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Afghanistan, Pakistan presidents meet in Turkey

Turkey hosts the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan Tuesday for a trilateral summit designed to reduce tensions and promotecooperation between the two neighbours amid stepped-up Talibanattacks. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will hold separate talks with Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Asif Zardari of Pakistan before the three-way talks later Tuesday, said a Turkish diplomatic source. The meeting ahead of an international…

UN warns on weapons as Libya elects new PM

Libya’s new prime minister pledged his interim government would set respect for human rights as its priority, as the UN warned against the proliferation of arms looted from Moamer Kadhafi’s huge stockpile. Abdel Rahim al-Keib, an academic and wealthy businessman who is a native of Tripoli, was elected interim prime minister in a public vote…

Iran seeks U.S. apology over plot claims

Iran has sent a letter to the United States seeking an “apology” overallegations of an Iranian assassination plot on US soil, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday. “A letter has been sent… It is our right to seek the official apology of the Americans in protest of this made-up scenario as these allegations are not…

FBI releases photos, videos of Russian spies

The FBI has released declassified photos, videos and other documents collected during the decade-long surveillance of 10 Russian “deep cover” spies who were arrested and deported last year. One video showed Anna Chapman, a 28-year-old spy whose nude pictures and racy romances made her an instant tabloid sensation, meeting in…

Japan lawmaker drinks water from Fukushima plant

TOKYO — A Japanese lawmaker has drunk a glass of water taken from a radioactive puddle inside a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in a bid to prove decontamination efforts are working. Television footage showed a visibly nervous Yasuhiro Sonoda gulping down water that he said had…

Iraqi Christians mark anniversary of massacre

BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Iraqi Christians filled Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad amid tight security on Monday to mark the first anniversary of a massacre of worshippers and priests by militants. The church’s interior is still pock-marked by bullet holes, even a year after the attacks claimed by…

Head of famed London cathedral quits over ‘Occupy’ protest

LONDON — The head of St Paul’s Cathedral resigned on Monday after facing criticism for trying to evict protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement from outside the central London landmark. Dean Graeme Knowles said he was leaving with “great sadness” but hoped for a peaceful resolution to the…

U.S. stops payments to UNESCO over Palestinian vote

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is stopping financial contributions to UNESCO after the Palestinians were admitted to the organization as a full member. The United States also acknowledged that it could lose international influence as it would lose its right to vote in the UN Educational, Scientific…

‘Anonymous’ threatens to identify Mexicans involved with drug cartels

The hacker activist group “Anonymous” said this weekend that it may begin revealing the names and addresses of individuals who work for the Zetas drug cartel, in hopes that the Mexican government would step in and arrest them. Shortly after the release, announced in a video published in Spanish and…

Libyan transition council claims to find Gaddafi’s nuclear weapons

(Update: The rebels found radioactive materials left over from Gaddafi’s uranium enrichment program, according to later reports, which does not meet the technical standard of a “nuclear weapon.” ) In the years leading up to the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, it was not clear to the U.S. or its…

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