torture, killing of Syria detainees

    Photos may provide evidence of torture, killing of Syria detainees
    With peace talks due to begin this week in Switzerland, a report lays out new evidence that the Syrian government engaged in the “systematic torture and killing” of detainees that it says could support charges of war crimes and crimes...
  • Myanmar violence between Buddhists, Muslims threatens reforms

    Myanmar violence between Buddhists, Muslims threatens reforms
    THABYUCHAING, Myanmar — U Abdul Samat spent his life farming the rice paddies that stretched, brilliant green, in all directions. Now he was nearly 90 years old, a great-grandfather who walked with a cane. He was also a Muslim, and the men who...
  • First woman to lead Central African Republic faces daunting task

    First woman to lead Central African Republic faces daunting task
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Lawmakers in the Central African Republic on Monday elected the country's first female leader, Catherine Samba-Panza, as interim president to take on the daunting job of halting sectarian killings, stabilizing a paralyzed...
  • China's closure of labor camps gets qualified applause

    China's closure of labor camps gets qualified applause
    BEIJING — In August, Ma Liangfu and the more than 100 other inmates at the Tumuji Reeducation Through Labor Camp in Inner Mongolia received good news: China was abolishing its much-criticized network of detention facilities, known as laojiao,...
  • 'E-Team' and 'Life Itself': For a critic, these docs get personal

     'E-Team' and 'Life Itself': For a critic, these docs get personal
    "If you live long enough," says a character in an Isaac Bashevis Singer novel, watching an elegant 19th century Polish aristocrat dancing with a beautiful Jewish peasant girl, "you see everything." If you are a film critic long enough, what you see...
  • China's detention of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti worries U.S.

    China's detention of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti worries U.S.
    BEIJING -- The U.S. government and human rights activists are voicing concern about the detention of a professor who has been an outspoken advocate for China’s Uighur minority group.  Ilham Tohti’s home in Beijing was ransacked Wednesday...
  • Human Rights Watch: 'Appalling crimes' by both sides in South Sudan

    Human Rights Watch: 'Appalling crimes' by both sides in South Sudan
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Both sides in South Sudan's new war have committed "appalling crimes," according to a Human Rights Watch report Thursday, offering a grim picture of massacres, ethnic killings and looting of humanitarian aid. The...
  • France's obligation to Africa

    France's obligation to Africa
    For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France." But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody...