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Nazi war criminal revelation stokes Hungary fears

BUDAPEST — News that the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most-wanted Nazi war criminal is living freely in Hungary is the latest incident to spark fears that the country is veering alarmingly to the right. In particular, there are concerns that anti-Semitism, largely dormant under Hungary’s communist era that ended two decades…

EU delivers harsh verdict on Romania’s respect for democracy

BRUSSELS — The EU executive delivered a harsh verdict on Romania’s respect for democratic values and threatened tighter policing to ensure respect for the rule of law, in a report seen by AFP on Tuesday. “A well functioning, independent judicial system, and respect for democratic institutions are indispensable for mutual…

Olympic security chief admits London games in ‘humiliating shambles’

Chef executive of the private security company in charge of the London Olympics Nick Buckles admitted that he oversold his company’s capabilities and conceded that efforts to secure the games are in a “humiliating shambles.” According to CNN, the admission comes just days after Buckles signed a contract promising some…

Pentagon plans missile defense station in Qatar

The Pentagon is building a missile defense radar station at a covert location in Qatar, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The site will be part of a system intended to defend the interests of the United States and its allies against Iranian rockets, unnamed US officials told the newspaper.…

South African poachers killed 281 rhinos so far in 2012

Poachers in South Africa have killed 281 rhinos so far this year, with the world-famous Kruger National Park accounting for over half the killings, authorities said Tuesday. “The Kruger National Park has lost a total of 164 rhinos to illegal killings,” the environment department said in a statement. With roughly…

Lebanese tattoo artist sentenced to 200 lashes in Saudi Arabia

A Lebanese man nicknamed the “tattoo king” has been sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes in the conservative Muslim kingdom, a Saudi newspaper reported on Tuesday. “Investigations revealed the Lebanese had been practicing this job for nine years,” said Al-Madina. “At first, he used to receive women…

Canadian man begins hazardous 5,000-mile road trip in rickshaw

A Canadian man and his German girlfriend are braving the Taliban to take a rickshaw on one of the world’s most dangerous road trips to bring the circus to children in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Adnan Khan, 41, and his anthropologist sweetheart have embarked on the punishing 8,000-kilometre (5,000-mile) trip…

Nobel Prize-winning Myanmar opposition leader travels to U.S.

Myanmar’s Nobel Prize-winning opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to the United States in September on her first visit since spending years under house arrest, a think-tank said Tuesday. Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament this year in a dramatic sign of Myanmar’s reforms, has indicated that…

Top universities join free online teaching platform

Coursera set to shake up higher education model after adding 12 US and European institutions including Edinburgh University Twelve leading universities in the US and Europe have joined an internet platform created by two Stanford University scientists which provides free online access to classes designed by academics at elite institutions.…

Unique memorial in Rome honors new Christian martyrs

From the Bible of a murdered Pakistani government minister to the prayer book of a slain San Salvador archbishop, a Rome church has created a unique memorial to modern-day Christian martyrs. At a time of outrage over anti-Christian violence in Africa, the exhibits at the Basilica of Saint Bartholomew are…

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