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Four opposition activists shot dead in Bangladesh

DHAKA — Four opposition activists were killed and nearly 200 people injured on Sunday when police opened fire at large Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rallies in the southeast. The shootings happened in the towns of Chandpur and Laksmipur after the party held demonstrations to demand that the government resign in…

Yemeni elite troops open fire as soldiers protest

SANAA — Troops at the headquarters of Yemen’s elite Republican Guard opened fire on Sunday at a protest by soldiers demanding the ouster of their brigade chief over corruption charges, a military source said. Soldiers from the fourth brigade of the Republican Guard were demanding the removal of Abdulmalik al-Arar…

Hitler painting fetches $42,300 in Slovak auction

BRATISLAVA — A 1913 painting by Nazi Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler sold for 32,000 euros ($42,300) in a Slovak internet auction on Sunday, the Darte auction house said. The starting price for the painting titled Maritime Nocturno was set at 10,000 euros, while an expert put its value at 25,000…

Kenya arrests controversial Muslim preacher

MOMBASA, Kenya — Kenyan police Sunday arrested a Muslim preacher who had been previously arrested but acquitted of the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa which killed 15 people. Aboud Rogo Mohammed, a cleric in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa since 1997, was arrested in a raid in…

Arabs suspend observer mission, Syria deaths spike

The Arab League suspended its controversial observer mission in Syria on Saturday as the bloodshed in a crackdown on anti-regime protests spiked, with the death toll topping 210 in four days. The announcement came as the opposition Syrian National Council said its leader would travel to New York to press…

U.S. military reaches further into Asia

The United States is forging ahead with plans to expand its military power in Asia, with the Philippines and other allies welcoming troops and the Pentagon devoting funds to design cutting-edge weapons. Despite pressure to curb spending, President Barack Obama has made clear that he will put a top priority on maintaining the US military’s dominant role…

Sanctions take their toll on ordinary Iranians

A raft of Western economic sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme are increasingly stifling the lives of ordinary Iranians, hit by rising inflation and growing isolation. EU and US banking sanctions put in place 18 months ago, and reinforced on Monday, have fuelled Iran’s runaway inflation and triggered a collapse in the…

London mulls Rio-style Jesus statue for Olympics

London may erect a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue to mark the passage of the Olympic torch to Brazil at the end of this year’s games, reports said. The 30-foot (10-metre) sculpture would sit atop Primrose Hill, one of the most popular viewing points in…

Senior Church of England cleric condemns British government’s same-sex marriage plans

The second most senior cleric in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, on Saturday condemned the British government’s plans to introduce same-sex civil marriages. “Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” the Ugandan-born archbishop told the Daily Telegraph newspaper, adding that only “dictators” tried…

Panetta believes Pakistan knew where bin Laden was hiding

WASHINGTON — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta still believes someone in authority in Pakistan knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding before US forces went in to find him, he said in a TV interview to air Sunday. Intelligence reports found Pakistani military helicopters had passed over the compound in…

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