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Chile: Bachelet Wins Presidency, Aims To End Inequality

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Chile welcomes Michelle Bachelet for the second time as the narrow country’s newest president following an unpopular presidency by outgoing Sebastian Pinera, reports BBC. Bachelet served her first term as president in 2006 but was barred by Chile’s constitution to run for a second consecutive term. In 2013, she filed her candidacy under the Socialist… Read more »

Killed Jordanian Judge Threatened Israeli Soldiers, Witnesses Say

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A Jordanian judge was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the King Hussein Bridge after he allegedly threatened the troop with a metal bar and tried to grab the gun of one of the soldier, New York Times reports. According to Colonel Yaron Beit-On, officer-in-charge of the Israeli troops in the Jordan Valley, witnesses recounted… Read more »

El Salvador Elections: Will An Ex-Guerilla Commander Become President?

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El Salvador is the center of South American politics Sunday as the rivalry between left-wing Farabundo Marti National Front (FMLN) and right-leaning Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) intensifies with the nationwide casting of votes in the country. With 50 percent of the votes already counted, current projections point to a possible win for FMLN presidential candidate,… Read more »

South Africa, Rwanda Feud Heats Up With Expelled Diplomats

South Africa and Rwandan feud heats up

South Africa and Rwandan relations have taken a turn for the worst as both countries have expelled the others’ diplomats. The feud, which is rapidly escalating is over the murder of a former Rwandan government official who was killed in South Africa’s capital of Johannesburg three months ago. Bloomberg news reports that Rwanda’s foreign minister… Read more »

North Korea To Hold ‘Elections'; Kim Jong Un’s Candidacy Announced

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North Korea prepares for an act of “single-minded unity” as the country holds their elections this weekend, Reuters reports. State-controlled news outlet KCNA announced Thursday that preparations for the elections, held every five years in the country, are “gaining momentum” as voters enlist their names in the electoral list of their districts. Majority of the… Read more »

Lawyer Throws Ink At Tycoon Accused Of Fraud

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A lawyer threw black ink at an Indian tycoon accused of multibillion-dollar fraud on Tuesday. While he threw the ink, he screamed, “He has cheated and robbed us!” According to MSN Money, Tycoon Subrata Roy, who is the head of the Sahara India conglomerate, was entering the Supreme Court building in New Delhi with scores… Read more »

Hong Kong Outranks Major Asian Cities In Global Cost-Of-Living Survey

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Hong Kong is the 13th most expensive city to live in according to the latest survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey, covered by the South China Morning Post, concluded that Hong Kong outranks several major cities in Asia like South Korean capital Seoul at rank 15 and Chinese mega-city Shanghai at rank 21,… Read more »

Singapore: World’s Costliest City

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The city-state of Singapore is now officially the costliest, or most expensive, city to live in the world. This news was released in the 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which, by what The Wall Street Journal reports, a relocation tool that compares the cost of living between 131… Read more »

Sarah Palin – Obama’s ‘Mom Jeans’ Don’t Match Up to Putin

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Sarah Palin will never be confused with a Barack Obama supporter. The one-time Republican, Vice Presidential contender has pounced on the current situation in the Ukraine as an opportunity to criticize President Obama. Palin is of the belief that Obama’s weak image has emboldened world leaders to do as they please, such as Russia’s Vladimir… Read more »

Saudi Arabia Imposes Partial Ban On Energy Drinks

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Saudi Arabia issued Monday a partial ban on all energy drinks in the kingdom, Al Arabiya reports. The ban would prohibit the sales of energy drinks in government offices and hospitals. It would also prevent school canteens in Saudi Arabia from selling energy drinks to students and school personnel. The decision resulted from a cabinet… Read more »

Hong Kong Influential Journalist Stabbed, Police Seek Two Suspects

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Days after thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest deteriorating press freedoms, ousted editor Kevin Lau — at the center of the controversy — was stabbed multiple times by unknown assailants and is fighting for his life. The attack took place early Wednesday morning as Lau was walking to his car, his… Read more »

Sri Lanka Denies War Crimes, Denounces UN’s Call For Investigations

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Sri Lanka was the center of human rights controversy this week when the government blatantly rejected UN’s call to investigate the country for alleged war crimes. Insisting that there were no war crimes committed during the three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka, the island country’s government refused to acknowledge UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay’s… Read more »

Nigerian School Attack: Islamist Militants Burn Students To Death

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A Nigerian school attack staged Tuesday by the Islamist group Boko Haram resulted to the death of 59 students in Yobe state in Nigeria, Reuters reports. Some of the victims were reported to have been burned alive by the attackers. The Nigerian school attack happened in the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi. All of… Read more »

United States Expells Three Venezuelan Diplomats Amid Increasing Tensions

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The United States expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in response to a similar move by President Nicolas Maduro who threw out three American embassy staff members accused of inciting violence in protests that have so far killed at least 13 people. Thousands of demonstrators, including students have taking to the streets of the capital, Caracas, to… Read more »

Costa Rica Warns Tourists From Visiting Poas Volcano

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Costa Rica was shaken Tuesday afternoon by an eruption of the Poas Volcano. In an article published shortly after the eruption, New York Daily News relayed warnings from Costa Rica officials saying that approaching the active volcano might pose potential problems for tourists and travelers. Eruptions of the Costa Rica volcano are common but dangerous,… Read more »

Hong Kong Journalists Protest Freedom Of The Press Deterioration

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Traditionally, Hong Kong residents have been very vocal in their opinions, but lately journalists feel that the freedom of the press is being squashed as never before. This past Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets — in what they dubbed “Free Speech, Free Hong Kong” rally — to protest what they see as… Read more »

Saudi Arabia To Unveiled Women: Don’t Go To Girls’ Schools

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Saudi Arabia’s education departments are implementing a new rule that will ban unveiled women from entering girls’ schools, Saudi Gazette reports. In a memo addressed to school principals, education departments in some regions of Saudi Arabia are mandating girls’ schools to abide by Islamic regulations. One of the entries in the memo is a rule… Read more »

Hong Kong Disneyland In The Black And Fighting To Expand

Hong Kong Disneyland turns profit

While it’s taken a few years to hit their stride, Hong Kong Disneyland signed off on their second consecutive fiscal year in the black. Hong Kong Disneyland is currently the smallest Disney theme park in the world, dwarfed by France, Japan, and the daunting United States Disney theme parks. While excitement flooded the Disney family… Read more »

South Korea, North Korea Family Reunions Held Despite Tensions

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South Korea and North Korea share the world’s most heavily fortified border in the world, but that won’t stop South Korea – North Korea family reunions from taking place this week. The reunions, which will take place between Feb. 20 to Feb. 25 and reunite family members separated for more than 60 years, almost didn’t… Read more »

North Korea Human Rights Violations: Woman Forced To Drown Baby, More

Kim-Jong-Un may personally face international criminal charges over alleged atrocities.

North Korea human rights violations include state sanctioned murder, rape, enslavement, torture, abductions, executions and deliberate starvation according to a United Nations Human Rights Council report. The report, which is over 400 pages long, details the results of a year-long investigation in which more than 100 former prisoners, escapees, and asylum-seekers were interviewed. According to… Read more »

South Africa Political Rally Turns Ugly

South Africa political rally turns ugly

South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, staged a protest rally Wednesday in downtown Johannesburg that produced more than a little tension on both sides. The march is a precursor to the South African general elections scheduled for May 7th. The Democratic Alliance marched with the intention of sending a message to the current ruling… Read more »

Saudi Arabia Calls Emergency UN Meeting On Syrian War Crimes

Saudi Arabia calls for U.N. to address Syrian war crimes as cease fire is broken

Saudi Arabia, along with Turkey and Qatar, is requesting an emergency meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to deal with Syrian war crimes, according to a report by Kuwait News Agency. According to Al Arabiya News, the request was sent on Feb. 7 and cites “growing evidence of war crimes” as the reason why… Read more »