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Yemen police open fire to stop riot reaching US embassy

Sana’a: Yemeni security forces fired warning shots and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to reach the US embassy in Sanaa on Friday, an AFP correspondent reported. The protesters gathered about 500 metres (yards) away from the embassy compound calling for the expulsion of the US envoy in…

Benghazi air space shut over security fears: Libya source

Air traffic has been suspended for security reasons to Libya’s second city Benghazi, where the American ambassador was killed when the US consulate came under attack this week, an airport source said on Friday. “We received orders on Thursday evening to immediately suspend all flights for security reasons,” the source told…

Japan to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

Japan on Friday said it planned to phase out nuclear power over three decades in an apparent bow to public pressure after last year’s Fukushima disaster, the worst atomic accident in a generation. The disaster-struck country would work to cut its use of nuclear energy to zero by 2040 by…

Indian cleric warns Americans to leave over anti-Muslim film

The most senior Islamic cleric in Indian Kashmir has told all US citizens to “immediately leave” the region because of the privately-produced anti-Islam film that surfaced in the United States. “US citizens visiting Kashmir should leave immediately as the sentiments of the Muslims have been hurt by these pictures,” the…

Striking S.Africa miners reject platinum wage offer

Striking workers at South Africa’s crippled Lonmin mine on Friday rejected a wage offer from the platinum giant intended to end a stayaway that has spread across the mining industry. Workers dismissed Lonmin’s offer as “an insult” after it was presented to them at the company’s Marikana plant in the…

Muslim union demands pope apology, accuses him of sedition

AN Islamic group headed by influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Friday demanded Pope Benedict XVI apologise to Muslims over inflammatory remarks he made in 2006. The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars also accused the pope of fuelling “sedition” between Muslims and Christians, in a statement coinciding with the start…

Uganda activists slam UK producer’s arrest over LGBT play

Activists on Friday slammed Uganda for arresting a British theatre producer who staged a play about a gay man in defiance of a ban by the country’s media authorities. Producer David Cecil was charged in court Thursday with two counts including one of “disobeying legal orders” and sent to prison…

Russian Parliament Expels Anti-Putin Deputy

Russia’s lower house of parliament Friday stripped a leading anti-Vladimir Putin deputy of his mandate, in an unusual move critics said was revenge for his scathing criticism of the Kremlin. The State Duma voted 291 in favor with 150 against and three abstentions to strip ‘A Just Russia’ party member…

William and Kate angered by topless photos, royal source says

London: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine feel “anger and disbelief” and are consulting French lawyers after a magazine Friday published topless pictures of her, a royal source told AFP. “We now believe the photographs are genuine,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “Their (William and Kate’s) general…

Job strain boosts heart attack risk by 23 percent: Lancet study

Workers who suffer job strain are 23-percent more likely to have a heart attack than stress-free counterparts, but the risk is far smaller than smoking or a sedentary lifestyle, a large study published in The Lancet on Friday says. “Job strain is asociated with a small, but consistent, increased risk…

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