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Kony rebels still abducting hundreds of children: UN

UNITED NATIONS — Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army has abducted more than 600 child soldiers and sex slaves over the past two years even as the hunt for the rebel leader intensifies, the UN said Wednesday. Efforts to trap Kony have been redoubled since the release of an Internet documentary…

Syria risks drawn-out civil war: experts

WASHINGTON — With the Annan peace plan at stalemate, a badly-fragmented opposition and fierce resistance from the regime, Syria risks descending into a long and bloody civil war, analysts say. As international powers grapple for a solution to end the conflict, experts believe a way needs to be found to…

Shakespeare theatre unearthed in London

LONDON — Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of William Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, where his play Henry V was first performed, a spokeswoman for the Museum of London told AFP on Wednesday. “We have done what’s called an evaluation and come across the theatre which is absolutely beautifully preserved, better than…

‘Canadian Psycho’ may have sent body parts to Vancouver schools

Luka Rocco Magnotta, would-be porn star and accused murderer, may have mailed body parts to two schools in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to the Vancouver Sun.  A hand and foot were mailed to Vancouver’s St. George junior school and False Creek elementary school.  Experts are currently trying to determine whether…

Ugandan farmers fight elephant crop raids with beehive fences

Among the rolling volcanic hills in western Uganda lies Queen Elizabeth National Park, famed for its natural beauty and wildlife. The park’s varied fauna has spawned a productive safari industry. However, more recently, the animals have been destroying, rather than supporting, local people’s livelihoods. “Elephants from the park have raided…

Russian lawmakers pass controversial protest bill

Russia’s upper house on Wednesday adopted a controversial bill that would greatly increase fines for opposition protesters, hours after the lower house approved the measure in a stormy midnight vote. The Federation Council passed the bill with 132 in favour, one voteagainst and one abstention. It now just needs to be signed byPresident Vladimir…

NATO airstrike kills ‘at least 15 Afghan civilians’

At least 15 civilians, including women and children, were killed in aNATO airstrike on a home in Afghanistan’s Logar province south of Kabul, Afghan officials said Wednesday. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said “multiple insurgents” were killed in the airstrike, which was ordered after troops came under fire from insurgents. But deputy provincial police…

Toronto marches in support of Quebec students

Students and labor activists marched through downtown Toronto in support of Quebec students, who have held nightly protests for months trying to head off a tuition increase. Between 250 and 300 people gathered in the city center before a short march to a rally at Ryerson University in support of…

Canada to ban key substance in ‘bath salts’ drug

MONTREAL — Canada said it was moving to ban the main substance used to make “bath salts” — the drug linked to a grisly attack in the United States in which a man almost killed another by chewing his face. The drug — which as its name suggests resembles regular…

5.7-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan: USGS

TAIPEI — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 struck at sea off southeastern Taiwan Wednesday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The tremor struck at 9:08 am (0108 GMT) 49 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Taitung at a depth of five kilometres…

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