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Jobs: Australia targets Americans to fill skills shortages

Australia unveiled measures Monday targeting Americans as it looks to fill a jobs shortage in the resources sector during a boom time for the industry thanks to demand from China and other parts of Asia. Surging commodities exports to Asia helped Australia avoid a recession during the global downturn and…

Tensions high on 30th anniversary of Falklands war

Britain and Argentina on Monday marked 30 years since the invasion of the Falkland Islands triggered a 74-day war, with diplomatic tensions still running high. In a statement to mark the anniversary, Prime Minister David Cameron described the invasion as a “profound wrong” and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to upholding…

Flood-ravaged Fiji struggles as cyclone bears down

Fiji struggled Monday with devastating floods that have brought the country and its tourist industry to a standstill as authorities warned that conditions could worsen with a cyclone bearing down. Cyclone Daphne is expected to compound the damage in the South Pacific nation, where a state of emergency is in…

Mali’s Tuareg rebels take legendary town of Timbuktu

Mali’s Tuareg rebels claimed control of the legendary desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, part of a dramatic push across the north, as the disorganised junta indicated it was ready to cede some power. Tuareg rebels assisted by Islamist fighters have swept across much of northern Mali since renegade soldiers…

Peace activists arrested in attempt to break into NATO headquarters

BRUSSELS — Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police. The demonstration, organised by the Belgian association Action for Peace two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was…

Chavez arrives in Cuba for more radiation treatment

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro has received his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, who arrived for a second round of radiation therapy as part of his back-and-forth cancer treatment in Havana, state media reported Sunday. The Venezuelan president was accompanied by his foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, according to Juventud Rebelde…

MI5 ‘uncovers plot to murder Russian in London’

LONDON — Security services have uncovered a plot to assassinate exiled Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev in London, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper has reported. The claim comes after a gunman shot Russian banker German Gorbuntsov in London on March 20. Gorbuntsov remains seriously ill in hospital. British intelligence agencies are increasingly…

Kuwait keeps ‘Iran-flag burner’ behind bars

KUWAIT CITY — Police on Sunday extended the detention of a Kuwaiti arrested last week for allegedly burning an Iranian flag in protest at a Shiite tweeter’s apparent insult to the Prophet Mohammed, a legal source said. Nahar al-Hajeri, who was arrested on Thursday, was questioned and then sent to…

Thousands march against Hong Kong’s next leader

HONG KONG — Thousands of people in Hong Kong noisily protested on Sunday against the city’s incoming leader and decried Beijing’s alleged interference in the election that propelled him to office. Holding banners and chanting slogans such as “One person, one vote” and “Leung step down”, demonstrators marched through the…

Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among crowds of supporters. Hundreds of people cheered as a giant screen outside National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon announced a…

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