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Man in Afghan uniform kills NATO soldier

KABUL — A soldier with NATO’s US-led coalition in Afghanistan was killed by a man in Afghan army uniform on Sunday, a spokesman for the mission said, in the latest so-called “green-on-blue” attack. The death takes the number of foreign troops killed by Afghans they were working with to at…

Libya says 330,000 voters register for June poll

TRIPOLI — The chief of Libya’s election commission said on Sunday that 330,000 people have so far registered as voters to elect the nation’s first constituent assembly in June. “The number of voters registered by yesterday (Saturday) evening is 330,000,” Nuri al-Abbar told a news conference in Tripoli. Abbar said…

Pirate Party picks up parliament seat in German regional election

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition lost power in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, first estimates showed Sunday, after a vote that could presage national elections next year. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) scored 30.6 percent, according to ARD public television, with her junior partners at the national level, the…

Hugo Chavez reelection bid in doubt

President Hugo Chavez’s repeated trips to Cuba for cancer treatment and the government’s silence about his health are fueling rumors that he will name a successor to run in October presidential elections. So far, the government has fiercely maintained that there is no alternative to Chavez, who still leads in the polls. But several names…

South African traditional leaders oppose gay rights

South Africa’s National House of Traditional Leaders wants parliament to delete a clause in the constitution that guarantees equal rights to homosexuals, a media report said Sunday. The leaders, who advise the government on traditional laws and customs among ethnic groups such as the Zulu and Xhosa, made the request in reply to the…

Revealed: How Britain tried to legitimize Batang Kali massacre

Senior British diplomats introduced an extraordinary “licence to kill” law in an attempt to legalise retrospectively the colonial-era killing of 24 villagers by UK troops in Malaysia, the Observer can reveal. The Batang Kali massacre took place on 12 December 1948, as British troops carried out a counter-insurgency operation against…

Israel’s Labour leader slams Netanyahu on Iran

JERUSALEM — The head of Israel’s Labour party on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for presenting a potential nuclear Iran as the Jewish state’s greatest threat. “It is a mistake to make the Iranian threat into Israel’s central problem,” Shelly Yacimovitch said in a televised interview with privately-owned Channel…

Islamic extremists desecrate Muslim saint’s Timbuktu tomb

BAMAKO — Members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have desecrated a Muslim saint’s tomb in the fabled city of Timbuktu, an official said on Saturday. “Members of AQIM, supported by (the armed Islamist group) Ansar Dine, have destroyed the tomb of Saint Sidi (Mahmoud Ben) Amar. They set fire…

Libya interim leader in hospital but stable: medics

Libya’s interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil was hospitalised in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday after suffering a drop in blood pressure that doctors attributed to exhaustion. “Abdel Jalil suffered a decline in blood pressure and is now undergoing comprehensive medical examinations… His condition is stable,” a medical official at Benghazi Medical Centre where he was being treated told AFP. The interim…

106 arrested in violent protest outside Quebec’s liberal party HQ

The government of the French-speaking province of Quebec andstudent groups clinched a roadmap agreement Saturday to put an end to 12 weeks of often violent protests over tuition hikes, officials said. The deal came after some 23 hours of arduous negotiations between Education Minister Line Beauchamp and four majorQuebec student groups, and just hours after clashes in Victoriavillethat…

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