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In November 2013, China relaxed its one-child policy. Since that time, there has remained a disparity in the ratio of male to female births in China, rising to as high as 117:100 in 2014.

Bush grandpa's ties to Nazis clearer on 70th Auschwitz memorial

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz comes and goes, the long-controversial links between American industrialists and the rise of the Nazi regime has become clearer, thanks to recently uncovered documents.

Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president dies

Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family told AFP.

Chinese students explain failure of billion-dollar education push

Two years ago, The New York Times reported that China is pouring $250 billion a year into higher education, with a goal of producing 195 million college graduates by 2020.

Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy

The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.

Hezbollah head says not seeking new war but warns Israel

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his Shiite militant group is not seeking confrontation with Israel but does not fear a new war or taking the conflict beyond Lebanon's borders.

Third time no charm: Romney won't run for president

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not run for the White House again in 2016, ending weeks of intense speculation that he would mount a third campaign.

Eurogroup chief warns Greece against 'ignoring' bailout deals

The head of the Eurogroup warned on Friday that Greece could not ignore its international obligations, after a first meeting with the new anti-austerity government which wants to renegotiate its multi-billion-euro bailout.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe named new African Union chairman

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Turkey's Erdogan says he's no sultan — but more like British Queen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he's trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Two US citizens under fire in new anti-West attack in Saudi

Gunmen fired at two US citizens Friday on a road in oil-rich Eastern Province, leaving one wounded, in the fourth anti-Western attack in Saudi Arabia in as many months, police said."At 2:00 pm today... a car carrying two American nationals...

UN court upholds life for two convicted in Srebrenica massacre

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes court on Friday upheld life convictions of two Bosnian Serbs for their role in the Srebrenica massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.

Canadian feds pays $180,000 for mining watchdog that isn't there

Last year, the Harper government spent over $180,000 to run the office of a counsellor of corporate social responsibility for the Canadian mining industry. There's only one problem: There is no corporate social responsibility counselor.

Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says.

Bomb attack at Pakistani mosque kills over 60

A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years.

Twelve people, including seven civilians, killed in east Ukraine

Twelve people, including seven civilians, were killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, officials said Friday.

Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight reportedly involved in deadly hit-and-run

Los Angeles police say rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is a "person of interest" in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another person in the hospital.

Rapper Suge Knight kills a man, lawyer claims it was an accident

Rapper Marion 'Suge' Knight has run over two men in his truck, killing one of them and injuring the other. It happened in L.A.Thursday afternoon and Knight night turned himself in early Friday.

Top Iraq Kurd officer among six killed in IS attack

The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in a major attack in Iraq's Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor said.

Burundi rivals hold talks to ease pre-vote tensions

Burundi's ruling party has said it is "ready for compromise" with the opposition to ensure peaceful elections, as warnings mount of the risk of violence in the upcoming key polls.

Britain pays tribute to Churchill as legacy lives on

Fifty years after Winston Churchill's death, Britain on Friday paid tribute to its wartime prime minister, who remains a touchstone of political life and a reminder of a faded age of global influence.

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.

Ivory Coast ritual killings continue, police step up patrols

A series of grisly child killings continues to plague the Ivory Coast and police have set up a special unit to investigate the suspected ritual killings that have claimed the lives of more than 20 children since December.

New Greek government steps up battle with creditors

Greece's new government dramatically escalated its battle with the country's international creditors Friday, refusing to meet EU and IMF officials and rejecting fresh loans offered for February.Athens had been promised another 7.

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial for murder charges

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went to trial on January 29, on charges of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Op-Ed: McCain backs mass-murderer Kissinger, calls protesters 'scum'

Who is a "low-life scum," a man who green-lighted a genocide in which a third of a nation's population was slaughtered, or protesters who get in his face for that, and other crimes against humanity?

Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

Pro-Russian separatists vowed on Friday to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine further if truce talks with Kiev's pro-Western leaders fail as the bitter conflict killed another 19 civilians.

New Saudi king announces major government shake-up

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle.

Obama backs spending increase, hits Republicans

A combative US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to increase government spending, in defiance of his Republican opponents controlling Congress.

'Peace between us,' Raul Castro says of U.S. ties

Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

Bill to decriminalize marijuana introduced in Delaware

Democrat Helene Keeley of the Delaware House of Representatives introduced a bill into the House on Thursday to decriminalize marijuana. If the bill is passed pot possession in the state would result in civil fines, not a criminal record.

New details released about the fatal Texas prison bus crash Special

The National Transportation Safety Board released new information in a report Thursday concerning the January 14, crash of a Texas prison bus that claimed 10 lives and injured five others.

Three U.S. contractors killed in Afghan insider attack

An Afghan air force official said that three American contractors were killed in an apparent attack by an insider in the Afghan capital Kabul. The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting that took place on Thursday morning.

Op-Ed: Ikea monkey Darwin should be returned to his 'Mom' Yasmin Nakhuda

Yasmin Nakhuda has been back in the news of late, along with Darwin the rhesus monkey. You'll remember Yasmin as the woman who owned Darwin and that he was taken from her when he was found wandering in an Ikea parking lot in Toronto.

Obama clash looms after Senate passes Keystone

The US Senate on Thursday approved a bill authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States, a Republican priority that faces a presidential veto.

12-year-old Yemeni boy killed in U.S. drone strike

A US drone strike targeting al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen on Monday killed a 12-year-old boy, whose father and 14-year-old brother were killed in a previous American aerial attack.

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

A mother of seven has been accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian embassy about Russian troop movements in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighbouring state.

Teens confronted by police for offering to shovel snowy driveways

If you're thinking about shoveling some driveways for extra money this year, you might want to check with your local laws first.

U.N. condemns Israeli killing of Spanish peacekeeper in Lebanon

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the killing of a Spanish UN peacekeeper by Israeli forces responding to a Hezbollah missile attack that killed two Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
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