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UNICEF: Economic growth failing to help world's poorest kids

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 06:00 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — A new report by UNICEF warns that economic growth is still failing to help millions of the world's poorest children.

Data in the report released Tuesday shows that impoverished children are almost twice as likely to die before their 5th birthday as children from wealthier homes.

In India, there are millions enduring grinding poverty — sleeping on sidewalks, begging at traffic intersections or relying on state-run lunch programs that often provide their only full meal for the day.


South Korean novelist admits to plagiarizing Japanese author

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:34 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of South Korea's most influential writers has admitted to plagiarizing a well-known Japanese author in a short story she published a decade ago.

Shin Kyung-sook said in an interview with the Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper published Tuesday that she will ask her publisher to remove the story "Legend" from future editions of a compilation of short stories published in 1994.


ECB increases emergency support for Greek banks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:09 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A banking official says the European Central Bank has increased the amount of emergency liquidity that Greek lenders can draw on, the second time it has done so in two days.

The ECB held a teleconference Tuesday morning and agreed on the increase, the official said, but declined to provide a figure. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as the decision was not publicly announced, said the ECB would remain on call for a revision should that become necessary.


N. Korea sentences 2 South Koreans to life on spying charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:01 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's Supreme Court has convicted two South Koreans on state subversion charges and sentenced them to life in prison with labor.

The sentences for Kim Kuk-gi and Choe Chun-gil were handed down Tuesday after they were found guilty of spying for South Korea. Officials in South Korea have denied they were involved in espionage and demanded they be released.

North Korea presented the two before reporters in March and said they had been taken into custody last September and December.


Eurozone economy holds up despite Greek debt crisis: survey

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 04:25 AM

LONDON (AP) — The recovery across the 19-country eurozone economy appears to be firming despite fears over a Greek debt default and exit from the euro.

Financial information company Markit says its purchasing managers index for the eurozone — a broad gauge of business sentiment — rose to a 49-month high of 54.1 in June from the previous month's 53.6. Anything above 50 indicates expansion.


Red Cross fears for Palestinian hunger striker in Israel

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 04:11 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says it fears for the life of a prominent Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for 48 days.

It's the second marathon hunger strike for Khader Adnan, an activist in the militant Islamic Jihad group, who has been held without charge for almost a year. In a previous stint in administrative detention in 2012, Adnan went on a 66-day fast to press for his freedom, sparking weekslong hunger strikes by hundreds of Palestinian detainees.


Major heat wave in southern Pakistan kills over 600 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 04:09 AM

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani health official says the death toll in the country's southern Sindh province, which has been struck by a heat wave, has reached 622.

Senior provincial health official Saeed Mangnejo said on Tuesday that he expects the number of fatalities to climb further.

Mangnejo says the death toll is for the past three days, though most of the deaths were reported in the province's largest city, Karachi.


IS spokesman vows victory despite recent losses

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 03:56 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman for the Islamic State group has promised victory despite a string of recent setbacks in Syria.

IS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said in an audio message circulated by supporters on Tuesday that "God never gave the mujahedeen a promise of victory every time," adding that the faithful "may lose a battle or battles and may lose towns and areas but will never be defeated."


Druze villagers kill wounded Syrian in Israeli ambulance

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 03:54 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders are condemning a brutal attack by Druze villagers against a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians from the bloody civil war raging next door.

Dozens of residents of the Golan Heights attacked the ambulance late Sunday, dragging out two wounded Syrians and beating one to death. The other was evacuated to an Israeli hospital in serious condition.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says Monday Israel will not tolerate people taking the law into their own hands.


Rwandan general arrested in the UK on Spain's behalf

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 03:47 AM

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The British Embassy in Rwanda says a Rwandan military general was arrested on Saturday by London's Metropolitan Police on behalf of Spanish authorities.

The embassy said in a statement Tuesday that the arrest of Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, who is the head of Rwanda's national intelligence and security service, was a legal obligation following the issue of a valid European Arrest Warrant.


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