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France to quit Afghanistan by the end of 2012

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that France would begin its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan next month and complete it by the end of the year. Speaking after the death of four French soldiers in a Taliban attack, he said France would pay a “national homage” to the men. He…

Libya to postpone June election

Elections for a constituent assembly, originally set to be held by June 19 as Libya’s first such vote for four decades, are to be postponed, electoral commission members said on Saturday. One commission member, on condition of anonymity, said the postponement until July or later had been decided for logistical…

As Europe peers into economic chasm, Africa’s economy is rising

As Europe peers into economic chasm, Africa's economy is rising (via The Christian Science Monitor) It’s a continent with a long history of war, famine, disease, and recently, a penchant for political instability due to economic mismanagement. But enough about Europe. Let’s talk about a continent with some hope: Africa.…

Somali militants mock U.S. bounty, saying they’d give 10 camels for Obama’s location

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab rebels Saturday mocked a US offer of up to $33 million for tip-offs enabling the arrest of its top leaders, saying they would give 10 camels to anyone who helped locate Barack Obama. The highest price put up by the US State Department on Thursday was for…

19th century vampire-slaying kit for sale

Worried about attacks from the undead? The answer could be at hand with a 19th-century vampire-slaying kit, “almost complete and in good condition”, about to be put up for auction in Britain. The kit contains a mallet and stakes — presumably for hammering into the bloodsucker’s heart — plus pistol,…

African HIV activists want a new model for prevention

African HIV activists want a new model for prevention (via The Christian Science Monitor) For years, the world’s largest donors for AIDS research and treatment have funded a simple message for how to prevent the spread of the HIV, the virus that causes AIDS: Abstinence, Be faithful, and Condomize, also…

Obama urges Europe to stabilize banks, ease austerity

US President Barack Obama urged European leaders to stabilize banks and to ease up on extreme austerity prgrammes. Speaking as European Union officials worked over the weekend on a huge rescue plan for Spain’s feeble banks, Obama said the ongoing weakness in the eurozone was a concern for the US…

Oregon tsunami wreck sightseers mull Japan ‘tragedy’

Sightseers flocking to see a tsunami-wrecked dock washed up on a US beach were urged Friday to reflect on the “tragedy” of last year’s killer quake and tidal wave in Japan. Local authorities in Oregon, where the 66-foot (20-meter) floating dock made landfall Tuesday after a 5,500 mile, 15-month trip…

‘Anonymous’ hackers to protest Indian Internet laws

Global hacking movement Anonymous has called for protesters to take to the streets in 16 cities around India on Saturday over what it considers growing government censorship of the Internet. The call for demonstrations by the Indian arm of the group follows a March 29 court order issued in the…

AG Holder to investigate high profile leaks of classified national security info

US Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two prosecutors to lead a criminal investigation of high-profile leaks of classified national security secrets. The “highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI,” Holder said in a statement. “I have notified members of Congress and plan…

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