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Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, has taken over as president of the main opposition Congress party
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists....

The Australian government has won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government on Saturday won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power that was threatened by a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament....

Britain and China have pledged to promote London as a center for use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union
BEIJING (AP) -- Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union....

As adults, victims of sexual abuse by Islamic clerics feel the shame deeply but say speaking out is not an option, not in a society that threatens the victims and where even powerful politicians express fear at confronting clerics
It began with sweets and pocket money when he was 10 years old - special attention from the religious cleric who ran the Pakistani madrassa, or Islamic school, the boy attended....

A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and causing severe damage to dozens of homes near the epicenter
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter....

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended Friday that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional....

A group of United Nations human rights experts says Sri Lanka has yet to respect individual rights, with people kept in custody for excessive periods pending investigations, and reliance on confessions that are often extracted under torture or duress
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A group of United Nations human rights experts said Friday that Sri Lanka has yet to respect individual rights, with people kept in custody for excessive periods pending investigations, and reliance on confessions that are often extracted under torture or duress....

Pakistan's top court rejects petition seeking to disqualify from office a famous cricketer-turned opposition leader for concealing foreign assets
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's top court has rejected a petition seeking the disqualification from office of famous cricketer-turned opposition leader Imran Khan for allegedly concealing foreign assets....

Japan has announced it is freezing the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan froze the assets of 19 companies on Friday to step up pressure on North Korea to return Japanese citizens that it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s and to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development....

An Indonesian court has sentenced 10 men arrested in a raid at a gay club and sauna to between 2 and 3 years in prison
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian court has sentenced 10 men arrested in a raid at a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison, an activist and a relative of one of the men said....

   
   

 

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