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Vatican hires Fox News reporter as media advisor

The Vatican has hired a Fox News correspondent to help improve the Catholic church’s media relations, Reuters reported Saturday. Citing a church source, the news agency reported that Gerg Burke, a Fox correspondant for Europe and the Middle East and a member of the right-wing Catholic group Opus Dei, had been…

Berlin gay pride parade attracts 700,000 participants

Camp costumes and colourful drag flooded the streets of Berlin on Saturday as hundreds of thousands took part in the city’s annualChristopher Street Day gay pride parade. Marching and dancing to thumping techno music, the crowds made their way from the cosmopolitan Kreuzberg district to theBrandenburg Gate, where DJs and musicians were scheduled to…

Syria’s Assad ‘issues decree forming new govt’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on Saturday forming a new government, state television said, less than two months after controversial parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition. “President Bashar al-Assad has issued Decree 210 forming a new government under Prime Minister Dr Riad Hijab,” the television said. Foreign Minister…

Mexico elections: failure of drug war leaves nation at the crossroads

On 1 July, Mexicans will vote in vital presidential elections. But the issue no candidate dares to address is the cartel violence tearing the nation apart. One after another, Mexico’s presidential candidates sat in silence amid the grand setting of Chapúltepec Castle while, across the room, the leader of the…

U.S. denies ‘safe passage’ scheme for Assad

The United States said Thursday there was no truth to reports it was ready, along with Britain, to offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad safe passage to travel to Geneva to meet opposition leaders. Washington said it was not its role to decide Assad’s fate, but outside pressure nevertheless built on…

Egypt to announce presidential poll result on Sunday

Egypt’s electoral commission will announce the results of a presidential poll pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq on Sunday, it said on Saturday. “Faruk Sultan, the head of the presidential election commission, will announce the results of the presidential election run-off on Sunday at 3:00pm (1300…

Rio: UN summit approves strategy on poverty, environment

The biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a decade approved a strategy to haul more than a billion people out poverty and cure the sickness of the biosphere. But critics branded the plan a cruel failure, saying it had been gutted of ambition by national interests. “It’s a demonstration…

U.S. warns of imminent attack in Mombasa, Kenya

The US embassy in Kenya on Saturday warned of the threat of an imminent attack on Mombasa and urged nationals to shun the country’s second city. “This is to alert all US citizens in Kenya, or planning to travel to Kenya in the near future, that the US Embassy in…

Looting in Bolivia as police strike over low pay

Looting broke out near Bolivia’s presidential palace Friday as junior members of the police force angry over low wages joined a nationwide mutiny. A crowd of some 200 officers, wearing civilian clothes and covering their faces, attacked the National Intelligence Directorate, smashing windows and pulling out furniture, documents, computers and…

Ecuador calls its UK ambassador home to discuss Assange

QUITO — Ecuador recalled its ambassador to Britain to discuss what to do about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought refuge in their diplomatic mission in London. “We are calling our ambassador back for consultations because this is a very serious matter,” President Rafael Correa said on Friday. Assange…

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