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IMF chief angers Greeks as crisis election looms

Political leaders in Athens rounded on IMF chief Christine Lagardeon Sunday for branding Greeks tax-dodgers as parties went on the campaign trail for next month’s elections. Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos accused Lagarde of trying to “humiliate” the debt-stricken country, which is facing its second election in six weeks seen as crucial to…

Afghan officials: NATO air strike kills six children

A NATO air strike killed a family of eight, including six children, when it hit their home in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Sunday. Saturday night’s incident in Paktia province threatens to further sour already shaky ties between President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers and will likely enrage Afghan civilians weary of years…

Bodies of 10 illegal miners recovered in S. Africa

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 10 illegal diamond minerswho were killed in a disused mine tunnel earlier in the week in theNorthern Cape province, officials said. “By Saturday night 10 deceased diggers had been recovered from the collapsed tunnels,” said a statement issued late on Saturday by the DeBeers company which…

Ex-Mubarak aide sentenced to 7 years for corruption

A Cairo criminal court on Sunday sentenced ousted Egyptianpresident Hosni Mubarak’s former chief of staff to seven years in jail on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP. Zakaria Azmi was also ordered to pay a fine of 38 million Egyptian pounds (around $6.2 million), the source said. Azmi was jailed last year and…

Iran to launch new nuclear plant project

Iran is to build a new nuclear power plant, alongside its sole existing one in the southern city of Bushehr, by early 2014, state televisionreported on Sunday, quoting the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation. “Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year,” the television quoted Fereydoon Abbasi Davani as saying.…

Vatican leaks rumble Pope Benedict as butler is arrested

The Vatican is hunting for the masterminds of leaks that have enraged the Holy See, with few believing the pope’s arrested butler was behind the scandal, Italian media reported on Sunday. Vatican officials confirmed Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI’s personal butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents from the pontiff’s private study…

‘No reason’ to cede on 20% enriched uranium: Iran

Tehran has “no reason” to suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — one of the key demands of world powers engaging Iran in talks — the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation said. “We have no reason to cede on 20 percent, because we produce only as much…

Carter: Egypt polls ‘encouraging’ despite constraints

CAIRO — Former US President Jimmy Carter, who is leading a delegation monitoring Egypt’s first post-revolt presidential election, said on Saturday the process was “encouraging” despite unprecedented constraints. “I would say that these (elections) have been encouraging to me,” he told a news conference in Cairo, but added that his…

India’s Hampi heritage site families face eviction from historic ruins

Hampi’s 2,000 temples and ancient stones attract half a million pilgrims and tourists each year. Conservationists want the site in Karnataka restored to its medieval glory – but the price is the eviction of those who live in its old bazaar, reports Gethin Chamberlain The men came in the middle…

Queen Elizabeth marks diamond jubilee on popular wave

Millions of people will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee in Britain as the monarch marks 60 years on the throne in the knowledge that the royal family has never been more popular. The celebrations reach a climax over four days from June 2 to June 5 with a 1,000-boat…

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