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Sixty people injured in riot at Madrid music festival

Sixty people were injured and 11 arrested when hundreds of youths hurled bottles and burned bins in clashes with police outside a music festival in Madrid on Saturday, officials said. Youths rioted when they were turned away from the MTV Madrid Beach open air festival in western Madrid early on…

Catholic Church in Australia reveals 620 sex abuse cases

The Catholic Church in one Australian state has revealed that at least 620 children have been abused by its clergy since the 1930s, sparking a fresh call Saturday for an independent inquiry. The Catholic Church in Victoria revealed the number in a submission to a state parliamentary hearing on Friday…

Britain silent on Ecuador Assange proposal

The Foreign Office was tightlipped on Saturday over a proposal from Ecuador that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be transferred from London to Sweden but stay under Quito’s protection. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said he was weighing such a transfer as a possible alternative for Assange to “remain under our…

Tens of thousands protest anti-Islam film in Nigeria

Tens of thousands of people on Saturday protested on the streets of Nigeria’s second city of Kano against an anti-Islam film made in the US that has stirred outrage across the Muslim world. An AFP reporter said the crowd of demonstrators stretched several kilometres through the city, the largest in…

Russia advances sweeping new spy bill that targets civil groups working with foreigners

Russia’s parliament has advanced sweeping spy legislation targeting civil groups that work with foreigners to upset domestic politics in what rights groups call another attack on freedoms. Friday’s near-unanimous lower house vote in the first of three readings came on the heels of President Vladimir Putin’s decision to ram through…

French ‘Spiderman’ climbs building in China

French “Spiderman” Alain Robert added another structure to his record of climbing achievements on Saturday, scaling most of a 388-metre (1,280-foot) tower in central China. The climber ascended to an observation platform 268 metres up the Central Plains Fortaleza tower in Henan province’s Zhengzhou city in about two hours, Chinese…

Batman shooting victims sue movie theater

Injured victims of a deadly US shooting at a screening of the latest Batman movie sued the theater operators for alleged negligence over security, local media reported. Two lawsuits filed in Denver on Friday claimed there were no guards on duty for the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”…

Swine flu vaccine linked to child narcolepsy

A swine flu vaccine used in 2009-10 is linked to a higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children and teens in Sweden and Finland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said Friday. The EU agency studied the effects of the Pandemrix vaccine on children in eight…

Ecuador weighs Assange transfer to Sweden

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has proposed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be transferred from London to Sweden, where he would remain under Quito’s protection. Patino on Friday told journalists Ecuador was weighing such a transfer as a possible alternative for Assange to “remain under our protection while also satisfying…

FARC rebels hope U.S. will release top guerrilla

Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels said Friday they are hoping the United States will allow a senior guerrilla held there to participate in peace negotiations starting next month. The FARC’s negotiating team includes Simon Trinidad, a rebel leader currently serving a 60-year prison sentence at a US Supermax prison for kidnapping…

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