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Britain’s Hague to be sued over Pakistan drone attacks

A British law firm said it was to sue Foreign Secretary William Hague on behalf of a Pakistani man over claims that British intelligence was used to assist US drone attacks. London-based Leigh Day and Co confirmed they would issue formal proceedings at Britain’s High Court on behalf of Noor…

Mass demonstrations across Spain oppose labor ‘reforms’

By Gabriel Rubio MADRID — More than a hundred thousand demonstrators protested across Spain Sunday at labour reforms introduced by the country’s conservative government ahead of a general strike called for March 29. Two of Spain’s biggest unions, the UGT and CCOO, called for rallies ahead of the strike to…

U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians

Anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan could continue to grow after a U.S. solider killed 16 civilians and wounded others in their Kandahar province homes Sunday morning. The soldier left his military base earlier in the morning and fired on two homes, according to the BBC. Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that…

Egyptian army doctor cleared in ‘virginity tests’ case

CAIRO — An Egyptian military court on Sunday acquitted an army doctor accused of conducting forced “virginity tests” on female protesters last year, state media reported. Ahmed Adel was cleared of conducting the test on Samira Ibrahim, who brought the case against him, after the judge found the witness statements…

Iraqi ‘emos’ victims of brutal killings

BAGHDAD — Iraqi teenagers widely perceived to be gay are being brutally killed in Baghdad with Shiite militias distributing lists of targets warning of further assaults, officials and human rights groups say. At least 15 teenagers, described as “emos” for their tight-fitting black clothes and alternative hairstyles, have been stoned,…

Mass wedding in Indian ‘village of sex workers’

VADIA, India — Eight young women whose mothers are sex workers were married in a so-called “village of prostitutes” in India on Sunday under a plan to save them from being pushed into the world’s oldest profession. The event, held in the village of Vadia in the western state of…

Iran tells West to drop ‘bullying’ tone

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the West should drop its “bullying” stance against his country and insisted that sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme were having no more than a “psychological” effect. “As God is my witness, the Iranian nation will not give a damn…

Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage

LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday. The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter…

Thousands rally against nuclear power in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Taiwan Sunday calling on the government to shut down the island’s nuclear power plants, citing the painful lesson of Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake one year ago. In the capital city of Taipei, the crowd observed a one-minute silence to pay tribute…

Candlelight events mark Japan disaster anniversary

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Candlelight ceremonies were held across Japan Sunday night, wrapping up a day of commemoration as the nation marked the first anniversary of its devastating earthquake and tsunami. More than 300 people gathered for “Candle Night” in front of local government offices in Fukushima city hours after around…

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