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Arabs urge UN action amid fears of Syria civil war

Arab leaders called Saturday for UN action as at least 39 people were killed in Syria amid growing fears that envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan is failing and the country is heading for all-out civil war. Annan himself warned of sectarian warfare, singling out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime as the key to…

U.S. officials urge hurricane preparation

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially began Friday — and although the forecast is for a “less active” season than in the past, US officials urged residents to prepare for the worst. Officials raised the specter of Hurricane Andrew, the powerful storm that ripped up south Florida 20 years ago during a year of…

Three Rare Sumatran Elephants Found Dead Of Poisoning

Three critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in an oil palm plantation in western Indonesia and are believed to have been poisoned, an NGO said Saturday. Villagers found the dead animals on Thursday in a government-owned oil palm plantation in the eastern part of Aceh province. They were estimated to be four and five years old,…

Iran vows ‘proportionate’ response to any strike

Iran will respond to any Israeli or US attack against its nuclear sites with a “proportionate” reaction, the military adviser to the country’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said on Saturday. General Yahya Rahim Safavi, quoted by Fars news agency, said however that such an attack was unlikely. Despite warnings from…

Cheering Britons greet Queen at start of jubilee

A rapturous flag-waving crowd of more than 100,000 cheered Queen Elizabeth II at Epsom racecourse in Britain on Saturday as she arrived to kick off four days of celebrations for her diamond jubilee. Shortly after gun salutes across the country marked the exact anniversary of her coronation, the horse-loving 86-year-old…

Clinton in Arctic to see impact of climate change

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a first hand look Saturday at the way a warming climate is changing the Arctic, opening a once frozen region to competition for vast oil reserves. Experts here estimate the value of the Arctic’s untapped oil alone — not including natural gas and…

Drug slows advanced prostate cancer: study

A drug that is already approved for prostate cancer has been shown to slow the spread of advanced forms of the disease for the first time, according to research released Saturday. Zytiga, made by Johnson and Johnson, is being tested in a randomized phase III trial involving 1,088 men with…

Daring raid frees aid workers in Afghanistan

NATO special forces rescued two foreign women and killed five kidnappers in a “breathtaking” pre-dawn raid Saturday on a cave in Afghanistan’s remote and mountainous Badakhshan province. The women, who worked for Swiss-based charity Medair, were named as Briton Helen Johnston, 28, and Kenyan Moragwe Oirere, 26. Two Afghan colleagues…

Pope defends priest celibacy

The pope insisted Saturday that celibacy is central to the priesthood, amid increasing calls for clergy to be allowed to marry and claims that abstention may have contributed to sex abuse scandals. “The shining light of pastoral charity and a unified heart is sacerdotal celibacy and enshrined virginity,” Pope Benedict…

Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

A judge sentenced former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to life in prison on Saturday after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him last year. A senior lawyer for Mubarak’s defence team told AFP the strongman, who was taken to a Cairo prison…

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