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Rwanda leader accuses West of leniency for genocide suspects

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Saturday accused unspecifiedWestern countries of failing to stop genocide suspects on their territory as his country marked the 18th anniversary of a Tutsi massacre. “As we remember those we lost, some of those who killed them are still moving freely in some capitals of the so-called free world,”…

Pakistan avalanche buried up to 135: military

An avalanche that smashed into a Pakistan army camp Saturday in aremote area in the Himalayas has buried as many as 135 people, including 124 soldiers, the military said. “As many as 135 persons including 124 army soldiers and 11 civilians… came under a huge snow slide early this morning,” said a statement from the…

Key Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi dies in US

Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi, a key figure in the pro-democracy movement behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has died in the United States, fellow dissident Wang Dan said Saturday. Fang, an internationally renowned professor of astrophysics, was granted refuge at the US embassy in Beijing for one year following the…

China shuts political websites in crackdown

Two Chinese political websites said Friday they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticising state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet. Officials told the Mao Flag website, named after late leader Mao Zedong, and the Utopia website, also known…

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh details U.S. training of Iranian terrorist group

Although the dissident Iranian group known as the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) has been listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department since 1997, there have been long-standing rumors that it was also being used by the United States as part of its efforts to destabilize the Iranian government. Investigative…

Egypt’s former spy chief to run for president

Former spy chief Omar Suleiman, a pillar of the ousted regime, decided on Friday to run in next month’s presidential vote, in a surprise twist to a contest to elect Hosni Mubarak’s successor. His change of mind came after hundreds of demonstrators gathered in a Cairo district to urge Suleiman,…

Suicide bomber kills Afghan peace envoy and his son

A suicide bomber assassinated an Afghan peace envoy and former mujahedeen commander on Friday, in the latest blow to stuttering reconciliation efforts in the violence-wracked country. Maulavi Mohammad Hashem Munib, the head of the government’s High Peace Council in Kunar province, was killed along with his son and a bodyguard,…

Pirates hijack Chinese cargo ship near Iranian port

A Chinese cargo ship was hijacked by pirates on Friday in the Gulf of Oman, not far off the south of Iran, state media said, citing China’s embassy in Tehran. The vessel was attacked on Friday morning near the Iranian port of Chabahar, according to the Xinhua news agency. The…

Women’s rights activist poised to become Malawi’s new president

Joyce Banda, who rose to prominence in Malawi as a relentless advocate for women’s rights, now appears set to become only the second female African head of state in modern times. She become Malawi’s first woman vice president in 2009 as the running mate of President Bingu wa Mutharika, who…

Mexico cartel leader given life sentence in U.S.

A US court sentenced the leader of Mexico’s Juarez cartel, who allegedly admitted a role in over 1,500 murders, to life in prison Thursday on drug trafficking and racketeering charges. Jose Antonio Acosta-Hernandez, 34 — alias “Diego,” “Dienton,” “Diez” and “Bablazo” — was extradited to the United States from Mexico…

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