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Viral video will spur Kony arrest this year: ICC

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor voiced confidence Saturday that Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony will be arrested this year, praising the role of a viral online campaign. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the California-based Invisible Children lobby group, and its viral “Kony 2012,” a 30-minute video seen by more than 100 million people, had helped bring…

One dead, one injured in German chemical plant blast: police

An explosion at a German chemical plant killed one person Saturday and left another injured, rescuers and industrial park administrators said. The explosion of a tank at the Evonik Degussa plant in the western town of Marl sent black smoke billowing over the town, and residents were warned to stay indoors, with their windows…

German public sector workers to get 6.3% pay rise

German public service employees reached a pay deal following a marathon 40-hour round of negotiations and work stoppages which hit airports and infant schools over the past month, unions said Saturday. Some two million public service employees will see their wages increased by 6.3 percent between now and August 2013.…

China cracks down on Internet after coup rumours

China has shut down websites, made a string of arrests and punished two popular microblogs after rumours of a coup linked to a major scandal that brought down a top politician. Authorities closed 16 websites for spreading rumours of “military vehicles entering Beijing and something wrong going on in Beijing”,…

Syria declares it has defeated revolt

Syria’s regime declared on Saturday it has defeated those seeking to bring it down while reiterating support for a UN-Arab peace plan, as its troops reportedly shelled rebels in the city of Homs. Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi, cited by the official SANA news agency, also said Syrian troops would…

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights gets involved in Gitmo case

WASHINGTON — An inter-American rights body admitted for review Friday the case of a man held at Guantanamo Bay for over 10 years, the first time it accepted jurisdiction over the US naval base in Cuba. Djamel Ameziane’s co-counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Center for…

Lawyer for soldier accused of Afghan massacre charges military with ‘information blackout’

LOS ANGELES — The lawyer representing a US soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers condemned Friday what he called an “information blackout” blocking him from preparing his defense case. Attorney John Henry Browne said his team had been prevented from interviewing witnesses and injured civilians in southern Afghanistan following…

Sarkozy supporters have less sex: French poll

French voters planning to back centre-right incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in next month’s election have sex less often than their left-wing rivals, according to a poll published Friday. The survey, conducted by the respected polling institute Ifop on behalf of the pornographic magazine Hot Video, measured the intensity and variety…

Israelis kill1, wound 51 during Land Day clashes in Gaza, West Bank

Israeli gunfire killed a 20-year-old man and wounded another 51 people on Friday, as thousands rallied across the West Bank and Gaza to mark Land Day, medical sources said. Demonstrations also took place in annexed east Jerusalem and across Israel, as well as in Jordan, southern Lebanon and Syria to…

Dead spy’s family says ‘dark arts’ agents covered up his death

The family of a British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag believe secret agents versed in the “dark arts” tried to cover up his mysterious death, lawyers told a coroner on Friday. The decomposing remains of Gareth Williams, 30, were found on August 23, 2010, in a…

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