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Afghanistan signs ‘$7 bn’ oil deal with China

Afghanistan on Wednesday signed an oil deal with China which could earn the war-torn country $7 billion over 25 years. Afghanistan’s first major oil exploration contract will see state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation develop three oil fields in the relatively peaceful north of the country along the Amu Darya river. Under the deal, signed in Kabul by Afghan mining…

Oil on Nigerian coast after major Shell spill: NGO

An environmental group said Tuesday that an oil slick had approached Nigeria’s coastline after a major Shell spill last week, but the company insisted that its spill had been largely dispersed. Nigerian group Environmental Rights Action, which closely monitors oil spills in the country, said oil was reported along the…

Floods derail iron-ore train in Australia

Heavy flooding following a tropical cyclone in northern Australia swept a 20-carriage freight train off a bridge Tuesday, injuring the driver, as the storm system threatened to intensify. The iron-ore train derailed following torrential rain in the Northern Territory caused by Grant, a tropical cyclone that triggered heavy flooding in…

Chunk of rock drops off Italy’s Colosseum

The Colosseum lost another piece on Tuesday as Rome’s most famous monument deteriorates further ahead of a long-delayed restoration funded by an Italian billionaire now scheduled to start in March. The chunk of volcanic tuff fell from one of the iconic arches of the nearly 2,000-year-old structure — just two days…

U.S. urges Ukraine to free Tymoshenko

The United States on Tuesday urged Ukraine to free former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko after she lost an appeal against her seven-year jail sentence on charges of abuse of power. The US State Department said it was “disappointed” by the Ukrainian court’s ruling, adding that Tymoshenko and other formergovernment officials who are in detention should be…

Egypt court orders end to ‘virginity tests’ in army prisons

An Egyptian court ordered the Egyptian army on Tuesday to stop forced virginity tests on female detainees, months after the practice sparked a national outcry and stained the ruling military’s reputation. The Cairo Administrative Court ruled in favour of Samira Ibrahim, who sued the army over the practice, slammed by rights groups as torture and…

China ‘to face more Wukan-style protests’

A senior Communist official who helped defuse a rare revolt by villagers in southern China said the country should be ready for more protests as people demand their rights, state media reported Tuesday. Zhu Mingguo compared the situation in the village of Wukan, where residents angered by years of illegal land grabs drove…

Iran signs fuel deal with Afghanistan: media

Iran has signed a deal with Afghanistan to supply its neighbour with a million tons of fuel oil, petrol and aviation fuel a year, Iranian media reported without putting a value on the agreement. The accord was signed Monday by the Afghan trade and industry minister, Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady, and Iran’s deputy oil minister, Alireza Zeyghami. Two-thirds…

Philippine flood toll rises to 1,249

The death toll from killer floods in the Philippines rose to 1,249 on Tuesday, more than a week after the disaster struck, with officials expecting more corpses to be found. The civil defence office initially said the confirmed number of fatalities had surged by more than 200 to 1,453, before…

Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart scare

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip left hospital Tuesday, four days after being rushed in for emergency heart surgery and missing the royal family’s Christmas celebrations. The outspoken 90-year-old prince smiled and waved as he was driven away in a dark Range Rover vehicle from Papworth hospitalnear Cambridge, eastern England, an AFP photographer witnessed.…

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