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Sunni grievances drive deadly spike in Iraq unrest

A feud between Iraqi Sunnis and the Shiite authorities they accuse of marginalising their community is driving a deadly spike in violence that stops short of all-out conflict for now, experts say. Attacks including bombings that ripped through worshippers in mosques and cut down shoppers in markets killed over 430…

British soldier murder suspect had been held in Kenya for seeking terror training

One of the main suspects in the brutal murder of a soldier in London was arrested in Kenya more than two years ago for seeking terror training, it emerged on Sunday, after police made more arrests. Anti-terror investigators in France meanwhile were probing the stabbing of a soldier in Paris…

Pope Francis prays mafia gangsters will follow God

Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the “mafias” that turned people into “slaves” and prayed for gangsters to turn to God, a day after a slain priest was proclaimed the first “mafia martyr”. “I think of all the pain of men, women and even children who are exploited by many mafias,”…

Boy Scouts face possible exodus after lifting ban on gay members

Boy Scouts: Will anti-gay troops emerge? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Boy Scout Pascal Tessier is congratulated by Justin Buckford of Scouts for Equality, after hearing that the Boy Scouts of America had passed a resolution allowing openly gay scouts. Tessier is a Life scout who…

France seizes a million doses of fake Chinese aspirin

French customs officers have seized 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin from China, the biggest haul of fake medicines ever in France and the EU, the economy ministry announced Saturday. The goods, seized May 17 in the northwestern port of Le Havre, were hidden in a cargo of tea that…

John Kerry tells Egyptian president: Show us your reforms

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday again pressed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to make concrete progress on economic reforms and rights, warning continued US and global aid was at stake. The Egyptians vowed that they had taken some steps, but Kerry “said we need to be able to…

Rights group urges United Arab Emirates not to deport striking immigrants

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the United Arab Emirates not to deport migrant building workers for staging a rare strike to demand better pay and conditions. “It would be scandalous if the UAE deported workers who have taken a courageous stand for their basic rights,” HRW Middle East director…

Three more suspects and suspects’ friend arrested in London ‘beheading’ case

Police in London, England arrested three more men on Saturday in connection with the May 22 fatal attack on a British soldier, while counter-terrorism authorities also picked up a friend of one of the suspects on separate terrorism-related charges. The Huffington Post UK reported that three unidentified men, a 21-year-old,…

Syrian opposition say kidnapped bishops are ‘in good health’

Two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria last month are “in good health,” though there is no news on their whereabouts, an opposition official told reporters Saturday in Istanbul. “Two or three days ago, a doctor visited the two bishops. They are in good health,” said Abdul Ahad Steipho, member of…

Top chefs say Latin America will become culinary superpower

The world’s top chefs say it’s only a matter of time before Latin America, home to Brazil’s black bean stew “feijoada,” Peru’s refreshing raw fish “ceviche” and Mexico’s street tacos, cooks its way into gastronomy’s elite. Spanish pastry king Jordi Roca and Danish chef Rene Redzepi, who runs the kitchen…

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