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Pro-Kurdish lawyer killed by ‘assassins’

A prominent Kurdish lawyer and a Turkish police officer were killed on Saturday when clashes erupted after he spoke at a news conference in Turkey’s volatile southeast. The lawyer, Tahir Elci, president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, and the police officer were shot by attackers whoFULL STORY

FEATURE: Hong Kong’s dolphins at risk of disappearing

As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters might disappear altogether. Conservationists say their repeated concerns have fallen on deaf ears, with whatFULL STORY

Three dead in attack on Mali UN base

Two UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor were killed on Saturday in a rocket attack on a UN base in northern Mali claimed by militant group Ansar Dine, which the Security Council said could be a war crime. About 20 people were also wounded in theFULL STORY

Burkina Faso to elect president after tough year

Burkina Faso was to elect a new president and parliament yesterday, hoping to turn the page on a year of turmoil during which the west African nation’s people ousted a veteran ruler and repelled a military coup. Security was tight as some five million voters inFULL STORY

Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli police officer

A Palestinian yesterday stabbed an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem before being shot dead by security forces, and another Palestinian stabbed a woman in the back as she was waiting for a bus, police said, as a two-month wave of violence showed no sign ofFULL STORY

Pope to deliver CAR peace message

Pope Francis yesterday traveled to the Central African Republic, (CAR) making the final stop of his first trip to Africa in a country where violence between Christian and Muslim militants has forced nearly 1 million people from their homes over the last two years andFULL STORY

Female Saudi Arabian candidates begin their historic first election campaigns

Saudi Arabian women running for public office next month for the first time ever yesterday began campaigning in another step forward for women’s rights in the conservative kingdom’s slow democratic process. Around 900 women are standing in the Dec. 12 municipal elections, which is also theFULL STORY

Egypt expects to find hidden rooms in King Tut tomb

Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers could be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum. Researchers said the discovery of a new chamber could shine new light onFULL STORY

Refugees clash with Macedonian police

Refugees and migrants on the border between Greece and Macedonia attacked police with stones on Saturday, enraged by the sight of Macedonian authorities erecting a fence along the border and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man. Authorities said 18 Macedonian police officers were injuredFULL STORY

UK might not vote on Syria action: Fallon

Britain is not certain to hold a parliamentary vote on taking military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon said, as it would become “difficult” if opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn orders his MPs to oppose it. InFULL STORY

FEATURE: Belgian program tries to stop radicalization

In the troubled Brussels district of Molenbeek, politician Sarah Turine is on the front line of her own war to stop the sons of Belgian families from going off to Syria to join Islamic State fighters. The first step is often to send a sociologist andFULL STORY

Commonwealth vows to work toward legally binding outcome from COP21

The Commonwealth on Saturday pledged itself toward an “ambitious,” legally binding outcome from the world climate change summit, saying it was “deeply concerned” about the disproportionate threat to its most vulnerable members. Leaders from the 53-nation family, which represents about one-third of the world’s population, producedFULL STORY

Kosovo MP held after addressing anti-Serbian rally

Police in Kosovo on Saturday arrested a top opposition lawmaker and 86 members of his party after he addressed a protest rally attended by several thousand people who want a landmark deal with Serbia to be scrapped. The Self-Determination Party’s leader Albin Kurti was arrested atFULL STORY

Chicago union backs officer in killing

The main Chicago police union is standing behind a white officer who was last week charged with first-degree murder for gunning down a black teenager. It is facing a backlash from leaders of the city’s black community as a result. On its Web site, the ChicagoFULL STORY

Muslims around the world hailed attacks: Trump

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday reframed his claim that he saw Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, by asserting the sentiment was shared worldwide. “Worldwide,FULL STORY

US doctors face different reactions over marijuana

The slogan “WE’ED like to be your doctor” has attracted hundreds of medical marijuana patients in less than a year to Bodo Schneider’s clinics in Illinois. Anthony Anzalone has a similar following at his New Jersey clinics, marketed with a marijuana leaf logo and a “DrMarijuanaNJ”FULL STORY

British minister resigns after activist’s suicide

A British government minister on Saturday resigned over allegations that bullying by a party activist he appointed was a key factor in the suicide of another young activist. Grant Shapps, former British minister of state for international development and a former Conservative party chairman, had lastFULL STORY

Brooklyn fire kills two as neighbors watch in horror

Sharon Hinds, a home health attendant, was walking home from a party along a street in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn early on Saturday when she heard screams and smelled smoke coming from a two-story house. An older woman in an upper window of theFULL STORY

Health authorities in Brazil link Zika, fetal brain damage

Brazilian health authorities on Saturday confirmed a link between a form of fetal brain damage and the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The link between Zika, first medically identified as a new disease half a century ago, and birth defects has never been made. The virus, endemic in partsFULL STORY

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ISRAEL Thousands protest gas deal Thousands of people on Saturday protested in Tel Aviv against a gas deal they said would create a monopoly for a consortium that includes US company Noble Energy. The demonstrators denounced the deal, which they said amounted to a “gift” for theFULL STORY

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