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Bodies of 10 illegal miners recovered in S. Africa

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 10 illegal diamond minerswho were killed in a disused mine tunnel earlier in the week in theNorthern Cape province, officials said. “By Saturday night 10 deceased diggers had been recovered from the collapsed tunnels,” said a statement issued late on Saturday by the DeBeers company which…

Ex-Mubarak aide sentenced to 7 years for corruption

A Cairo criminal court on Sunday sentenced ousted Egyptianpresident Hosni Mubarak’s former chief of staff to seven years in jail on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP. Zakaria Azmi was also ordered to pay a fine of 38 million Egyptian pounds (around $6.2 million), the source said. Azmi was jailed last year and…

Vatican leaks rumble Pope Benedict as butler is arrested

The Vatican is hunting for the masterminds of leaks that have enraged the Holy See, with few believing the pope’s arrested butler was behind the scandal, Italian media reported on Sunday. Vatican officials confirmed Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI’s personal butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents from the pontiff’s private study…

‘No reason’ to cede on 20% enriched uranium: Iran

Tehran has “no reason” to suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — one of the key demands of world powers engaging Iran in talks — the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation said. “We have no reason to cede on 20 percent, because we produce only as much…

Carter: Egypt polls ‘encouraging’ despite constraints

CAIRO — Former US President Jimmy Carter, who is leading a delegation monitoring Egypt’s first post-revolt presidential election, said on Saturday the process was “encouraging” despite unprecedented constraints. “I would say that these (elections) have been encouraging to me,” he told a news conference in Cairo, but added that his…

India’s Hampi heritage site families face eviction from historic ruins

Hampi’s 2,000 temples and ancient stones attract half a million pilgrims and tourists each year. Conservationists want the site in Karnataka restored to its medieval glory – but the price is the eviction of those who live in its old bazaar, reports Gethin Chamberlain The men came in the middle…

Queen Elizabeth marks diamond jubilee on popular wave

Millions of people will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee in Britain as the monarch marks 60 years on the throne in the knowledge that the royal family has never been more popular. The celebrations reach a climax over four days from June 2 to June 5 with a 1,000-boat…

Law meant to stifle demonstrations buoys Quebec’s student protesters

A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus…

Thousands take part in ‘Slut Walks’ in Brazil

Several thousand scantily clad women staged boisterous “Slut Walks” in several Brazilian cities Saturday to protest sexual violence against women. With horns, drums, chants and placards denouncing sexism, nearly 3,000 took to the streets in Brasilia, the nation’s capital, according to organizers and police. “This march is to call for an end to…

Afghan parliament approves strategic pact with U.S.

Afghanistan’s parliament on Saturday voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a strategic partnership agreement with the United States signed earlier this month, lawmakers said. “We voted with a majority in favour of the strategic pact,” MP Shukria Essakhil told AFP. “Only five MPs voted against it,” she said, adding…

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