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Venezuela’s Chavez flies to Cuba for more treatment

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba for more radiation treatment after his latest cancer surgery. Surrounded by military guards of honor, the Venezuelan leader boarded a Havana-bound plane at Maiquetia International Airport at about 9:15 pm local time (0145 GMT Sunday). Earlier in the day, Chavez…

Sex abuse scandals shadow Pope in Mexico

Pope Benedict XVI roused a crowd of young Mexicans and met with President Felipe Calderon on his second day in Mexico, overshadowed by complaints from victims of sexual abuse. Crowds waved yellow and white Vatican flags as the Popemobile arrived in the steep streets of the colonial city of Guanajuato…

Obama starts S. Korea visit amid N. Korea tensions

US President Barack Obama arrived in South Korea Sunday to hold talks with its leader and attend a 53-nation nuclear security summit, amid tensions with North Korea over its upcoming rocket launch. Obama, who landed at a US air base south of Seoul, was to meetPresident Lee Myung-Bak later Sunday for talks expected to be dominated by…

Litvinenko widow urges justice ahead of nuclear summit

The widow of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with polonium in London in 2006, called Saturday for justice for his killers ahead of a global summit on nuclear security. Marina Litvinenko said her husband’s death was an “act of nuclear terrorism” which she blames on agents of the Russian government, and urged participants…

Russian banker shot in London ‘wanted in Moldova’

A Russian banker who was shot in London and is now in a coma is wanted in Moldova over financial crimes, a Russian daily reported on Saturday. Moldovan prosecutors opened several criminal probes into German Gorbuntsov, who was shot outside his home in east London on Tuesday, after a bank he owned there, Universalbank, was closed down…

French gunman’s brother ‘proud’ of sibling

The older brother of the French gunman who killed seven people said he was “proud” of his sibling and was present when he stole a scooter used to stage three deadly attacks, police said Saturday. The killer Mohamed Merah’s brother Abdelkader was transferred Saturday along with his girlfriend from the…

Transplant recipient testifies in Kosovo organs case

A Canadian witness told a trial over alleged illegal organ trafficking in Kosovo how he received a kidney at the Medicus clinic — and may even have flown in with his young Russian donor. Raul Fain, 66, testifying by video link from Ontario, Canada, told the court Friday he had…

Sgt. Robert Bales charged with 17 counts of murder in Afghan massacre

The sergeant who is alleged to have engaged in a masscre of Afghan civilians during a nighttime attack on March 11 has been charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder, as well as counts of assault and attempted murder against six additional victims who survived their wounds. At least nine…

Oops! Kuwait band plays ‘Borat’ spoof instead of Kazakh national anthem

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan’s shooting team demanded an apology from Kuwait after a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie ‘Borat’ was played at a medal ceremony instead of the official version. The blunder took place as Maria Dmitrienko stood on top of the podium to celebrate her gold medal…

Albanian LGBT to stage first gay pride march

Albanian gay organisations on Friday announced plans to hold the country’s first ever gay pride parade in Tirana on May 17, a move immediately slammed by a government minister. “May 17 will be a special day … the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) flag will be raised for the…

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