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Blackwater looking to return to Iraq

Four years after Blackwater’s license to operate in Iraq was revoked over the killing of 17 Iraqis, Xe Services LLC — the company formerly known as Blackwater — wants to return to the country. In an interview published Thursday, Xe President and Chief Executive Ted Wright told The Wall Street…

U.N. court acquits two ex-ministers of genocide

(Reuters) – The U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda on Friday acquitted two former Rwandan ministers of genocide charges, making them among the most high profile officials to be found not guilty of playing key roles in the 1994 slaughter of about 800,000 people. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda…

Venezuela’s Chavez denies health problems

President Hugo Chavez appeared before journalists to deny reports his health had taken a turn for the worse, saying he was “doing well” as he recovers from cancer treatment. The Venezuelan president showed up at the Miraflores presidential palace wearing a baseball cap and glove, tossing a ball as he commented about his health…

Clinton outraged as Syrians target U.S. envoy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that Syria ”take every possible step” to protect American diplomats after supporters of President Bashar al-Assad tried to attack the US ambassador. The attempt to storm an office in Damascus where the ambassador,Robert Ford, had just arrived, came with the UN Security Councildivided over whether to threaten Syria with sanctions.…

Australian girl goes to court to stop marriage

A 16-year-old girl has been placed on an airport watchlist in Australia after going to court to prevent her parents sending her toLebanon for a forced marriage. The Federal Magistrates’ Court ruled that the parents of the teenager, who cannot be named, could not remove or attempt to remove their daughter…

Adverts remind Indians of country’s gender imbalance

Full-page colour advertisements in leading newspapers reminded Indians that “daughters bring joy to life” in a campaign designed to tackle the country’s worsening gender imbalance. Sex-selective abortions and female infanticide have left India with 914 girls for every 1,000 boys, its lowest since independence in 1947 and far below the global average…

European stocks ending third quarter in the red

European stocks slid on Friday, the last trading day of the third quarter, as markets doubted whether a boost to the eurozonebailout fund would provide the panacea to the bloc’s debt crisis. The euro dropped against the dollar as official data showed a spike in eurozone inflation to 3.0 percent in September, while…

Radical U.S. born cleric Awlaqi ‘killed’ in Yemen

Radical US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi has been killed with several other suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, the Yemeni defense ministry said on Friday. The ministry did not elaborate on the circumstances of Awlaqi’s death in a statement released to the media. But tribal sources told AFP that Awlaqi, who is wanted by Washington, was killed in an…

Morning is world’s happy time, says Twitter

WASHINGTON — People around the world are happiest in the morning, according to a US study on Thursday that analyzed hundreds of millions of messages on the microblogging site Twitter. Cornell University sociologists used language software to detect the presence of positive words in 509 million tweets from 2.4 million…

Egypt police, army officers probed over alleged torture

CAIRO — Four police and army officers were referred to the military prosecution on Thursday, after a video was posted online showing officers assaulting two detainees, the official MENA news agency reported. The footage circulating on social networking websites shows members of the army and security forces slapping and tasering…

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