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Peace activists arrested in attempt to break into NATO headquarters

BRUSSELS — Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police. The demonstration, organised by the Belgian association Action for Peace two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was…

Chavez arrives in Cuba for more radiation treatment

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro has received his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, who arrived for a second round of radiation therapy as part of his back-and-forth cancer treatment in Havana, state media reported Sunday. The Venezuelan president was accompanied by his foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, according to Juventud Rebelde…

MI5 ‘uncovers plot to murder Russian in London’

LONDON — Security services have uncovered a plot to assassinate exiled Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev in London, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper has reported. The claim comes after a gunman shot Russian banker German Gorbuntsov in London on March 20. Gorbuntsov remains seriously ill in hospital. British intelligence agencies are increasingly…

Kuwait keeps ‘Iran-flag burner’ behind bars

KUWAIT CITY — Police on Sunday extended the detention of a Kuwaiti arrested last week for allegedly burning an Iranian flag in protest at a Shiite tweeter’s apparent insult to the Prophet Mohammed, a legal source said. Nahar al-Hajeri, who was arrested on Thursday, was questioned and then sent to…

Thousands march against Hong Kong’s next leader

HONG KONG — Thousands of people in Hong Kong noisily protested on Sunday against the city’s incoming leader and decried Beijing’s alleged interference in the election that propelled him to office. Holding banners and chanting slogans such as “One person, one vote” and “Leung step down”, demonstrators marched through the…

Myanmar opposition says Suu Kyi wins parliamentary seat

Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among crowds of supporters. Hundreds of people cheered as a giant screen outside National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Yangon announced a…

U.S. feared Falklands war would draw in Soviet Union, documents reveal

Declassified cables show U.S. felt Thatcher had not considered diplomatic options, and feared Soviet Union could be drawn in. The US feared the Thatcher government “had not thought much about diplomatic possibilities” for resolving the Falklands crisis when it dispatched a military taskforce 30 years ago, and predicted the conflict…

North Sea oil exploration getting harder, costlier

The North Sea has some way to go before running out of oil but faced with falling output, unlocking new reserves is proving technologically complex and expensive, according to experts. “There are clouds on the horizon but the outlook is bright,” said Nils Helge Sorgard, head of business development at…

Laughter clubs catch on in stressed-out Hong Kong

Hypnotherapist Dick Yu has a mission that seems unthinkable to some Hong Kong people: he wants to make the Asian financial hub’s seven million residents laugh. “Hong Kong people don’t laugh because they are under constant pressure to make more money, to make life better,” says Yu, who has founded…

World’s biggest Titanic attraction opens in Belfast

The largest Titanic visitor attraction in the world opened in the ship’s Belfast birthplace on Saturday, some 100 years after the doomed liner was built in the same yards. Almost 100,000 tickets for Titanic Belfast, a striking aluminium-clad building which tells the famous ship’s story through special effects, interactive screens and a ride, have been…

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