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  • The South African president, Jacob Zuma, left, is followed by Graca Machel, 2nd right, the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela, after paying their respects at his coffin lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday. —Reuters photo

  • Indian gay-rights activists take part in a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex in New Delhi on Wednesday. — AFP photo

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Thai crisis deepens as PM̢۪s supporters threaten protesters

The red-shirted supporters of the Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, said on Wednesday they were ready to take to the streets to protect her embattled government from an elite-backed protest movement seeking to... Full story

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Tears as Mandela lies in state

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, left, is followed by Graca Machel, 2nd right, the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela, after paying their respects at his coffin lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday. —Reuters photo
Nelson Mandela̢۪s tearful widow was among scores of mourners who paid their last respects before his open casket Wednesday, as the much-loved leader lay in state. Graca Machel, clad in a black head-dress with her eyes shielded by sunglasses... Full story

Kerry, Congress spar over Iran nuclear deal

The Obama administration and Congress clashed on Tuesday over the historic nuclear deal with Iran, exposing deep rifts over a US pledge to refrain from any new sanctions over the next six months in exchange for concessions on enriching uranium. Full story

AI probe finds Australia breaches asylum laws

Rights group Amnesty International has urged Australia to review its asylum seeker policies and end offshore detention after finding ‘debilitating and humiliating conditions’ at processing centres that breach obligations under international law. Full story

Myanmar pardons 44 political prisoners

Myanmar̢۪s president has pardoned 44 political prisoners, coinciding with the country̢۪s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games. The majority of those freed Wednesday were activists charged under a peaceful assembly law... Full story

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India̢۪s top court makes gay sex illegal again

 Indian gay-rights activists take part in a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex in New Delhi on Wednesday. — AFP photo
India̢۪s Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalised gay sex, in a major setback for the cause of gay rights in the world̢۪s largest democracy. The top court stated that only India̢۪s parliament could change... Full story

Pakistan̢۪s high-profile chief justice retires

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Pakistan̢۪s chief justice has stepped down after a high-profile career during which he was praised for protecting democracy but also criticised for judicial overreach. Iftikhar Chaudhry marked the end of his term on Wednesday with a speech at the Supreme... Full story

Car bomb hits near NATO gate at Kabul airport

A car bomb went off Wednesday near a gate used by NATO troops in the northern section of the Kabul airport, the Afghan interior ministry said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn bombing, which caused no casualties. Full story

Gulf states call on foreign forces to leave Syria

Gulf states called on Wednesday for the withdrawal of ‘all foreign forces’ from Syria, where Iran-backed Shia militias from Iraq and Lebanon are supporting regime troops against Sunni-led rebels and foreign fighters. Full story

Farmers̢۪ market fire in China kills 16

An overnight fire at a farmers̢۪ market in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen killed at least 16 people and injured five others, local authorities said Wednesday. The Shenzhen municipal government said in a statement... Full story

Mandela ceremony interpreter deemed a ‘fake’

The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a ‘fake.’ Asked... Full story

Pope Francis is Time person of the year

Time magazine on Wednesday named Pope Francis its person of the year, saying that in nine months in office the head of the Catholic Church had become a new voice of conscience. Full story


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