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Qaeda battles to create safe haven in Yemen

Al-Qaeda, still smarting from the loss of its iconic leader Osama bin Laden, appears determined to capture the south Yemeni town ofLoder in a bid to build itself a secure base in the Arabian Peninsula. Its location between three provinces gives Loder strategic importance, and it can also provide a safe haven from…

Not guilty pleas at Danish newspaper ‘massacre’ trial

Four men pled not guilty Friday as they went on trial in Denmarkover a suspected plot to massacre the staff of a newspaper that first published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Sahbi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, Munir Awad and Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, all Swedish citizens of Tunisian, Lebanese and Moroccan origin respectively, along with a…

North Korea rocket launch fails, draws condemnation

North Korea’s heralded long-range rocket test ended in failure on Friday, disintegrating in mid-air soon after blastoff and plunging into the sea in a major embarrassment for the reclusive state. The defiant launch drew condemnation from world leaders who described it as a “provocative” act threatening regional security, despite Pyongyang insisting it…

G20 ministers to seek trade increase at Mexico meeting

MEXICO CITY — G20 economy and trade ministers will meet next week in Mexico to seek a boost in trade as part of efforts to tackle Europe’s debt crisis, Mexican officials said Thursday. The Group of 20 is “committed to the opening of markets and a multilateral trade system based…

North Korea launches rocket, South Korea says it ‘disintegrated’

PYONGYANG — North Korea on Friday launched a long-range rocket that appears to have disintegrated soon after blastoff and fallen into the ocean, South Korean and Japanese authorities said. South Korea’s defence ministry said the rocket was launched at 07:39 am (2239 GMT Thursday). “It seems that the rocket has…

Iran’s nuclear program: Legal debate stirs over basis for U.S. or Israeli attack

As US and Israeli officials weigh up prospect of military strike on Iran, critics say any attack would go against international law Amid the sabre-rattling and bluster over Iran, a furious if little-noticed debate is boiling over the legal basis for a US or Israeli attack on Tehran’s nuclear programme.…

Syrians want ceasefire to hold but fear it will fail

DAMASCUS — Syrians voiced hope that a UN-backed ceasefire that came into force Thursday would last, but expressed fear that the government and the rebels were unlikely to commit for good. “Inshallah (God willing) it will last,” said Wassim, standing in his shop in a Damascus square and speaking of…

Rome prosecutors link Vatican cleric to 29-year mystery of missing girl

The Vatican is under pressure to help resolve one of the strangest of many enigmas lingering in Italy from the cold war years. For four years, prosecutors in Rome have been making a renewed attempt to get at the truth behind the disappearance in 1983 of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old…

Japanese keepers discontinue hunt for missing penguin

Japanese keepers looking for a penguin on the run in Tokyo have stood down their month-long search but say they hope the bird’s impending adulthood will give it away. Staff at Tokyo Sea Life Park said Thursday they are no longer combing riverbanks every day looking for any sign of the creature, which fled…

Good morning Tehran! Israel beams a message to Iran

From a tiny studio in a rundown district of southern Tel Aviv, a group of Iranian-Israelis beam non-stop music and news in a bid to reach out to their former fellow countrymen. As the war of words between the leaders of the Jewish state and theIslamic Republic heats up over Iran’s contested…

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