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Clinton to walk tightrope with China amid regional tensions

PHNOM PENH — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet her Chinese counterpart in Cambodia on Thursday, keen to avoid souring ties amid a fraught background of rows between Beijing and its neighbours. The US has made a military and economic “pivot” towards Asia in a strategic bid to…

Libya’s liberals call for civil state, reject political Islam

TRIPOLI — A top member of Libya’s liberal coalition, which claims to have swept 70 percent of seats reserved for parties in the next congress, on Wednesday rejected political Islam and called for a civil state. “The National Forces Alliance is against the injection of religion into political battles,” Faisal…

Iraqi mullah faces new charges in Norway

OSLO, Norway — The Iraqi founder of an Iraqi Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam is being prosecuted in Norway for inciting terrorist acts, the public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. Mullah Krekar, 56, whose real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad, was sentenced to five years in jail in March for…

Russia passes website blacklisting bill said to stifle political dissent

The Russian parliament on Wednesday voted to approve a contentious bill that activists fear will introduce Internet censorship by blacklisting sites deemed as undesirable. In a further controversial move, deputies also passed in first reading a bill that makes libel and slander criminal offences with punishment of up to five…

Belfast euthanizes ‘illegal’ pit-bull Lennox despite international campaign

A celebrity dog in Northern Ireland has been put down because he was a danger to the public, Belfast City Council said Wednesday, despite a massive international campaign on the Internet to save him. Some 200,000 people signed a petition to save Lennox, whose owner waged a two-year legal battle…

Chinese woman given $11,000 to compensate for forced abortion

Chinese authorities have paid $11,000 to a woman forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy, her lawyer said Wednesday, adding that the money would never compensate for her endless pain. The case caused global outrage after photos of the mother with the bloody fetus circulated online last month, though…

Widespread sexual abuse uncovered at Indian orphanages

A series of sex abuse scandals at orphanages and shelters in India has sounded alarms over the management of children’s homes, many of which operate with little or no public oversight. Criminal charges against staff at a number of homes have highlighted what activists say is a pervasive culture of…

Survey: Czech teens’ alcohol abuse spiraling out of control

Shaken awake by police on a park bench, a 12-year-old boy from Prague was so drunk he could neither walk nor talk — grim evidence of an unparalleled alcohol scourge affecting underage Czechs. The boy was one of seven whom police found falling-down drunk in the Czech capital on the…

Taliban commander: we cannot win war and al-Qaida is a ‘plague’

Senior Taliban commander admits insurgents must seek settlement with other political forces in Afghanistan One of the Taliban’s most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul is “a very distant prospect”, obliging them to seek a settlement with other political forces…

Barclays’ Bob Diamond to forgo £20 million bonus

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond will give up bonuses worth £20 million after resigning over a rate-rigging scandal, the bank’s chairman said Tuesday. But chairman Marcus Agius told a British lawmakers investigating the scandal that Diamond, whose pay packages during the financial crisis were fiercely controversial, would still receive…

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