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Pakistan hangs 'teenage' convict Shafqat Hussain despite rights group protests
A convicted killer whose supporters say was a minor at the time of the crime and tortured into confessing has been hanged in Pakistan. Shafqat Hussain's case sparked concern from rights groups and the United Nations.

Obama climate plan derided by Republicans, hailed by green groups
US President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions from US power plants has been hailed as visionary by the UN, EU and environmental groups. Republicans have vowed to do whatever it takes to halt the measures.

ASEAN nations question China's island intentions
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have started regional security talks with an agenda full of conflicts. China's neighbors are worried about the country's controversial island-building in the South China Sea.

Delta Air Lines bans transport of hunting trophies
Delta Air Lines has announced that it will no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies as cargo. The move comes after an American dentist killed a well-known lion in Zimbabwe last month.

Anniversary of Operation Storm: The crimes others committed
Twenty years ago, the Croatian army launched Operation Storm to take control of the Serbian-occupied territory in Croatia. To this day, Serbia and Croatia still disagree about what happened.

Casualties in Ukraine ahead of renewed peace talks
At least four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 15 others injured in fighting with separatist forces in the country's east. Kyiv is scheduled to start peace talks with the rebels and Russian representatives.

Kerry seeks to reassure GCC states over Iran nuclear deal
Washington's top diplomat has sought to reassure Gulf states concerned about regional security following last month's nuclear deal with Iran. Among other things, John Kerry pledged to speed up US arms sales.

Burundi human rights activist injured in shooting
A well-known human rights activist in Burundi has been seriously injured after being shot at by men on motorcycles. The shooting comes on the heels of General Adolphe Nshimirimana's assassination.

Catalonia to hold September elections framed as new independence vote
The leader of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region has signed a decree calling early parliamentary elections for September. The elections have been portrayed as a proxy vote on independence.

Kosovo lawmakers vote to set up war crimes court
Kosovo's parliament has voted to set up a court to prosecute alleged war crimes committed during the 1998-99 war. Pristina has been under mounting pressure from the US and the EU to establish the court.

India blocks over 870 adult websites in Internet porn crackdown
The Indian government has blocked nearly a thousand porn websites in an attempt to restrict adult content. The ban has initiated a debate on Internet freedom, censorship and personal rights.

In landmark verdict, 'Rain Man' is found guilty
His math skills earned him respect - and money. But now the once sought-after trader Tom Hayes has been convicted of rigging a benchmark interbank interest rate. He says he was just a fall guy.

Puerto Rico fails to make loan payment; Moody's calls it a default
The US territory of Puerto Rico has defaulted on a bond payment, according to ratings firm Moody's. The Caribbean island had been struggling with a debt crisis.


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