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Brazil probes Petrobras role in Chevron spill: report

(Reuters) – RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors are probing the possible involvement of state-led oil company Petrobras in a November offshore oil spill in a field operated by Chevron, the No. 2 U.S. oil company, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported on its Web site.…

Bangladeshi police fire teargas at protesters

Bangladeshi police fired teargas at scores of protesters on Sunday as violence broke out during a day-long opposition strike in the capital Dhaka. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its Islamist allies enforced the strike in protest at the government’s decision to divide the 400-year-old city into two…

Afghan human rights situation ‘still critical’ 10 years on

The human rights situation remains “critical” in Afghanistan despite the Taliban’s ouster 10 years ago, Human Rights Watch said, accusing Kabul and its Western backers of failing to prioritise rights conditions. The US-based group on Sunday said the government had missed opportunities to put the rights of Afghans at the…

Japanese return to Canada’s WWII internment camps

Seven decades after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese are returning to the camps in Canada where they were interned during World War II. The December 7, 1941 attack on the main US naval base in the Pacific plunged the United States into war but also changed the fate of…

Russians vote as foul play claimed

Russians voted Sunday in elections set to see Vladimir Putin’s ruling party win a reduced majority in parliament, amid claims the authorities were engaging in foul play to ensure it maintained dominance. Russia’s main independent vote monitors have been denounced and harassed by the authorities ahead of the elections, while…

Karzai accuses Pakistan of stalling talks with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan, which is boycotting an international conference on Afghanistan starting Monday in Bonn, of undermining all negotiations with the Taliban. “Up until now, they have sadly refused to back efforts for negotiations with the Taliban,” Karzai told Der Spiegel weekly in comments reported in…

Islamists sweep early results in Egypt election

Early results from Egypt’s first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties being trounced in many areas. Partial figures trickled in for the areas of the country that voted in record numbers on Monday and Tuesday, confirming earlier predictions that Islamist parties would…

Panetta: Israel must get to the ‘damn’ peace table

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel on Friday to get back to the “damn” negotiating table with Palestinians and take steps to address what he described as the Jewish state’s growing isolation in the Middle East. Panetta, addressing a forum in Washington, also made one of his…

Afghan woman, jailed for being raped, wins pardon

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has pardoned a woman who was raped by a family member but then jailed for adultery, a statement from the presidential palace has said, in a case that highlights deep concerns about women’s rights in the country. The 21-year-old, known as Gulnaz, had earlier been offered…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood tells rivals to accept vote result

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on its rivals to accept the will of the people on Saturday after a first-round vote set its party on course to take the most seats in the country’s first freely elected parliament in six decades. Preliminary results showed the Brotherhood’s liberal rivals…

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