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Dead spy’s family says ‘dark arts’ agents covered up his death

The family of a British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag believe secret agents versed in the “dark arts” tried to cover up his mysterious death, lawyers told a coroner on Friday. The decomposing remains of Gareth Williams, 30, were found on August 23, 2010, in a…

Afghan policement poisoned, shot 9 colleagues

An Afghan policeman poisoned and then shot dead nine of his colleagues while they were sleeping early Friday in the eastern province of Paktika, police and provincial government officials said. It was the latest in a series of shootings by Afghan security personnel of their local and foreign colleagues, deaths…

Senate urges humanitarian access to Sudan

The US Senate has called for Sudan to allow humanitarian aid workers into restive Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a quarter million people face food shortages, a US lawmaker said Friday. A resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan was agreed to by voice vote late Thursday, calling…

U.S. ambassador says Russia is a ‘wild country’

The US ambassador to Moscow questioned Friday how a Kremlin-linked television channel accessed his private schedule, calling Russia a “wild country” in an altercation with its reporters. Michael McFaul wrote on Twitter that NTV, a state-run broadcaster that has aired smear documentaries against the opposition, seemed to know his appointments…

General: U.S. may export terror war tactics to fight drug gangs

Drug cartels in Mexico and across South America pose a grave and growing threat to the security of the United States, and Army General Martin Dempsey is well aware of it. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently returned from a tour of South America, during which he…

Woman burnt while handling fuel amid U.K. ‘petrol row’

A woman suffered severe burns after accidentally setting herself on fire as she decanted petrol in her home, firefighters said Friday, days after the government advised motorists to stockpile petrol in case of a strike. The woman, from York, was pouring petrol from one container to another when it ignited and set fire to…

Bin Laden ‘fathered four children while on run’

Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistanafter the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP on Friday. Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the Al-Qaedaleader’s life from when he fled Afghanistan in late 2001 until his death aged 54 last May…

French police swoop on suspected Islamists

French police swooped down on suspected Islamist networks Friday, arresting 19 people as President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed a crackdown would continue after an extremist gunman’s killing spree. The arrests took place in several cities including Toulouse, whereMohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after a series of cold-blooded shootings in southwestern France that left…

Suu Kyi says Myanmar polls not completely fair

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that elections in Myanmar would not be “genuinely free and fair”, sounding a note of caution over her landmark bid for a seat in parliament. The Nobel laureate, who spent most of the past 22 years as apolitical prisoner, complained of a…

New torture case rocks Russian police

MOSCOW — Russian investigators on Thursday charged four policemen with asphyxiating a witness using a gas mask as the force reels from a series of torture allegations. The four officers in the southern Siberian city of Novokuznetsk are accused of deliberately causing severe bodily harm and causing the death of…

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