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Afghan vote law change planned ‘to fight fraud’

KABUL — Afghanistan’s election commission has drafted proposed changes to the country’s election law in a bid to prevent fraud in future parliamentary votes, an official said Sunday. Afghanistan’s 2009 presidential election and the parliamentary election held a year later were both characterised by widespread electoral fraud. “We have used…

Palestinian on hunger strike is hospitalised

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — A top Palestinian militant on hunger strike for nearly two weeks has been transferred to the hospital wing of an Israeli prison near Tel Aviv, a Palestinian MP said Sunday. Ahmed Saadat, secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), began refusing…

German far-right extremists tap into green movement for support

Support for ecological movement and conservation used to try to recruit a new generation of supporters German consumers are being warned that when they buy organic produce they may be supporting the far-right movement, following the revelation that rightwing extremists in Germany have embraced the ecological movement and are using…

British military seeking missile sites for Olympics

Britain’s military is scouting locations in the capital including residential buildings to station surface-to-air missiles during this summer’s Olympic Games, the Ministry of Defence said Saturday. “Ground-based air defence systems could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect…

Report claims Kadhafi regime ‘agreed to fund Sarkozy 2007 campaign’

Moamer Kadhafi’s regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign to the tune of 50 million euros, a news website reported Saturday, publishing what it said was documentary evidence. The 2006 document in Arabic, which website Mediapart said was signed by Kadhafi’s foreign intelligence chief Mussa Kussa,…

Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran

PM and defense chief not fit to lead Israel and are misleading the public over Iran, warns former Shin Bet boss Yuval Diskin Israel’s former security chief has censured the country’s “messianic” political leadership for talking up the prospects of a military stike on Iran’s nuclear programme. In unusually candid…

Strauss-Kahn accuses Sarkozy as France vote looms

France’s presidential race heads into its home straight as ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn (pictured), a Socialist once tipped to win the vote, blames Nicolas Sarkozy for his spectacular downfall. (AFP Photo/Sergei Supinsky) France’s presidential race heads … France’s presidential race headed into its home straight Saturday as ex-IMF boss Dominique…

Prince of Liechtenstein threatens to quit

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein has been rattled by a war of words between activists who want to revoke the royal veto and the hereditary prince, who has threatened to quit if they do. Liechtenstein owes its very existence as a principality to its royal family and their princes, who…

Fugitive Chinese activist ‘under U.S. protection’

A leading Chinese activist who escaped from house arrest last weekend is now under US “protection” and Washington and Beijing are in talks over his status, an overseas rights group said Saturday. Chen Guangcheng, who has been blind since childhood, fled last Sunday with the help of his supporters from…

Peru finalizing deal for controversial gold mine

LIMA — The Peruvian government is finalizing a deal with US mining giant Newmont about a proposed $4.8 billion gold mine that has sparked violent protests, according to Mines and Energy Minister Jorge Merino. “The agreement, the ratification will come soon,” Merino told reporters on Friday, without providing a target…

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