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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes southern Peru near Chile

A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook an area of southern Peru near the border with Chile early Monday, seismologists said, prompting people to flee their homes but reportedly causing no casualties. The quake occurred at 1000 GMT on the Chilean side of the border 107 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of…

‘Indie Hindi’ films offer alternative Bollywood view at Cannes festival

A trio of “indie Hindi” films are bringing a new Indian cinema to the Cannes Film Festival, where Bollywood stars like to spice up the red carpet but their movies seldom create a serious buzz. Dealing with corruption and coal mafias, impotency and the porn industry, the films in this…

Young wounded Norwegians to testify in Breivik mass-killing trial

Young Norwegians wounded in Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting rampage testified for the first time Monday about how he coldly hunted them down, and used the trial to taunt the self-confessed killer. “We won, he lost. Young Norwegians know how to swim,” Frida Holm Skoglund, 20, told Oslo district court when…

Uighurs ‘face fight for existence’ against China

Exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer said Monday her people face a fight for their very existence against Chinese repression as aconference in Japan threatened to drive a wedge between Tokyo andBeijing. And in a move that looked likely to provoke China, Kadeer also visited Japan’s controversial Yasukuni shrine, which commemorates those responsible for the brutal 20th-century invasions and…

Botswana makes new pitch for circumcision in AIDS fight

“Should I, shouldn’t I?” That’s the question that 31-year-old Kabo Moeti ponders as he waits outside a clinic in a Botswana village, where he’s considering getting circumcised. “I am so afraid and confused. What if something goes wrong, what if my sexual life is negatively affected?” he said in his village of Molepolole, outside…

Paperwork delays limbless Frenchman’s historic world swim

A limbless Frenchman planning to make four challenging swims around the world was delayed from starting his epic journey inPapua New Guinea on Monday by a paperwork problem. Philippe Croizon, who lost both his arms and legs in an electrical accident in 1994, planned to leave the Pacific country’s remote west…

Mexican police find 49 headless bodies

Mexican police on Monday searched for perpetrators of a drug-war massacre in which 49 people were killed, decapitated, dismembered and left in plastic bags on the side of a highway. The mutilated corpses, whose hands had been cut off to prevent fingerprint identification, were discovered close to the northern city…

Spanish protesters say police used excessive force against peaceful demonstration

Spain’s “indignados” gathered again in the city’s emblematic Puerta del Sol on Sunday to protest against what they saw as excessive violence when riot police cleared the square of a previous demonstration early in the morning. The version of events given by those in the square when it was cleared…

Egyptian presidential frontrunner calls Israel a ‘racist state’

A leading Islamist candidate in Egypt’s presidential election has branded Israel a “racist state” and said a shared 1979 peace treaty was “a national security threat” that should be revised. Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh also denounced Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s assassination by US special forces as an act of…

Merkel’s party gets only 26% in regional German election

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered a severe defeat Sunday in a pivotal German state vote likely to award her main rivals a major boost in their bid to soften her austerity drive in Europe. Around 16 months before national elections, the snap poll in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s…

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