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Troops rescue kidnapped U.S. doctor in Afghanistan

US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in “imminent danger of injury or death”, NATO’s…

Launch of Russian communications satellite goes awry

Russia failed to put a communications satellite into designated orbit Sunday, in the latest setback for the once-pioneering space industry, officials said. The latest mishap is believed to be linked to a malfunction in the Proton-M rocket’s Briz-M booster stage that earlier this year apparently led President Vladimir Putin to…

Iran launches its own ‘YouTube’ website

Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to compete against Google’s popular YouTube whose content is deemed inappropriate by the Islamic regime, the state television reported on Sunday. The website (http://www.mehr.ir) called ‘Mehr’, meaning affection in Farsi, aims to attract Persian-speaking users and also promote Iranian culture, according to its…

Afghans attack Iran consulate over alleged immigrant killings

Hundreds of angry demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat on Sunday in protest at the alleged killing of Afghan immigrants by Iranian security forces. The 200-strong crowd threw rocks and broke consulate windows before security forces drove them back by firing warning…

British astronomer Patrick Moore dead aged 89

Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the Moon’s surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died Sunday at the age of 89, friends and colleagues announced. The eccentric astronomer, whose research was used by the United States and the Soviets in their space programmes,…

Nurse suicide ‘unforeseeable’ says station after British royal prank call

The owners of an Australian radio station at the centre of the British royal prank call scandal Sunday said the tragic death of a nurse was “unforeseeable” and vowed to review its broadcasting processes. Executives at Southern Cross Austereo, owners of 2Day FM, held an emergency meeting to consider a…

Hundreds in Morocco form human chain to protest abuse of women

Hundreds of people formed a human chain in Rabat on Saturday to denounce all forms of violence against women, an AFP correspondent reported. “We are here to denounce physical, verbal and moral violence, as well as the harassment of women,” said a member of “Spring of Dignity,” a coalition of…

Father kills seven-year-old son in accidental shooting

An American man getting into his truck while holding a gun accidentally shot and killed his seven-year-old son, police said. The tragedy occurred in East Lackawannock Township, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. The father was identified as Joseph Loughrey, 44, and his son, who…

In game of fiscal chicken, Boehner between a rock and a hard place

With room for maneuver slipping away, top US Republican John Boehner is in a bind over how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff: embrace higher taxes and earn conservatives’ ire, or scupper a deal and incur Americans’ wrath. Another option, one that few non-partisans see as very viable, is…

Psy to perform in U.S. capital after apology

South Korean superstar Psy, famed for his “Gangnam Style” mega hit, will perform as planned Sunday for a US audience that includes President Barack Obama, after he apologized for anti-American remarks. In 2002, the singer smashed a model US tank at a protest over the US presence in his country…

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