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Thousands of protesters await nuclear waste train

Thousands of anti-nuclear protestors awaited the arrival Saturday of a train carrying radioactive nuclear waste from France to northern Germany, where it will be stored. Organisers said 23,000 protesters had made their way to the town of Dannenberg, where 11 containers of German nuclear waste reprocessed in France are due…

France’s ruling party denies role in Strauss-Kahn downfall

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling UMP party on Saturday dismissed allegations of a political plot to bring down disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, following an investigative report by a U.S. journalist. The article by Edward Jay Epstein, published in the New York Review of Books, raised…

Egypt deports three Americans held in Tahrir protests

Egypt on Saturday deported three American students arrested during protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand an end to military rule, an airport official told AFP. The three students of the American University in Cairo were ordered released on Thursday after three days in custody. According to the official MENA…

War games spotlight China-Pakistan hype

Paratroopers hurtling head first out of planes, attack helicopters strafing a terror training centre and shacks blown to bits were this week’s latest embodiment of China-Pakistan friendship. The war games conducted by 540 Chinese and Pakistani soldiers running around scrubland — the fourth joint exercises since 2006 — were ostensibly…

Pakistan says NATO strike killed 26 soldiers

Pakistan accused NATO on Saturday of killing 26 soldiers in a lethal air strike, protesting in the strongest terms to the US and sealing its border to NATO supplies bound for Afghanistan. It was the deadliest NATO strike reported by Pakistan during the 10-year war in Afghanistan and looked set…

U.S. rebuffed in push to head off cluster bomb ban

GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.S.-led push to regulate, rather than ban, cluster munitions failed Friday after 50 countries objected, following humanitarian campaigners’ claims that anything less than a outright ban would be an unprecedented reversal of human rights law. While the United States, China and Russia want rules about the…

Nations most at risk from climate change may “occupy” Durban talks

The tactics that have transformed domestic politics in the United States over the last two months may be about to move to a wider stage, with some developing nations considering “occupying” this weeks climate-change talks in Durban, South Africa. Hopes of any meaningful action coming out of the talks were…

77% of Germans want neo-Nazi party banned

BERLIN — Three-quarters of Germans want the neo-Nazi NPD party banned, a poll showed on Friday, after the discovery of an extreme far-right cell believed to have murdered 10 people, mainly Turkish shopkeepers. The survey, by polling agency Forschungsgruppe Wahlen, revealed that 77 percent of Germans want the NPD (National…

Egypt gas pipeline blown up again: state media

Masked gunmen on Friday blew up a gas pipeline which supplies Egyptian gas to Israel, the official MENA news agency reported, in the eighth such attack this year. The saboteurs planted explosives under the pipeline, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of the town of El-Arish in the north of…

50 bodies found in two days of carnage in Mexico

Fifty dead bodies have been discovered over the past two days in western Mexico, victims of a fierce war waged between the government and the nation’s powerful drug cartels. The bodies of 26 young men were dumped in three vehicles near a busy intersection in Guadalajara. It bore the signs…

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