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Melinda Gates hits ‘war on women’ on eve of family planning summit

Religious groups attack London family planning conference as ‘blatant attack on morality’ Campaigners have attacked a “war on women” being waged by religious organisations before an international summit on family planning to be held in London this week. The conference, co-hosted by the Department for International Development (Dfid) and the…

Tens of thousands protest Mexican presidential election results

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Mexico CitySaturday against the presidential election win of Enrique Pena Nieto, accusing him and his party of widespread vote-buying. The marchers claim Pena Nieto, from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), “bought” his way to victory by handing out gift cards and securing paid favorable media coverage from the country’s two…

Libya holds first free national election after 40 years of Gaddafi

Voters flocked to cast their ballots Saturday in Libya’s first free national election in decades after the ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, despite protests disrupting some polling in the restive east. Gunmen killed one person and wounded another near a polling station in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, an official told AFP, a day…

134 killed in massive Russian floods

Flash floods deluged Russia’s southern Krasnodar, killing at least 134 people — many feared drowned in their beds — in the region’sworst natural disaster in decades, officials and witnesses said Saturday. President Vladimir Putin inspected the damage by helicopter, the Kremlin said, amid recriminations from residents who accused authorities of abandoning them. Television footage…

West African presidents urge war crimes probe in Mali

West African presidents said at a crisis summit on Mali Saturday that the international war crimes court should probe abuses committed in the country’s Islamist-held desert north. The six leaders also urged Malian civil leaders to secure a national unity government that could address the crisis that has hit their country since a March 22 military…

Egyptian women speak out against sexual violence

Egyptian women are speaking up against sexual violence after harrowing tales of mob attacks in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square prompted initiatives to combat the “epidemic.” Surrounded by volunteers to protect them, dozens of women took to the street on Friday to demand a “safe Tahrir,” as part of a series…

Seventh person arrested in British anti-terrorism operation

A woman was arrested in London Saturday on suspicion of terrorism offences in an operation that saw six men detained earlier this week but which police say is not linked to the Olympics. Officers from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command arrested the 22-year-old in an early morning raid at a home…

UN rights body to probe Israel settlements

The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to probe Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, a move that further irked Israel which said it will bar its access to the sites of inquiry. Israel severed contacts with the council in March after the 47-member body announced…

And the gold medallist in pigeon killing is …

Live pigeon shooting, pistol duelling and club swinging won’t feature at the London Olympics, but there was a time when they were all medal events. Live pigeon shooting featured for the first — and only — time at the Paris Olympics in 1900 where around 300 birds were killed. Belgium’s…

U.S. designates Afghanistan as major ally: Clinton

KABUL (AFP) – The United States has designated Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, giving the war-torn country special privileges as the US prepares to pull its troops out in 2014, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday. Clinton announced the move, which provides a long-term framework for security and…

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