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Far-right author kills two, then self in Florence

ROME — An Italian far-right author shot dead two Senegalese vendors and wounded three in Florence on Tuesday before killing himself in a daylight shooting spree that prompted outpourings of grief in the historic city. Witnesses said they saw the gunman calmly getting out of a car at a street…

Gender-bending male model stars in Dutch bra ads

WASHINGTON — Gender-bending male model Andrej Pejic acknowledged Tuesday he’s the svelte blond “woman” featured in a Dutch advertising campaign for push-up bras. “Did I ever think I had enough booty to advertise a push-up bra? No. But am I working it or what??” the Bosnia-born Australian — a runway…

U.S. climate envoy upbeat on China relations

WASHINGTON — The top US climate negotiator on Tuesday gave an upbeat assessment of ties with China, saying the world’s two largest emitters found ways to work together at UN-led talks in Durban, South Africa. The tone contrasts with a recent harder line toward China from US President Barack Obama’s…

China halves executions to about 4,000 a year: NGO

China has halved its executions since 2007, when its high court began reviewing death row cases, but still puts around 4,000 people to death every year, a US campaign group said on Tuesday. The exact number of people executed in China every year is a state secret, but according to Amnesty International,…

UN estimates over 5,000 dead in Syria crackdown

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 13 people on Tuesday, reports said after the UN estimated more than 5,000 have died in a nine-month crackdown on dissent. UN rights chief Navi Pillay gave the latest death toll — amounting to a jump of 1,000 in less than…

Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO after admission

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time on Tuesday above a UN agency, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, in a diplomatic victory won despite stiff resistance from the US and Israel. President Mahmud Abbas looked on as the flag was raised and the Palestinian anthem played, just weeks after Palestine won admission to UNESCO in move that sparked…

U.S. drone now Iran’s property: defense minister

A US drone captured by Iran is now the property of the Islamic republic, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday, dismissing a request by US President Barack Obama for its return. “The American espionage drone is now Iran’s property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it,” Vahidi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.…

France condemns UN Council silence on Syria deaths

UNITED NATIONS — France’s UN envoy said Monday that the UN Security Council is “morally responsible” for killings in Syria by failing to condemn the government crackdown on protests. But in a sign of growing divisions within the 15-member council over Syria, Russia’s ambassador accused western nations of seeking “regime…

Mexico detains one of most wanted gang leaders

MEXICO CITY — Mexican security forces have captured a regional leader of the Zetas drug gang who was on a list of the country’s 37 most dangerous criminals, a statement said Monday. Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, alias “El Lucky,” was detained in the city of Cordoba in eastern Veracruz state,…

Jobless men disrupt Iran president speech: reports

TEHRAN — Laid-off workers complaining about unpaid wages disrupted a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday by shouting and throwing objects, news websites and an agency reported. One of the men threw a “pair of shoes” at Ahmadinejad, according to a report by a little-known website, Ghasednews.ir, that…

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