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Muslim cleric refuses to attend inter-faith conference because Jews will attend

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi boycotted an inter-faith dialogue conference that opened in Doha on Tuesday, rejecting to sit in the meeting also attended by Jewish representatives, a local daily reported. “I decided not to participate so I wouldn’t sit at the same platform alongside Jews who still violate Palestine…

Greece pulls nude Olympic statutes after Qatar wanted to cover ‘members’ with black cloth

Greece has pulled two ancient statues from an ongoing Olympic Games exhibition in Qatar in a dispute over nudity, a culture ministry source said on Tuesday. “The statues have already returned to Greece,” a culture ministry source told AFP, adding: “Organisers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues’ members…

Boston suspects’ mother says FBI asked about son years ago

The mother of the Boston bombing suspects was called by the FBI years ago to ask if her eldest son had been radicalised, she said in an interview with a British TV station broadcast on Tuesday. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Channel 4 News that US federal agents had approached her about…

Dutch police release suspect in school shooting threat

Dutch police said Tuesday they had released a former British School pupil arrested in connection with an online threat to carry out a school shooting after ruling him out as a suspect. The threat to “shoot my Dutch teacher and as many students as I can” made on a US-based…

Macabre details emerge in murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

JEFFREY BROWN: And finally: the murder trial of an abortion provider that has captured national attention. Judy Woodruff has the story. JUDY WOODRUFF: A judge and jury in Philadelphia began hearing testimony in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell more than a month ago. But over the past two weeks,…

‘ABBA The Museum’ to open in Stockholm

Fans of the legendary Swedish disco group ABBA can hardly wait: in just a few weeks, Stockholm will open the doors to the world’s first museum dedicated to the iconic foursome. After “ABBA The Movie” in 1977, the “Mamma Mia” musical and movie, and a 2010 travelling museum exhibit, the…

Spain fights to lose status as drug gateway to Europe

Spain, the main gateway into Europe for cocaine and hashish, has stepped up the fight against drug trafficking by rings which are shifting their tactics to keep their access to the lucrative European market. “We are winning battles but it will be difficult to win the war,” said the head…

Australia poised for tech start-up boom: Google study

Tech start-ups could be worth Aus$109 billion (US$111 billion) to the Australian economy by 2033 — on a par with retail or education — and create half a million jobs, a report for Google found Tuesday. The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study “The Startup Economy” said that by global comparisons there is…

Bill Gates’ ‘hand in pocket’ draws criticism in South Korea

Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ casual style was the subject of criticism in some South Korean media Tuesday after he shook hands with President Park Geun-Hye, with one hand in his pocket. The picture of the meet-and-greet between Gates and Park Monday was splashed on the front page of every national…

Fear of violence forces France to increase security ahead of country’s same-sex marriage vote

Paris police have stepped up security for the city’s gay community ahead of a final parliamentary vote Tuesday on a bill that will make France the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage. After months of acrimonious debate and hundreds of street protests that have occasionally spilled over into violence, a…

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