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Gunman kills two foreign aid workers in Mogadishu attack

MOGADISHU — A gunman killed two foreign aid workers after opening fire at a Doctors Without Borders compound in Mogadishu on Thursday, police and medics said. Somali security forces arrested the man, a witness told AFP, while a police officer identified him as a Somali employee with Medicins Sans Frontieres…

Taliban ringtones become social camouflage for some in Afghanistan

A new cottage industry has sprung up in Afghanistan: ringtones. But it’s not just any ringtones. According to a report this week by The Wall Street Journal, merchants are loading some of the favorite songs of the Taliban onto phones, which are being used as a form of social camouflage…

Egypt police raid NGOs in foreign funds probe

Egyptian police raided more than a dozen offices belonging to local and foreign rights groups on Thursday, as part of an investigation into alleged illicit foreign funding, an official statement said. At least two US rights groups — the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) —…

Russian nuclear submarine catches fire at dockyard

A navy spokesman said all the weapons had been removed from the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine, which launched a ballistic missile from the Barents Sea as recently as July, before repair work started, Interfax news agency reported. The Defence Ministry said the nuclear reactor had been shut down. The fire is…

Zimbabwe MP ‘detained for calling Mugabe gay’

A Zimbabwean parliamentarian was held in custody for seven days after saying President Robert Mugabe had gay sex with another politician, state media reported Thursday. The state charged Lynette Karenyi, of the Movement for Democratic Change, with saying “Robert Mugabe, president of Zanu-PF, had homosexual relations” with another politician, according…

Huge waves damage anti-whaling boat

Anti-whaling activists chasing the Japanese harpoon fleet suffered a major setback Thursday when the hull of one of their ships cracked in massive seas, forcing a second to divert to its rescue. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said the Brigitte Bardot’s hull split when it was struck by a “rogue…

Cancer-causing toxin discovered in Chinese cooking oil

Chinese authorities have recalled cooking oil products made by three companies after finding they contained the same type of cancer-causing toxin recently found in milk, state media said Thursday. A product safety watchdog in the southern province of Guangdong suspended operations at plants owned by the firms, which made oil containing excessive levels of…

N. Korea acclaims new supreme leader at huge parade

North Korea on Thursday staged a massive memorial service for Kim Jong-Il to end 13 days of official mourning, and formally declared his untested young son Jong-Un as the new supreme leader. Addressing tens of thousands of troops and civilians packing a wintry Pyongyang square, ceremonial head of state Kim…

Spanish king’s son-in-law faces corruption case

Spanish King Juan Carlos’ son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, will appear in court February 6 accused of corruption in a growing royal scandal, the judge said Thursday. The announcement by the judge in Palma de Mallorca took the ballooning case to a new level, formally tying the 43-year-old ex-Olympic handball player into…

Venezuela’s Chavez: did U.S. give Latin American leaders cancer?

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speculated on Wednesday that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease. It was a typically controversial statement by Venezuela’s socialist leader, who underwent…

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