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Double amputee Pistorius to race at London Olympics

Oscar Pistorius will become the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics after being included Wednesday in the South African 4×400-metre relay team for 2012 London Games, an official said. The 25-year-old’s selection comes five days after conceding defeat in a battle to run in the 400m at the…

French army hands over key province to Afghan forces

The French military officially handed over control of the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces on Wednesday. The transfer is an important stage in France’s withdrawal from the war-torn country, which new President Francois Hollande has accelerated by ordering the return of troops by the end of 2012,…

Palestinians seek int’l probe into Arafat’s death

The Palestinians want an international probe into the death of former president Yasser Arafat after an investigation showed he may have been poisoned, an official told AFP Wednesday. “We call for the formation of an international investigation committee modelled on the international investigation committee set up to look into the…

Women move to centre stage in Olympic boxing debut

The duel between the best amateur male boxers from the United States and their counterparts from bitter enemies Cuba will take a backseat at the Olympics as women’s boxing enters the fray for the first time. Quite what the Marquis of Queensberry would make of it is probably unprintable but…

Concern grows over H1N1 outbreak in Bolivia

LA PAZ — An epidemic of H1N1 flu has infected almost 900 people and claimed 11 lives in Bolivia, health officials said Tuesday. Although most of the cases occurred in the last few weeks, the outbreak does not rise to the level of a national epidemic, officials said. “At the…

Chimpanzees won’t be put down after mauling American in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Two chimpanzees who mauled an American student in South Africa will not be killed because authorities found the animals defended their territory against a trespasser, a park director said Tuesday. Andrew Oberle, 26, lost an ear, several fingers and toes and a testicle in the attack on Thursday…

UN leader condemns lack of regulation for arms trade

UNITED NATIONS — UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday it was a “disgrace” that there is no global arms trade regulation as he opened treaty talks held up by Palestinian demands for a place in the negotiations. The 193 UN members have until July 27 to hammer out a deal…

Mexico runner-up demands presidential vote recount

MEXICO CITY — The runner-up in Mexico’s presidential election, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, demanded Tuesday a full recount of the ballots, pointing to “inconsistencies.” “We have presented a formal request on behalf of the (leftist) coalition asking for a recount and counting the votes cast in the 143,000…

Israeli police officer caught kicking Palestinian boy on video

A video showing an Israeli police officer kicking a nine-year-old Palestinian boy has prompted an official investigation. The footage, released by the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, shows the child, Abd a-Rahman Burqan, on the ground as he is held by a border police officer. Another police officer then kicks the boy.…

Arafat was poisoned by polonium: report

Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, was poisoned by polonium, according to the findings of laboratory research carried out in Switzerland and cited in an Al-Jazeera report on Tuesday. The analysis focused on biological samples taken from the late Palestinian leader’s belongings given to his wife Suha by the military…

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