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Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

BEIJING — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.

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Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

In this Feb. 4, 2013 photo, Ilham Tohti, an outspoken scholar of China's Uighur minority, pauses during an interview at his home in Beijing, China. A Chinese court on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 imposed a harsh life sentence on Ilham Tohti, who championed the country's Uighur minority, the most …

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For Polar Bears, a climate change twist

For Polar Bears, a climate change twist

A warming planet means less ice coverage of the Arctic Sea, leaving the bears with less time and less ice for hunting seals.

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Testing future conditions for the food chain

Testing future conditions for the food chain

Researchers are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future.

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Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality.

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Biden to Hispanics: Obama will act on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told frustrated Hispanic leaders Monday President Barack Obama is "absolutely committed to moving forward" on comprehensive immigration reforms "and he's going to do an awful lot."

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Judge OKs agreement increasing services for mentally ill

Judge OKs agreement increasing services for mentally ill

Judge Edward Bassett's action came as he dismissed a lawsuit filed more than 30 years ago.

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Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

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Poll: Support for gay marriage may be leveling off

A survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off after several years of dramatic growth in acceptance of equal rights for gays and lesbians.

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Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

SURUC, Turkey — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the …

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Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Riot police use water cannons Monday to disperse Kurdish demonstrators clashing with Turkish security forces, as thousands of Syrian refugees arrive at the border in Suruc, Turkey.

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Arizona high school football coach suspended for praying

Arizona high school football coach suspended for praying

Tom Brittain is serving the second week of a two-game suspension.

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Students stage a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for demo…

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city.

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Students gather for a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for…

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Students stage a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for demo…

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Students wave their fists during a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in t…

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Students wave their fists during a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in t…

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Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Hong Kong students on strike in democracy battle

Students attend a rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong campus in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms in a weeklong strike marking the latest phase in the battle for dem…

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