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UN ‘blood diamond’ group aims to salvage campaign

The new chief of the UN-sponsored Kimberley Process that aims to stop “blood diamonds” reaching market said she was in talks to regain support of a campaign group that recently quit the scheme. Kimberley Process chairwoman Gillian Milovanovic on Friday said she was “continuing discussions” with London-based Global Witness, which…

Muslim sales manager arrested as terrorist for call to ‘blow away’ the competition

MONTREAL — A Muslim businessman in Canada became a terror suspect for telling his sales staff in a text message to “blow away” the competition at a New York City trade show, a religious association said Friday. Moroccan-born Saad Allami, who works as a telecommunications company sales manager, was arrested…

Iran arresting relatives of journalists working for BBC

LONDON — The Iranian government has arrested relatives of Persian-language journalists working abroad for the BBC in a bid to silence them, the British Broadcasting Corporation said Friday. BBC Director General Mark Thompson said the sister of a BBC Persian journalist was arrested last week and held in solitary confinement…

Greenpeace chief warns of ‘perfect storm’ of crises

The head of environmental pressure group Greenpeace warned Friday the world faced a “perfect storm” of crises and was heading for what he termed a crisis of “epic proportions.” Speaking for the first time at the Munich Security Conference, Kumi Naidoo presented an apocalyptic version of the state of the…

Documentary: Breast cancer cure ‘hijacked’ by pink ribbons

Long before Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, one breast cancer survivor began to ask questions about how the cause of finding a cure had turned into a money-making enterprise. Dr. Samantha King’s 2008 book, “Pink Ribbons” — which questions the legitimacy…

Death toll from Europe freeze tops 220

Temperatures plunged to new lows in Europe where a week-long cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives and forecasters warned Friday that the big freeze would tighten its grip over the weekend. A total of 223 people have died from the cold weather in the last seven days…

Sudan closer to war than peace with south: Bashir

Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir said on national television on Friday, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions. “The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace,” he said. Bashir…

Russia’s new middle class warriors hit the streets

Middle class but disillusioned, Igor and Rina are typical of the new generation of Russian activists who cannot wait to join a protest on Saturday against strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Like others from a host of members of Russia’s middle class — young, Internet-savvy, urban — Igor, 34, a…

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…

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