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Ukraine accused of allowing foreign nations to kidnap asylum seekers

By Oksana Grytsenko, The Guardian In latest case, Russian says he was kidnapped on street, taken across border and tortured into making a false confession Ukraine has been accused of allowing other states to abduct and repatriate their own nationals who have sought refugee status in the former Soviet republic, in…

Poll: Secretary Clinton is America’s ‘most admired’ woman for 17th time

WASHINGTON — Ailing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had something to smile about from her hospital bed Monday when she was named the woman most admired by Americans, for the 17th time. Clinton topped the 2012 list compiled by Gallup, with 21 percent of those surveyed naming her as…

This year was ‘deadliest year’ for journalists

2012 was the “deadliest year for journalists”, said the International Press Institute on Monday, with the highest number of deaths recorded since the media watchdog began its annual tally. The year had “been marked by an appalling and disturbing truth: an unprecedented 132 journalists were killed in the line of…

France plans to tackle car-torching New Year’s tradition

In France’s rundown suburbs, it has become as much of a New Year tradition as champagne and fireworks in more affluent neighbourhoods. Every year, the night of December 31-January 1 sees more than 1,000 cars set ablaze across the country in an orgy of vandalism to which the authorities have,…

Candidates from nine countries vie to head World Trade Organization

Nine countries have presented candidates to succeed Pascal Lamy as head of the World Trade Organisation ahead of the deadline Monday. The last candidate was Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s envoy to the WTO, whose name was put forth on Friday. He has been with the world’s trade oversight body since 2008.…

Coptic Christian church attacked in Libya

Libya’s small Christian community was in shock on Monday after an attack on a Coptic church near the city of Misrata killed two Egyptians and fanned fears of rising extremism. “When we were praying we heard the explosion which struck a side room of the church used for services,” said…

Stocks drop as fiscal cliff deadline looms

US stocks opened lower on the last day of the year Monday as Washington politicians appeared still far from a deal hours before the deadline to avoid the economy-crunching fiscal cliff. Five minutes into trade the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 33.18 points (0.26 percent) at 12,904.93. The broad-market…

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce pregnancy

US reality television star Kim Kardashian is expecting a baby by her boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, the website E! News reported. No details were given, but the site said West announced the news during his Atlantic City show on Sunday night. West and Kardashian announced in March that they were…

Speeding passenger train kills five elephants in India

A speeding passenger train killed five elephants when it ploughed into a herd crossing the track in eastern India, a railway spokesman said Monday. The train struck the animals on Sunday near the Khallikote forest range in Orissa state’s Ganjam district, some 120 kilometres (74 miles) south of the state…

Indian gang-rape victim’s family wants killers executed

The family of a murdered Indian gang-rape victim will not rest until her killers are hanged, her brother said. “The fight has just begun. We want all the accused hanged, and we will fight for that, till the end,” the brother told the Indian Express. Six men are facing murder…

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