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Indonesian man dies after self-immolation

JAKARTA — An 22-year-old Indonesian man has died after setting himself on fire near the presidential palace, according to police, in what is believed to be the country’s first self-immolation protest. The man, identified as student Sondang Hutagalung, died on Saturday after he was taken to hospital with 98 percent…

Major 6.5 quake hits southern Mexico, 2 dead

MEXICO CITY — A major 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico with officials reporting two deaths, as the quake was strongly felt in the capital Mexico City and southern Guerrero state. The temblor occurred at 7:47 pm (0147 GMT Sunday) about 166 kilometers (103 miles) southwest of Mexico City, at a depth…

Former Panama strongman Noriega heads home to prison

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Manuel Noriega, Panama’s ruthless drug-running military dictator of the 1980s, is to be returned home on Sunday, headed for a jungle prison to serve a 20-year term for the murders of opponents during his rule. Noriega, now 77, was toppled in a U.S. invasion of Panama…

Philippines gunmen free U.S. teenager after 5 months

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine gunmen late on Saturday freed a U.S. teen-ager after holding him captive for nearly five months on an island in the troubled south of the country, security officials said. Kevin Eric Lunsmann, 14, and his mother and a cousin, had been vacationing near Zamboanga City in…

A country’s guide to escaping the euro

If disaster strikes, how exactly does a eurozone nation hit the emergency escape button on the euro? Once considered an outlandish scenario, it is no longer taboo among economists. Whether it is the entire euro project collapsing or just one country jettisoning the single currency, analysts agree on rule number…

Yemen ‘unity’ government sworn in

Yemen’s national unity government, headed by the opposition, was sworn in Saturday to lead a three-month transition period until early polls are held and President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally steps down. The official Saba news agency said the swearing-in ceremony took place at the Republican Palace in the capital Sanaa…

Peru PM replaced in cabinet shake-up

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Saturday replaced his prime minister with his interior minister — a former army officer like himself who played a key role in quelling a recent spate of social unrest. Local media had predicted for several weeks that a cabinet reshuffle was likely, as Humala —…

Strong earthquake rattles Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Guerrero state in southwest Mexico, rattling buildings as far away as the capital Mexico City. Reuters reporters in Mexico City said the earthquake seemed to go on for an unusually long period. There were no immediate reports of damage but…

Anti-Putin rallies spread across Russia

Over 50,000 people rallied Saturday in Moscow while thousands more came out across Russia following disputed polls in the biggest ever national show of defiance against strongman Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule. A crowd chanting “Russia without Putin” marched past tight police cordons to a square on an island in the…

Australia elects world’s first intersex mayor

The country of Australia has made history, electing the world’s first openly intersex mayor. Tony Briffa was declared the winner of the Hobsons Bay mayoral race last weekend, overcoming a glitch on his website announcing his victory a day before the election. Briffa, who says that he is “not male…

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