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Israel’s Peres dismisses Holocaust, Iran comparison

President Shimon Peres on Thursday distanced himself from the Israeli premier’s comparison between the Holocaust and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme. “It’s not the same thing,” Peres told the Ynet website of Yediot Aharonot newspaper in an interview for Israel’s independence day. “Holocaust is one thing and Iran is another. The comparison is out of place. But…

Charles Taylor’s blood diamond trial opens

An international court opened on Thursday its judgement hearing for Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, accused of arming Sierra Leone’s rebels who paid him in “blood diamonds”. Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, Taylor listened attentively and made notes as judge Richard Lussick started reading a summary of the verdict…

Thousands of Norwegians to sing song Breivik hates

Thousands of Norwegians were to gather in Oslo on Thursday to protest against mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by singing a folk song he hates and which he considers a Marxist indoctrination method. After an Internet campaign, more than 5,000 people have said they plan to meet at a square…

Young men in Mexico say the U.S. no longer offers them a better future

In a typical year, the young men in this agricultural region of western Mexico would have made the journey north to America. But not this year or for this generation: a better future across the border is a promise they no longer trust. “For years, we dreamed of America, but…

Dalai Lama says ‘Middle Way’ still best for Tibet

CHICAGO — The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, said Wednesday he would not alter his non-violent quest for greater Tibetan autonomy, even after Beijing blamed him for inciting a wave of unrest. A total of 34 Tibetans, many of them Buddhist monks and nuns, are reported to have attempted…

Loggers threaten Brazil Amazon residents: Amnesty

RIO DE JANEIRO — Communities in remote corners of Brazil’s Amazon jungle are facing repeated assaults and death threats from illegal loggers who want to steal their lands, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The human rights group said there was no police presence in parts of Brazil’s northwestern Amazonas state and…

Donald Trump’s appearance sparks near-riot outside Scottish parliament

It started quite calmly but ended with a near riot, as supporters and critics traded applause and insults. Donald Trump, ever the crowd-pleasing showman, the brusque, blunt wheel-dealer, had his wish. After a relatively understated appearance at the Scottish parliament to decry Scotland’s rush for windpower, where he in effect…

Rupert Murdoch calls British PM’s son ‘retarded’

During a media ethics inquiry on Wednesday, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch described David Cameron’s disabled son as “retarded” while trying to praise the British Prime Minister as a family man. In the wake of a hacking scandal at News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World, Lord Justice Brian Leveson…

Israel military chief: Iran not pursuing nuclear weapon

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military chief toned down the rhetoric over Iran’s nuclear programme on Wednesday, describing the Iranian leadership as “very rational” and unlikely to take the decision to build a bomb. Speaking to the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said Iran was systematically approaching the point at…

Kenyans allege British involvement in rendition and torture in Uganda

Claims by two Muslims accused of role in bomb attack during 2010 World Cup date from after coalition came to power Two men facing terrorism charges in east Africa are accusing the British government and its intelligence agencies of being involved in their abduction, unlawful rendition and torture. The allegations…

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