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Mubarak in ‘critical but stable’ condition

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak remains in “critical but stable” condition in prison, an interior ministry source told AFP, as officials weigh transferring him to a Cairo hospital. The 84-year-old former strongman was sentenced to life behind bars for suppressing a revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters were…

Nigerian police free abducted soccer player

Nigerian police have freed international footballer Christian Obodounhurt during a raid, a day after gunmen kidnapped him in front of a church and demanded a ransom, a spokesman said Monday. “He has been rescued and we have five suspects in our net as a result of it,” Delta state police spokesman Charles Muka said. He…

Olympic swimmer backs teammates who posed with guns

Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan has backed his Australian teammates Nick D’Arcy and Kenrick Monk, saying he saw “nothing wrong” with them posing with guns in images posted on social networking sites. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said Saturday that D’Arcy and Monk will be sent home from the London Games as soon as their swimming events…

‘Vatileaks’ scandal could weaken chances of Italian pope

Intrigue at the Vatican could weaken the chances of the next pope being an Italian, observers said, as memos leaked from the Holy See’s corridors of power lift the lid on tensions between cardinals. While revealing deep discord within the Vatican administration, the “Vatileaks” scandal has also shown Pope Benedict…

French Socialists poised to take control of parliament

French President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and allies came out on top in first-round parliamentary elections, poised to secure the majority needed to push through tax-and-spend reforms. The election also saw a surge in support for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front, which wants to ditch the euro and battle against…

Chilean protesters clash with police over documentary honoring dictator Pinochet

SANTIAGO — Hundreds of protesters clashed violently with police in the Chilean capital as they demonstrated against the screening of a new documentary honoring the late dictator Augusto Pinochet. “Murderer! Murderer!” chanted demonstrators at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago ahead of the screening of “Pinochet,” which celebrates the general’s 1973-1990 military…

Greek neo-Nazi threatens to sue left-wing politicians he assaulted on live TV

The spokesman for Greece’s ultra-right Golden Dawn party, who went into hiding after he threw water in the face of a deputy from the radical leftist Syriza party during a live television debate and then slapped a middle-aged Communist party deputy three times across the face, has now threatened to…

Myanmar in state of emergency after Muslim minority attacks Buddhist villages

LONDON — Britain on Sunday urged authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state to open talks to ease sectarian violence, following deadly clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the region. British Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne said he was “deeply concerned” by the violence and called on all parties to act…

Montreal police make pre-emptive arrests of protesters before Grand Prix

Police in Montreal arrested dozens of protesters ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix, as Canadian students rallying for months over tuition hikes used the Formula One event to highlight their cause. Police spokeswoman Annie Lemieux said about 30 arrests made on Sunday were pre-emptive in nature, but six people were charged…

Spread of ‘baby boxes’ in Europe alarms United Nations

The United Nations is increasingly concerned at the spread in Europe of “baby boxes” where infants can be secretly abandoned by parents, warning that the practice “contravenes the right of the child to be known and cared for by his or her parents”, the Guardian has learned. The UN Committee…

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