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Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture case

Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture caseA federal appeals court ruling Tuesday ended a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected a request by members of the movement to file an amended lawsuit in the case. Zhao Zhizhen, a onetime radio and television executive in China who founded the China Anti-Cult Association, was sued in 2004 in federal court under the Alien Tort Statute, an 18th-century U.S. law that allows foreigners to sue in the U.S. over human rights abuses committed anywhere.



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Bless Virginia for passing the Equal Rights Amendment, but blame women for taking this long

Bless Virginia for passing the Equal Rights Amendment, but blame women for taking this longWomen could've fought for the ERA long before now, but too many chose political ideology over enshrining protections in the U.S. Constitution.



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Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisisPhilippine officials said Saturday they’re bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said more than 900 villagers who fell ill have been treated, mostly for exposure to volcanic ash, in evacuation sites since the volcano began erupting in Batangas province near Manila, the capital, last weekend.



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Japan's public broadcaster incorrectly alerted people that North Korea had fired a missile, feared to be Kim Jong Un's long awaited 'Christmas gift' to the US

Japan's public broadcaster incorrectly alerted people that North Korea had fired a missile, feared to be Kim Jong Un's long awaited 'Christmas gift' to the USA North Korean official warned on December 3 "it is entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select" if it didn't seriously engage in talks.



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MS-13 arrests deal blow to gang leadership on Long Island

MS-13 arrests deal blow to gang leadership on Long IslandAuthorities said Friday they have dealt an unprecedented blow to the violent MS-13 street gang, announcing charges against nearly 100 of the group’s members and associates on Long Island. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini revealed a sweeping indictment that he said “decimated” the gang’s leadership and drug suppliers on Long Island. The two-year investigation by state and federal authorities thwarted more than a half-dozen murder plots, Sini said, and also provided authorities insights into the gang’s structure and recruiting patterns.



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Ex-Mexico security chief long haunted by corruption claims

Ex-Mexico security chief long haunted by corruption claimsMexico’s former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested. What amazed some was that it took so long, and that Genaro García Luna’s arrest this week came on U.S. soil rather than in Mexico. García Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements.



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Corruption allegations long dogged ex-Mexico security chief

Corruption allegations long dogged ex-Mexico security chiefMexico’s former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested. What amazed some was that it took so long, and that Genaro García Luna’s arrest this week came on U.S. soil rather than in Mexico. García Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements.



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Long focused on Russia, NATO widens gaze towards China

Long focused on Russia, NATO widens gaze towards ChinaSeventy years since its Cold War-era founding as a transatlantic alliance focused on Moscow, NATO is expanding its gaze towards the increasingly muscular challenge posed by China. The United States is leading the charge for a greater focus on China and is confident of a receptive audience in much of Europe, where concerns are mounting about Beijing’s growing economic leverage, in particular. In a shift in tone earlier this year, the European Commission, the European Union’s executive, described China as a “systemic rival” and urged the bloc to be more assertive after years of welcoming Chinese investment virtually unhindered.



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Long focused on Russia, NATO widens gaze toward China

Long focused on Russia, NATO widens gaze toward ChinaSeventy years since its Cold War-era founding as a transatlantic alliance focused on Moscow, NATO is expanding its gaze toward the increasingly muscular challenge posed by China. The United States is leading the charge for a greater focus on China and is confident in a receptive audience in much of Europe, where concerns are mounting about Beijing’s growing economic leverage, in particular. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in an interview with Reuters, said there was an increasing understanding in Europe about the challenges posed by China’s rapidly expanding military might, which includes everything from hypersonic weaponry to aircraft carriers.



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London's Gatwick airport is testing out new technology to board passengers by individual seat, which could be faster and avoid long lines

London's Gatwick airport is testing out new technology to board passengers by individual seat, which could be faster and avoid long linesThe major UK airport is running a two-month trial on some EasyJet flights. It uses screens to call single seat numbers, for maximum efficiency.



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