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Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work ...

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

Jul 28, 2014

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained ...

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Jul 28, 2014

Jobless families occupy Spain's tourist homes

Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her apartment to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain’s southern coast. “I did not want my two ...

Jul 25, 2014

Thailand to relaunch women-only train carriages

Thailand’s railway authority said on Thursday it will re-launch women- and children-only carriages along main routes nationwide after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train earlier this month. The State Railway of Thailand said in a statement ...

Jul 24, 2014

Global fight against poverty slowing, U.N. report finds

Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its ...

Jul 23, 2014

Germany, France, Italy slam anti-Semitic protests

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitic slurs and violence at pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe and pledged to take firm action. Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement in Brussels warning ...

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. appeals court deals blow to health law

President Barack Obama’s health care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and ...

Jul 17, 2014

Polish MEP's racial slur sparks anger

A far-right Polish MEP outraged lawmakers gathered in the European Parliament on Wednesday by comparing the continent’s unemployed youth to “n-ggers” in the U.S. South. Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the outspoken leader of the royalist and libertarian Congress of the New Right party, delivered the remark ...

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

Jul 15, 2014

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

For the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the do-gooder comic book icon. The famous 73-year-old red-headed comic book character will die in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Sen. ...

Church of England says yes to female bishops

Jul 15, 2014

Church of England says yes to female bishops

The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, voted for the historic measure, reaching the required two-thirds ...