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Bahrain opposition starts F1 protests

DUBAI — Hundreds of Bahrainis demonstrated on Sunday after a Shiite opposition call for a week of pro-democracy protests to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix to be hosted by the Gulf state. Waving red and white Bahraini flags and holding pictures of jailed Shiite activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is…

Afghan response to attacks ‘sign of progress’: U.S. envoy

WASHINGTON — US Ambassador Ryan Crocker to Kabul said the ability of Afghan security forces to respond to a wave of coordinated attacks Sunday across Afghanistan were a “clear sign of progress.” “We’ve seen a very professional performance by Afghan security forces,” Crocker told CNN on Sunday after militants launched…

Israel bans ‘flytilla’ activists but hundreds left in Europe

BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel — Israel on Sunday barred 40 pro-Palestinian activists who had flown in for a “Welcome to Palestine” campaign as hundreds more would-be protesters were stranded at airports across Europe. As hundreds of police deployed at Israel’s main international airport in a bid to stop activists from…

Japan may be ‘momentarily’ without nuclear power

TOKYO — Japan may go “momentarily” without nuclear power next month when the only one reactor still in operation shuts down for maintenance work, the country’s industry minister warned Sunday. Yukio Edano made the comment as the government prepared to restart two offline nuclear reactors amid criticism from media and…

Coordinated suicide attacks rock Afghanistan

KABUL — Explosions and gunfire rocked the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday as suicide bombers struck across Afghanistan in coordinated attacks claimed by Taliban insurgents as the start of a spring offensive. The German and Japanese embassy compounds were reported hit as militants attacked the city’s diplomatic enclave and tried to…

Lockerbie bomber in ‘critical condition’

TRIPOLI — Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing, was unconscious and in critical condition in hospital on Sunday, a close relative said. “He is unconscious and his condition has been very critical over the last three days,” a member of the family who…

George Soros calls on Germany to save euro

US billionaire investor George Soros has called on Germany to contribute more to help save the euro, according to an interview published in the weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “The Germans should decide if they want the euro or not. If so, they have to carry out financial transfers. If not, they should leave…

White House: Iran nuclear talks ‘positive first step’

The White House hailed the “positive attitude” from Iran and world powers at the negotiating table on Saturday, calling the nuclear talks a “positive first step.” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes reiterated the White House’s call for Tehran to take “concrete steps” to demonstrate that it will not militarize its nuclear program, which the Iranian regime…

London mayoral candidates compete for ‘the gay vote’

LONDON — The candidates battling to become London’s mayor made their pitches for the gay vote on Saturday, with less than a month to go to the election. The May 3 poll will decide who is in charge of the British capital for the London 2012 Olympics, which run from…

Young Afghans march to demand justice for women

Emma Graham-Harrison, guardian.co.uk Young Afghans braved fears of violence to join a rare march on parliament to demand justice for the women who have been killed, beaten and abused this year – including one they said was beheaded by her own husband. No politicians came out to meet them, underlining…

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