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Libyan march demands end to militia violence

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Libyan capital on Sunday to demand the departure of militias and “illegitimate brigades” and the creation of an army and police force, an AFP journalist said. The protesters thronged Algiers Square in the capital from mid-morning to demand the implementation of a General National…

Mexicans brave the streets to vote amid intensifying violence

Mexicans were voting in local elections in 14 states on Sunday with one key governorship at stake after a campaign marred by violence against candidates. The governor’s seat in Baja California state, held by the conservative National Action Party (PAN) opposition for the past 24 years, was the biggest prize…

Tens of thousands of Egyptians celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

A sea of flags fluttered wildly Sunday as tens of thousands of people staged a show of force in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to back the army’s ouster of Egypt’s first freely elected president. As the crowds grew larger and larger, a military aircraft flew low over the capital, leaving behind…

Israel looks to force ultra-Orthodox Jews into military service

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a draft law which will spell the end of a system which has seen tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox exempt from military service. The draft bill, which passed in the cabinet and later in the day in the ministerial committee for legislation, still faces…

Russian official: Asylum in Venezuela is Snowden’s ‘last chance’

Venezuela‘s offer of asylum could be NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden‘s “last chance” to avoid extradition to the US, an influential member of the Russian parliament suggested Sunday. Alexei Pushkov, who chairs the Duma’s foreign affairs committee and is seen to have the ear of the Kremlin, made the comment in a tweet, having previously stated his…

Farmer uses town’s Fourth of July parade to promote ‘White History Month’

A North Carolina town’s Fourth of July parade featured an unusual float this year: a tractor with a Confederate flag mounted on it, dragging a trailer full of watermelons and a sign proclaiming “White History Month.” The display was part of the Hope Mills, North Carolina Fourth of July parade,…

Thousands call for Yemen to be broken up

Thousands of people rallied in south Yemen on Sunday’s 19th anniversary of the civil war that was won by the north to demand secession for the south. “No union and no federation — no to the occupation!” the crowds chanted in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla, an AFP correspondent…

BBC presenter on tennis champion Marion Bartoli: She is ‘never going to be a looker’

The BBC presenter John Inverdale has apologised to the Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli, for describing her as “not a looker” shortly after her victory on Saturday, calling his remarks “clumsy” and “ham-fisted”. Opening his coverage of Sunday’s men’s final for BBC 5 Live, Inverdale told listeners he had written to…

Bush praises ABC’s Jonathan Karl for never criticizing him

Former President George W. Bush recently commended ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl for never criticizing him while he was in office. In an interview that aired on Sunday, Karl asked Bush if President Barack Obama got a “bad rap” because he had not done enough for Africa. “All…

Botched circumcisions during initiation ritual kill 30 in South Africa

Botched circumcisions killed 30 young men and landed almost 300 more in hospital during traditional initiation rites in a South African province, the health department said Sunday. The 30 deaths in rural Eastern Cape province occurred during the annual season when young males undergo a rite of passage into manhood.…

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