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Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide - U.N.

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UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

Top News, World, Iraq 4:50am IST

Canada raises terrorism threat level, cites Islamist chatter

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OTTAWA - Canada has raised its terrorism threat level to medium from low because of a rise in "general chatter" from radical groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda, a government official said on Tuesday.

5:27am IST

Hong Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government

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HONG KONG - Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock.

Top News, World 10:03am IST

Thailand tourist murder suspects retract confessions

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BANGKOK - Two Myanmar men accused of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have retracted their confessions, their lawyers said on Wednesday, adding further confusion to an investigation that has attracted widespread criticism.

11:31am IST

Noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai renews call for education for all

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PHILADELPHIA - Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, renewed her call for world peace and universal education on Tuesday at a ceremony in which she was awarded the Liberty Medal.

Top News, World, South Asia 7:24am IST

Rise in divorce in Iran linked to shift in status of women

BEIRUT - Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party.

11:03am IST

Brazil's Rousseff gains on Neves ahead of Sunday runoff - poll

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BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff has gained 1 percentage point on her rival Aecio Neves ahead of an Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Wednesday.

10:57am IST

Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution

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DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

World, Syria, Iraq 1:23am IST

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

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WASHINGTON - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White House said on Tuesday.

9:21am IST

Tekmira begins limited manufacturing of drug targeting Ebola

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REUTERS - Canadian drugmaker Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp has begun limited manufacturing of a drug targeting the Ebola-Guinea virus that has killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in West Africa.

7:15am IST