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Greek recession could be much worse than expected

The Greek recession this year could be much worse than expected, with the economy shrinking by “more than seven percent,” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Tuesday. The central bank has previously estimated that the economy, now in its fifth year of recession, would shrink by 4.5 percent in 2012. Samaras…

Swedish sniper found guilty of murdering two immigrants

A Swedish court on Tuesday found a man guilty of two murders and four attempted murders after he terrorised the southern city of Malmoe with a shooting spree targeting immigrants. Malmoe district court said in a statement it had found there was “convincing evidence that Peter Mangs has committed 13…

Russians discover four vats of embryos during stroll in the woods

A group of Russians have stumbled across hundreds of embryos stashed in four huge vats while taking a weekend stroll through woods, police said Tuesday. The 50-litre (13-gallon) containers of formaldehyde in the woods of the industrial Ural Mountains region contained 248 embryos in all, the police said. The four…

Scores injured as typhoon lashes Hong Kong

Scores of people were injured and trees were ripped from the ground as a typhoon lashed Hong Kong packing winds in excess of 140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour, officials said Tuesday. Authorities issued a hurricane warning for the first time since 1999 as Typhoon Vicente roared to within 100…

Britain beefs Olympic security up with 1,200 more troops

Britain will deploy an extra 1,200 troops to the London Games, Olympics minister Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday, following a shortfall in the numbers of guards provided by private contractor G4S. The extra troops, who were already standing by on 48 hours’ notice, bring the total military deployment at the 2012…

Outgoing irrigation head named new Egyptian prime minister

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi named outgoing irrigation minister Hisham Qandil on Tuesday as the country’s new prime minister and tasked him with forming a cabinet, state television announced. The appointment comes 25 days after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt’s first civilian and freely elected head of state to replace…

China censors coverage of deadly Beijing floods

Beijing authorities have reportedly ordered Chinese media to stick to positive news about record weekend floods, after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government. Censors also deleted microblog posts criticizing the official response to the disaster in China’s rapidly modernising capital, which came at…

Evangelical Christians from U.S. accused of promoting homophobia in Africa

Christian evangelical groups in the US are attempting a “cultural colonisation” of Africa, opening offices in numerous countries to promote attacks on homosexuality and abortion, according to an investigation by a liberal thinktank. American religious organisations are expanding operations across the continent, lobbying for conservative policies and laws and fanning…

Quebec appeals court upholds law limiting protests

MONTREAL — A court of appeals in Quebec on Monday upheld a lower court’s rejection of a request to scrap parts of a controversial law enacted to quell student protests against tuition hikes. Special Law 78 was passed on May 18 after clashes between police and students opposed to an…

Nigerian pastor questioned over call for president to quit

LAGOS — Security agents on Monday questioned a fiery Nigerian pastor and ex-vice presidential candidate over comments he made to his congregation saying President Goodluck Jonathan should resign, a spokesman said. Tunde Bakare, a member of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change and pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly Church,…

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