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Japan prepares to deport pro-China island activists

Japan was readying to deport 14 people it arrested after pro-China activists landed on a disputed island, reports said Thursday, in what was being seen as an attempt to defuse a growing row. The day after historical wounds were torn open on the anniversary of Japan’s World War II surrender…

Republicans seek to thwart Iowa’s ‘adopted son’ Obama

US President Barack Obama returned to Iowa to rekindle a romance with the fabled political swing state, but Republicans insist there is no mending a relationship that is on the rocks. Obama on Wednesday wrapped up a bus tour of the state that nurtured his improbable 2008 White House dreams,…

19 killed in Iraq attacks ahead of Ramadan end

A wave of attacks across Iraq on Thursday killed at least 19 people, as an analyst warned of a potential escalation in violence to coincide with the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Officials reported more than 100 people were wounded in 15 explosions, including seven car bombs,…

20 Shiites pulled off Pakistani bus and shot dead

Gunmen on Thursday pulled 20 Shiite Muslims from a bus and shot them dead in northwestern Pakistan, the second such incident in six months, police said. The bus was travelling from the city of Rawalpindi to the northern city of Gilgit, and was ambushed in the hills of Babusar Top,…

U.K. Foreign Office: We would refuse Assange safe passage out of London

Britain has told Ecuador that it would refuse to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage out of the country even if Quito grants him asylum, official notes showed Thursday. Police and protesters gathered outside Ecuador’s embassy in London on Thursday ahead of a statement from Quito on whether or…

Elvis’s ex thanks fans at Graceland on 35th anniversary

Fans of Elvis Presley cheered as his daughter and ex-wife appeared publicly at Graceland to personally thank them for their loyalty, 35 years after the music legend’s death. Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley spoke for little more than a minute on Wednesday at the start of an all-night candlelight vigil…

Taliban attack Pakistan air base, 10 dead

Heavily armed militants stormed a Pakistani air force base on Thursday, sparking clashes that left 10 people dead and raised concerns about the safety of the country’s nuclear arsenal. One security official was killed and a plane damaged in the pre-dawn assault at PAF Base Minhas claimed by the Taliban…

Foodies celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday

Foodies paid tribute Wednesday to celebrity chef Julia Child, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the woman who introduced Americans to exotic French delicacies like boeuf bourguignon. Across the United States, 100 restaurants celebrated with Child-inspired menus during the Julia Child Restaurant Week, which runs August 7-15. “Happy…

Unification Church founder –and Washington Times and UPI owner– Sun Myung Moon in critical condition

The founder of the controversial Unification Church is in a South Korean hospital in critical condition due to complications from pneumonia, his spokesman said on Thursday. Sun Myung Moon, 92, was admitted to Seoul’s St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday and has been unconscious since then, Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP, describing…

Russia detains four at Pussy Riot protest outside church

Russian police arrested four activists who demonstrated outside a landmark Moscow church in support of members of protest punk band Pussy Riot who are now on trial. Nearly 20 demonstrators, wearing the group’s trademark coloured balaclavas, held up individual letters that spelled a New Testament phrase, “Blessed are the merciful,”…

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