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French police clash with anti-nuclear activists

Baton-wielding French police battled anti-nuclear protesters Wednesday as the last train carrying German nuclear waste treated in France set off on its journey home. A mobile police canteen was set on fire by demonstrators and at least three people were hurt, two protesters and a riot officer. Spooked by Japan’s…

Uncertainty surrounds Egypt military’s democracy pledge

CAIRO — Reasons behind a sudden proposal by Egypt’s military authority to swiftly transfer power to civilian rule are far from clear and could be an attempt to undermine the protesters, analysts said. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who took power when Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February, pledged in a…

Tunisian forces teargas protesters

TUNIS — Security forces used tear gas and shot into the air to disperse thousands of protesters in central-west Tunisia Wednesday, official and union sources said. The trouble came on the day that members of Tunisia’s interim government formally resigned, following the formation of the country’s first-ever democratically elected constituent…

Up to 763 contractors to train Iraqi forces: U.S.

BAGHDAD — A maximum of 763 civilian contractors and 157 US military personnel will train Iraqi security forces post-2011, if the Iraqi government gives its approval, a US officer said on Wednesday. US President Barack Obama announced on October 21 that US troops would depart Iraq by year’s end, after…

Obama urges Yemen to implement ‘historic transition’

US President Barack Obama urged Yemen on Wednesday to immediately implement a deal under which President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to hand over power after 33 years in office. “The United States will continue to stand by the Yemeni people as they embark on this historic transition,” Obama said in a written statement.…

Malaysian ‘tribunal’ finds Bush, Blair guilty of war crimes

A symbolic tribunal in Malaysia ruled unanimously Tuesday that former U.S. President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were both guilty of “crimes against peace” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir…

Quartet urges Israel to release Palestinian funds

The international diplomatic Quartet on Wednesday called on theIsraeli government to release “without delay” tax revenues due to the Palestinian Authority which it is withholding. “I continue to call on the Israeli government to release the clearance revenues it is withholding from the Palestinian Authority without delay and resume their transfer on a regular basis,”…

Lebanon to summon U.S. envoy over ‘CIA operatives’

Lebanon’s Hezbollah-dominated government on Wednesday announced it would summon the US ambassador to Beirut after the powerful Shiite group said it had succeeded in exposing CIA operatives. “The cabinet has decided to summon US Ambassador Maura Connelly to question her on this issue,” said Agriculture Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, who represents the Iran-backed Hezbollah in the…

Egyptian activist: U.S.-supplied teargas ‘clinging to my lungs’

An Egyptian activist says that the U.S. is still providing the teargas the Egyptian military has been using to crackdown on protesters this week. Khalid Abdalla, who has also starred in movies such as The Kite Runner, United 93 and Green Zone, told CBS News Wednesday that he had recently…

Australia to make forced marriage illegal

Australia on Wednesday announced plans to make forced marriage and “slavery-like” practices prevalent in the sex industry illegal. Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the draft legislation was part of the country’s response to combat people-trafficking and slavery. “Every person has a right to choose whether to marry and who to marry,”…

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