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Thousands protest against rigged polls in Russia

MOSCOW — Around 8,000 people protested in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Sunday against what they say were rigged parliamentary polls handing victory to Vladimir Putin’s ruling party. The new rallies come on the heels of a wave of protests that swept Russia last weekend after the opposition and independent…

U.S. warns Nepal over political unrest

KATHMANDU — The United States warned Nepal on Sunday that political strikes threatening to paralyse the country could lead to its travel warning being reinstated. Opposition leaders called a countrywide shutdown on Saturday — forcing shops to close, crippling transport and sparking violence — after a senior party activist was…

Chinese villagers threaten to march on government offices

WUKAN, China — Protesting villagers in southern China said Sunday they will march on government offices this week unless the body of a local leader is released and four villagers in police custody are freed. The 13,000 residents of Wukan, in the wealthy province of Guangdong, are in open revolt…

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…

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