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Violence rocks Cairo for third straight day

CAIRO — Clashes between Egyptian troops and protesters rocked central Cairo Sunday in a third straight day of violence that has left 10 people dead and damaged a world-famous historic library. Some 500 people have also been wounded in the street battles outside parliament and the government’s offices where protesters…

Migrant boat sinks off Indonesia with 250 on board

A boat packed with around 250 migrants sank off Indonesia’s Java island Saturday, search and rescue officials said, with efforts to reach survivors hampered by bad weather and heavy seas. “A boat carrying around 250 people has sunk south of Prigi beach in eastern Java and we have started a…

Pentagon chief Panetta sees close partnership with Libya

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday that Tripoli could become an important security partner of Washington as he visited Libya for talks with new regime officials. “We are and will be your friend and partner,” Panetta said at a news conference with Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib.…

Iran intelligence ‘arrests CIA spy’

Tehran has arrested an alleged US Central Intelligence Agency spy of Iranian origin before he could complete his mission of infiltrating the intelligence ministry, media quoted the ministry as saying on Saturday. “Based on the scenario, he was supposed to infiltrate the intelligence ministry … and feed it deceptive information…

Hundreds dead or missing in Philippines typhoon

Tropical storm Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas that left 440 people dead and nearly 200 missing, relief workers said Saturday. About 20,000 soldiers had been mobilised in a huge rescue and relief operation across the stricken north coast of the island of Mindanao, where…

North Korea ‘agrees to suspend uranium enrichment’

North Korea has agreed to suspend its enriched-uranium nuclear weapons programme, a key United States demand for the resumption of disarmament talks, according to news reports. Yonhap news agency and the Chosun Ilbo daily quoted an unidentified diplomatic source saying the Washington had also agreed to provide the North with…

France launches spy satellites aboard Russian rocket

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) – The second Russian-built Soyuz rocket launched from French Guiana blasted off late on Friday carrying six military spy satellites, space officials said. The rocket blasted off at 11.03 p.m. (0203 GMT Saturday) from a launch pad at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) launch centre near…

Clinton says women sidelined in Egypt transition

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that women were being sidelined in the hoped-for transition to democracy in Egypt, including during the current parliamentary elections. “In Egypt, women have been largely excluded from the transition process and even harassed in the street,” Clinton said in prepared remarks for…

Prime Minister Cameron: UK should assert its Christianity to prevent ‘moral collapse’

LONDON — Britain is a Christian nation and should not be afraid of standing up for Christian values to help counter the country’s “moral collapse”, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday. In a rare foray into religion by a British premier, Cameron said “live and let live” had too often…

Assange request for appeal granted, set for Feb 1

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was Friday granted permission to appeal against extradition from Britain to Sweden over rape allegations and a hearing will start on February 1. “The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said…

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