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No girls to play with at school: India’s infanticide crisis

DEVDA, India — As the only girl in her noisy classroom of 22 boys, Padma Kanwar Bhatti is one defiant symbol of the toll exacted by India’s deadly preference for male children. Padma, 15, lives with her parents and two elder brothers in Devda, a village of 2,500 residents in…

Floods create ‘inland sea’ in Australia

SYDNEY — Major flooding hit parts of Australia’s east on Friday, stranding thousands of residents, prompting a military airlift and leaving some communities only accessible by helicopter. The deluge, which has sparked dozens of rescues and left about 7,275 people isolated in various parts of New South Wales state has…

Deported Rwandan charged with plotting genocide

KIGALI — A Rwandan sought by the authorities in Kigali over the 1994 genocide and deported by Canada after a long legal battle, was charged Thursday with plotting genocide, incitement and distribution of arms. Leon Mugesera, who had been fighting his deportation to Rwanda for the past 16 years, asked…

Baghdad says U.S. Iran sanctions a problem for Iraq

BAGHDAD — American sanctions on Iran pose difficulties for Iraq because of its close economic ties with the Islamic republic, so Baghdad plans to seek a waiver from the US, the government spokesman told AFP. The United States, European Union and others have ramped up sanctions to target Iran’s oil…

Gaza protesters hurl shoes as UN’s Ban begins visit

UN leader Ban Ki-moon came under a brief shower of shoes as he entered Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday, hours after a barrage of rockets was fired from the territory into Israel. As the UN chief entered the Palestinian territory, protesters threw shoes, sand and small stones at his convoy, which…

Palestinians return ‘lost’ Israeli soldier to unit

An Israeli soldier who became separated from his unit during an operation in a Palestinian West Bank village was safely returned to his fellow troops by local residents, Israeli media said Thursday. The Israeli army confirmed that the soldier appeared to have gotten lost in the incident, but said they…

Egypt mourns 74 killed in football tragedy

Egypt began three days of mourning on Thursday after 74 people were killed in an eruption of violence at a football match that sparked new anger against the military rulers for failing to ensure security. The rioting Wednesday night in the northern city of Port Said marked one of the…

Hundreds rescued as Papua New Guinea ferry sinks

More than 200 people were plucked from waters off Papua New Guinea Thursday after a ferry sank but many others remained missing, with rescuers scouring the area for survivors as night fell. Operator Star Ships said it lost contact with the MV Rabaul Queen at about 6am on Thursday (2000…

Hundreds rescued as Papua New Guinea ferry sinks

More than 200 people were plucked from waters off Papua New Guinea Thursday after a ferry sank but many others remained missing, with rescuers scouring the area for further survivors. Operator Star Ships said it lost contact with the MV Rabaul Queen at about 6am on Thursday (2000 GMT Wednesday)…

Old weapons, new threats fuel India’s military build-up

India’s planned purchase of 126 fighters from France’s Dassault marks the latest stage in a huge military procurement cycle that has turned the world’s largest democracy into its biggest arms importer. The final Dassault contract is expected to be worth $12 billion and India is preparing further big ticket purchases…

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