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Iran ‘will not give up nuclear advances’

TEHRAN — Iran will make absolutely no concessions on its nuclear programme, a key lawmaker declared on Sunday amid high geopolitical tensions and ahead of mooted talks with world powers. “The parliament will never allow the government to go back even one step in its nuclear policy,” Aladin Borujerdi, the…

Anti-Putin protest swarms iconic Moscow TV tower

MOSCOW — Riot police detained dozens of protesters on Sunday who picketed Moscow’s iconic television tower after footage purporting to show people being paid to rally against Vladimir Putin was aired nationally. An AFP correspondent saw organisers Boris Nemtsov and Sergei Udaltsov being led away with about 30 others sporting…

Tibetan immolation prompts big gathering: groups

BEIJING — A Tibetan father-of-three set himself on fire in China, prompting a large gathering of monks and lay people, rights groups said, as tensions in Tibetan-inhabited areas show no signs of abating. Sonam Dargye, 43, died after setting himself on fire Saturday in Tongren in the northwestern province of…

Israeli troops wound boy in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli troops wounded a six-year-old Palestinian boy on Sunday when they opened fire east of the town of Rafah, in southern Gaza, Palestinian medical sources said. “A six-year-old Palestinian child was wounded by Israeli army gunfire near the Kerem Shalom crossing, east of Rafah, in…

IMF chief cautiously upbeat on global economy

IMF chief Christine Lagarde said measures taken to fight financial woes in Europe and the United States were starting to pay off, in a cautiously upbeat assessment of the global economy. Lagarde was in Beijing for a two-day trip to attend a forum on China’s development and hold meetings with…

Mossad ‘agrees with U.S.’ on Iran nuclear goals

Israel’s intelligence service Mossad agrees with US assessments there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, even though Israeli leaders have talked about Tehran’s plans to acquire nuclear weapons, The New York Times reported. “Their people ask very hard questions, but Mossad does not…

Thousands of Copts crush into cathedral after pope’s death

The bells tolled on Saturday as tearful Christians crushed past the Cairo cathedral’s gate hours after Pope Shenuda III’s death, to get a glimpse of the man they called “father” in an uncertain time for the Egyptian minority. Within an hour of the announcement of his death, traffic was jammed…

The secrets of Saif Gaddafi’s jail: chef, satellite TV and a basketball court for just one

Muammar Gaddafi’s eldest son is due to be taken to a prison within a prison in the suburbs of Tripoli to await trial. Behind a grey forbidding wall on the outskirts of the Libyan capital sits a secret prison constructed to hold just one prisoner – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. The…

Olympics: Airlines warn of London airport chaos

Britain’s leading airlines warned Saturday of “severe delay and disruption” at London’s airports during the 2012 Olympics. British Airways, bmi, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic urged the government to take “urgent action” to ensure regular scheduled flights get through the increase in air traffic surrounding the London Games, which run from…

Former Kadhafi spymaster arrested in Mauritania

Abdullah al-Senussi, wanted former spymaster of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, was arrested in Mauritania overnight, prompting calls for his extradition Saturday by both Libya and France. The former Libyan intelligence chief, who is also sought by the International Criminal Court, was arrested at Nouakchott airport after arriving on a…

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