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Sri Lanka official denies allegations of torture, rape

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Vancouver, Nov 15 (AP) - Sri Lanka's defense secretary denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island's Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe.
Kapila Waidyaratne called the claims of abuses "baseless and unfounded."
"The government of Sri Lanka is for zero tolerance with regard to sexual abuse and so on," Waidyaratne told The Associated Press as he attended the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense...
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Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’

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Hong Kong, Nov 15 (AP) - The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary con-finement and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday.
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Tillerson in Myanmar for Suu Kyi talks amid Rohingya crisis

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Naypyitaw, Nov 15 (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Myanmar on Wednesday to meet with leader Aung San Suu Kyi amid a crisis in the country's west that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Ro-hingya flee to Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi's office confirmed that Tillerson would meet with...
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Russia, US at odds over keeping Syria chemical experts

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United Nations, Nov 15 (AP) - Russia said Tuesday it is talking to the United States about renewing the man-date of experts working to determine who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but the U.S. says Moscow won't consider the American draft resolution.
Russia, which is...
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Trump heads home after ‘tremendously successful’ Asia trip

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President Donald Trump headed for home Tuesday following an extensive tour of Asia that he said had been "tremendously successful" and had put the world on notice that the "rules have changed" for countries that want to trade with the U.S.
Trump also teased a "major statement" on trade and the...
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