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South Korea, U.S. sign new cost-sharing deal for U.S. troops

South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday on how much Seoul should pay for the U.S. military presence on its soil, official said, after previous rounds of failed negotiations caused worries about their decades-long alliance. Read More

Questions, criticism of Brazil soccer club where 10 teens killed

Under mounting criticism today, Brazilian soccer club Flamengo defended its management of the training ground where a fire killed 10 of its academy players — all between 14 and 16 years old — at a dormitory that had been registered with the city as a parking lot. Read More

Thai princess’ political bid sunk by her brother, the king

Thailand’s chaotic politics took two astonishing turns today when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as “inappropriate” because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics. Read More
 

Iran opposition group calls for regime change in Paris march

Several thousand supporters of an exiled Iranian opposition group marched through Paris today, calling for an end to Iran’s clerical regime 40 years after the Islamic revolution toppled Iran’s monarchy. Read More

Thai princess’ political bid sunk by her brother, the king

Thailand’s chaotic politics took two astonishing turns today when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as “inappropriate” because it violated tradition and the constitution. Read More
 

Brazil lawmaker showing deep cleavage stirs controversy

A female lawmaker who attended a swearing-in ceremony in a business suit accentuating her breasts is causing a furor in Brazil, a deeply conservative country also known for skimpy swim suits and exuberant celebrations during Carnival. Read More

European Union chief calls for elections in Venezuela amid aid crisis

A top European Union official today called for a peaceful solution to Venezuela’s crisis through free and transparent presidential elections as desperate residents gathered at the Colombian-Venezuela border demanding embattled President Nicolas Maduro allow in emergency food and medicine. Read More

Half of U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan by May 1, Taliban says

A Taliban official said today that the United States has promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April, but the U.S. military said it has received no orders to begin packing up. Read More

Guatemala presidential candidate targeted over financing

rosecutors in Guatemala sought today to have presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova’s immunity from prosecution withdrawn over a case of millions in alleged illicit campaign financing four years ago. Read More

Foreign aid groups accuse Indian government of impeding work

Their offices raided, bank accounts frozen and travel restricted, international aid and rights groups with deep roots in India say they are struggling to operate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has elevated the role of sympathetic homegrown social organizations while cracking down on foreign charities. Read More

South Korean women begin to resist intense beauty pressure

So Park, 25, began calling herself a “natural size model” — a nearly unheard of term in South Korea — which she defines as someone with the same kind of body you see in daily life, as opposed to a difficult-to-attain ideal. Read More
 

Grandmothers helping to banish female genital mutilation

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have experienced female genital mutilation, or FGM, in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to the World Health Organization. Read More
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Apartment inferno kills 10; deadliest Paris fire since 2005

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A 40-year-old woman who lived in the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested nearby and held on suspicion of having set the fire not long before. Read More
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Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets and temple visits

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Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore. Read More

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