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  • UN, Russia call on US to rethink Human Rights Council move

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the United States on Thursday to rethink its decision to pull out of the world’s top human rights body, calling it a “key tool” in efforts to combat abuse.

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  • Gambia national police chief resigns after protest shootings

    Gambia’s police say the national police inspector general has resigned after two civilians were shot dead this week during a demonstration against sand mining.

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  • BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

    Former aid workers have accused staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and boasting of exchanging medicine for sex while working in Africa, the BBC reported Thursday. One woman who spoke anonymously to the broadcaster said there were cases of "abuse of power" and...

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  • Human rights court rejects Norway mass killer's appeal

    The European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal Thursday by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who claimed his incarceration violated his rights. The Strasbourg, France-based court said Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in in 2011,...

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  • UConn: Ollie fired for impermissible contact, workouts

    The University of Connecticut says it fired men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie after finding NCAA violations that included improper workouts and improper contact with recruits by Ollie and former UConn star Ray Allen. The violations are laid out in more than 1,300 pages of documents...

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  • US stocks skid as industrial and energy companies fall

    U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as investors again worry about the potential effects of the U.S.-China trade dispute. German automaker Daimler lowered its annual profit forecast, partly because of higher import taxes on U.S. vehicles in China. Industrial companies are taking more losses. Energy...

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  • Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of what it called a consensual relationship with an employee. Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Chief Financial Officer...

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  • Suu Kyi says outside hate narratives driving Myanmar tension

    A social media account run by the office of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi quotes her as saying that “hate narratives from outside the country” have fueled tensions between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist Rakhine communities in the country’s west.

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  • White House to propose merging education, labor

    The Trump administration is planning to propose merging the education and labor departments as part of a broader overhaul to be announced on Thursday that would make good on President Donald Trump's pledges to streamline the federal government. The White House planned to announce the...

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  • Violence keeps Central Americans coming to US despite Trump

    Nightfall in El Salvador's capital was fast approaching and Ernesto Pena was waiting for a bus that never arrived. His work day delivering rice and cooking oil to street vendors in the bustling district of Santa Tecla had ended and like most people he was anxious to get home before the gangs...

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  • The Latest: EU scrutinizing Hungary’s new anti-migrant laws

    The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local):

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  • Report: Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike is well

    A state news agency is quoting a Russian human rights official as saying that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in satisfactory condition despite a monthlong hunger strike.

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  • UN, Russia call on US to rethink human rights body move

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the United States to rethink its decision to pull out of the organization's human rights body. Guterres told reporters Thursday that "We, of course, would much prefer for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council." Guterres...

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  • The Latest: EU scrutinizing Hungary's new anti-migrant laws

    The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The European Commission says it's scrutinizing new laws passed in Hungary that ban homelessness and allow jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers. Spokesman Christian Wigand said...

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  • Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

    A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party was acquitted Thursday of spying charges with two colleagues, marking a rare victory for activists in the island kingdom amid a yearslong clampdown on dissent.

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  • BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

    The BBC says former aid workers are accusing staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and swapping medicine for sex while working in Africa.

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  • Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

    Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation.

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  • Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. Merkel visited the kingdom amid an escalating domestic row over migration. Standing next to...

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