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Elephants terrorize villagers in Mozambique

Rampaging elephants are terrorising Mozambican villages near the Zimbabwe border, attacking people, trampling crops and scaring children, state-run newspaper Noticias reported Wednesday. “We are using traditional ways to try to scare the animals, but all in vain, because whenever we do something, the monsters disappear for a few days, and when they…

Bin Laden family’s deportation from Pakistan delayed

The expected deportation of Osama bin Laden’s family fromPakistan to Saudi Arabia has been delayed because their passports are not ready, their lawyer said Wednesday. The 12-member family, including bin Laden’s three widows, eight children and one grandchild, had originally been due to leave overnight Tuesday. Two of the wives are Saudi nationals and the third…

Study: Philippines leads world ‘in belief in God’

The Philippines leads the world in the number of people who believe in God, while the elderly across all countries tend to be the most religious, according to a US study out Wednesday. Belief in God tends to be strongest in the United States and Catholic countries and lowest in Scandinavia and former Soviet…

North Korea vows retaliation over rocket

North Korea has warned of retaliation after the US scrapped food aid over its rocket launch, raising fears of a new nuclear test, asChina reportedly suspended a refugee deal with its wayward ally. In a defiant statement late Tuesday, the nuclear-armed North said it was no longer bound by a bilateral agreement to…

North Korea vows retaliation over rocket

SEOUL — In a defiant statement late Tuesday, the nuclear-armed North broke off a bilateral agreement to halt testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles after Washington suspended much-needed food aid. “We have thus become able to take necessary retaliatory measures, free from the agreement. The US will be held…

Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes

Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence governments, an official review has concluded. Those papers that survived the purge were flown discreetly to Britain…

In Canada, ‘Star Wars’ exhibit asks who we are

MONTREAL — A new exhibit exploring human identity through the “Star Wars” universe and the epic sci-fi saga’s quirky characters kicks off a multi-city world tour in Montreal on Thursday. “Star Wars Identities” combines the latest scientific research in areas of psychology, neuropsychology and genetics with some 200 costumes, props,…

Egypt confirms 10 barred from presidential vote

CAIRO — Egypt’s electoral commission confirmed on Tuesday that 10 candidates have been barred from running for president, ruling out a challenge by two Islamists and Hosni Mubarak’s ex-spy chief. “The commission rejected all appeals presented by the 10″ candidates among 23 who applied to stand in the election scheduled…

U.S. offers reward for killer of Chinese students

LOS ANGELES — US authorities have offered $200,000 in reward money to find whoever killed two Chinese graduate students in Los Angeles last week, after more funds were pledged Tuesday. The male and female students from the University of Southern California (USC) were shot in the early hours of last…

Pulitzer Prize picture highlights ethics debate

WASHINGTON — It is a picture of pure horror that is difficult to look at. But Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini’s gut-wrenching image of an Afghan girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber’s attack last December was widely disseminated and on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news…

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