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Struggle to get oil off stricken New Zealand ship

TAURANGA, New Zealand — Salvage workers struggled to begin pumping oil from a stricken container ship off the New Zealand coast as approaching foul weather threatened to disrupt the recovery. Meanwhile, authorities began to reopen sections of popular beaches near where the cargo vessel Rena ran aground 11 days ago…

Israel names 477 prisoners to go free in Shalit deal

JERUSALEM — Israel on Sunday released a list of 477 Palestinian prisoners to be released next week as part of the deal to secure Gilad Shalit’s freedom, many of whom were involved in bloody militant attacks. Hundreds of them are serving life terms after being convicted of involvement in attacks,…

Kenyan troops enter Somalia to attack rebels

NAIROBI — Kenyan troops have crossed the border into war-torn Somalia to attack Islamist Shebab rebels they accuse of being behind several recent kidnappings of foreigners, Kenyan officials said on Sunday. “We have crossed into Somalia in pursuit of the Shehab, who are responsible for the kidnappings and attacks on…

Hundreds protest flag ruling in disputed Iraq town

KHANAQIN, Iraq — Hundreds rallied in the disputed Iraqi town of Khanaqin on Sunday to demand the reversal of a central government ruling barring the flag of the autonomous Kurdish region in official buildings. The town, which has refused to follow the directive, lies within territory claimed by both the…

‘Occupy’ protests spread across Asia

HONG KONG — Protesters across the Asia-Pacific region Saturday joined worldwide demonstrations inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” and “Indignants” movements. Rallies are planned for Saturday in more than 950 cities across 82 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa in a show of power by a…

Weary pope uses mobile platform for first time

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI made use of the same mobile platform used by his long-ailing predecessor John Paul II for the first time on Sunday, with the Vatican saying it was to “ease his tiredness.” The 84-year-old pope used the wheeled platform to make his way from the…

U.S. ‘pressing IAEA to release Iran nuclear data’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama is calling on UN nuclear inspectors to release data showing Iran is designing nuclear weapons technology in a bid to further isolate Tehran, a report said on Sunday. The White House push for the release of International Atomic Energy Agency data comes after the…

Yemen troops shoot dead protesters for second day

SANAA — Yemeni troops shot dead five demonstrators in the capital Sunday as they attempted to block a new bid by activists to bring 10 months of protests against veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh to a head. The defiant march by tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Sanaa came…

Eighth Tibetan burns himself in protest in China

BEIJING (Reuters) – A young Tibetan man has set himself on fire in southwestern China, an exiled Tibetan activist said on Sunday, the eighth self-immolation this year in a region that has become the center of defiance of Beijing’s religious controls. The 19-year-old former monk at the Kirti monastery in…

Thousands in Canada join anti-corporate protests

Over 10,000 Canadians blew bubbles, strummed guitars and chanted anti-corporate slogans at protests across the country Saturday, as part of global demonstrations against corporate greed. In Toronto, an estimated 5,000 people inspired by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement showed up in the city’s financial district, and later set up tents…

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