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Egypt’s highest-profile secular activists threatened with arrest

Arrest warrants were issued for two of Egypt’s highest-profile activists on Wednesday, a day after 79 other secular campaigners were detained in Cairo in the largest crackdown on non-Islamist dissent since the fall of Mohamed Morsi. It was the first use of a draconian new protest law that was enacted…

European Union: Massive spying on our citizens, companies and leaders is unacceptable

The EU on Wednesday laid down steps Washington must take to restore trust after a huge spying scandal, including giving EU citizens the right to US legal redress to protect personal data. “Massive spying on our citizens, companies and leaders is unacceptable,” EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said, adding there…

Belgium close to agreeing euthanasia for children

Belgium, one of only a few countries to allow euthanasia, on Wednesday moved a step closer to extending mercy-killing to terminally-ill children. A proposed draft bill to extend the practice some experts say already takes place outside the law was approved by the Senate’s justice and social affairs committee after…

John Kerry returning to Israel to discuss Iran nuclear deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel next week for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking to calm tensions with the Jewish state over the Iran nuclear deal. Kerry will also travel to Ramallah for talks with the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as he tries to keep…

Anti-Islam activist Pam Geller says Pope Francis ‘sanctions savagery’

Anti-Islam activist and blogger Pamela Geller lashed out at Pope Francis on Tuesday, claiming he condoned violence against Christians. “At a time when Christianity worldwide is under siege by Islamic jihadists, the leader of the Catholic Church claims that the quran teaches non-violence. As Christians across the Muslim world live…

New Zealand looks to uncork ‘lifestyle’ wine niche

New Zealand winegrowers launched a $14 million research project Wednesday aimed at capitalising on growth in demand for so-called “lifestyle” wines, with low calories and less alcohol. The Lifestyle Wines initiative, jointly funded by industry and government, is the country’s largest ever wine research project, reflecting the belief that it…

Retired British man faces trial in Uganda for allegedly having gay sex

A retired British man facing trial in Uganda on gay sex charges said Wednesday he feared he would be deported after officials seized his passport and refused a visa extension. Bernard Randall, 65, has pleaded not guilty to charges of “trafficking obscene publications” after police found private pictures of him…

Pakistan political party accuses CIA chief John Brennan of murder over drone strike

The political party of former cricketer Imran Khan Wednesday named the CIA’s director and a man it said was the agency’s chief in Pakistan as murder suspects over a drone strike. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party has written to police over last week’s attack on a seminary linked to the…

Islamic extremists allegedly behind destruction of ancient Murad Agha shrine in Libya

Suspected Islamic extremists destroyed a centuries-old shrine in the Libyan capital on Wednesday, but the tomb inside withstood the attack, witnesses said. The explosives were placed around the mausoleum of Murad Agha, the first Ottoman governor of Tripoli, who ruled from 1551-1553. The shrine is attached to a mosque of…

Prince William sings ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ with Bon Jovi

Prince William joined Jon Bon Jovi in a performance of the rock star’s song ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ at a charity event in Kensington Palace. The Prince, Bon Jovi and pop star Taylor Swift were the star guests at a gala in support of homeless charity Centrepoint on Tuesday. During…

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