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British TV crew arrested while covering Bahrain protests

Update: AFP is now reporting that the journalists have been released and are being deported LONDON — A team of journalists for Britain’s Channel 4 News was arrested Sunday after covering Bahrain’s Grand Prix race, which went ahead after a week of angry protests away from the F1 desert circuit.…

Israel forces ‘ready to hit Iran if ordered’

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces are carrying out more special operations beyond the country’s borders and will be ready to attack Iran’s nuclear sites if ordered, the chief-of-staff said in an interview on Sunday. In an extract from an interview with the top-selling Yediot Aharanot daily, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said…

‘They’re killing us’: world’s most endangered tribe cries for help

Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’ Trundling along the dirt roads…

UN authorizes full Syria monitor mission

The United Nations voted Saturday to send 300 unarmed ceasefire observers to Syria, but the United States warned it may veto a new mandate for the force because its patience was “exhausted.” In the restive Syrian province of Homs, the first dispatch of UN observers arrived to monitor a shaky ceasefire, as…

Russian eats pound of caviar in 90 seconds

A 49-year old Russian with a big spoon in hand swallowed a pound (500 grams) of caviar in about 90 seconds to win what was billed as the world’s first eating contest featuring the pricey fish roe. “In Texas, people organise hot dog and hamburger eating championships and contests,” the swanky Apartment restaurant said…

Tens of thousands rally against Czech government

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Prague on Saturday for an anti-government rally as the centre-right ruling coalition was teetering on the verge of collapse. Unions, pensioners, student associations and other groups angered by austerity cuts and graft scandals teamed up for what they said would be the biggest…

Israelis told to leave Sinai over attacks fears

Israeli authorities warned citizens on Saturday to leave Egypt’s Sinai peninsula immediately because of a “critical and immediate threat” of a terrorist attack. “All Iraelis in the Sinai are called upon to leave the region and return to Israel,” said a statement from the anti-terrorist bureau. “Based on information in…

Charges laid in ‘Olympic’ dog-sled slaughter

Charges were laid on Friday in the grisly slaughter of dozens of huskies used by a tourism company during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s westernmost province. British Columbia prosecutors charged Robert Fawcett, manager of a sled-dog touring company in the ski resort of Whistler, with “causing unnecessary pain or…

Far right party leads in polls in Canada’s oil-rich Alberta province

MONTREAL — After 41 years at the helm of Canada’s oil-rich Alberta province, the Tories are facing possible defeat in a general election on Monday, against a new far right party. The Wildrose Party, named after the province’s official prickly flower, was formed in 2008 amid growing disaffection with the…

Woman’s death blamed on ‘addiction’ to Coca Cola

WELLINGTON — A New Zealand inquest has been told a woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit may have contributed to her death, reports said Friday. A coroner’s inquest was told Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand who died in February 2010,…

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