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Nuclear train protesters cleared in Germany

German police early Sunday began to clear thousands of anti-nuclear protestors from railroad tracks to allow the passage of a train carrying radioactive water from France for storage. The police moved in around 0100 GMT to tracks around the town of Harlingen, telling several thousand protestors gathered there to clear…

Gulf states advise nationals to leave Syria

Bahrain and Qatar on Sunday called on their citizens to leave unrest-swept Syria after the United Arab Emirates also advised its citizens to stay away. The call, issued on the day the Arab League was deciding on sanctions against Damascus over its deadly crackdown on dissent, was issued because of…

Britain steps up eurozone breakup plans

Britain is stepping up its contingency plans in case the eurozone breaks up, even though analysts believe that only Greece is currently at risk of departing the 17-nation bloc over the debt crisis. A senior official at Britain’s financial watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, said Thursday that Britain’s banks were…

50 bodies found in two days of carnage in Mexico

Fifty dead bodies have been discovered over the past two days in western Mexico, victims of a fierce war waged between the government and the nation’s powerful drug cartels. The bodies of 26 young men were dumped in three vehicles near a busy intersection in Guadalajara. It bore the signs…

Egypt braces for protests on eve of elections

Egypt braced for fresh demonstrations on Sunday amid a tense standoff between the country’s military rulers and pro-democracy protesters on the eve of the first elections since the January revolution. Egyptians go to the polls on Monday to cast their first votes for a new parliament after the end of…

Colombian gov’t: FARC rebels have executed 4 military hostages

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian FARC rebels executed four members of the security forces during a botched mission to free them from a decade as hostages, the most violent act by the group since troops killed its leader Alfonso Cano this month. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has a…

Israel threatens to cut off power, water to Gaza

Israel warned on Saturday that it would cut the supply of water and electricity to the Gaza Strip if rival Palestinian movements Fatahand Hamas form a unity government. “The foreign ministry is examining the possibility of Israel pulling out of the Gaza Strip in terms of infrastructure,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the daily Yediot Aharonot website. A…

WHO links child mortality to economic crisis

The World Health Organisation warned on Saturday that only a stronger political commitment to child health could prevent a dangerous rise in mortality rates at a time of global economic turmoil. WHO Director General Margaret Chan told the opening of amaternal and child health event in the Uzbek capital Tashkent that mortality rates had reached their lowest levels in…

Mona Eltahawy tells CNN about her sexual assault from Egyptian police

Renowned Egyptian American journalist Mona Eltahawy appeared on CNN throughout Friday to discuss her brutal beating at the hands of Egyptian police forces at Tahrir Square. Speaking on The Situation Room with guest host Joe Johns, Eltahawy discussed her horrifying sexual assault, which resulted in a broken arm and hand.…

Putin awaits Russia’s presidential nomination

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will move a step closer Sunday to the presidency he relinquished after two terms in 2008 when he accepts his party’s nomination to challenge a decimated field in March. The slow-motion return of Russia’s most dominant politician to the Kremlin seat some thought he never…

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