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Obama family moves from Bali to Java on Indonesia vacation
June 28, 2017
The former president and his family are headed to the historic city of Yogyakarta
Flight delayed by woman hurling coins at jet engine
June 28, 2017
Police and neighbors say woman in her 80s was just trying to bring good luck to the China Southern flight, but it resulted in a 5-hour delay
U.S. troops threatened by deadly mines planted by ISIS
June 28, 2017
In eastern Syria, a CBS News crew joined a group of American troops 12 miles north of Raqqa, ISIS' self-proclaimed capital. The fight to oust ISIS from Raqqa is intensifying. Holly Williams reports from Kobani, Syria.
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2017 NBA Free Agency: When Do Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant Hit Open Market?
June 28, 2017
Some of the league's biggest names could be on the move.
Russia Investigation Suspect Paul Manafort Just Followed Michael Flynn and Registered as a Foreign Agent. What Does That Mean?
June 28, 2017
Manafort received $17.1 million for his work on behalf of a pro-Russian party in Ukraine. But why did he wait so long to declare it?
ISIS In Lebanon: The Courage Of A Christian Town On The Frontline of Jihad
June 28, 2017
The town of Qaa remains under daily attack from ISIS-linked jihadists, Andrew Doran says.
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Millions vote in Nepal in crucial local elections
June 28, 2017
Nepalis vote for local representatives after yearlong delay because of insurgency and lengthy constitution drafting.
UK activists demand end to Saudi Arabia, UAE arms sales
June 28, 2017
Rights group and legal experts say arming Riyadh and Abu Dhabi makes the UK complicit in alleged war crimes.

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Global businesses dig out from latest cyber attack
June 28, 2017
FRANKFURT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - A major cyber attack, believed to have first struck Ukraine, caused havoc around the world on Wednesday, crippling computers or halting operations at port operator Maersk, a Cadbury chocolate plant in Australia and the property arm of French bank BNP Paribas.
Helicopter attacks Venezuela court, Maduro denounces coup bid
June 28, 2017
CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by "terrorists" seeking a coup.
European Union extends Russia sanctions until Jan 2018
June 28, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union formally extended its economic sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, a widely expected step that keeps restrictions on business with Russian energy, defense and financial sectors until Jan. 31, 2018.
Syrian Observatory says 30 killed in east Syria air strike
June 28, 2017
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike early on Wednesday killed at least 30 civilians and injured dozens more in a village held by Islamic State in eastern Syria.
UK's May says 120 failed fire tests in apartment blocks show wider issue
June 28, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that 120 apartment blocks had failed fire tests in the wake of a blaze that killed 79 people at Grenfell Tower in London.
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Goodbye, Beijing: Chinese Immigrants Embrace Hong Kong Way of Life
June 28, 2017
In the 20 years since Britain gave Hong Kong back to China, a wave of immigrants from the mainland have flooded the city and they have become the newest protectors of local uniqueness.
Terry Branstad Hopes to Work With China on North Korea, Trade
June 28, 2017

The new U.S. ambassador to China talked to reporters in Beijing about soybeans, North Korea's nuclear weapons and medical treatment for Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo. Photo: Getty Images

Trump: U.S.-India Relationship Has 'Never Been Stronger'
June 27, 2017

President Donald Trump met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time Monday and announced plans to expand cooperation between the two countries at a White House press conference. Photo: Getty Images

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Money curse? Chinese pensioner detained for throwing coins in airplane engine ‘for good luck’
June 27, 2017
Preview A plane in China has been delayed after an old lady was caught throwing coins in the engine, supposedly for good luck.
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Deadly Chinese landslide’s aftermath shown in drone footage (VIDEOS)
June 27, 2017
Preview Up to 100 people are feared dead after a devastating landslide buried an entire village in rural China on Saturday. Rescue efforts are ongoing but authorities have expressed little hope of finding any survivors.
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#NPRHotPot: Share Your Food Memories With Us
June 28, 2017
Post a video or photo of a favorite dish on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #NPRHotPot from now until August 1. We'll gather some of our favorites and post them on our website.
Her Mother Taught Her To Make This Filipino Dish. Now She'll Teach You
June 28, 2017
Like many girls around the world, Wilma Consul had kitchen duty growing up in the Philippines — and resented it. But today making a childhood dish brings back fond family memories.
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UNESCO’s tricky balancing act between religious and secular forces
June 26, 2017

AS THE would-be guardian of the world’s most precious places and patrimony, UNESCO can hardly avoid entering into the field of religion. But given the vast and quarrelsome diversity of its member states, the UN’s educational and cultural agency finds it hard to address this sensitive subject, as some recent news stories have shown.

Among the 1,052 locations designated by UNESCO as world heritage sites—of universal value to humanity—perhaps 20% have some connection with worship. They range from cathedrals in France and Germany to mosques in Saudi Arabia. And religion (in the form of pilgrimages and processions, for example) also features among the hundreds of intangible cultural treasures that the organisation deems worthy of protection.

Once a site, or even a tradition, has been recognised by the Paris-based agency, its experts step in to offer guidance on how to allow fair access to curious outsiders while protecting vulnerable bits of heritage. These pundits...Continue reading

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