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Detainees’ defense lawyers want Red Cross’ secret Guantanamo files

By Jane Sutton GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) – Lawyers for five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks in 2001 have asked to see confidential reports made by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross who visited the defendants at the Guantanamo detention camp.…

UK and Ecuador fail to resolve deadlock over Assange’s extradition

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his Ecuadoran counterpart Ricardo Patino failed to resolve the deadlock over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in talks on Monday, officials said. The Foreign Office said there was “no breakthrough” on what to do about the Australian, who has been living at the Ecuadoran embassy…

Turkey may deploy army to quell anti-government protests

The Turkish government on Monday said it may deploy the army to help police officers quell nearly three weeks of mass anti-government protests. Police “will use all their powers” to end the unrest, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said in a televised interview. “If this is not enough, we can…

Mandela’s wife thanks world for messages of support

Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel thanked the world on Monday for its messages of support for the ailing anti-apartheid icon which she said had eased “the burden of anxiety”. South Africa’s first black president, 94, was rushed to a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with a recurrent lung infection and…

New version of darts game sweeps Asia by storm

Picture your stereotypical darts player. Middle-aged and overweight, with a gut spilling over a waistband, cultivated through years of swilling beer during tense matches. But a radical transformation is taking place and the game that was once the preserve of grown-ups in dimly lit pubs has been reborn in the…

Chinese state media: Extraditing Snowden to the U.S. would be ‘betrayal’

A state-backed Chinese newspaper said extraditing former spy Edward Snowden to the United States would be a “betrayal” of his trust and a “face-losing outcome” for Beijing. The comments are among the strongest to be put forward by domestic media against extraditing Snowden, a former National Security Agency subcontractor who…

Car crash leaves Australian woman speaking with French accent

An Australian woman who now speaks with a French-sounding accent after a head injury eight years ago has revealed the experience has left her feeling frustrated and reclusive. Leanne Rowe, born and raised on the southern Australian island of Tasmania, was in a serious car crash which left her with…

Netanyahu cautions: Don’t expect major changes in Iran

Israel's Netanyahu cautions against seeing big change in Iran (via The Christian Science Monitor) For years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad spooked Israelis with talk of wiping the Jewish state off the map. But the victory of Hassan Rohani, known as a moderate, could pose an even bigger challenge for Israel,…

Showdown looming for Greek PM Samaras on Monday

A looming political crisis in Greece over the shock shutdown of state broadcaster ERT comes to a head on Monday, with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meeting his coalition allies to see if the government can survive. Samaras, a conservative, has called a meeting for 1630 GMT with the leaders of…

Scientists attempt to revive extinct Galapagos tortoise species

Scientists will try to revive two species of giant Galapagos tortoises thought to have been extinct by breeding genetic relatives in captivity, experts leading the effort said. The Galapagos Islands, located 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off Ecuador’s Pacific coast, are famed for the large number of species that have developed…

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