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Europe stocks, euro rise amid Italy bailout talk

European stocks and the euro surged on Monday largely on a report that the International Monetary Fund was in talks with Italy about a package to prop up the indebted country, traders said. The IMF denied the rumour but this did not stop major European indices rallying more than 3.0 percent and the euro…

Fukushima nuclear plant director is sick

The director of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is stepping down due to illness, the facility’s operator said Monday but it was not clear if his condition is radiation-related. Masao Yoshida, 56, who has been on site at the plant since Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, has been hospitalised for “treatment of…

UK secretly promoting oil extraction from Canadian tar sands

Canadian politicians are being secretly aided by the highest levels of the British government in their attempts to ward off European penalties on the use of oil from Canada’s highly polluting tar sands The Guardian reported on Sunday that documents obtained under a freedom of information request show that at…

Afghan police laugh while forcing cross-dresser to strip

Video of Afghan police laughing while forcing a cross-dressing man to strip has gone viral, being viewed over 44,000 times in just one day. Filmed near Kabul earlier this month and uploaded to LiveLeak.com Saturday, the eight-minute video shows Afghan National Police humiliating the man nearly to the point of…

Arab League agrees to sweeping sanctions on Syria

CAIRO — Arab foreign ministers and Turkey agreed a list of sweeping sanctions Sunday designed to cripple the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad who has defied pressure to halt a bloody crackdown on protests. As another 15 civilians were reported dead in Syria, the 22-member Arab League announced an…

Two dead, more than 20 hurt in Philippine blast

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in an explosion in a small hotel in the troubled southern Philippines on Sunday, rescue workers said. Philippine Red Cross personnel at the scene of the blast in the southern port city of Zamboanga said…

NATO scrambles to respond to Pakistan’s anger

BRUSSELS — NATO moved Sunday to contain the damage from the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers, seeking to soothe Islamabad’s rage against the US and its military allies in Afghanistan over the airstrike. Alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stopped short of issuing a full apology to Pakistan premier Yousuf…

Germany backs Taliban talks in Afghanistan

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign and defence ministers called Sunday for the Taliban to be included in Afghanistan peace talks, ahead of a major international conference for the war-ravaged country next month. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that negotiations with…

Russia’s Putin accepts presidential nomination

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin accepted his ruling United Russia party’s nomination on Sunday as its candidate in a March 4 presidential vote, paving the way for his return to the country’s top office after four years as prime minister. The timing of the announcement, which was a certainty after…

Emirates security court jails blogger

A United Arab Emirates court on Sunday sentenced a blogger and four other democracy activists to prison terms after finding them guilty of charges including insulting the Gulf state’s leaders. The State Security Court handed the blogger, Ahmed Mansoor, a three-year prison sentence and the four others each received two…

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