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Ex-Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt found guilty of genocide

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide and war crimes in a landmark ruling stemming from massacres of indigenous people in his country’s long civil war. Rios Montt thus became the first Latin American ex-dictator convicted of trying to exterminate an entire group of people, in…

Obama claims credit for ‘healing’ US housing market

President Barack Obama on Saturday claimed credit for the country’s improved housing market and urged the US Congress to approve a new head of an agency that oversees housing loan agencies. Seven years after the real estate bubble burst, “triggering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and costing…

Pakistan kicks New York Times bureau chief out for ‘undesirable activities’

By Amanda Holpuch Veteran Pakistan correspondent Declan Walsh received order to leave country at midnight local time for ‘undesirable activities’ The New York Times’ Pakistan bureau chief has been expelled from the country, on the eve of the national election. The paper said Pakistan’s Interior Ministry had not explained why…

Reshma: A ray of hope for Bangladesh amid the ruins

“I called but nobody heard me. I heard noises, but nobody listened to me.” But when a rescue worker finally heard her faint cries 17 days after the collapse of her factory, Reshma became an instant heroine, a ray of hope for a nation numbed by one of world’s worst…

New studies say immigration reform is too late to fix one long-term U.S. challenge

Immigration reform too late to fix one big problem, studies say (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Mexican worker holds workers petition forms as he lines up outside the US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico, before his working visa interview in 2007. Two studies say the flow…

Morocco launches first phase of 500-megawatt solar energy project

Morocco on Friday officially launched the construction of a 160-megawatt solar power plant near the desert city of Ouarzazate, the first in a series of vast solar projects planned in the country. The largest of its kind in the world, according to Mustapha Bakkoury, the head of Morocco’s solar energy…

Egypt arrests leading youth activist for ‘incitement to protest’ charges

Egypt’s security forces on Friday detained the founder of one of the key youth movements behind the 2011 uprising that toppled the former regime upon his arrival at Cairo Airport from Vienna, a security official told AFP. Ahmed Maher of the April 6 movement was arrested at the airport “based…

America’s Cup announces investigation into British racer’s death

America’s Cup bosses announced Friday a probe into why the AC72 yacht on which Briton Andrew Simpson died “nose-dived” into the water, and said other AC72 boats will not train until next week. They also refused to rule out any options when asked if the AC72 catamaran could be dropped…

Seminarian expelled for being gay became a sperm donor for lesbians constrained by anti-gay donation rules

Markus K. didn’t set out in life to father 24 children. He set out to be a priest — but that dream came to an end in 1994, when someone reported to his seminary that he was gay, and they threw him out. He told Munich’s Abenzeitung, “My life hit…

Fast-food worker wage protests spread to Detroit and St. Louis

Similar demonstrations aimed at raising fast-food workers’ wages took place earlier in the year in Chicago and New York A series of industrial protests hitting America’s gigantic fast food industry has spread to cities in the Midwest as workers from several national chain restaurants have gone out on strike for…

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