Malaysia to retain and prop up Sedition Act, says PM
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government.

Motorcycle suicide bomber hits British embassy vehicle in Afghan capital, kills at least five - officials
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck a British embassy vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding many bystanders, officials said.






How to find your purpose -- and live it
Certain people exude such a powerful presence that they can absolutely captivate you within the very first moment of meeting them.

How Victorians dressed for death
Today, mourning a death in the family often means donning the most formal black outfit in one's closet for one solemn afternoon. But 150 years ago, it was a reason to stash away one's current best and purchase a whole new grief-appropriate wardrobe.

Turner film, exhibition reveal British master to a new generation
LONDON (Reuters) - With an epic sweep worthy of a J.M.W. Turner masterpiece, a new portrayal of one of Britain's greatest painters is winning the Romantic artist a new generation of admirers.






Scotland to receive greater control over tax powers - reports
LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland is set to gain the biggest transfer of power since its devolved parliament was set up when an influential commission recommends on Thursday that the country should have large new powers over income tax, media reports said.






US 'horrified' by Syrian regime raids, slams Assad

Rescue workers remove a body following air strikes reportedly by Syrian government forces in the Islamic State (IS) group controlled Syrian city of Raqa, on November 25, 2014The bombing Tuesday was the deadliest by President Bashar al-Assad's air force since Islamic State jihadists seized the city last year and declared it their capital. It was not clear how many Islamic States members were killed, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than half of the dead were civilians. The US State Department condemned the strikes, and said the regime had no value for human life. "We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime's airstrikes yesterday in Raqa, Syria killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement, released Wednesday.


Protesters: We won't give up fight
Perhaps it was the biting cold or maybe because it was Thanksgiving. But Ferguson was much calmer early Thursday than it has been the past two days.

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