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China's Victory Day parade stirs national pride, leadership vows of peace

China military paradeChina's grand parade on Thursday, held to mark Japan's defeat in World War II, stirred nationalist sentiments as 12,000 troops marched near Tiananmen Square alongside the latest weapons and aircraft on display.

The event was marked by a speech from Chinese President Xi Jinping, who said he would downsize the nation's 2.3 million-member armed forces by 300,000, The New York Times reported.


Chaos as refugees forced off train after leaving besieged Budapest station

Refugee crisisRefugees poured into the main train station in Budapest on Thursday after police stopped blocking its main entrance, prompting chaotic scenes as carriages crammed with people were allowed to depart only for authorities to forcefully remove them shy of the Austrian border.

After shutting migrants out of the main train station in the capital Budapest for two days, authorities relented and let exhausted and confused migrants to board a westbound train. Hundreds crammed aboard clinging to doors and squeezing their children through open carriage windows.


On barren hilltop, Israeli settler vigilantism blurs into Jewish theocracy

Israeli settler theocracyClinging to a barren hillside, the “Baladim” outpost was little more than a solitary trailer, a farming tractor, a makeshift tent for shade, and a flock of goats.

But Israeli security authorities say Baladim and other hilltop outposts served as a base for a new generation of Jewish militants, disaffected youths who allegedly vandalized Holy Land churches and carried out a deadly arson attack in the nearby Palestinian village of Duma on July 31. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack, which killed Saad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son Ali, as an act of “Jewish terrorism.”



Gunman kills Red Cross workers in Yemen

Red Cross workers ambushed in YemenTwo Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern Yemeni province of Amran by an unknown attacker on Wednesday, the international aid group said, in a rare case of violence against humanitarian workers in a five-month war.

The pair were Yemeni nationals and returning from aid work in the far northern province of Saada, said Adnan Hizam, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


Canadian economy enters recession

canada enters recessionhe Canadian economy has entered recession, official figures have shown.

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an annualised rate of 0.5% between April and June. That follows a contraction of 0.8% in the first quarter, meaning the economy has seen two consecutive quarters of negative growth, the usual definition of recession.

The data will be a blow for prime minister Stephen Harper, who faces elections on 19 October.


Gang Crackdown Sets Off Bloodiest Week in El Salvador’s History

El Salvador GangStreet gangs in El Salvador murdered 125 people in the span of three days, marking the bloodiest week in the history of the Central American nation.

Authorities say that the murders took place between August 16 and August 18, as a consequence of the war the Salvadoran government is waging against street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18. By the end of the week on Friday, the number of homicides jumped to 220.


Pope Francis to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

Pope to forgive abortionsPope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, the Argentine pontiff announced Tuesday in his latest move toward a more open and inclusive church.

In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication. Usually only designated clergy and missionaries can formally forgive abortions.


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