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Turkey cuts some ties with ‘racist’ France over genocide law

Turkey reacted with fury Thursday to a vote by French lawmakersto outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide, immediately cutting military ties and warning of “irreparable damage” to relations. “This is politics based on racism, discrimination and xenophobia,” thundered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ordering home Ankara’s ambassador to Paris and banning political visits between the…

Iran ready for IAEA visit ‘as soon as possible’: envoy

Tehran’s envoy to the UN atomic agency said Thursday he would meet the watchdog’s chief nuclear inspector in Vienna in the first week of January to arrange a visit to Iran as soon as possible. “As soon as the holidays are over we will sit down with Mr (Herman) Nackaerts and arrange…

British women sue over French breast implants

More than 250 British women are taking court action after more than half experienced ruptures in breast implants made by a French company at the centre of a cancer scare, a lawyer said Wednesday. The women are among up to 50,000 in Britain who have had implants that were manufactured by the now-bankrupt Poly Implant Prothese…

Darfur rebels begin march on on Khartoum

Rebels from Sudan’s Darfur region have begun moving towards the capital Khartoum, their spokesman said Thursday, more than three years after they made an unprecedented attack on the capital. “Now our troops are moving from Darfur in an easterly direction towards the capital Khartoum,” Gibril Adam Bilal, of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), told AFP…

U.S. posts $10 million bounty on al Qaeda financier

The United States on Thursday offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a key Al-Qaeda fundraiser, who is said to be a Syrian operating from Iran. The reward for Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil marks the first time that a “terrorist financier” has been targeted in…

Model busted for smuggling cocaine in breast, buttocks implants

ROME — Italian airport police eyeing up a busty Spanish model’s curves made a startling discovery on Wednesday — 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of pure cocaine stashed as implants in her bust and backside. The 33-year-old woman arriving in Rome from Sao Paulo in Brazil was wearing tight-fitting clothes to…

Pakistan army wants Zardari out but not a coup

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is fed up with unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari and wants him out of office, but through legal means and without a repeat of the coups that are a hallmark of the country’s 64 years of independence, military sources said. Tensions are rising between…

A third of south Asians ‘made to pay bribes’ to officials

More than one in three south Asians say they were forced to bribe officials in the last year, mainly for services they were legally entitled to, an international anti-graft watchdog said Thursday. A survey released by Berlin-based Transparency International in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu showed bribery has become so endemic…

Russia’s Medvedev tries to appease protesters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for comprehensive reform of Russia’s political system to try to appease protesters staging the biggest demonstrations since Vladimir Putin rose to power 12 years ago. In his last state of the nation address to parliament as president, Medvedev outlined plans that…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the…

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