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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…

South Korean minister opposes ‘corporate-bashing’

South Korea’s finance minister spoke out against “corporate-bashing” by politicians who are calling for a tighter rein on conglomerates, as they try to woo voters ahead of elections. “The recent wave of corporate-bashing by the ruling and opposition parties is feared to deepen a divide among citizens,” Bahk Jae-Wan told…

French court to rule on Scientology fraud appeal

A Paris court is to rule Thursday in an appeal against a fine of hundreds of thousands of euros imposed on the Church of Scientology after it was found guilty of fleecing vulnerable followers. A 2009 fraud conviction saw Scientology’s Celebrity Centre and its bookshop in Paris, the two branches…

Clergy rebel against Church of England on same-sex marriage

The Church of England faced a rebellion from its clergy Thursday over a ban on gay civil partnership ceremonies on its premises. Nearly 100 clergy from the London diocese, which has 470 stipendiary priests, signed a letter to The Times newspaper urging that priests be allowed to follow their individual…

Amnesty urges release of South Korean Twitter user

SEOUL — Rights group Amnesty International Thursday urged the release of a South Korean activist accused of helping the “enemy” by re-tweeting messages from North Korea’s official Twitter account. Park Jeong-Geun, a Socialist Party activist, was arrested last month for re-tweeting messages such as “Long Live General Kim Jong-Il”. The…

64-year-old tub of lard found in Germany — still edible

ROSTOCK, Germany — A German pensioner who had kept a tub of lard in his cupboard for 64 years, took it to authorities who pronounced it very much fit for consumption — if a little tasteless. Retired chemist Hans Feldmeier, 87, told AFP he had received the pig fat as…

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