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Trapped Chinese miners unlikely to survive: Xinhua

Three workers trapped in a mine in northeastern China since it flooded 10 days ago are unlikely to survive the disaster, according to the state Xinhua news agency. Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled 19 miners from the pit in China’s Heilongjiang province, providing a rare good-news story in an industry…

UN inquiry calls Israel flotilla raid ‘excessive’

UNITED NATIONS — Israel used “excessive” deadly violence against a Turkish-led aid flotilla to Gaza, according to a UN mandated inquiry whose report was published Thursday by the New York Times. But the report, which has not yet been officially released amid a dispute between Israel and Turkey, said the…

Japan dolphin hunt faces global protest

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators protested outside of Japan’s embassies around the world on Thursday to urge an end to its killing of dolphins, criticizing the bloody annual hunt as wantonly cruel. In Washington, some two dozen people stood in front of the embassy holding signs to passing traffic including, “Dolphins Want…

Iran slams Sarkozy over nuclear remark: report

TEHRAN — Iran urged French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday not to make comments based on “unrealistic information,” after Paris called for tougher sanctions over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme. “As stated repeatedly, Iran’s nuclear activity is completely peaceful and International Atomic Energy Agency reports have confirmed it,” state television quoted…

WikiLeaks threatens to release unredacted cables

LONDON — The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks conducted an online poll Thursday of its Twitter followers to decide whether to publish an unredacted cache of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables. The site last week released 134,000 diplomatic cables, with many showing the unprotected names of informants and other individuals…

Russia recognizes Libya’s rebels as world leaders meet

Russia on Thursday officially recognised Libya’s rebels as the governing authority in the country, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Russian Federation recognises Libya’s National Transitional Council as the ruling authority and notes its reform programme that includes the development of a new constitution, holding general elections and…

Phone leak reveals foul-mouthed Berlusconi

A foul-mouthed Silvio Berlusconi is caught saying he wants to leave Italy, according to a leaked phone conversation published by Italian media as part of a probe into a blackmail plot against the prime minister. “I’m so transparent, so clean in everything I do. There’s nothing I could be reproached…

WikiLeaks cable: U.S. troops handcuffed, shot Iraqi children in raid

According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70′s and five children ages five and under. McClatchy is reporting that the soldiers then…

Almost 10 years on, 9/11 conspiracy theories abound

For some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attacks: yes, the American government. Defying countless official and non-governmental enquiries, media reporting, and often common sense, a significant number of people fervently disbelieve that Osama bin…

Billing dispute reveals CIA torture flights

A billing dispute in New York has revealed details of secret CIA rendition flights that transported terror suspects around the world following the September 11 attacks, newspapers reported. The Washington Post, one of a handful of media outlets alerted to the public court documents by a London-based rights group, said…

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