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Croatia to join European Union on Sunday

By Zoran Radosavljevic ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union at midnight on Sunday, a milestone that caps the Adriatic republic’s recovery from war but is tinged with anxiety over the state of the economy and the bloc it joins. EU flags fluttered from a…

Rival bands of Egyptian protesters steel themselves for battle on Sunday

By Alexander Dziadosz CAIRO (Reuters) – Rival protesters in Egypt’s capital insist they want to avoid bloodshed during mass rallies against President Mohamed Mursi on Sunday, but both are clearly ready for a confrontation. As the opposing sides vie for the revolution’s mantle, Mursi’s Islamist supporters have set up checkpoints…

Dept. of Agriculture approves horse slaughterhouse amid lawsuit threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A New Mexico meat plant received federal approval on Friday to slaughter horses for meat, a move that drew immediate opposition from animal rights group and will likely be opposed by the White House. The U.S. Agriculture Department said it was required by law to issue a…

Brazil’s evangelicals flex political muscle in Sao Paulo march

Hundreds of children sang and danced Saturday at the start of Sao Paulo’s annual “March for Jesus” expected to draw up to one million evangelical Christians, organizers said. The 21st edition of the march took place as the country is reeling from the worst social turmoil in more than 20…

Hong Kong filmmakers unveil first movie adaptation of Snowden saga

Four amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong have beaten Hollywood to the draw by producing the first film on Edward Snowden, a five-minute thriller depicting the nail-biting intrigue surrounding the intelligence leaker when he was hiding in the city. Shot in less than a week on a shoestring budget, the film…

Mexico City launches trash-for-food clean-up program

On a recent rainy Sunday morning in a Mexico City neighborhood, people lined up under their umbrellas with bags of empty milk cartons, plastic bottles and cardboard at their feet. The rain did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm for the Mercado de Trueque, or barter market, where recyclable materials are…

Dozens of mummies found in ancient Peruvian royal tomb

Polish and Peruvian archaeologists have discovered a royal burial chamber with 60 mummies and some 1,200 gold, silver and ceramic objects from over 1,000 years ago in Peru. The mummies — including three princesses — and other items date back to a pre-Inca culture called the Wari, who peaked between…

Biden spoke to Ecuador’s Correa about Snowden: White House

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Saturday said the United States asked him not to grant asylum for former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden in a “cordial” telephone conversation he held with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Correa said he vowed to respect Washington’s opinion in evaluating…

AIDS scientists in Malaysia hoping for cure

AIDS scientists expressed optimism over their search for a cure for the disease Saturday ahead of a major conference in Kuala Lumpur, with more funding and research breakthroughs boosting their hopes. Thousands of delegates will attend the four-day International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference which starts on Sunday in the Malaysian…

Obama urges Egyptians to talk instead of fighting

By Maggie Fick and Alexander Dziadosz CAIRO (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on Egypt’s government and opposition on Saturday to engage each other in constructive dialogue and prevent violence spilling out across the region. Political violence on Friday killed three people, including an American student, and mass rallies are…

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