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Leaks reveal UK worked to undercut Europe’s greenhouse gas initiatives

The government has been trying to water down key environmental regulations in Brussels despite trumpeting its commitment to green issues at home, leaked documents show. The papers, seen by the Guardian, reveal British officials repeatedly trying to prevent the adoption of European Union rules on energy efficiency, curtailing the proposals…

Bolivia’s president talks of nationalizing all natural resources

TIQUIPAYA, Bolivia — Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales, who has nationalized some utility companies, raised the possibility Sunday of making all natural resource-related industries property of the state. “Another policy ought to be how we recover, or nationalize, all natural resources, so they are in the people’s hands under state…

Israel may jail illegal African migrants for three years without charge

JERUSALEM — Israel will be able to jail illegal migrants without charge for up to three years, an official said on Sunday, as part of efforts to curb a major influx of Africans from across the Egyptian border. An interior ministry spokeswoman told AFP that following a directive from minister…

Palestinian threat to relaunch prisoner hunger strike

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian prisoners in Israel are threatening to relaunch a hunger strike, a Palestinian official said on Sunday, blaming Israel for reneging on a deal that ended a recent one. “There are still provocations in the prisons, and the prisoners are threatening to resume the strike if…

Shafiq says Brotherhood will take Egypt to ‘dark ages’

CAIRO — Egypt’s presidential candidate and former Hosni Mubarak premier, Ahmed Shafiq, on Sunday tried to establish his democratic credentials and said his Muslim Brotherhood rival would bring back the “dark ages”. Shafiq urged Egyptians “to choose for Egypt a president who will make it a country for all, not…

Japan arrests gas attack cult fugitive

TOKYO — A former member of Japan’s Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult responsible for the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway was arrested by police on Sunday, reports said. Police officers found a woman believed to be Naoko Kikuchi, 40, a former Aum member who had been on…

Whistleblower names top Vatican hierarchy

ROME — Just 10 days after the pope’s butler was arrested in an investigation into Holy See leaks, an Italian daily Sunday published fresh whistleblower letters, suggesting the scandal is far from over. Three new documents filched from the Vatican were sent to La Repubblica by an anonymous source in…

10 al Qaeda fighters, soldier killed in south Yemen

ADEN — Clashes between the army and Al-Qaeda militants for the control of Yemen’s southern province of Abyan have killed 10 jihadists and a soldier over the weekend, local and military sources said on Sunday. Four militants were killed in fighting early Sunday when the jihadists using machineguns clashed with…

Syria’s Assad ‘maneuvering’ to gain time: Saudi

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad of “manoeuvring” to gain time, at a joint news conference Sunday with UN chief Ban Ki-moon. “Every initiative has been accepted by the Syrian regime and was not implemented. This is a way used by the…

153 feared killed as plane crashes in Lagos: air chief

LAGOS — A plane carrying 153 passengers crashed Sunday in a densely populated district of Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, the head of Civil Aviation Authority told AFP, adding he feared none had survived. “It was a Dana (airline) flight out of (the capital) Abuja to Lagos with about 153 people…

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