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The Turkish government is intensifying its campaign against the media. One American journalist was denied entry to the country earlier this week. Another reporter was detained for social media posts critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The monthly newspaper has 70 reporters in several states and 14 in the capital. All of the writers, editors and managers are homeless children. About 10,000 people read the newspaper, which is supported by NGOs and charity groups.
An organization that studies economic and social issues says the international trade in counterfeit goods is rising. The OECD warns that some of these products can endanger the public and might even finance terrorists or criminal groups.
More than 16,000 people successfully crossed the sea from North Africa to Italy in the first three months of 2016; that is almost twice as many as the same period in 2015.
A North Korean court sentenced Kim Dong Chul Friday after finding him guilty of subversion. Last month, he admitted that he attempted to steal military secrets. Observers say North Korean officials likely pressured him to make the statement.
The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee spoke this week. He says the freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea have not kept China from its building efforts in the disputed ocean territory.
Media reports say police discovered prescription drugs with Prince when the musician was found dead at his home last week. Several news organizations, including ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, are citing law enforcement sources as the basis of the information.
In March, the World Anti-doping Association suspended a number of athletes from competing in their sports because they tested positive for a drug banned in January. Now, the group says it does not know how long the drug can stay in an athlete’s system and it is reconsidering the suspensions.
For the first time in 13 years, sales at Apple Inc. did not grow. Apple’s sales dropped by 13 percent in the quarter ending on Tuesday. The Chief Executive Officer of the company says the smartphone market is not growing anymore.
One year after a large, deadly earthquake hit Nepal, the government announced plans to start reconstructing important sites. But the sites are not the only things that need rebuilding. Many people are still living in temporary shelters, and demonstrators are protesting the recovery’s slow speed.
Republican Donald Trump won all five state primary elections on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party won four. The two candidates are likely to compete against each other in the general election for U.S. president in November.
The public opinion study found that only 25 percent of Brazilians want Dilma Rousseff to continue as president. Eight percent said a Vice-President Michel Temer government could fix the crisis. Most Brazilians questioned said they want both to resign and a new election held immediately.
US officials also called on the Vietnamese government to improve its treatment of civil society activists. The calls were made this week as President Barack Obama prepares for his first visit to Vietnam.
China warns its citizens that the typical spy looks more like a normal person than the James Bond movie character. China's anti-spying effort comes at a time when two high-profile criminal cases are making headlines.
Besides established companies, there are many small companies trying to get started. These businesses are known as start-ups. Some of the people behind the start-ups are immigrants from countries like Sri Lanka, Taiwan and China.
The film Ten Years imagines life in Hong Kong under Chinese rule in the year 2025. China’s central government censors block any mention of the film on the Internet. But in Hong Kong, the film has been attracting big audiences.
The parents of 43 Mexican students missing since 2014 said the government lied to them. The parents believe the government did not carry out a thorough investigation into the disappearance of their children.
The long-term weather changer known as El Nino has been one of the worst on record. It has created drought and food shortages in the Horn of Africa. Residents there could face famine, say NGOs.
Tuesday is the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the former Soviet Union. The Soviet-built reactor suffered a meltdown and caught fire. The effects of the accident are still being felt today.
Papa Wemba died on Sunday after collapsing at a music festival in Ivory Coast. The singer was 66 years old. He was long considered one of Africa’s greatest musicians and known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba.
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