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Iran pushes on with nuclear after failed IAEA visit

Iran’s nuclear work will defiantly go on, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, after UN inspectors left Tehran following talks that failed to lift their suspicions of atomic weapons research. “The Iranian nation has never been seeking an atomic weapon and never will be. It will prove to the world that a…

Unions call protest as Greece works on bailout laws

Greece braced for fresh protests on Wednesday as officials began setting up necessary legislation tied to a unprecedented eurozone bailout and debt swap needed to secure the deal. European stock markets fell and the euro weakened as questions over the agreed rescue still lingered with a senior EU official suggesting…

Five killed in Afghan protests over Koran burning

At least five Afghans were shot dead and dozens wounded Wednesday in clashes between police and demonstrators protesting over the burning of the Koran at a US-run military base, officials said. In the capital Kabul and in provinces to the east, north and south of the capital, furious Afghans took to the streets screaming “Death to America”,…

Australia’s Foreign Minister Rudd resigns amid leadership speculation

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday resigned, saying he could not continue without Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s support amid speculation he will challenge her for the leadership. “The simple truth is that I cannot continue to serve as foreign minister if I don’t have Prime Minister Gillard’s support,” he said…

Osaka mayor’s call for a ‘dictatorship’ strikes chord with voters

TOKYO (Reuters) – “What Japan needs most now is a dictator.” Toru Hashimoto, a lawyer and TV celebrity-turned politician, was quick to add when he made that widely publicized remark last year that a Hitler-style dictatorship was neither desirable nor possible given Japan’s democratic checks and balances. But the call…

Nigerians too poor to sue over corporate abuse: jurists

GENEVA — Victims of environmental disasters or other abuses inflicted by corporations in Nigeria are being denied justice as they are too poor or do not know how to seek legal recourse, jurists said Wednesday. “Poor rural victims of corporate human rights abuse are usually unaware of their legal rights…

U.S. urges support for Somali areas seized from Shebab rebels

NAIROBI — The US special envoy for Somalia on Tuesday urged support for Somali regions seized from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels controlling swathes of territory, but now under pressure from regional armies. James Swan said local authorities should be bolstered in the Mogadishu outskirts recently captured by African Union forces,…

Into the no-man’s land of Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI, Japan — Every two minutes on the bus ride through the ghost towns surrounding Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a company guide in a white protective suit holds up a display showing the radiation level. And it is rising. Passing through the disaster exclusion zone visitors catch sight…

Karzai invites Taliban leaders for direct talks

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday invited the Taliban for direct talks with his government, while urging Pakistan to facilitate negotiation efforts towards ending Afghanistan’s decade-long war. “In order to realise the objectives of the peace process, I invite the leadership of the Taliban to engage in direct…

Syria forces ‘kill 58 civilians,’ Red Cross calls for truce

DAMASCUS — Syrian forces killed 58 civilians Tuesday as they blitzed the city of Homs and a village in Idlib province, monitors said, as the Red Cross sought a truce to deliver aid and the UN demanded access for humanitarian workers. The latest killings came as Russia, a key ally…

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