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White House condemns Bahrain violence

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” over an upsurge in violence in Bahrain, condemning attacks on police but also calling on security forces to show restraint. “The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in Bahrain, and we urge all parties to…

Miracle baby found alive in Argentine morgue after declared dead

A premature baby who had been declared dead was found alive 12 hours later in the morgue, a health official in northeastern Argentina said. The parents of the baby, who was in serious condition, were going to name her Luciana Abigail but have changed their minds and are calling her…

Syria declares halt to military operations on Thursday

The Syrian defence ministry said Wednesday that it will cease military operations against rebel fighters from Thursday, the day set by peace envoy Kofi Annan as a deadline to halt hostilities, state television reported. “After our armed forces completed successful operations in combating the criminal acts of the armed terrorist…

Baby girl’s death highlights plight of India’s ‘unwanted girls’

A three-month-old baby girl that police say was battered by her father who wanted a son died on Wednesday, highlighting the plight of millions of India’s “unwanted girls”. Neha Afreen died from cardiac arrest at a state-run hospital in India’s tech hub of Bangalore after battling for life for three…

Cable shows U.S. permission required for key Ugandan combat ops

Update (below): Publisher confirms cyber attack following Raw Story report A U.S. State Department cable composed in Dec. 2009 sheds yet more light on the murky relationship between the Obama administration and the Ugandan government, pointing to an information sharing agreement that prohibits the Ugandan regime from engaging in certain…

China purges rising political star as wife is probed for murder

China’s biggest political crisis in decades took a dramatic turn with the removal of one of the Communist Party’s biggest stars from his post and his wife’s arrest on suspicion of murder. Bo Xilai, the charismatic former party leader of Chongqing city, had been tipped for the very highest echelons of…

Massive Indonesia quake triggers tsunami alert

A massive earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, triggering an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert and evacuation orders to clear people away from the coast. The quake’s magnitude was 8.6, according a revised reading from the US Geological Survey, and struck 431 kilometres (268 miles) off the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh where…

Spanish town decides against massive marijuana plantation

Proposal by mayor of Rasquera to become centre of marijuana production gets only 56% backing; however, he does not resign To many people in the small town of Rasquera in the east of Spain, it seemed like the perfect remedy to the economic crisis: a massive legal cannabis plantation that…

Cuba: U.S. locked in Cold War

HAVANA — Cuba criticized the United States Tuesday for “aggressive” Cold War-style moves to block it from attending the Summit of the Americas which meets in Colombia this week. The US government vetoed proposals to include Cuba, the Americas’ only Communist country, among invited leaders to the summit in Cartagena,…

Vicious words mark the war between pro and anti-nuclear environmentalists

The dispute is getting personal and much closer to the political bone with the fallout potentially damaging the whole idea of ‘environmentalism’ The war of words between the pro- and anti-nuclear environmentalists shows no sign of ending, with those writers in favour – George Monbiot, Mark Lynas, Fred Pearce and…

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