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Home most dangerous place for women: study

More than half the women who were murdered worldwide last year were killed by their partners or family members, making home "the most dangerous place for a woman," a new UN study said Sunday.

Strong earthquake rocks western Iran

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Iran's western province of Kermanshah late Sunday, the country's institute of geophysics said, with local officials reporting some 260 people injured.

Religious freedom at risk in one of five countries: report

Religious freedom is under threat in one of every five nations around the globe, in part because of an increase in "aggressive ultranationalism", a Catholic NGO said in a report.

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high

The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN said, warning that the time to act was running out.

Singapore to fire starting gun on sensitive political transition

Singapore's ruling party will Friday set in motion a carefully orchestrated political succession that will see the powerful founding family hand over the premiership, a key moment in the city-state's short history.

Starvation leaves Yemeni boy too weak to cry

Skin and bones, 10-year-old Ghazi Saleh lies on a hospital bed in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taez barely breathing. He only weighs eight kilogrammes.

Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6 kg of plastic in stomach

A sperm whale has been found dead in Indonesia with 115 plastic cups and 25 plastic bags in its stomach, raising concern among environmentalists and throwing the spotlight on the country's rubbish problem.

Nissan crisis deepens as 'charges loom' over Ghosn case

The crisis at Nissan deepened Wednesday as it emerged the Japanese car giant could itself face charges over the alleged financial misconduct that led to the stunning arrest of its chairman Carlos Ghosn.

S. Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

South Korea on Wednesday announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.

Facebook says services tripped up by server problem

Facebook said Tuesday users had trouble accessing the social network and its other applications such as Instagram for a chunk of the day due to a server software problem.



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