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NBA's Kanter urges Trump to act on Turkey's human rights record

New York Knicks player Enes Kanter urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be more vocal about human rights in Turkey, after prosecutors in Istanbul requested the basketball player's arrest and extradition over his ties to a U.S.-based cleric.

Communist Cuba seeks improved governance

Cuba is on the verge of the most dramatic restructuring of its government in decades as popular criticism and frustration with a sluggish economy and bureaucracy mount.

Israeli museum to remove 'McJesus' art sculpture after violent protests

By Caleb Parke

The controversial "McJesus" art sculpture - depicting a life-size Ronald McDonald hanging from a cross - will be removed from the Israeli museum following violent protests in Haifa, Israel.

US detention of Iran State TV broadcaster shines spotlight on Americans being held by Islamic regime

By Greg Norman

The Iranian regime that has repeatedly been criticized for detaining Americans and then ignoring calls for their release is now crying foul Thursday following the FBI’s apparent arrest of an anchorwoman for Iran's state-run English-language TV channel.

UK says second Brexit vote would take over a year to organize: source

A second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union would take more than a year to organize, according to official government guidance shown to lawmakers on Wednesday, a source in Prime Minister Theresa May's office said.

US detention of Iran State TV broadcaster shines spotlight on Americans being held by Islamic regime

By Greg Norman

The Iranian regime that has repeatedly been criticized for detaining Americans and then ignoring calls for their release is now crying foul Thursday following the FBI’s apparent arrest of an anchorwoman for Iran's state-run English-language TV channel.

African bloc rows back on calls for Congo election recount

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday rowed back on calls earlier this week for a recount in the Democratic Republic of Congo's disputed presidential election.

Suspected car bomb kills at least eight outside Colombian police academy

A car bomb exploded outside a police academy on Bogota, Colombia on Thursday leaving at least eight dead and 10 injured, the city's mayor Enrique Penalosa said.

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over corruption, law in debate

Indonesian President Joko Widodo traded barbs with election rival Prabowo Subianto over issues including corruption and law enforcement in a first debate on Thursday three months ahead of voting in the world's third-biggest democracy.

North Korea deemed 'extraordinary threat' in Trump missile defense review

President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated. 

Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights: rights group

Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even investigate suspected war crimes, global pressure group Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Gunmen kill Ghanaian journalist who helped expose soccer graft

Gunmen in Ghana have shot dead an investigative journalist who helped uncover corruption in soccer, rights groups and his employer said on Thursday.

Portugal promises no visas for Britons in any no-deal Brexit

Britons living in Portugal will keep their residency rights and tourists won't need a visa even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and Lisbon hopes Britain would offer the same benefits to Portuguese citizens, Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira said.

Suspected car bomb kills at least eight outside Colombian police academy

A car bomb exploded outside a police academy on Bogota, Colombia on Thursday leaving at least eight dead and 10 injured, the city's mayor Enrique Penalosa said.

Reluctant Labour leader still coy on prospect of new Brexit referendum

It doesn't take much for Britain's main opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to win a cheer from his Labour Party faithful -- the ovations the left-wing leader gets for his promises to build a fairer society have become the stuff of political lore.

Estonia scraps key part of new anti-money laundering legislation

Estonia scrapped a key part of planned legislation to toughen its laws against money laundering, drafted in the wake of a scandal involving Denmark's Danske Bank.

North Korea called 'extraordinary threat' in Trump missile defense review

U.S. President Donald Trump is due to unveil a revamped missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as an ongoing "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared that the nuclear treat had been eliminated. 

Suspected car bomb kills at least eight outside Colombian police academy

A car bomb exploded outside a police academy on Bogota, Colombia on Thursday leaving at least eight dead and 10 injured, the city's mayor Enrique Penalosa said.

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