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Man stabbed to death during post-Christmas rush in London

A man was stabbed to death on London’s Oxford Street on Monday as bargain hunters crowded into the post-Christmas sales on one of Britain’s busiest shopping thoroughfares, police said. Police made a number arrests after the man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was killed near…

Christian Nigerians scared after attacks kill 40, destroy churches and shops

Fear gripped Nigeria on Monday after a wave of Christmas bombings blamed on Islamists killed at least 40, including worshippers who were left begging for mercy as they exited a church. Hundreds of residents sought to flee the violence-torn city of Damaturu on Monday fearing further attacks and clashes between…

Jewish gender segregation campaign turns violent

Extra Israeli police patrolled the streets of a small town nearJerusalem on Monday after a campaign by ultra-Orthodox Jews to segregate men and women erupted into violence. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that a man from the town ofBeit Shemesh was arrested on Monday over an assault on Sunday on a TV crew filming…

Afghanistan sets ground rules for Taliban talks

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan will accept a Taliban office in Qatar to help peace talks but no foreign power can get involved in the process without its consent, the government’s peace council said, as efforts gather pace to find a solution to the 10-year war. Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, in a note to foreign missions,…

Russian protest warning as activist jailed again

The Russian opposition on Monday vowed new protests this week after a leading anti-Kremlin activist was give a fresh jail sentence following the latest mass rally against Vladimir Putin. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in the second mass opposition protest in a month, increasing the…

Bahrain medics recall jail ‘horror’

Shiite Muslim doctors, out on bail in Bahrain pending retrial for their role in pro-democracy protests, look back with horror at months of torture and demand a neutral hearing. “I can’t talk,” sobbed consultant paediatrician Nader Dawani, recounting how he was forced to stand up for seven days, while being beaten repeatedly, mainly…

Kim Jong-Il’s eldest son ‘under Chinese protection’

The eldest son of North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong-Il has arrived in Beijing as Pyongyang prepares a state funeral for his father, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Monday. Citing what it called a source familiar with Kim Jong-Nam’s activities, it said he arrived in Beijing from Macau a few days ago and “has been placed under Chinese protection”. Seoul’s National Intelligence Service said it…

Daughter of Iranian ex-president on trial for anti-regime ‘propaganda’

TEHRAN — The daughter of Iranian former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is standing trial on charges of making anti-regime propaganda, her lawyer was quoted as saying on Sunday after a closed hearing. “After the court told her about her accusation of propaganda against the regime, she and I gave our…

Power failures disrupt Uganda grasshopper harvest

KAMPALA — Standing in the glare of a 250 watt light bulb in the yard of his uncle’s house, Hilary Turyamugumya peers hopefully into the night sky in search of grasshoppers. “Every evening I first pray for there to be power — and then I pray that the grasshoppers will…

Egypt to free activist blogger from prison

CAIRO — Egypt’s judiciary decided on Sunday to free blogger and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, who has spent the past two months in custody, a judicial source and his sister said. Mona Abdel Fattah told AFP a court ordered Alaa, who was remanded into custody on October 30, released, and…

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