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E.U. ‘Indignants’ camp out in Brussels park

About 150 anti-capitalist “Indignants” who marched from France, the Netherlands and Spain, defied a ban to set up camp in a Brussels park Saturday to protest EU-ordered austerity measures. The marchers, joined by Belgian protesters, arrived at Elisabeth Park in the rain by late afternoon, and started immediately to pitch…

Chavez slams ‘horrible repression’ of U.S. protests

CARACAS (Reuters) – Socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez condemned on Saturday the “horrible repression” of anti-Wall Street protesters and termed a Republican presidential candidate “crazy” for his criticism of Cuba and Venezuela. Although still convalescing from cancer surgery in June followed by four rounds of chemotherapy, the 57-year-old Venezuelan president is…

Iraq postpones handover of city security to police

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is delaying handing over security to police in major cities over concerns that some forces were not ready to take on a stubborn insurgency as the last U.S. troops prepare to withdraw at the end of 2011. With its armed forces now more able to contain…

Muslim, Christian tombs defaced in Israel

Vandals defaced graves in two cemeteries, one Muslim and the other Christian, with anti-Arab graffiti in Jaffa south of Tel Aviv, Israeli police said on Saturday. The vandals wrote “Death to Arabs” and “Price Tag” on 22 graves in the Muslim cemetery and on four in the Christian burial ground,…

Leaders meet on crunch weekend for European banking

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagardearrived in Paris on Saturday for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy on a crunch weekend for the European debt crisis. She made no comment as she went into the Elysee palace. After their talks, Sarkozy was to head to Berlin on Sunday to meetGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel,…

Top Kurd killed in Syria, U.S. calls on Assad to go

A top Kurdish activist and 16 other people were killed Friday as thousands rallied in support of a new opposition front, activists said, as Washington called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to “step down now”. The latest violence came as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Assad will have to leave…

U.S. apologizes for sex tourism remark: Philippines

The US ambassador to the Philippines has apologised for his controversial remark that 40 percent of male tourists visit the country for sex, according to the foreign department. Harry Thomas sent the apology through a cell phone text message to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday, a spokesman…

NATO says 25 killed in Afghanistan in coordinated attack on U.S. bases

NATO said that at least 25 insurgents were killed during the largest coordinated insurgent attack on military bases in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika since 2009. The attacks targeted US-led troops near the border with Pakistan on Friday as Afghanistan and the United States marked the 10th anniversary of…

Environmental activists scale Sydney Opera House

Three people scaled Sydney’s iconic Opera House, unfurling a bright yellow banner on its tiled white sails to protest against the destruction of forests. Police said four people were arrested after the protest and were in custody. “One woman was arrested on the ground after allegedly refusing directions to leave…

Mexico arrests eight blamed in Veracruz massacres

Mexican authorities Friday detained eight members of the “Zeta Killers” gang blamed for at least 67 recent killings in eastern Veracruz state, the latest flashpoint in the country’s drug violence. The suspects were blamed for the deaths of 35 people whose bodies were dumped on a road in the city…

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