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6.9-magnitude quake hits coast of Peru

A major 6.9-magnitude quake struck Peru’s Pacific coast, sparking panic among residents in the capital Lima and several other cities but no known fatalities. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 1854 GMT on Friday, was located about 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of Lima, the US Geological Survey…

Bosnia condemns ‘senseless’ attack on US embassy

A suspected radical Islamist opened fire on the US embassy in Sarajevo, wounding a police guard in what a Bosnian leader condemned as a “senseless terrorist attack”. Bosnia’s intelligence chief Almir Dzuvo said the suspect was Mevlid Jasarevic, 23, a Serbian national with ties to the local Wahhabi community, a…

Greek protesters block annual military parade

Bu George Georgiopoulos and Daniel Flynn ATHENS (Reuters) – Greeks protesting at austerity measures demanded by foreign lenders blocked a major national parade on Friday to commemorate Greek resistance in World War Two, shouting “traitors” at President Karolos Papoulias and other officials. The protest in Thessaloniki was echoed at smaller…

Egyptians march in solidarity with ‘Occupy Oakland’

Demonstrators marched on Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, in a protest against the continuing military rule of their country and the perpetual state of emergency their government has maintained since 1958. But there was another item on their agenda today: the recent violence in Oakland, California. In the photos below,…

Russia’s Bolshoi reopens after historic restoration

Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre finally raises its curtain on Friday after a six year closure for much-delayed reconstruction aimed at restoring its imperial splendour and artistic reputation to their former glory. The Bolshoi’s music director Vasily Sinaisky will lift his baton from the pit at 1500 GMT for the first note…

ICC prosecutor in contact with Gaddafi’s son over surrender

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Friday that his office was in “informal contact” with the late Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive son Saif al-Islam over his possible surrender to the war crimes court. Saif al-Islam went on the run after forces loyal to Libya’s new rulers captured…

Boy, 12, rescued as Turkey death toll hits 570

A 12-year-old boy was pulled out alive from the rubble of Turkey’s devastating earthquake on Friday after being trapped under twisted lumps of masonry for more than 108 hours. While the death toll from last Sunday’s tragedy rose to 570, the rescue of Ferhat Tokay in the early hours of…

U.S. flying armed drones out of Ethiopia: report

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is flying armed drones from a civilian airport in southern Ethiopia as part of a growing battle against Al-Qaeda linked Shabab militants in Somalia, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The airfield in Arba Minch is part of a network of secret bases for unmanned…

Saudi interior minister named crown prince

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s powerful interior minister, 78-year-old Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, was named the new heir to the throne in a royal decree read out on state television Thursday. Nayef — who has been interior minister for nearly four decades and led a crackdown on Al-Qaeda in the…

French far-right Christians besiege ‘Jesus excrement’ play

PARIS — Paris police have arrested around 20 Christian fundamentalists who burst into a theatre and threw stink bombs to protest against a play featuring the face of Christ drizzled with fake excrement. Police made the arrests at the Theatre de la Ville, on the banks of the Seine near…

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