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C.D. Howe report says temporary foreign workers program has boosted joblessness

By Lee-Anne Goodman THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA -- A new report by the C.D. Howe Institute is harshly critical of the federal government's ...
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage stands in front of the Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands that was used for dozens of U.S. nuclear tests after World War II is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of 'flagrant violations' of international law. The suit was filed on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the ICJ. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Tiny Pacific nation sues world’s 9 nuclear-armed powers, demanding disarmament action

By Cara Anna THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States ...

UN report names 21 countries where sexual violence has been committed in conflicts

By Edith M. Lederer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed ...

US protests Iran’s election to UN NGO committee, Iran rejects ‘baseless accusations’

By Edith M. Lederer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee ...

US protests Iran’s election to UN NGO committee, Iran rejects ‘baseless accusations’

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power has protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental ...

Indian farmers likely to be hit by below normal monsoon rains this year

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI -- India is expected to get below normal monsoon rains this year after four straight years of ...
An Indian boy watches as his mother casts her vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections in Gauhati, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014.The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Rebels kill 7 in India, casting pall over big day of voting in national elections

By Aijaz Hussain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SRINAGAR, India -- A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence ...
An Indian boy watches as his mother casts her vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections in Gauhati, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014.The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Rebels kill 7 in India, casting pall over big day of voting in national elections

By Aijaz Hussain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SRINAGAR, India -- A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence ...

Ijaz Ahmed, Shoaib Mohammad are Pakistan’s new cricket selectors

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Former fielding coaches Ijaz Ahmed and Shoaib Mohammad are among the six members of Pakistan cricket's ...

Indian farmers likely to be hit by below normal monsoon rains this year

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW DELHI -- India is expected to get below normal monsoon rains this year after four straight years of ...
An Indian boy watches as his mother casts her vote during the sixth phase of polling of the Indian parliamentary elections in Gauhati, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014.The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Rebels kill 7 in India, casting pall over big day of voting in national elections

By Aijaz Hussain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SRINAGAR, India -- A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence ...
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Tiny Pacific nation sues U.S., India, Pakistan and 6 other nuclear-armed powers, demanding disarmament action

[caption id="attachment_744490" align="alignright" width="300"] In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, a horse-drawn carriage stands in front of the Peace Palace, ...

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110 million vote in India, BJP says it’s ‘Modi tsunami’ (w/gallery)

IANS New Delhi – Nearly 110 million people peacefully voted Thursday in 117 Lok Sabha constituencies in 12 states in a staggered election that will…
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