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Paris Continues to Struggle with Worst Pollution in a Decade

Dec 8
Facing its worse winter pollution in a decade, Paris is sticking to controversial traffic restrictions.

Rights Group, Worried About HIV, Urges Philippines Action

By Teresa Cerojano | Dec 8
A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men.

Malta Bans Gay Conversion Therapy, a First for Europe

Dec 7
Malta has become the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy, imposing fines of up to 10,000 euros ($10,750) and a jail term of up to one year for offenders.

Report Says Dole Facilitated Trump Call with Taiwan's Leader

Dec 7
Last week's telephone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan's president was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes work by former Sen. Bob Dole acting on behalf of the Taiwanese government, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

UNICEF Survey: 80 Percent of Filipino Youth Suffer Violence

Dec 6
A U.N. agency that promotes children's rights says a high prevalence of violence against Filipino children, with eight out of 10 suffering some form of physical or psychological abuse, with the highest number of incidents found among LGBT youth.

Beijing Faces Decision on How to Respond to Trump's Tweets

By Nomaan Merchant | Dec 5
Chinese leaders face a challenge: How to deal with Donald Trump.

Report: ISIS Militants Throw Man Off Roof for 'Being Gay,' Mob Throws Rocks at Body

Dec 5
A group of ISIS militants accused a man for the "crime of being gay" before executing him by throwing him off the roof of a building in Aleppo, Syria, according to a report from The Daily Mail.

Trump's Call Inspires Hope in Taiwan, Concern in Beijing

By Johnson Lai And Nomaan Merchant | Dec 4
With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States.

Semper (and Suffer) Fidel: Artists Conflicted About Castro

By Hillel Italie | Dec 4
For many artists, Castro was a contradiction they never quite resolved, a man equally hard to embrace or to ignore.

Duterte Says Trump Wished his Drug Crackdown 'Success'

By Jim Gomez | Dec 3
President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call.

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