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Four UN peacekeepers abducted in the Golan Heights

An armed group on Tuesday abducted four UN peacekeepers from the Philippines in the Golan Heights, which has been hit by a mounting spillover from the Syrian civil war, the United Nations said. The four were patrolling near the Al Jamlah locality in the ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria…

Ex-officials arrested for organ trafficking in Kosovo

A former Kosovo health minister and another Pristina official are among eight suspects in a new EU probe into a human organ trafficking case, a local daily reported Tuesday. Last Tuesday, a day after a European Union-led court in Kosovo convicted five doctors of harvesting and selling kidneys at a…

Tanzanian police arrest eight connected to deadly church bombing

Tanzanian police have arrested two more people bringing to eight the number of suspects held following a deadly bombing at a church in which three people died, officials said Tuesday. Four Tanzanians and four Saudis have been arrested in the wake of the bomb, one of the first such incidents…

Azerbaijani first lady pushes parliament for mass prisoner release

The Azerbaijani parliament on Tuesday approved a prisoner amnesty proposed by the country’s glamorous and powerful first lady that will likely see thousands of convicts released. The move — put forward by Mehriban Aliyeva, the influential wife of strongman President Ilham Aliyev — should see some 2,000 prisoners, mainly women,…

Chinese ‘Iron Man 3′ includes four extra minutes for milk drink product placement

“Iron Man 3″ topped Chinese box offices five days after opening, state media reported on Tuesday, but the modified domestic version of the Hollywood blockbuster has raised some eyebrows. The film starring Robert Downey Jr as the hero Tony Stark has earned 410 million yuan ($67 million) since last Wednesday,…

18 dead after gas tanker explodes in Mexico City suburb

A gas tanker exploded in a Mexico City suburb on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, wounding 36 others and damaging several homes and cars, an official said. The blast rocked a neighborhood of Ecatepec, north of the Mexican capital, in the early hours of the day, affecting 15 cars…

Ireland pardons soldiers who deserted to fight Nazis in World War II

Thousands of Irish soldiers who deserted their neutral nation’s military to fight with the Allies in World War II will be officially pardoned under a new law set to be passed on Tuesday. About 5,000 deserters were court martialled or dismissed from the Irish defence forces in 1945, a move…

Irish nudist goes for a stroll in view of nuns at priory

An Irish naturist was ticked off after his stroll in the hills of Provence in southern France caused consternation amongst the nuns at a local priory, police said Tuesday. “We got several calls from one of the nuns of the Congregation of St-Jean who was quite concerned to see a…

‘Prisoner X’ sabotaged spy mission to recover bodies: report

Australian-Israeli Mossad agent Ben Zygier unwittingly sabotaged a top secret spy operation aimed at bringing home the bodies of Israeli soldiers missing in Lebanon, a report said Tuesday. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which broke the story in February of Zygier’s arrest, detention and suicide in a Tel Aviv jail, said…

Lawyers say case against Kim Dotcom threatens Internet freedom

Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused the US government Wednesday of launching a flawed prosecution against their client with “frightening” implications for all Internet users. The New Zealand-based Internet tycoon’s legal team released a “white paper” to coincide with a visit to Auckland by US Attorney General Eric Holder,…

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