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Nearly 40% of Egyptians undecided ahead of vote

Nearly 40 percent of Egyptian voters are undecided less than six weeks before the first presidential election since the ouster of veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, a poll published on Saturday found. A full 38 percent of respondents said they had yet to make up their minds which of the 23…

Firebrand French leftist draws thousands to rally

Firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon gathered thousands of supporters in Marseille on Saturday, on a weekend of rallies before the first round of France’s presidential vote. Communist-backed Melenchon, who has shaken up the vote with a surge in the polls, will be hoping for a repeat of rallies in Paris and…

Olympics 2012 chiefs concerned by Adidas ‘sweatshop’ producing outfits for British athletes

London Olympics organisers said Saturday they were taking “extremely seriously” allegations of “sweatshop” conditions for Indonesian workers producing outfits for British athletes and Games volunteers. The Independent newspaper alleged that the clothing being made for the London 2012 Olympics was “being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making…

Obama approves non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama has approved non-lethal US aid, including communications equipment and medicines for Syria’s rebels, and plans to increase the package over time, a US official said Friday. The administration had previously indicated it would take such a step, in line with an initiative by the international “Friends…

Brazilian cult members accused of cannibalistic ritual

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police announced Friday that they had arrested a man and two women on suspicion of having murdered and cannibalized at least two women in what was described as a purification ritual. The three defendants formed a sect called “Cartel” that seeks to purify the world…

Iran ‘discouraged’ on eve of critical nuclear talks

Iran said Friday that its hopes of a breakthrough at long-awaited talks on its nuclear programme have taken a dive after warnings from the West that Tehran had to prove its credibility. Following a 15-month hiatus, officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (known as the…

Blacks more likely to be unemployed in the UK than in the U.S.

Black people in Britain are more likely to be unemployed than those in the United States, especially during recessions, with successive UK governments “failing to protect minority ethnic groups”, research reveals. A paper presented on Friday at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds shows that in the last…

London’s Gatwick airport disrupted by hot-air balloon

Flights at Britain’s second largest air hub, London’s Gatwick Airport, were disrupted on Friday when a hot-air balloon strayed into itsairspace, a spokeswoman said. Five departing flights were affected after airspace was shut on safety grounds at the airport in Sussex, she said. “Airspace was shut for safety reasons after a hot-air balloon strayed into the…

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…

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