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Quebec students renew protests after two weeks of calm

MONTREAL — After two weeks of relative calm, tens of thousands of students were back on the streets of Quebec Friday to protest a hike in tuition fees in the eastern French-speaking Canadian province. A demonstration in Montreal drew up to 15,000 people, while another 5,000 protested in Quebec City,…

Paraguay senate impeaches leftist president in ‘rushed judgment’

ASUNCION — Fallen Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo accepted his impeachment by lawmakers Friday, but said it had dealt a blow to democracy in his South American nation. “I submit to the decision of Congress,” Lugo said just after he was impeached, adding that “the history of Paraguay and its democracy…

Germany meets Greece in financial crisis and soccer match for Euro 2012

Stranger than fiction: Germany-Greece eurocrisis invades the soccer pitch (via The Christian Science Monitor) Sport is war minus the shooting, George Orwell once said. The European Football Championships 2012, currently being held in Poland and Ukraine, have so far been a fairly peaceful affair. Only Poland against Russia was a…

Male Zimbabwe officials undergo circumcision for anti-HIV campaign

Male lawmakers in Zimbabwe on Friday underwent voluntary circumcision in a new public drive to curb the spread of HIV, which affects about one in 10 people in the southern African country. A handful of lawmakers stepped into a mobile clinic set up inside the parliament building to undergo the…

Incoming Greek finance minister allegedly faints hours before taking oath

Incoming Greek finance minister Vassilis Rapanos was admitted in hospital on Friday, the government said, with unconfirmed reports saying the 65-year-old senior banker had fainted. The chairman of leading Greek lender National Bank, Rapanos was taken to a private hospital in Athens, a government spokesman said, hours before he was…

Syrian Olympic chief ‘banned from London 2012′

General Mowaffak Joumaa, head of Syria’s National Olympic Committee, is believed to have been barred over links to regime The head of Syria’s National Olympic Committee, General Mowaffak Joumaa, is understood to have been banned from attending the London Olympics next month because of his links with Bashar al-Assad’s regime…

World’s top banks hit with Moody’s downgrade

The health of 15 of the world’s largest financial institutions has been called into serious question after Moody’s downgraded their credit ratings, citing risk exposure and the eurozone crisis. Some of the biggest names in banking — including Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Citigroup, HSBC and Deutsche Bank — saw their ratings…

More protests planned against Egypt military ‘coup’

Egypt’s political forces have called for more protests on Friday against the ruling military’s power grab, as the nation nervously awaits the results of the first post-Mubarak presidential election. Hundreds of people spent the night in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with more protests planned for Friday afternoon, the Muslim Brotherhood and…

Taliban storm lakeside hotel in Kabul, 16 dead

Taliban militants armed with guns and rockets attacked a lakeside hotel near Kabul overnight, seizing dozens of hostages including women and children and killing at least 16 people. The four or five attackers were also killed in the brazen assault on the Spozhmai Hotel that will exacerbate fears that insecurity…

U.S. diplomats in Pakistan ‘facing harassment’

WASHINGTON — US diplomats working in Pakistan face increasing harassment amid a sharp deterioration in ties in the wake of last year’s killing of Osama bin Laden, a State Department report said. Such harassment and obstruction is described by US embassy staff as “deliberate, willful and systematic,” according to the…

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