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Deadly clashes as anger with Egypt military boils over

A second day of clashes with Egyptian police left two protesters dead in Cairo on Friday as anger against the ruling military boiled over amid fury at the deaths of 74 people in football-related violence. Marchers took to the streets across the country to demand that the generals cede power…

Wen says China has no intention to ‘buy Europe’

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday the Asian giant had neither the ability nor the intention to “buy Europe”, amid concerns over growing Chinese investment in debt-stricken eurozone economies. China is “willing to cooperate with Europe to fight the current crisis. Some people say this means China wants to buy…

164 dead as cold snap grips Europe

Europe’s cold snap has claimed 164 lives, as countries from Ukraine to Italy struggle with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places and with more cold weather forecast. Entire villages were cut off in parts of eastern Europe on Thursday, trapping thousands, while road, air and rail links…

No girls to play with at school: India’s infanticide crisis

DEVDA, India — As the only girl in her noisy classroom of 22 boys, Padma Kanwar Bhatti is one defiant symbol of the toll exacted by India’s deadly preference for male children. Padma, 15, lives with her parents and two elder brothers in Devda, a village of 2,500 residents in…

Floods create ‘inland sea’ in Australia

SYDNEY — Major flooding hit parts of Australia’s east on Friday, stranding thousands of residents, prompting a military airlift and leaving some communities only accessible by helicopter. The deluge, which has sparked dozens of rescues and left about 7,275 people isolated in various parts of New South Wales state has…

Deported Rwandan charged with plotting genocide

KIGALI — A Rwandan sought by the authorities in Kigali over the 1994 genocide and deported by Canada after a long legal battle, was charged Thursday with plotting genocide, incitement and distribution of arms. Leon Mugesera, who had been fighting his deportation to Rwanda for the past 16 years, asked…

Baghdad says U.S. Iran sanctions a problem for Iraq

BAGHDAD — American sanctions on Iran pose difficulties for Iraq because of its close economic ties with the Islamic republic, so Baghdad plans to seek a waiver from the US, the government spokesman told AFP. The United States, European Union and others have ramped up sanctions to target Iran’s oil…

Gaza protesters hurl shoes as UN’s Ban begins visit

UN leader Ban Ki-moon came under a brief shower of shoes as he entered Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday, hours after a barrage of rockets was fired from the territory into Israel. As the UN chief entered the Palestinian territory, protesters threw shoes, sand and small stones at his convoy, which…

Palestinians return ‘lost’ Israeli soldier to unit

An Israeli soldier who became separated from his unit during an operation in a Palestinian West Bank village was safely returned to his fellow troops by local residents, Israeli media said Thursday. The Israeli army confirmed that the soldier appeared to have gotten lost in the incident, but said they…

Egypt mourns 74 killed in football tragedy

Egypt began three days of mourning on Thursday after 74 people were killed in an eruption of violence at a football match that sparked new anger against the military rulers for failing to ensure security. The rioting Wednesday night in the northern city of Port Said marked one of the…

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