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NATO withdraws staff from Afghan ministries after shooting

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at…

Mugabe tells Cameron ‘to hell with you’ on gay rights

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Saturday told British Prime Minister David Cameron ”to hell with you” over his calls to respect gay rights. “Nature is nature. It has created male and female,” Mugabe told thousands of supporters at his 88th birthday celebration at a stadium in the eastern border town of Mutare. “You David Cameron, are…

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

Nelson Mandela underwent hospital tests Saturday but officials and a grand-daughter reassured an anxious public that the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon was not in danger and could leave within two days. The hospital stay was for a planned “diagnostic procedure” to investigate an abdominal complaint, President Jacob Zuma said, without specifying the exact ailment.…

NATO withdraws Afghan ministry staff after shooting

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan governmentministries after two of its advisors were shot dead within the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at a US-run military…

Pakistan demolishing bin Laden compound: police

Pakistani security forces on Saturday began demolishing the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in a covert US raid in May in the northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad, police and witnesses said. “Two bulldozers are engaged, the demolition work is in progress, it is being done by security forces, including troops,” a police official on…

Rescued treasure lands back in Spain from U.S.

Tons of gold and silver from the wreck of a 19th-century Spanish warship finally arrived in Spain on Saturday, more than 200 years after a British fleet sank it. The arrival of the cargo from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedessealed the end of a five-year legal battle between Spain and the US…

Judges throw out Berlusconi bribery trial

An Italian court threw out bribery charges against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday saying the statute of limitations had come into force, bringing the five-year trial to an end. Prosecutors had requested a five-year prison term for Berlusconi, who was accused of having paid off his former British…

Haiti’s PM quits just after four months

Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille offered his surprise resignation after just four months in office, amid tension between the premier and government ministers over issues of dual nationality. The resignation opens a new chapter in Haiti’s political turmoil as it struggles to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. Conille resigned…

U.S. intelligence finds ‘no hard evidence’ of Iran bomb making

US intelligence analysts continue to believe there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported Saturday. Citing unnamed US officials, the newspaper said the latest assessments by US spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded…

North Korea vows ‘sacred war’ against South Korea and the U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea threatened on Saturday to wage a “sacred war” in response to joint military exercises planned by its arch-rival South Korea and the United States, saying it was determined to keep Washington from imposing its political will on it. The statement was issued by the North’s…

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