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Report: Muammar Gaddafi has been killed

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said. His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development…

China’s Tibetan Buddhists live in fear after immolations

A Tibetan lama in southwest China dodges questions about a wave of self-immolations in the region, saying his monks are forbidden even to speak about the protests against religious repression. Standing under the new roof of the Buddhist monastery’s main hall, the maroon-clad monk nervously fingers his prayer beads as…

Euro zone rescue plans shrouded in doubt

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A split between the International Monetary Fund and the European Union is threatening to delay Greece’s next aid payment in another blow to European efforts to stem the debt crisis. An admission by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday that Berlin and Paris were divided over how…

Clinton headed to Pakistan to push cooperation

KABUL (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday she was looking for a “reality check” on a visit to Afghanistan, where she also pushed for closer cooperation with neighboring Pakistan on both the war and economic development. Clinton will fly on to Islamabad, a U.S. official said, where…

Greece faces austerity vote, more strikes

ATHENS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in front of the Greek parliament on Thursday after violent clashes the previous day as a general strike continued against a deeply unpopular austerity law expected to be approved later in the evening. Deputies are expected to pass the plan, required…

Chile education protest erupts again in violence

SANTIAGO — Students seeking a free public university education clashed with police in downtown Santiago on the second day of roiling street protests for education reform involving some 25,000 people. As with other recent demonstrations, the protests degenerated into violence, when hundreds of masked demonstrators began to throw stones and…

U.S. says Yemen’s Saleh should sign deal to quit

WASHINGTON — The United States called Wednesday on Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh to sign without delay a deal for him to quit, rejecting his call for international guarantees on a timetable. The embattled leader said earlier Wednesday that he was willing to sign a deal brokered by the six-nation…

First day of Greek anti-austerity strike ends in violence

ATHENS — Greek police fired tear gas as protestors threw firebombs, burnt dustbins and vandalised shops Wednesday at the start of a two-day strike ahead of a vote on a new austerity bill to stave off bankruptcy. Police in Athens clashed with protesters outside parliament as more than 70,000 people…

Clinton in Afghanistan seeks political end to war

KABUL — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Kabul on Wednesday on a diplomatic drive ahead of international conferences to be held later this year aimed at finding a peaceable end to the 10-year war. Clinton’s plane touched down in Kabul at 9:15pm (16:45 GMT) for a visit…

Hitler ‘personally’ planned 1934 putsch in Vienna: report

VIENNA — Adolf Hitler himself planned a failed Nazi coup in 1934 that culminated in the assassination of the Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, according to new findings by a Viennese historian. Based on journal entries by close Hitler associate Joseph Goebbels, historian Kurt Bauer concluded the thwarted “July putsch” of…

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