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Senate passes resolution calling on China to ease restrictions on Tibet

The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests. In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored “repressive policies targeting Tibetans” despite warnings from China,…

Obama moves to choke Iran oil exports

President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for fresh sanctions against Iran’s oil sector Friday, judging there is enough oil on world markets to ensure the move will not hit US consumers. With just hours to go before a legal deadline, Obama determined the United States could levy sanctions against banks…

Senate urges humanitarian access to Sudan

The US Senate has called for Sudan to allow humanitarian aid workers into restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a quarter million people face food shortages, a US lawmaker said Friday. A resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan was agreed to by voice vote late Thursday, calling…

U.S. ambassador says Russia is a ‘wild country’

The US ambassador to Moscow questioned Friday how a Kremlin-linked television channel accessed his private schedule, calling Russia a “wild country” in an altercation with its reporters. Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter that NTV, a state-run broadcaster that has aired smear documentaries against the opposition, seemed to know his appointments…

Tattoo artists works to give breast cancer survivors new nipples

Few tattoo artists tell their clients they could win a wet T-shirt contest. Then again, few tattoo artists are quite like Vincent “Vinnie” Myers. In his shop in a modest strip mall in Finksburg, a half-hour drive from Baltimore, Myers specializes in tattooing nipples and areolas onto women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Using…

Victorious Phelps has ‘room to improve’ says coach

Michael Phelps won the 100m butterfly and was runner-up in the100m freestyle at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, but the Olympic swim star did not impress coach Bob Bowman. Nathan Adrian managed to ignore his torn swimsuit to hold off hard-charging Phelps in the 100m free final, winning in 48.62sec. Phelps was second in 48.74. Phelps bounced…

Clinton in Saudi push to end crackdown in Syria

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was holding talks in Riyadh Friday with Saudi leaders as she kicked off a two-country tour aimed at raising pressure on the Syrian regime, the US embassy here said. “Mrs Clinton has arrived in Riyadh for talks with senior Saudi officials,” an embassy spokesman said. The US…

Woman burnt while handling fuel amid U.K. ‘petrol row’

A woman suffered severe burns after accidentally setting herself on fire as she decanted petrol in her home, firefighters said Friday, days after the government advised motorists to stockpile petrol in case of a strike. The woman, from York, was pouring petrol from one container to another when it ignited and set fire to…

Bin Laden ‘fathered four children while on run’

Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistanafter the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP on Friday. Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the Al-Qaedaleader’s life from when he fled Afghanistan in late 2001 until his death aged 54 last May…

French police swoop on suspected Islamists

French police swooped down on suspected Islamist networks Friday, arresting 19 people as President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed a crackdown would continue after an extremist gunman’s killing spree. The arrests took place in several cities including Toulouse, whereMohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after a series of cold-blooded shootings in southwestern France that left…

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