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Candlelight ceremony marks end of Spain’s bull running festival

Thousands of revellers raised candles in the air and swayed back and forth as they sang a mournful song to mark the end on Saturday of Spain’s most famous bull running festival in Pamplona. “Poor me, poor me, the San Fermin fiesta has come to an end,” the crowd sang just after the…

Israeli anti-government protester lights himself on fire during rally

A protester was in hospital in a serious condition after setting himself alight at a march for social justice in Tel Aviv late Saturday, police said. “He left photocopies in the street of a letter that he had read out before setting himself on fire,” police spokeswoman Luba Samritold AFP, adding that the man…

U.N. leader urges China to pressure Syria to end violent conflict

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Saturday appealed to China’s foreign minister to use his “influence” to help bring pressure on Syria’sPresident Bashar al-Assad to end conflict, a UN spokesman said. China is a key player in a UN Security Council dispute over sanctionsagainst the Syrian leader. It has backed Russia in rejecting western demands for international action to press…

Cuban cholera outbreak widens, reported cases hits 158

The Cuban government broke 11 days of silence Saturday on the country’s first cholera outbreak in 130 years, noting the number of cases has risen to 158, though no new deaths were reported. The Health Ministry denied there had been a “spread” of cholera on the Communist-ruled island, blaming the incidents outside the affected town of Manzanillo…

Olympics organizers to probe Adidas ‘exploitation’ claims

London Olympics organisers said on Saturday that they would investigate claims that workers in a Cambodian Adidas factory were being paid just $61 a month to produce official merchandise for the Games. The investigation came after Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that workers at the sportswear brand’s factory outside Phnom…

European defense contractor considers launching its own bank

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is considering launching its own bank to better manage its accounts, the new chief of subsidiary Airbus said in an interview. “Our parent company EADS is currently studying the possible advantages of founding our own bank,” Fabrice Bregier told the Sunday edition…

Afghan wedding suicide attack kills MP, 16 others

A suicide bomber killed a prominent Afghan lawmaker and 16 other people at his daughter’s wedding party in the north of the country on Saturday, officials said. The attacker embraced MP Ahmad Khan, a former militia commander, in front of wedding guests before detonating the explosives strapped around his waist,…

Judge saves Mississippi’s only abortion clinic …for now

Judge saves Mississippi’s only abortion clinic … for now A federal judge on Friday allowed Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic to stay open by giving it time to adjust to a new state law that beefs up professional requirements for the Jackson facility’s staff. But so far, the clinic has…

Israel ‘still holds 5 foreign women activists’

Israel was still holding five foreign women activists on Saturday who were arrested in the West Bank after a demonstration a day earlier, a police spokeswoman said. “Five European activists arrested Friday during a demonstration in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) remain in detention,” Luba Samri told AFP. “The five…

Lemurs the world’s most threatened mammal: study

Lemurs, the furry apes brought to fame by the Disney animation film “Madagascar”, are the most endangered mammals on Earth, an International Union for Conservation of Nature conference found. An IUCN workshop met in Madagascar this week to discuss the world’s 103 lemur species as conservation deteriorates amid political turmoil…

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