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Algeria celebrates 50 years of independence

Algerian celebrations to mark 50 years since gaining independence from France kicked off with a giant open air performance inspired by the liberation struggle, followed by nationwide fireworks displays. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika attended the historical musical “The Hero” being staged at a theatre in the seaside resort of Sidi Fredj,…

Assange charges are ‘hilarious’: Ecuadoran Foreign Minister

Ecuador’s foreign minister has said that rape and sexual assault cases lodged in Sweden against Julian Assange are laughable, but no ruling has yet been made on the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum application. “Personally, (I think) this is hilarious,” Ecuadoran chief diplomat Ricardo Patino told reporters, explaining that Assange “is charged…

Kenyan Muslims team up to protect Christians

A group of Muslim leaders in Kenya has agreed to help their Christian countrymen defend their churches, after a rash of attacks that killed 15 Christians, according to the BBC. “Muslims felt that because those Christians are a minority in their domain they must be protected at all cost,” said…

Major recount coming in Mexican election

More than half of the ballots used in Sunday’s Mexican presidential elections will be counted again, the Associated Press reports. Edmundo Jacobo, executive secretary of the country’s Federal Electoral Institute, said 78,012 of the 143,000 ballot boxes used during the July 1 vote – 54.5 percent of the votes –…

Russia denies offering asylum to Syrian president

Russia denied on Wednesday talking with Washington about offering exile to Syria’s president, as the chief UN observer said world powers are talking too much and not doing enough to end the Syrian conflict. Ahead of a Paris meeting of the so-called “Friends of Syria,” which supports President Bashar al-Assad’s…

Economic troubles haunt Algeria’s independence celebration

Algerian celebrations to mark 50 years since gaining independence from France are to kick off on Wednesday with a giant open air performance inspired by the liberation struggle, followed by nationwide fireworks displays. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will attend the historical musical “The Hero” being staged at a theater in the…

Report says pilot error, sensor malfunctions behind 2009 Air France crash

A French report has found that human error and technical malfunctions caused the 2009 crash of an Air France flight from Rio to Paris that killed 228 people, a source close to the case said Wednesday. The judicial report — due to be presented to victims’ families on Tuesday next…

Iran says its prepared to destroy all U.S. bases in the Gulf if attacked

Iran is prepared to launch missiles at US bases throughout the Gulf within minutes of an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to a commander of the country’s Revolutionary Guards. In an apparent response to reports that the US has increased its military presence in the Gulf, the commander of…

Gunman kills 4, commits suicide while resisting eviction

A gunman killed four hostages in southwestern Germany Wednesday before presumably shooting himself while resisting eviction from his apartment building, police said. Police said they found five dead bodies in the apartment in the city of Karlsruhe after storming it when they smelled something burning, about three hours after the…

Arafat’s body to be exhumed for radiation testing

Palestinian authorities have agreed to exhume the body of deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, reports claimed Wednesday, following an Al Jazeera investigative expose that claims scientists in Switzerland detected high levels of radiation in his clothing and on his toothbrush. The radiation was determined to be from the extremely rare,…

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