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Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in ...
Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and polit...
Renee Montagne discusses the state of Russia's economy with Sergei Guriev, a former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Guriev is no...

World

BBC
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi cuts short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with attacks that killed at least 26 in the Sinai penins...
A bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan kills at least 40 people and injures many more, officials say....
The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter....
The African Union backs plans for a West African task force of 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram militants....
A curfew is imposed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk following fierce overnight fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants....

Europe

BBC
The boat that carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin along the Thames in 1965 makes the same journey on the 50th anniversary of his funeral....
Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels trade heavy tank and artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine....
Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising"....
A man who forced his way into a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS with a fake gun has no known links to terrorist organisations, police say....
Renowned conductor Israel Yinon dies, aged 59, after collapsing during a concert performance in Switzerland....

Canada

CBC
The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down as unconstitutional a Saskatchewan law that prevents public sector employees from striking...
Daredevil adventurer Will Gadd has become the first person to climb a wall of spray ice at the edge of Niagara's Horseshoe Falls....
Canada's gross domestic product contracted by 0.2 per cent in November, as the economy was dragged down by cheap oil prices and unexpe...
The Ontario Nurses' Association says almost 3,000 community health workers are on strike today....
Toronto and Montreal rank first and fourth, respectively, among North America's safest cities, according to the Economist Intelligence...

Australia-Pacific

ABC
Senior police concede there were significant failures in the way the force dealt with crucial gangland witnesses and informers, but insist major refor...
A spokesperson for Indonesia's attorney-general says the applications for a judicial review filed by two Australian drug smugglers on death row will n...
James Packer's Crown Group says it will not go ahead with a proposed plan to develop a multi-million dollar luxury hotel and resort in Sri Lanka, foll...

Middle East

BBC
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi cuts short a visit to an African Union summit to deal with attacks that killed at least 26 in the Sinai penins...
A curfew is imposed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk following fierce overnight fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants....
Saudi Arabia postpones for a second time a further round of flogging against blogger Raif Badawi, whose case caused a global outcry....
Thai farmhands tell of Israeli moshav labour abuse...
Yousra El Gendy is far from being the typical glamorous Egyptian singer musing about Prince Charming and performing the occasional belly dance....

Asia-Pacific

BBC
A bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan kills at least 40 people and injures many more, officials say....
The metal gate of Nobel prize-winning Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi's house is to be auctioned, with a starting price of $200,000....
Thai farmhands tell of Israeli moshav labour abuse...
The Philippines holds a day of mourning for 44 police commandos killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, as police sought terror suspects....
China's education minister tells universities to shun textbooks promoting Western values and block criticism of the political system, state media say....

South-Asia

BBC
A bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan kills at least 40 people and injures many more, officials say....
The metal gate of Nobel prize-winning Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi's house is to be auctioned, with a starting price of $200,000....
Thai farmhands tell of Israeli moshav labour abuse...
The Philippines holds a day of mourning for 44 police commandos killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, as police sought terror suspects....
China's education minister tells universities to shun textbooks promoting Western values and block criticism of the political system, state media say....

Business

BBC
The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter....
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent....
BT sets aside £2bn to deal with its swelling pension deficit as part of a 16-year plan....
Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising"....
Shares in London are down as eurozone inflation numbers are released and BT shares fall in the wake of its results....
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