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Life must go on for Libyans despite war on their doorstep

Tripoli - Despite the war on Tripoli's doorstep, residents are filling the salons and cafes in some quarters of the Libyan capital as they carry on as best they can."Life has to go on.

Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high

Buriram - A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many people flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

Poroshenko seeks votes in West Ukraine in election run-off

Zhidachev - Facing a potentially huge defeat in a run-off vote on Sunday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is fighting to close the gap by winning votes in the country's largely conservative Western regions and expanding his appeal elsewhere.

Valley of the dolls: scarecrows outnumber people in Japan village

Kumano - In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen.

Appetite for destruction at N. Korea taekwondo contest

Pyongyang - One by one the North Koreans approached the board, yelled for inspiration and struck out, trying to split the interlocking plates with fist, hand or foot -– then reeled away in pain.

Iran hijab protester sentenced to year in jail: lawyer

Tehran - A woman who protested against Iran's compulsory hijab law by removing the Islamic veil in public last year has been sentenced to one year in prison, her lawyer said Sunday.

French 'yellow vests' protest ahead of presidential measures

Toulouse - Several tens of thousands of "yellow vest" protestors took to the streets Saturday for the 22nd week running, rejecting measures to be unveiled by President Emmanuel Macron next week out of hand.

Election ads urge Finns 'think for yourself' amid fake news fears

Apo - Ahead of elections in Finland on Sunday, officials have launched a publicity campaign to warn against fake news and disinformation amid fears that outside bodies may try to influence how Finns vote.Authorities in the Nordic EU country of 5.

Macron signs into law controversial French 'anti-rioters' bill

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has signed into law legislation giving security forces greater powers at demonstrations that opponents claim violates civil liberties, the official journal said Thursday.

South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

Incheon - More than a quarter of a century after the first of her three abortions -- illegal in South Korea -- Lim is still haunted by her sense of shame. She was 24 and had a boyfriend, but neither was ready to wed.

Scandal-hit Korean Air chairman dies, shares soar

Seoul - The head of South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air --- whose family have been embroiled in multiple scandals including an infamous "nut rage" tantrum -- has died, the airline said Monday, sending its shares soaring.

Five dead after suspected food poisoning at French retirement home

Toulouse - Five residents at a retirement home in southern France have died and around a dozen others are in a serious condition after a suspected case of mass food poisoning, officials said Monday.

Four dead after suspected food poisoning at French retirement home

Toulouse - Four residents at a retirement home in southern France have died and over a dozen others were sickened in a suspected case of food poisoning, officials said Monday.

Croatia hosts its first transgender march

Zagreb - Around 300 people from around the Balkans joined Croatia's first-ever transgender march Saturday to draw attention to the discrimination they face in the largely conservative region.

French 'yellow vests' stage 20th week of anti-government protests

Paris - French "yellow vests" demonstrators on Saturday staged their 20th week of anti-government protests despite bans in hotspot areas, as banks called for an end to violence against branches, cash machines and personnel.

'Betrayal': Thousands vent anger on Brexit Day that never was

London - Flying English flags and crying Brexit betrayal, thousands massed outside the British parliament on Friday on what should have been "Independence Day" -- until political paralysis prompted a last-ditch delay.

Bordeaux calls for shutdown as France braces for more 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - The mayor of the French city of Bordeaux called for residents to remain indoors Saturday and for shopowners to shutter their stores as the authorities braced for another weekend of "yellow vest" violence.

South Korea professor forced students to write daughter's thesis: report

Seoul - A Seoul university professor forced students to write her daughter's thesis to gain entry to an elite dental school, a government report revealed Tuesday, the latest scandal to hit South Korea's hyper-competitive education system.

Estonians pay homage to victims of Soviet deportations

Tallinn - Thousands of Estonians lit candles across the Baltic state on Monday in memory of the victims of Soviet mass deportations launched 70 years ago that saw tens of thousands sent to labour camps in Siberia, where many of them died.

Egypt court refers Nile islanders case to experts

Apo - An Egyptian court on Saturday referred to experts the case of Nile islanders seeking to avoid eviction by the government, a defence lawyer said.

Transgender men have functional ovaries after a year of testosterone injections

Washington - The ovaries of transgender men appear to remain functional even after a year of receiving hormonal treatment with testosterone, according to a small Israeli study presented Saturday in the United States.

K-pop star arrested for filming and sharing sex video

Seoul - K-pop star Jung Joon-young has been arrested, hours after he apologised for filming and distributing illicit sex videos, in a scandal that has rocked South Korea's entertainment industry.

Hundreds of couples livestreamed in S. Korean motel spycam porn

Seoul - More than 800 South Korean couples were livestreamed having sex in love motels, Seoul police said Thursday in one of the largest-scale and most intrusive examples yet of the country's spycam epidemic.

French soldiers on duty for next 'yellow vest' protest

Paris - French soldiers will be deployed Saturday to help guard public buildings, allowing police to focus on dealing with "yellow vest" demonstrators in case of renewed violence in Paris and other cities, the government said Wednesday.

'We need to eat': Philippine boy's struggle to feed his family

Manila - Reymark Cavesirano, 13, leaves before dawn each weekend day on a perilous trip out into Manila Bay to make enough to feed his family, one of millions of deeply poor Filipinos who face a daily struggle for survival.

Cubans use new found social media heft to challenge leaders

Havana - Cubans are using new found social media muscle to challenge their leaders in ways hitherto unseen on the communist-run island.

Paris police chief sacked after Champs-Elysees rioting

Paris - The French government sacked the top police official in Paris on Monday following another weekend of rioting in the capital during "yellow vest" protests which have put President Emmanuel Macron on the defensive.

France scrambles for police response to 'yellow vest' violence

Paris - The French government's failure to keep Paris protests over the weekend from spiralling out of control has put a harsh spotlight on its law enforcement strategy, which makes avoiding injuries a priority even after hours of rampant destruction and looti...

War-displaced Ukrainians struggle to get their vote

Ukraine - Natalya Nikitchenko was forced to flee the war in eastern Ukraine: now, like more than a million others, she is battling to get her vote in this month's presidential election.

Clean-cut K-pop embroiled in S. Korean sex scandal

Seoul - With wholesome looks and increasingly global fanbases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists say....
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