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U.S.-Pakistan military leaders meet to salvage relations

The top US and Pakistani military leaders met in Spain to discuss ways to shore up strained ties after a US raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and his Pakistani counterpart General Ashfaq Kayani sat down…

Orangutans allowed to smoke at Indonesian zoos

An activist said Saturday that orangutans in many of Indonesia’s zoos were allowed to smoke as visitors could freely toss cigarettes to them without proper monitoring. “Cigarettes are bad for orangutans’ health. We demand the zoos closely monitor the orangutans,” Centre for Orangutan Protection campaigner Hardi Baktiantoro told AFP. “Orangutans…

LIVE Video: Global Protests of Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street has led a global protest in 74 cities, including New York City, on Wall Street. WATCH LIVE: Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com…

Turkey refuses U.S. mediation in crisis with Israel

Turkey does not need United States’ mediation to solve a long-lasting crisis with Israel over a deadly 2010 flotilla raid, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday. “We do not need mediation … for Israel in any way,” Davutoglu said during a televised press conference in the central province of…

Father of UBS trader says he is ‘man of integrity’

The father of the trader charged over an alleged $2 billion fraud at Swiss bank UBS said Saturday he was preparing to fly to London to be with his son, whom he described as a “man of integrity”. John Adoboli, the father of 31-year-old trader Kweku Adoboli, urged the world…

U.S. defends anti-terror strikes on Qaeda targets

A top US anti-terror advisor said America’s anti-terror campaign must go beyond “hot” battlefields in Afghanistan but legal curbs could constrain its action. John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top advisor for counterterrorism and homeland security, also criticized Friday attempts by some lawmakers to ensure that military, rather than civilian courts…

Oktoberfest beer festival opens amid tight security

Munich’s traditional beer festival kicked off Saturday under heavy security and with the price of a litre tankard at a record high. City mayor Christian Ude, a Social Democrat, tapped the first barrel on the stroke of midday and clinked glasses with the conservative governor of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, to…

Iraq recovers $116 million from Saddam officials

Iraq has recovered $116 million from bank accounts in France belonging to an official from ex-dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime, the country’s anti-graft watchdog said in a statement seen on Saturday. The Commission on Integrity said the funds comprised $106 million deposited in UBAF, a French-registered bank whose shareholders include 19…

U.S. hikers await judge’s signature to be free: lawyer

The lawyer of two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran told AFP on Saturday that everything was ready for their release, except for the signature of a judge to post bail. “Everything is in place to post bail (for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer) and to have them released,…

Somalia bans foreign aid workers from rebel areas

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia has banned foreign aid workers and journalists from entering areas controlled by al Shabaab insurgents after members of a Turkish charity took food to famine victims in an area under the Islamist group. Nearly all aid agencies have already barred their expatriate workers from operating in…

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