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Mexicans flood home for Christmas, wary of crime

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and Central Americans have been clogging crossings at the US-Mexico border, braving bandits and corrupt authorities in a perilous migration south to be home for Christmas. This year, travelers are taking greater precautions to avoid being robbed or kidnapped as they…

U.S. denies interfering in Egyptian affairs

WASHINGTON — The United States Wednesday rejected accusations that it was interfering in Egyptian affairs, after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments provoked an angry response from Cairo. “We are going to speak out for the human rights of people around the world. We do not consider that interference,”…

Turkey to launch sanctions against France over genocide bill

ANKARA — Ankara will announce sanctions against Paris, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday on the eve of a debate in the French parliament on a law criminalising the denial of the Armenian genocide by Turkish forces. “Tomorrow probably I will announce what we will do at the first…

Canadian charity throws doomed bunnies a lifeline

(Reuters) – A Canadian charity, appropriately named EARS, is offering to help a Rocky Mountain town deal with its bunny problem, promising to neuter and spay the unwanted rabbits rather than let the city carry out its trap-and-cull proposal. The estimated 2,000 rabbits of Canmore, Alberta, are the black, white and brown descendents of pets released…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the military, which is trying to…

Syria opposition urges UN action over ‘massacres’

The opposition Syrian National Council on Wednesday urged theUN Security Council and Arab League to hold emergency meetings after “massacres” carried out by regime forces. Reacting to reports this week of the killing of hundreds of civilians, the opposition bloc called for an “emergency UN Security Council session to discuss the regime’s massacres in…

Czechs bid farewell to Havel in national mourning

Thousands gathered in Prague’s historic city centre on Wednesday as the Czech Republic began three days of national mourning to bid final farewell to Vaclav Havel, the icon of the 1989 Velvet Revolution. In the early morning chill, some 10,000 mourners mostly in black, some carrying Czech or Slovak flags, joined a solemn procession…

Egyptians vote after deadly clashes

Egyptians turned out to vote again on Wednesday in the run-off of a staggered election marred by deadly clashes between protesters and security forces that have left 14 people dead in five days. Polling stations opened at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in a third of the country’s 27 provinces with a visibly…

Iraq row deepens as PM calls for VP handover

Iraq’s government marked its first anniversary Wednesday in turmoil as its premier urged Kurd officials to hand over the Sunni vice president on terror charges, in a row that has raised communal tension. Washington has urged calm, but Prime Minister Nuri al-Malikithreatened to replace ministers belonging to the Sunni-backedIraqiya bloc if they…

U.S. condemns Egyptian ‘Hitler’ remark

WASHINGTON — A US official voiced outrage Tuesday after an adviser to Egypt’s military said that some protesters facing down troops in Cairo should be “thrown into Hitler’s incinerators.” Retired general Abdelmoneim Kato’s “anti-Semitic comments are outrageous, offensive and clearly unacceptable,” Hannah Rosenthal, the US special envoy against anti-Semitism, wrote…

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