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Benghazi air space shut over security fears: Libya source

Air traffic has been suspended for security reasons to Libya’s second city Benghazi, where the American ambassador was killed when the US consulate came under attack this week, an airport source said on Friday. “We received orders on Thursday evening to immediately suspend all flights for security reasons,” the source told…

Indian cleric warns Americans to leave over anti-Muslim film

The most senior Islamic cleric in Indian Kashmir has told all US citizens to “immediately leave” the region because of the privately-produced anti-Islam film that surfaced in the United States. “US citizens visiting Kashmir should leave immediately as the sentiments of the Muslims have been hurt by these pictures,” the…

Striking S.Africa miners reject platinum wage offer

Striking workers at South Africa’s crippled Lonmin mine on Friday rejected a wage offer from the platinum giant intended to end a stayaway that has spread across the mining industry. Workers dismissed Lonmin’s offer as “an insult” after it was presented to them at the company’s Marikana plant in the…

Muslim union demands pope apology, accuses him of sedition

AN Islamic group headed by influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Friday demanded Pope Benedict XVI apologise to Muslims over inflammatory remarks he made in 2006. The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars also accused the pope of fuelling “sedition” between Muslims and Christians, in a statement coinciding with the start…

Uganda activists slam UK producer’s arrest over LGBT play

Activists on Friday slammed Uganda for arresting a British theatre producer who staged a play about a gay man in defiance of a ban by the country’s media authorities. Producer David Cecil was charged in court Thursday with two counts including one of “disobeying legal orders” and sent to prison…

Russian Parliament Expels Anti-Putin Deputy

Russia’s lower house of parliament Friday stripped a leading anti-Vladimir Putin deputy of his mandate, in an unusual move critics said was revenge for his scathing criticism of the Kremlin. The State Duma voted 291 in favor with 150 against and three abstentions to strip ‘A Just Russia’ party member…

William and Kate angered by topless photos, royal source says

London: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine feel “anger and disbelief” and are consulting French lawyers after a magazine Friday published topless pictures of her, a royal source told AFP. “We now believe the photographs are genuine,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “Their (William and Kate’s) general…

Job strain boosts heart attack risk by 23 percent: Lancet study

Workers who suffer job strain are 23-percent more likely to have a heart attack than stress-free counterparts, but the risk is far smaller than smoking or a sedentary lifestyle, a large study published in The Lancet on Friday says. “Job strain is asociated with a small, but consistent, increased risk…

Protesters blow whistles against New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy

New Yorkers blew whistles Thursday in protest against the police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy aimed at getting guns off the streets. At small protests in Harlem, Manhattan and other corners of the city dozens of people blew on whistles handed out by organizers to show their opposition to what they…

Obama leads in Florida, Ohio and Virginia: poll

President Barack Obama has built a seven point lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney in Ohio, a key bellwether state, and has a five point advantage in Florida and Virginia, a poll said. Those states are key to winning the election but Romney has failed to gain ground in all…

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