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UN expert: Saudi Arabia undermined Khashoggi probe

A U.N. human rights expert said Thursday that Saudi Arabia undermined Turkey’s efforts to investigate the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which she described as a “brutal and premeditated killing” planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

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Politics prevail in rush to supply Venezuela much-needed aid

For Anahis Alvarado, whose battle with kidney failure has become more desperate as Venezuela sinks deeper into crisis, emergency medical and food supplies can’t come soon enough. But many aid experts worry the Trump administration and Venezuela’s opposition are repeating President Nicolas Maduro’s mistake of playing politics with humanitarian aid.
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In year of the pig, Hong Kong has had enough of wild ones

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

It may be the year of the pig, but Hong Kong has had enough of the wild ones. Authorities in the densely populated financial center are looking for ways to cut down on potentially dangerous encounters between humans and wild boars that have increased as the city’s ballooning population expands into former wilderness.
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Afghan official: Taliban hit army base, kill 26 troops

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

The Taliban launched a pre-dawn attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing 26 members of the security forces, a provincial official said, the latest brazen assault by insurgents amid stepped-up efforts to resolve the country’s protracted war.
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Unblocking naked Venus: Facebook OKs museum nudes after all

It seems Facebook can be friends with a topless Venus after all. The social media giant said Tuesday it mistakenly blocked a museum in Switzerland from using images of two statues – a marble Venus and a bronze of a nude, kneeling man – to promote an upcoming exhibit.
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Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God’s name.
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EU nations endorse Venezuela opposition leader over Maduro

More than a dozen European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and clear the way for a new presidential election.
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Canada prosecutor: Serial killer staged photos of victims

Serial killer Bruce McArthur staged photos of some of his victims after they died, posing at least two corpses with cigars in their mouths, a prosecutor said Monday as the sentencing hearing began for the former gardener who preyed on men from Toronto’s Gay Village district.