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Rocket fired from Lebanon wounds two Syria police

A rocket fired from Lebanon wounded two Syrian border police on Monday, Lebanon’s General Security agency said in a statement. “On Monday at dawn, gunmen fired a rocket from Buqaya, inLebanese territory, towards Syria, hitting a Syrian immigration post and wounding two border police,” the statement said. It is the first time that General Security has reported…

Yemen says it foiled Sanaa suicide bombings plot

Yemeni security forces have foiled a plot to carry out 10 suicide bombings against government buildings in the capital Sanaa, the defence ministry’s news website reported on Monday. A wave of arrests targeting a suspected Al-Qaeda cell held responsible for a May attack that killed more than 100 soldiers in the capital netted the 10 militants charged…

India floods displace two million and kill 79

At least 79 people have died and 2.2 million forced to leave their homes over the last week as torrential monsoon rains triggered floods across India’s northeast, officials said Monday. Assam state, which borders Bhutan and Bangladesh, has been worst hit with the massive Brahmaputra river breaching its banks, while extensive flooding has…

Pufferfish a hit in Japan despite the risks

Every year in Japan people are hospitalised after eating pufferfish; sometimes the result is fatal. But despite apparent dangers, strict rules on serving the toxic delicacy in Tokyo are to be relaxed. Aficionados say the tingle that the meat of the pufferfish leaves on your lips — caused by the potent neurotoxin it contains —…

Afghanistan threatens Pakistan with UN Security Council referral

Afghanistan on Monday threatened to report Pakistan to the UN Security Council over what Kabul alleges is the shelling of its villages along the border between the two countries. Authorities in the eastern province of Kunar, a hotbed for Taliban militants, have complained for weeks of being bombarded from across the frontier, blaming the barrage on…

Syria rebels to boycott Cairo opposition talks

Syria-based rebel fighters and activists said they would boycott an opposition meeting in Cairo on Monday, denouncing it as a “conspiracy” that served the policy goals of Damascus allies Moscow and Tehran. The two-day meeting, to be attended by the main exiled opposition bloc, the Syrian National Council, and other smaller groups, is intended forge a common…

Hamas ‘temporarily’ suspends voter registration

The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip said on Monday it has “temporarily” halted voter registration just over a month after granting the electoral commission permission to work. In a statement, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri cited various “obstacles” that needed to be resolved before the electoral commission could resume its work. “Hamas and the government in Gaza have provided the Central Election…

Journalists in Ethiopia jail say held ‘unnecessarily’

Two Swedish journalists in Ethiopia jailed on terrorism charges say they are being detained unnecessarily, one year into their 11-year sentence, Swedish diplomats said Monday. Diplomats last week visited reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, who have been held in an Ethiopian jail since their arrest on July 1 last year. “I think they’re very bored but physically…

China dispatches patrol ships as tensions with Vietnam mount

China has deployed four patrol ships to a disputed area of the South China Sea, state media said Sunday, amid a deepening row with Vietnam over competing territorial claims. The ships, described by the Xinhua news agency as surveillance vessels, reached what China calls the Huayang reef in the Spratly…

Barclays Bank chairman to quit in lending rate scandal

LONDON — The chairman of Barclays Bank is set to step down after the group was fined for attempting to manipulate the inter-bank lending rate, the BBC reported on Sunday. Marcus Agius will announce on Monday that he is to leave his post in the face of public and political…

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