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Improvised rocket launchers fired near U.S. base in Japan

Improvised rocket launchers were fired close to a US airbase near Tokyo, police and the American military said Friday, with suspicions falling on one of Japan’s small ultra-leftist groups. No-one was hurt and no damage was done in the incident, which media reported came just hours after the arrest of…

Somalis struggle after devastating cyclone wipes out livestock

More than 100,000 people are struggling in Somalia’s cyclone-hit northeastern Puntland region, aid agencies warned Friday, saying floodwaters had wiped out the livestock two-thirds of the people survive on. A joint statement by 12 agencies — including Somali organisations as well as international ones such as CARE International, Oxfam, Save…

Mexico leader’s anti-crime pledge tested in first year

Gruesome mass graves, relentless drug cartels and emerging vigilantes have put Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s pledge to reduce violence to the test in his first year in power. Pena Nieto has sought to switch world attention to economic issues since taking office on December 1, 2012, passing education, telecommunications…

Three Libyan soldiers wounded in new Benghazi attack

Three Libyan soldiers have been seriously wounded in a new attack in the eastern city of Benghazi after deadly clashes with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, a security official said Friday. “Unidentified men fired a machinegun at a patrol on Syria Avenue in Benghazi, wounding three troops” late Thursday, the official…

Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leaked online via eBay

Three stories by the notoriously reclusive author J.D. Salinger were leaked online Wednesday. They were being auctioned as a book on eBay, but an anonymous Reddit contributor noticed that the seller had included a PDF scan of it in the description. According to the seller, the “book” was published in…

South Korea orders history textbook revisions in political battle over nation’s birth

South Korea’s Education Ministry has ordered revisions to a number of high school history textbooks, part of a long-running ideological battle over the narrative of modern Korean nationhood. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the publishers of seven government-approved textbooks had been ordered to revise 41 instances of “obscure…

Behind mask of secularism, France hardens face towards Islam

A landmark court ruling this week is set to increase the pressure on French Muslims, potentially at the expense of the country’s fraught race relations, experts fear. Frenchwomen who wear headscarves out of faith could see their freedom to do so curtailed after a Paris appeals court’s decision to uphold…

Britain to give parents more time off after the birth of a child and more options on using their paternal leave

Britain announced on Friday final details of a plan enabling couples to share parental leave after the birth of their child in a bid to help working mothers and give fathers more time with their children. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the proposals “challenge the old-fashioned assumption” that women…

Sweden divided over requiring HIV-positive people to inform partners before sex

When Lina Afvander got her HIV diagnosis, it came with a set of prescriptions and a disclosure obligation, which legally requires HIV-positive people in Sweden to reveal their status before having sex. “My strategy is that I don’t expose myself to this situation that often, I just don’t have that…

European Union fails to convince Ukraine to sign trade agreement

A European Union bid to draw mighty ex-Soviet state Ukraine into the Western fold headed for failure at a summit ending Friday held amid a worsening EU-Russia tug-of-war. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told AFP that leaders of the 28-nation-bloc had failed to convince Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to sign up…

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