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Egypt’s Christians worried by Islamist surge

CAIRO — Egyptian Copts, the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, headed to mass on Sunday fearful of what an Islamist landslide in the country’s election will mean for their community. In churches across the capital, the community gathered for its first Sunday service since the opening stage of the country’s…

British embassy attack ‘illegal’ says top Iran cleric

Top Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami has sharply criticised the storming of the British embassy in Tehran by hundreds of pro-regime protesters, calling the attack “illegal,” media reports said Sunday. “I explicitly say that I am against attacking embassies and occupying them,” he was quoted as saying by the ISNA…

Chavez wants Chile, Cuba to help lead new Americas bloc

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday urged Chile and Cuba to join him in a “troika” of core nations at the forefront of a new Americas bloc that excludes the United States and Canada. “The troika has to immediately assume responsibility,” said Chavez, the driving force behind the Community of…

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…

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