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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…

Britain’s armed forces minister deems ‘cyber strikes’ a ‘civilized option’

Pre-emptive cyber strikes against perceived national security threats are a “civilised option” to neutralise potential attacks, Britain’s armed forces minister said Sunday. Nick Harvey made the comment at the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore in relation to reports that the US had launched cyber attacks to cripple Iran’s nuclear…

Hunt continues for ‘Canadian Psycho’

The hunt for a Canadian porn star suspected of cutting off and mailing his lover’s limbs continued Sunday with police carrying out “targeted searches” in parts of Paris. Luka Rocco Magnotta remains at large after the gruesome killing of Chinese student Lin Jun, but an arrest warrant issued Thursday and…

Mass protests in Egypt over Mubarak verdicts

Hundreds of Egyptians occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday after a night of rage against what they feel are lenient sentences given to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his security chiefs. A judge sentenced Mubarak, 84, and his interior minister Habib al-Adly to life in prison on Saturday for involvement…

Growing Japan investigation highlights culture of insider trading

A probe into insider trading has thrust the spotlight on the cosy world of Japanese share dealing, with US investment banking giant JPMorgan now ensnared in the snowballing investigation. Criminal convictions for trading on inside information are few and far between in Japan. For those who are caught, the token…

Thousands protest tuition hikes in Montreal

Thousands of people took to the streets of Montreal Saturday braving driving rain to protest planned tuition hikes after talks between students and the Quebec government broke down. Students, along with parents and their children, marched peacefully, many of them wearing costumes and playing music with trumpets, foghorns and pans. CLASSE, the largest and…

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