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Intergovernmental report: Extreme climate events becoming more frequent, costly

Intense, months-long heat waves, fierce flooding and an ever-increasing human and economic toll from natural disasters are all things governments around the world should begin anticipating, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced on Friday. In a draft report, the scientific body warned that climate extremes are more likely…

Philippine ex-President Arroyo arrested in hospital

MANILA (Reuters) – Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested on Friday for electoral fraud, which carries a life sentence, at a Manila hospital, preventing her departure from the country to seek medical treatment. President Benigno Aquino and his government have long accused Arroyo of corruption during her two…

Ex-Soviet states take first step to ‘Eurasian Union’

Three ex-Soviet states were Friday to agree the first steps towards creating a Eurasian economic union, a project backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to bind closer the former USSR. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Kazakhstan and Belarus counterparts Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko were to sign a declaration on further economic integration at a summit in Moscow, the Kremlin…

Libyan rendition victim files complaint against MI6

A Libyan Islamist has filed a criminal complaint with London police claiming British and US intelligence handed him over to Moamer Kadhafi’s regime in 2004, a rights group said on Thursday. Sami al-Saadi said he and his family of six were detained while living in London, then illegally rendered to Libyan authorities by the foreign…

Iran faces censure by UN watchdog

The UN atomic watchdog’s board was expected Friday to pass a resolution of “deep and increasing concern” about Iran’s nuclear activities after a damning new report from the Vienna-based body. The resolution, tabled at the International Atomic Energy Agencyby the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, says it was “essential…

Pope heads to voodoo heartland for second Africa visit

Pope Benedict XVI headed for Benin on Friday, a nation considered to be the heartland of voodoo, on his second visit to Africa after his 2009 trip sparked an outcry over condoms. He is expected to be welcomed by tens of thousands of Benin citizens as well as pilgrims from…

Fishermen sue ConocoPhillips over China oil spill

A group of Chinese fishermen is suing ConocoPhillips for damages allegedly caused by a huge oil spill at an offshore field operated by the US energy giant, their lawyer said Friday. The early-June spill leaked more than 3,000 barrels of oil and oil-based mud — a substance used as a lubricant in drilling —…

France, Turkey call for greater pressure on Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – France and Turkey called on Friday for greater international pressure on Syria to end the violent crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, while activists said security forces shot dead five people protesting after weekly prayers. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he doubted Syria would respond…

Danish right-wing extremists eye ‘race war’: police

COPENHAGEN — Right-wing extremists in Denmark are getting ready for a “race war” and are conducting weapons training in preparation, the country’s PET intelligence agency said Thursday. A small minority of Denmark’s far-right group members “are involved in registering political adversaries and are trying among other things to acquire skills…

‘Multiple’ fatalities in Australian nursing home blaze

SYDNEY — A number of elderly people were killed Friday and many more injured when a fire ripped through a nursing home in western Sydney, emergency services said. Up to 90 firefighters, a large number of police and paramedics raced to the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in the early hours…

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