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Activists hurl stink bombs at Japan whaling ship

Anti-whaling activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at a whaling ship in the Antarctic ocean Saturday in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt, officials said. Two boats belonging to the US-based environmental group Sea Shepherd approached the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 (YS2) and launched 40 bottles containing paint and butyric…

‘Occupy London’ protesters take over new building

Anti-capitalist protesters said Saturday they have taken over a large building in the City of London financial district. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the nine-storey Roman House building in the Barbican earlier this morning, the group announced. “Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in…

Egypt’s Islamists win parliamentary elections

Egypt’s Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood clinched two thirds of seats in parliament in historic polls after the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak, official results showed on Saturday. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People’s Assembly, or 47.18 percent, electoral committee head…

AIDS killed 28,000 in China in 2011, study says

AIDS killed 28,000 people in China last year, and another 48,000 new infections from the HIV virus were discovered in the country, according to an official report on Saturday. In China 780,000 people live with the HIV virus, of which 154,000 developed AIDS, a report jointly produced by China’s Ministry…

France threatens to pull troops out of Afghanistan ahead of schedule

PARIS (Reuters) – France threatened on Friday to pull out early from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan after four a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on French soldiers, killing four and wounding about 15 others. The killings in the Taghab valley of Afghanistan’s eastern Kapisa province were the latest in…

U.S. may close embassy in Syria as violence mounts

WASHINGTON — The United States is considering closing its embassy in Damascus over increasing safety concerns as the death toll mounts in the Syrian regime’s crackdown on protests, US officials said Friday. “We are considering closing the embassy due to the deteriorating security situation in Syria, and our increasing concern…

Accused war criminal Charles Taylor worked for CIA: report

NEW YORK — Liberia’s Charles Taylor, the first African head of state to be prosecuted for war crimes by an international tribunal, used to work for the CIA, the Boston Globe newspaper reported this week. The report, based on information uncovered through a freedom of information request made six years…

Intervention in Iran ‘would trigger war’: France’s Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned Friday that any foreignmilitary intervention against Iran’s nuclear programme would trigger “war and chaos” across the Middle East and beyond. “Time is limited. France will do everything to avoid military intervention, but there is only one way to avoid it: a much tougher, more decisive, sanctions regime,” Sarkozy told an audience…

Polish lawmaker smokes ‘marijuana’ in parliament

Janusz Palikot, the leader of a new party which brought in Poland’s first trans-gender and openly gay MPs, launched a drive Friday to legalise marijuana by smoking pot in parliament. “This is the weed,” he told reporters in his office in the lower house of parliament, lighting up a large incense joint…

Violence keeps Syria on edge, Arab mission in doubt

AMMAN (Reuters) – Scattered violence broke out on Friday in Syria, where Arab peace monitors have completed a month-long mission, ahead of Muslim prayers that are often followed by demonstrations for and against President Bashar al-Assad. Security forces prevented prayers at the Omari mosque in the southern town of Deraa,…

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