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North Korea warned amid fears of nuclear bomb test

BEIJING — China, Japan and South Korea warned North Korea Sunday they will not tolerate further nuclear tests, the South Korean president said, amid fears that Pyongyang is preparing a third atomic blast. Lee Myung-Bak made the remark after talks in Beijing with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime…

Bahrain extends detention of tweeting activist

DUBAI — Bahrain has extended the detention of rights activist Nabeel Rajab for participating in a January anti-government rally, his lawyer said on Sunday, after he was arrested over tweets deemed insulting to the government. Rajab was detained earlier this month for releasing tweets deemed insulting to the government, but…

NATO a step closer to getting out of Afghan war

KABUL — NATO took a step closer to getting out of the Afghan war on Sunday as the Kabul government announced local forces would take over control of security in a large new slice of the country. In the third phase of a five-tranche military transition process, 122 more districts…

Ugandan army captures top rebel LRA commander

ENTEBBE, Uganda — Uganda’s army has captured a top commander of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a spokesman said Sunday. “We are going to see a captured top commander,” army spokesman Felix Kulayigye told AFP, shortly before reporters were flown on a military aircraft to see the rebel. The…

Palestinian president warns of ‘national disaster’ over hunger strikers

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned on Sunday of a “national disaster” if any of the 1,550 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails were to die. Abbas spoke as two of the hunger strikers, Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahla, entered their 75th day without eating,…

Iraq bomb attacks against security kill five

BAGHDAD — A series of bomb attacks mostly targeting security forces, including a suicide car bombing, killed five people across Iraq and wounded several more on Sunday, security and medical officials said. Two people, including an Iraqi army first lieutenant, were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi…

Spanish activists line streets to continue protest of dreadful economy

Masses of chanting “indignant” activists poured into the streets across Spain on Saturday in a vast show of strength one year on from igniting a global protest against economic injustice. Tens of thousands packed Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square, the emblematic birthplace of their popular movement against inequality, sky-high unemployment and spending cuts…

Cuba’s Raul Castro backs gay rights says daughter

Cuban President Raul Castro backs greater gay rights and endingdiscrimination against homosexuals, his daughter Mariela, a famed sexologist, said Saturday during a colorful gay rights march in Havana. “He has done some advocacy work, speaking of the need to make progress in terms of rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” Mariela Castro told…

Yemen launches offensive to reclaim Qaeda bastion

Yemeni troops launched an all-out offensive on Saturday to retake the southern city of Zinjibar, held for a year by Al-Qaeda gunmen, in fighting that killed 12 people, military and local sources said. And in eastern Yemen, two US drone attacks killed 11 Al-Qaeda militants travelling in an area where the jihadist network remains…

Netanyahu replies to Abbas grievances over peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu replied Saturday to a letter from Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas about the moribund peace process, a Palestinian source said. Netanyahu’s chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho delivered the letter to Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank city where the Palestinian Authority is based, shortly after 9:00 pm (1800 GMT), said the source in Abbas’…

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