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Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bomb blast

An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed on Wednesday in a Tehran car bomb assassination blamed onIsrael that threatens to ignite a dangerously tense international standoff over Iran’s atomic programme. An Iranian official immediately blamed “the Zionist regime” for the explosion, saying the method — two men on a motorbike attaching a magnetic…

Five Muslim men go on trial in UK for anti-gay flyers

Five Muslim men have gone on trial in the United Kingdom for allegedly handing out leaflets calling for homosexuals to face the death penalty, according to the Guardian. Razwan Javed, 28, Kabir Ahmed, 28, Ihjaz Ali, 42, Umer Javed, 38, and Mehboob Hussain, 44, were arrested after members of the…

Three dead after fire on Korean trawler in Antarctica

WELLINGTON — Three crew from a Korean fishing boat are believed to have died and seven others have burns after a fire broke out on their trawler off Antarctica, New Zealand rescue officials said Wednesday. The 51-metre (155-foot) Jeong Woo 2 was in the remote Ross Sea, about 3,700 kilometres…

U.S. rescues six more Iranians despite tensions

WASHINGTON — A US ship on Tuesday rescued six Iranian mariners in the Gulf after their boat broke down, the Pentagon said, in the latest such gesture despite soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran. The United States, while pressing Iran over its nuclear program, has drawn attention to its assistance…

Haiti quake victims stuck in a time warp

PORT-AU-PRINCE — In the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville, some 2,500 people subsist in a crowded public park near open ditches flowing with human waste, a grim scene frozen in time two years after Haiti’s earthquake disaster. Valerie Loiseau, 28, recalled the fateful day — January 12, 2010 — when she…

Pope: Same sex marriage a threat to humanity’s future

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.” The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the…

7.3 magnitude quake strikes off western Indonesia: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck off the west coast ofIndonesia’s Northern Sumatra on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported. A tsunami warning has been issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The quake, which had a depth of 29 kilometres, hit at 2:37 am (1837 GMT) around 261 miles southwest of Banda Aceh. An official…

West edges closer to confrontation with Iran

Iran’s showdown with the West slid closer to dangerous confrontation on Tuesday as international alarm over a new uranium enrichment plant and Tehran’s death sentence for a “CIA spy” raised the stakes. Both sides were digging in deeper and brandishing military muscle, with Iran’s defiance hardening and the United States…

Merkel to meet IMF chief in euro crisis flurry

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to meet IMF chief Christine Lagarde here later Tuesday for talks set to focus on Greece as it races to reduce its debt in a bid to secure more aid. A day after Merkel hosted French President Nicholas Sarkozy for their first tete-a-tete of…

China urges U.S. to be ‘cautious’ over military plan

BEIJING — Beijing has urged the United States to exercise caution as it refocuses its defence policy to counter China’s rising military power and growing assertiveness in Asia. China’s defence ministry said a new US military strategy unveiled by President Barack Obama last week was based on “unfounded” charges, and…

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