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Mexico’s ‘perfect dictatorship’ on brink of comeback

PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto on course for presidency after party spends 12 years rebuilding its formidable machine The chant rippled from the front of the stage and was adopted by a thousand voices, the volume swelling until the hall reverberated with one endlessly repeated word: Enrique. Enrique. Enrique. Once just…

Ousted Paraguay leader accuses lawmakers of ‘coup’

Paraguay’s ousted leader Fernando Lugo on Sunday accused lawmakers of carrying out a “parliamentary coup d’etat” to force him from power, as international protests mounted over his abrupt removal. In his first public appearance since his impeachment on Friday over a deadly land dispute earlier this month, Lugo again blasted…

Dozens arrested after Israel ‘social protest’

Eighty-five people were arrested in Tel Aviv overnight after scuffles between demonstrators and security forces following the detention of a social protest leader, police said on Sunday. The unrest broke out in reaction to incidents during a small rally on Friday, when police arrested Dafni Leef, one of the leaders…

‘No hint’ of U.S. plan for Assange extradition: Australia

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr Sunday said there was “no hint” of a plan to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States should he be sent to Sweden. Assange, an Australian, took refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London on Tuesday to seek asylum so as to avoid his…

Double leg amputee scales Mount Kilimanjaro

A double leg amputee has pulled himself up Africa’s highest mountain, disproving doctors who said he would never be a functioning member of society.” Spencer West, 31, lost his legs as a child after a genetic disorder — sacral agenesis — paralyzed the lower half of his body. But he…

Bolivia, fearing coup from police mutiny, deploys troops

Bolivia’s military ordered troops into the streets of major citiesSaturday following a police mutiny that the government said appeared to be setting the stage for a coup attempt. Communications Minister Amanda Davila said the striking police were stockpiling weapons and pressuring other units to turn over their arms, calling it a “coup scenario.”…

Israeli protesters fight cops over alleged police brutality

Demonstrators battled police in central Tel Aviv on Saturday nightin protest at what they said was excessive police use of force at arally the previous night. An AFP photographer saw several scuffles between police and protestors on Saturday and at least one demonstrator had a bloody face. The confrontation was in reaction to incidents…

Global warming activists arrested at Buckingham Palace

Four climate change activists were arrested in London on Saturday after they scaled the gates of Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace residence and chained themselves to the railings. The campaigners from the Climate Siren group wore t-shirts bearing the words “climate emergency. 10% annual emission cuts,” and shouted slogans through megaphones. The group said they wanted the queen to…

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…

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