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Israel says Egypt border fence near completion

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday that the final section of a security fence along the border with Egypt’s barren Sinai should be finished by the end of March. Netanyahu on Wednesday attended a ceremony marking the completion of 230 kilometres (144 miles) of the barrier, with…

UN: More than 60,000 killed in Syrian conflict

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime broke out in March 2011, a top UN official said Wednesday. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that an exhaustive analysis carried out by data specialists showed that 59,648…

Armed gang robs Apple store in Paris

Armed robbers broke into an Apple store in central Paris on New Year’s Eve and made off with about one million euros ($1.3 million) in merchandise, police said. The four armed men broke into the shop behind the Palais Garnier Opera around 9:00 pm on Monday, about three hours after…

Bieber offers prayers for killed photographer

Pop idol Justin Bieber offered prayers Wednesday — and called for tougher laws against paparazzi — after a photographer was killed on a freeway while trying to get a picture of his Ferrari. Police in Los Angeles said the 18-year-old Canadian-born heart throb was not in the luxury sports car…

French woman trapped in supermarket on New Year’s Eve

While others were celebrating the start of 2013, an elderly French woman spent New Year’s Eve trapped in a supermarket after being locked inside, officials said. The 73-year-old was stuck inside the supermarket in the northern city of Roubaix after emerging from the toilet to find the shop closed and…

U.S. journalist kidnapped in war-torn Syria

A freelance American reporter who contributed videos to Agence France-Presse (AFP) in recent months was kidnapped in war-torn Syria six weeks ago and has been missing since, his family revealed Wednesday. US journalist James Foley, 39, an experienced war reporter who has covered other conflicts, was seized by armed men…

British archbishop abolishes services for LGBT Catholics

By Caroline Davies, The Guardian Vincent Nichols calls time on fortnightly service at Our Lady of the Assumption church in central London amid anti-gay protests Special fortnightly “Soho masses” held for gay and lesbian Catholics at a central London church for the past six years are to end, the archbishop of…

Uganda drops charges against British producer of gay play David Cecil

A Ugandan court on Wednesday dismissed charges against a British theatre producer accused of staging a play about gay people in the country without proper authorisation, his lawyer said, citing lack of evidence. David Cecil, 34, had faced up to two years in prison on charges of “disobeying lawful orders”.…

Indonesian city bans women from straddling motorbikes

A city in Indonesia’s Islamic law stronghold of Aceh will ban women from straddling male drivers on motorbikes, its mayor said on Wednesday, dubbing the position “improper”. The move comes after leaders from the country’s only province ruled by strict sharia law drafted a series of new bills including banning…

LG begins sales of next-generation OLED display TV

South Korea’s LG Electronics launched Wednesday sales of its new television using a next-generation display that the company hopes will drive growth against giant rival Samsung. The electronics giant began accepting pre-orders for the TV that features an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, in the world’s first commercial sales of…

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