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Venezuela’s Chavez turns to shamans to fight cancer

Shamans from tribes in Venezuela’s Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment. Chavez, who insists that he was “not sick but recovering” from cancer, greeted the shamans wearing a track suit in the colors of…

Republican candidates head to Florida for key debate

Florida finds itself in the thick of the battle for the White House Monday, hosting a Republican debate in which the fate of entitlement programs could take center stage in a state with a huge proportion of elderly voters. Eight candidates will converge on the Florida State Fairgrounds for the…

Analysis: Israel faces prospect of isolation if it alienates former allies

The upcoming vision to Egypt by Turkey’s prime minister has raised the possibility that Israel may become profoundly isolated if the two nations that have been among its strongest supporters in the region make common cause against it. Thousands of Egyptians stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday, protesting…

Al-Jazeera Egypt shut down for ‘sowing dissent’

CAIRO — The satellite channel Al-Jazeera Egypt said on Sunday the authorities had prevented it from broadcasting, after entering its offices and confiscating transmission equipment. Ahmed Zain, the channel’s chief in Cairo, told AFP that police, officers from the culture ministry and representatives of Egypt’s public broadcaster had also seized…

Strauss-Kahn should stay out of French race: poll

(Reuters) – A majority of French think former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn should not get involved in the 2012 presidential election following his return to France after a sex-assault scandal in the United States, a poll showed on Sunday. The veteran Socialist politician had been seen as the clear favorite to…

Swedish police ‘arrest four terror suspects’

STOCKHOLM — Swedish police in the southwestern city of Gothenburg have arrested four people suspected of preparing a terror attack, Swedish media said Sunday quoting intelligence reports. “Four people suspected of preparing a terror attack” were arrested late Saturday, said TT news agency quoting Sara Kvarnstroem, spokesman of the Saepo…

China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang region

BEIJING — Over the past decade China has used the global “war on terror” to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western and restive Xinjiang region, according to a minority rights group. Beijing has attributed any social unrest in Xinjiang to the forces of “terrorism, separatism and religious…

Malaysia’s Mahathir: 9/11 not work of Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR — The long-serving former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad says Arab Muslims are incapable of carrying out the 9/11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. The ageing firebrand, who was in power in Malaysia at the time of the attacks and stepped down in 2003…

Palestinian leader vows to pursue UN statehood bid

AMMAN — President Mahmud Abbas said in remarks published on Sunday that Palestinians will seek UN membership despite US “threats” to stop financial aid. “We will go to the United Nations to obtain an international recognition to the state of Palestine, despite the obstacles and dangers, including US threats to…

Iraq’s Sadr orders halt to attacks on U.S. troops

NAJAF, Iraq — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers not to launch any attacks on US troops before a year-end deadline for their withdrawal, in a statement seen on Sunday. Sadr’s remarks came just days after he backtracked on a call for popular anti-government rallies. American forces have…

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