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Obama swaps Hawaii for reelection heat

U.S. President Barack Obama lands in Washington after his Hawaiian vacation Tuesday, facing a buzz saw of Republican campaign attacks as his reelection bid enters an intense new phase. The president on Monday left behind the idyllic beaches, sumptuous restaurants and golf courses of his native state just before voters in chilly Iowa cast…

Egyptians vote in final phase of landmark polls

Egyptians are voting on Tuesday in the final round of a landmark post-revolution election that has propelled Islamist movements into the centre stage of politics. Around 15 million eligible voters have their chance to cast ballots for the first parliament since an uprising overthrew veteran president Hosni Mubarak in February last year. Small queues began to…

Russia says Iran has no long-range missiles

Iran has no long-range missiles, a Russian defence official said Tuesday in Moscow’s first response to a series of tests conducted by Tehran near the vital Strait of Hormuz oil supply route. “Iran does not have the technology to create intermediate or long-range inter-continental ballistic missiles,” defence ministry spokesman Vadim…

Human remains found on British royal estate

British police launched an investigation after human remains were discovered in woodland on the royal family’s Sandringham Estate on New Year’s Day. A member of the public alerted police shortly after 1600 GMT on Sunday after stumbling across the remains while walking in Anmer, east England, according to a statement…

North Koreans told to go gloveless at funeral: report

SEOUL — North Korean civilians were ordered not to wear hats or gloves for the snowy funeral of leader Kim Jong-Il because his son and successor chose to escort the hearse bare-headed, a report said Tuesday. Daily NK, a Seoul-based online newspaper run by defectors, said it had received information…

Verdict awaited in trial of ‘CIA spy’: Iran official

TEHRAN — A trial in Iran of an American-Iranian man accused of being a CIA spy has finished and he is now awaiting the verdict, the country’s chief prosecutor said Monday, according to the Mehr news agency. The prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, also rejected a US government call for…

Hungarians protest en masse against new constitution

BUDAPEST — Tens of thousands protested Monday against Hungary’s new constitution, which critics say curbs democracy, while the governing centre-right government celebrated the new law at a gala event. The demonstration entitled: “There will be a Republic again”, was organised by civil groups which claimed nearly 100,000 people gathered on…

Mexico drug violence killed 12,000 in 2011: reports

MEXICO CITY — Some 12,000 people died in drug-related violence in 2011 in Mexico and around 50,000 have been killed since the start of President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on drug gangs in 2006, media reported Monday. The reports came out as brutal violence continued to rock parts of Mexico amid…

French breast implant firm used fuel additive

MARSEILLE, France — French breast implant manufacturer PIP used a fuel additive in its now-banned implants which the company knew were defective as early as 2005, it was revealed on Monday. The growing litany of accusations against now-defunct Poly Implant Prothese has triggered a worldwide scare with several countries, including…

Tortured Afghan child bride to go to India for treatment

KABUL — An Afghan child bride who says she was tortured by her mother-in-law and locked in a toilet for six months will be sent to India for medical treatment, the government in Kabul said on Monday. Sahar Gul, 15, was beaten, had her fingernails pulled out and was burned…

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