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West African presidents urge war crimes probe in Mali

West African presidents said at a crisis summit on Mali Saturday that the international war crimes court should probe abuses committed in the country’s Islamist-held desert north. The six leaders also urged Malian civil leaders to secure a national unity government that could address the crisis that has hit their country since a March 22 military…

Egyptian women speak out against sexual violence

Egyptian women are speaking up against sexual violence after harrowing tales of mob attacks in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square prompted initiatives to combat the “epidemic.” Surrounded by volunteers to protect them, dozens of women took to the street on Friday to demand a “safe Tahrir,” as part of a series…

‘Anonymous’ activists in Japan pick up litter to protest download laws

About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads. In light rain, they took part in an “anonymous cleaning service” for one hour in a park and on pavements…

Seventh person arrested in British anti-terrorism operation

A woman was arrested in London Saturday on suspicion of terrorism offences in an operation that saw six men detained earlier this week but which police say is not linked to the Olympics. Officers from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command arrested the 22-year-old in an early morning raid at a home…

Great white sightings spawn shark attack fears

At least two great white sharks have been sighted not far from where the terrifying shark attack film “Jaws” was filmed off the US East Coast. While the news led to a precautionary notice from one local official, some tourists are travelling to the area in the hope of seeing…

Relief in sight as killer heat scorches U.S.

A scorching heat wave searing the United States was expected to ease soon, weather officials said Saturday, heralding relief from record highs blamed for deaths and drought-like conditions. Across the country, about 23 deaths are tied to the heat wave, one of the longest and hottest on record, according to…

UN rights body to probe Israel settlements

The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to probe Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, a move that further irked Israel which said it will bar its access to the sites of inquiry. Israel severed contacts with the council in March after the 47-member body announced…

Libor rate-fixing scandal spotlight now on Citi, JPMorgan

NEW YORK — The harsh light of the Libor rate-fixing scandal has crossed the Atlantic, with both Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase saying regulators and investigators have requested information from them in a so-far preliminary probe of the case. Share prices for both — as well as Bank of America, which…

And the gold medallist in pigeon killing is …

Live pigeon shooting, pistol duelling and club swinging won’t feature at the London Olympics, but there was a time when they were all medal events. Live pigeon shooting featured for the first — and only — time at the Paris Olympics in 1900 where around 300 birds were killed. Belgium’s…

Bankrupt California city provides cautionary tale

A California city which was once a thriving Gold Rush town has become a cautionary tale about financial excess and the still-struggling US economy — by going bankrupt. In the 19th century Stockton, which lies two hours east of San Francisco, was a destination for optimistic miners looking to strike…

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