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Israelis told to leave Sinai over attacks fears

Israeli authorities warned citizens on Saturday to leave Egypt’s Sinai peninsula immediately because of a “critical and immediate threat” of a terrorist attack. “All Iraelis in the Sinai are called upon to leave the region and return to Israel,” said a statement from the anti-terrorist bureau. “Based on information in…

Charges laid in ‘Olympic’ dog-sled slaughter

Charges were laid on Friday in the grisly slaughter of dozens of huskies used by a tourism company during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s westernmost province. British Columbia prosecutors charged Robert Fawcett, manager of a sled-dog touring company in the ski resort of Whistler, with “causing unnecessary pain or…

Far right party leads in polls in Canada’s oil-rich Alberta province

MONTREAL — After 41 years at the helm of Canada’s oil-rich Alberta province, the Tories are facing possible defeat in a general election on Monday, against a new far right party. The Wildrose Party, named after the province’s official prickly flower, was formed in 2008 amid growing disaffection with the…

Woman’s death blamed on ‘addiction’ to Coca Cola

WELLINGTON — A New Zealand inquest has been told a woman’s 10-litre (2.2 gallon) a day Coca-Cola habit may have contributed to her death, reports said Friday. A coroner’s inquest was told Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from Invercargill in southern New Zealand who died in February 2010,…

11 now investigated in Secret Service scandal

The US military said Friday it is now investigating 11 service members linked to the growing sex scandal in Colombia that has rocked the president’s Secret Service. The Pentagon had initially said five troops were implicated and later said there were 10 suspects. “I can tell you now, based on…

Mexico’s Senate passes climate change bill

Mexico’s Senate has unanimously passed a climate change bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050, following Britain in creating legally binding emissions goals. The law — approved late Thursday and which still needs to be signed by President Felipe Calderon — seeks to promote policies and…

Moroccan activists look to repeal law that encourages rapists to marry victims

The suicide of a Moroccan teen who was forced to marry her rapist has sparked outraged calls for reform, but the weight of tradition and the inertia of the justice system can make change slow here. Amina Al Filali, a 16-year-old girl from the northern village of Larache, drank rat…

Al-Qaeda clashes with Yemen military kill 34

Clashes between Al-Qaeda militants and the army in Yemen’s restive south killed 34 people, mostly jihadists, as soldiers advanced on the city of Zinjibar, the defence ministry said on Friday. “Eighteen Al-Qaeda militants were killed and dozens wounded while the rest fled” the clashes on the outskirts of the extremists’…

Iranian diplomat accused of child molestation in Brazil

An Iranian diplomat is facing child abuse allegations in Brasilia after angry parents at a local swimming pool accused him of fondling girls between the ages of 9 and 15. The diplomat was arrested by Brazilian police at the weekend shortly after the incident but his diplomatic immunity secured his…

Parents cleared of 4 month old’s death ask for inquiry

A couple who were falsely accused of murdering their four-month-old son called on Friday for an inquiry into two hospitals that treated him, saying they believe that quicker action by medics might have saved the child’s life. Rohan Wray, 22, and Chana Al-Alas, 19, were accused of killing baby Jayden…

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