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Pope Francis condemns global indifference to refugees

Pope Francis called for an end to “indifference” to the plight of refugees on Monday on a visit to an Italian island where tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East first reach Europe. “We ask forgiveness for the indifference towards so many brothers and sisters,” Francis…

Egyptian security forces open fire in dawn raid on praying pro-Morsi supporters, 42 dead

At least 42 people were killed on Monday during an attack on supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi outside an elite army base in Cairo, a senior medical official said. “The death toll is 42 dead and 322 wounded,” Ahmed al-Ansari, the deputy head of emergency services, told AFP.…

Asiana pilot asked to abort landing before fatal crash

The Asiana Airlines jet that crashed at San Francisco airport was traveling much slower than recommended, US investigators said, as the carrier confirmed that the pilot had still been in training. The flight data recorder showed that as the Boeing 777 approached the runway its pilots were warned that the…

Ten killed in Alaska plane crash

Ten people were killed when an air-taxi plane crashed at the airport in the US city of Soldotna, in the state of Alaska, city police told AFP. The National Transportation Safety Board said late Sunday on its Twitter feed that it has sent a team to investigate the crash. Alaska…

Scientist warns capacity to grow food is plateauing in many parts of the world

Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits Britain and other countries may not be able to increase the amount of food they grow because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits, one of the…

U.S. mega corps shun popular agreement to let unions inspect Bangladesh factories

AFP - Seventy top retailers have pledged to improve worker safety and allow inspection of all of their garment factories in Bangladesh within nine months under a pact signed with unions after a deadly factory collapse, a statement said Monday. Repairs and renovations resulting from the inspections will also be carried…

Leftist lawyer Bahaa Eldin a top choice to assume Egypt’s presidency

Egypt’s interim president will likely appoint centre-left business lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin as prime minister within 24 hours, a presidential aide told AFP on Sunday. The president, Adly Mansour, was also leaning towards picking Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president, after Islamists objected to an initial proposal to appoint…

Libyan march demands end to militia violence

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Libyan capital on Sunday to demand the departure of militias and “illegitimate brigades” and the creation of an army and police force, an AFP journalist said. The protesters thronged Algiers Square in the capital from mid-morning to demand the implementation of a General National…

Mexicans brave the streets to vote amid intensifying violence

Mexicans were voting in local elections in 14 states on Sunday with one key governorship at stake after a campaign marred by violence against candidates. The governor’s seat in Baja California state, held by the conservative National Action Party (PAN) opposition for the past 24 years, was the biggest prize…

Tens of thousands of Egyptians celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

A sea of flags fluttered wildly Sunday as tens of thousands of people staged a show of force in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to back the army’s ouster of Egypt’s first freely elected president. As the crowds grew larger and larger, a military aircraft flew low over the capital, leaving behind…

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