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Sudan responds to student protests by shutting down university

Administrators at Sudan’s main university have partially shut down the campus, sources at the institution said Sunday, after several Arab Spring-style student protests sparked by high inflation. “Now there is no teaching from today up to the end of Ramadan,” one University of Khartoum source told AFP. He said the…

U.S. presses Brazil to take larger role in war on drugs

LA PAZ — Brazil should play a more dynamic role in the war on drugs in Bolivia since 60 percent of the latter country’s cocaine winds up in the former, a US diplomat has said. Under the principle of shared responsibility, Brazil should play a bigger part in discouraging Bolivia…

Egyptians throw tomatoes, chant ‘Monica’ at Sec. Clinton

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was taunted by chants of “Monica, Monica” by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Sunday. The chants, referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president, were heard outside the US…

Olympics chair says security gaffe won’t jeopardize games

The chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe said Sunday that a recruitment shortfall by private security firm G4S would not jeopardize the safety of the Olympic games. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles on Saturday said he was “very sorry” that 3,500 troops had to be drafted in…

Obama admits failure to turn Washington around

WASHINGTON — Elected in 2008 on a “hope and change” mantra and vowing an end to bitter partisan politics, President Barack Obama admitted in remarks released Sunday that he had failed to close the divide. “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago,” Obama said in an interview…

Bangladesh convicts more than 250 nurses and patients

A Bangladesh court has jailed more than 250 people including paramilitary guards and male nurses for joining a 2009 mutiny, prosecutors said Sunday. Scores of senior army officers were killed during the uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital Dhaka went on a…

France’s far-right to sue Madonna over swastika video

PARIS — France’s far-right National Front said Sunday it plans to sue Madonna over a video at the US pop star’s concert in France showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. “We cannot accept such an odious comparison,” National Front vice-president Florian Philippot said, adding…

Obama delay ‘unacceptable’: Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama must not wait until his re-election bid is resolved to take action to stop the slaughter of thousands in Syria, the head of the main Syrian opposition group said Sunday. “We would like to say to President Obama that waiting for election day to…

McCartney & Springsteen run afoul of London curfew

Aging rockers Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced on Saturday night after over-running at a gig in London’s Hyde Park. Ex-Beatle McCartney had joined Springsteen onstage at the end of the US star’s headline slot at Hard Rock Calling, but both found their microphones cut off before they could…

More than 381,000 infected in Chinese outbreak

The Chinese province of Hunan urged parents on Sunday to seek immediate treatment for children showing symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease after official figures showed 112 people died from the illness last month. The disease, which children are especially vulnerable to, also infected more than 381,000 people, the…

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