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Arab League calls on Syria’s Assad to step aside for sake of peace

The Arab League on Sunday asked the UN to support a new plan for resolving the crisis in Syria that sees President Bashar al-Assad transferring power to his deputy and a government of national unity within two months. Assad should “delegate powers to the vice president to liaise with a…

Nine in Mexico dead from A(H1N1) swine flu

The death toll in Mexico from an outbreak of A(H1N1) swine flu has hit nine, with 573 cases detected, officials said Sunday. The strain represents some 90 percent of detected cases of influenza in the country, the health ministry said in a statement. The number of cases reported was up…

Davos elites to seek reforms of ‘outdated’ capitalism

Economic and political elites meeting this week at the Swiss resort of Davos will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system that has been described as “outdated and crumbling.” “We have a general morality gap, we are over-leveraged, we have neglected to invest in the future,…

Afghan soldier kills four French troops over U.S. Marines video

KABUL — An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources told AFP. The attack on the soldiers, who were unarmed, came on Friday at a base…

Libya ruling council deputy head quits after protests

BENGHAZI, Libya — The deputy head of Libya’s National Transitional Council resigned on Sunday after angry protests, as the ruling body faced its first serious challenge since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi. The NTC also postponed the adoption of the new election law to January 28 after it met at…

Swiss police press charges against anti-Davos protesters

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss police will charge more than 100 demonstrators with breaching the peace after they rallied in Bern Saturday to protest against the World Economic Forum that holds its annual meeting in Davos this week. The protesters, some wearing masks, began an unauthorized demonstration but were stopped by…

‘Occupy London’ vacates building after brief stay

Anti-capitalist protesters of the ‘Occupy London’ movement have vacated a building in the city’s financial district less than a day after entering it, they said on Sunday. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the abandoned nine-storey Roman House building — formerly used by finance companies — in the Barbican arts and conference…

Rushdie says Indian police invented death threat

British author Salman Rushdie on Sunday accused Indian police of making up an underworld plot to assassinate him that forced him to pull out of a literary festival this weekend. Rushdie withdrew from the event in Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, after being warned by Indian officials that paid…

Thousands protest domestic violence at Guatemala volcano demonstration

About 12,000 Guatemalans on Saturday linked hands on a giant heart banner on the slopes of a volcano crater to draw attention to the scourge of domestic violence. New President Otto Perez, a rightwing general who took office last Saturday, arrived on the scene by helicopter and handed a Guatemalan…

Iraq falling back into ‘authoritarianism’: Human Rights Watch

Iraq is falling back into authoritarianism and headed towards becoming a police state, despite US claims that it has helped establish democracy in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The criticism from the New York-based HRW comes less than a year after thousands of Iraqis took to the…

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