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Iraq bombings kill five in bloody end to deadly week

BAGHDAD — Bombings in Iraq killed five people and wounded 34 others on Sunday, security and medical officials said, after a bloody week that cost the lives of more than 100 people. A car bomb targeting an army patrol killed one soldier and wounded three others in Fallujah, west of…

Two Palestinians shot dead ‘by Israeli truck driver’

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories — Two Palestinians were shot dead by an Israeli truck driver after they tried to steal his vehicle in the south Hebron Hills on Sunday morning, Israeli police said. Palestinian officials confirmed the two deaths but had no information about the circumstances of the shooting which took…

Egypt votes on final day of presidential election

CAIRO — Egyptians were voting Sunday on the last day of a highly divisive presidential run-off between an Islamist and Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, amid moves by the army to consolidate its power ahead of the final results. Former air force chief Ahmed Shafiq, who served as ex-president Mubarak’s…

Taiwan mobilizes its drones for the first time

TAIPEI — Taiwan has mobilised its drones, which were introduced to the army earlier this year, for the first time to survey natural disasters, local media reported Sunday. The unmanned aircraft were sent to areas inundated by flash flooding and mudslides sparked by a monsoon last week, the Taipei-based China…

Ahmadinejad: I’m gone after 2013

A German magazine is reporting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready to leave politics for good. According to The Times of Israel, Ahmadinejad told Allgemeine Zeitung Saturday that once his current term expires next year, the former mayor of Tehran and civil engineer plans to return to academia. “Eight…

Nobel winner collects her prize, two decades later

Saturday was the culmination of a 22-year journey “back into the wider human community” for Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese politician and activist who finally collected her Nobel Peace Prize, as the New York Times reports. Suu Kyi accepted her award in front of a packed audience in Oslo,…

India to boost economic ties with Cuba

India wants to strengthen economic ties with Cuba, the top Indian diplomat said Saturday on a trip to the Communist-run Caribbean island. “The purpose of my visit to Cuba is to promote economic relations between both countries,” S.M. Krishna said on state television after a meeting with the speaker of…

Google, Brazilian tribe launch culture map project

Google on Saturday unveiled a cultural map of Brazil’ Surui indigenous people, a digital tool that will help the Amazonian tribe share their vast knowledge of the forest and fight illegal logging. The map, the result of a five-year partnership between Surui chief Almir and the US technology giant, was…

Activists occupy Amazon dam construction site

Around 300 indigenous and green activists occupied Friday the construction site of a huge hydro-electric dam across the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, protest organizers said. The demonstration at the Belo Monte dam sought to draw attention to the project at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development taking…

Work begins on controversial Japan nuclear restart

Japan started work to put nuclear reactors back online Saturday, despite public distrust of the technology after last year’s meltdowns at Fukushima, the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, seeking to head off a summer energy crunch, told Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) to put into operation…

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