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Dozens hurt as Christian march attacked in Cairo

CAIRO — Hundreds of Coptic Christians marching in Cairo on Thursday came under attack by assailants throwing stones and bottles and 25 people were lightly injured in subsequent clashes, a security official said. They were marching to demand justice for the Christian victims of a clash with soldiers in October…

Transgender people murdered as world resists change

LONDON (Reuters) – Ever since she can remember, Katherine Cummings knew she had been born into the wrong body. “I knew I was transgendered as far back as memories go,” said the 76-year old, formerly called John, who works at Australia’s Gender Center for people with gender issues. “Four years…

Europe in the grip of drug-resistant superbugs

LONDON (Reuters) – Superbugs capable of evading even the most powerful antibiotics are increasing their grip in Europe with rates of drug resistance in one type of bacteria reaching 50 percent in the worst-hit countries, health officials said Thursday. In a report on multi-drug resistant bacteria, or so-called superbugs, the…

South African teacher hacked to death in front of class

A teacher was hacked to death with a machete in front of a shocked classroom of primary school students in South Africa, media reports said on Thursday. Guilford Shapo, 53, was killed Tuesday at Masehlong Primary School in the northern town of Polokwane, where he was observing seventh-grade students taking…

Thousands of Kuwaitis storm parliament

Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed parliament after police and elite forces beat up protesters marching on the prime minister’s home to demand he resign, an opposition MP said. The demonstrators broke open parliament’s gates and entered the main chamber, where they sang the national anthem in a country so far spared…

Protester sets self on fire in Tiananmen Square

A Chinese man set himself alight in Tiananmen Square last month, authorities said Thursday, the first such protest reported in the politically sensitive heart of the capital in more than a decade. Police moved quickly to put out the fire and the 42-year-old man survived, the Beijing Public Security Bureau…

Japan bans Fukushima rice for radiation

Japan on Thursday announced its first ban on rice produced near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant after samples showed radioactive contamination well above legal limits. The findings will further worry nervous consumers, already fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid safety reputation. Authorities in Fukushima…

Disarmament group slams U.S.-led cluster bomb treaty

GENEVA — Disarmament campaigners accused the United States on Wednesday of negotiating a treaty on cluster munitions which it says could encourage the use of the deadly weapon. Negotiations began in Geneva this week among member states of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as they attempt to conclude…

‘Occupy London’ protesters get 24 hours to leave St Paul’s

LONDON — London authorities ordered anti-capitalist protesters camped at St Paul’s Cathedral to leave within 24 hours Wednesday in a new blow after the global movement’s US birthplace was torn down. As bedraggled Occupy Wall Street activists trickled back through heavy security into a New York park a day after…

U.S. missiles kill up to 18 Pakistani Taliban: officials

A major salvo of U.S. missiles on Wednesday destroyed a Pakistani Taliban base on the Afghan border, killing up to 18 militants including possible Al-Qaeda fighters, local officials said. Five U.S. drones fired up to 10 missiles into a sprawling compound in the Baber Ghar area of South Waziristan, killing 15 to 18…

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