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US hikers’ relatives plead to Iran for ‘compassion’

The relatives of imprisoned Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on Sunday urged the Iranian government to show “compassion” and free the two men, one day after their eight-year prison sentences were made known. “Of the 751 days of Shane and Josh’s imprisonment, yesterday and today have been the most…

Prime Minister Stoltenberg: Norway has conquered hate

OSLO — Norwegians have collectively defeated hatred, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday at a remembrance ceremony for the 77 victims of last month’s twin attacks. “Together we have conquered hate. Together, let us embrace openness, tolerance and a sense of community,” he said, as thousands remembered the country’s worst…

Young Pakistanis turn to music to beat bombers

LAHORE, Pakistan — Against a backdrop of militant bombs and bullets, wealthy young Pakistanis are turning to the beat of modern music to help bring social change to their troubled Muslim nation. “I love how when you enter the place, you’re completely transformed,” said DJ Faisal Big at a recent…

Gaza rockets land in Egypt amid tensions with Israel

CAIRO — Rockets from Gaza apparently targeting Israel landed across the border in Egypt on Sunday amid tensions after the deaths of policemen on the border and protests outside Israel’s embassy. Tensions between the Jewish state and the most populous Arab nation have surged since the deaths on Thursday of…

Afghan election body throws out nine lawmakers

KABUL — Afghanistan’s election commission on Sunday threw nine lawmakers out of parliament in a bid to settle nearly a year of disputes over fraud-tainted elections that have paralysed the lower house. Although President Hamid Karzai tasked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) with making a final ruling, it was not…

Prosecutor to ‘seek dismissal’ of case against DSK

The prosecutor in charge of the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn will ask a judge Tuesday to dismiss all charges against the former IMF chief, the New York Post reported on Sunday. Citing sources close to the prosecutor, the Post said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was prepared to…

Bad weather interrupts pope’s speech in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – A torrential rainstorm forced Pope Benedict to abandon a speech to hundreds of thousands of young people gathered at an aerodrome outside Madrid on Saturday. Driving rain and wind forced the organisers of the event to recommend Benedict halt his address after delivering just a few opening…

Egypt recalls envoy from Israel over deaths

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt said Saturday it would withdraw its ambassador from Israel, insisting the killing of five Egyptian security personnel while Israeli forces pursued gunmen across the border was a breach of its 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish state. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel regretted the…

Jet crash in Canadian Arctic leaves 12 dead

TORONTO (Reuters) – Twelve people died when a First Air jet crashed at Resolute Bay in the Canadian Arctic, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said on Saturday. CBC said the chartered Boeing 737 had been traveling from Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories, with 15 people aboard, including four crew members,…

Norway survivors return to scene of massacre

Several hundred survivors of Norway’s worst peace-time massacre made a difficult, first return to the tiny island where 69 others were gunned down in cold blood by a rightwing extremist last month. Though police have cleaned up signs of the July 22 bloodbath on Utoeya island, it was still fresh…

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