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Police break-up women’s protest in Guinea, some 20 injured

CONAKRY — Guinea police fired tear gas at women protesting over upcoming elections, as well as kicking and hitting them to break up the rally, leaving about 20 injured, an AFP journalist witnessed Thursday. About 200 women from several opposition parties gathered near the headquarters of the electoral commission (CENI)…

Bahrain denies visas to foreign journalists for F1

DUBAI — Bahrain has denied visas to foreign journalists and photographers, including from AFP, to cover this Sunday’s controversial Grand Prix race. An AFP photographer, accredited by the sport’s governing body, the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), was informed by Bahrain’s information affairs authority that there has been a “delay…

Auschwitz march honours Holocaust dead

OSWIECIM, Poland — Thousands from across the globe marched Thursday between the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in honour of six million Jews killed in the Holocaust during World War II. The mournful wail of traditional Jewish ram’s horn — the “shofar”, symbolising freedom — marked the start of…

Peru investigates deaths of almost 900 dolphins

LIMA — Officials in Peru said Thursday they are investigating what caused the deaths of nearly 900 dolphins that have washed up on its northern coast over the past four months. Authorities said they suspect a virus may be responsible, but are awaiting test results to know whether they can…

Norway killer says ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′ played key role in training

Anders Breivik, the admitted mass murderer in Norway who slaughtered 69 people amid a sudden attack and bombing last year, said in court Thursday that he played Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to sharpen his aiming skills ahead of the attack, adding that he was previously a 16-hour-a-day…

Son of legendary climber dies on Everest

The son of fabled Everest climber Ang Rita Sherpa has died attempting to scale the mountain, officials said on Thursday, in the first death of the season on the world’s highest peak. Karsang Namgyal Sherpa, an experienced climber in his own right who had conquered the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak several times, collapsed at Everest base…

India tests new long-range missile amid China rivalry

India on Thursday successfully test fired a new missile capable of delivering a one-tonne nuclear warhead anywhere in rival China, marking a major advance in its military capabilities. Watched by hundreds of scientists, the Agni V blasted off shortly after 0800 am (0230 GMT) from a concrete launchpad on an island off…

Indonesian eight-year-old smoker kicks habit

An eight-year-old Indonesian boy who smoked more than a pack a day from age four has kicked the habit, a child-welfare commission said Thursday. The boy, Ilham, has put on two kilograms (4.4 pounds), since going into treatment with the independent Child Protection Commission a month ago, said its chairman, Arist Merdeka Sirait. “He has…

Norway gunman says planned three bombs plus shooting

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway last July, said Thursday he had originally planned to set off three car bombsrather than one before going on a shooting rampage in Oslo. “The plan was three car bombs followed by a shooting,” the right-wing extremist told an Oslo court on the fourth day…

CIA ‘wants more’ drone strikes in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The CIA is seeking permission to launch more airborne drone strikes in Yemen, even when there is a risk the victims might not always be terrorists, The Washington Post reported. The targets would be chosen based on intelligence reports indicating suspicious behavior, such as images of militants unloading…

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