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France condemns UN Council silence on Syria deaths

UNITED NATIONS — France’s UN envoy said Monday that the UN Security Council is “morally responsible” for killings in Syria by failing to condemn the government crackdown on protests. But in a sign of growing divisions within the 15-member council over Syria, Russia’s ambassador accused western nations of seeking “regime…

Mexico detains one of most wanted gang leaders

MEXICO CITY — Mexican security forces have captured a regional leader of the Zetas drug gang who was on a list of the country’s 37 most dangerous criminals, a statement said Monday. Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, alias “El Lucky,” was detained in the city of Cordoba in eastern Veracruz state,…

Jobless men disrupt Iran president speech: reports

TEHRAN — Laid-off workers complaining about unpaid wages disrupted a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday by shouting and throwing objects, news websites and an agency reported. One of the men threw a “pair of shoes” at Ahmadinejad, according to a report by a little-known website, Ghasednews.ir, that…

U.S. to sell Iraq 18 more F-16 warplanes

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to sell Iraq 18 more F-16 fighter jets as Baghdad seeks to secure its airspace after the full withdrawal of US forces this month, a US official said Monday. “Today the administration notified Congress of its intent to sell Iraq a second tranche of…

5.3 million take part in Mexico pilgrimage

MEXICO CITY — More than five million people traveled to Mexico City’s Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe this year to pay their respects to one of Latin America?s most revered holy figures, authorities said Monday. Arriving on their knees, by bicycle or bus, more than 5.3 million pilgrims from…

Saudi woman beheaded for ‘practicing witchcraft’

RIYADH: A Saudi woman was beheaded Monday after being convicted of practising sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the Interior Ministry said. Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar was executed in the northern province of Jawf for “practising witchcraft and sorcery,” the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA…

Once a stray, Italian kitty inherits $13 million

A cat in Rome, Italy is officially part of the 1 percent after inheriting $13.3 million. Four-year-old Tommaso may have once been a stray, but he’s now the third-richest pet in the world. His 94-year-old owner was a childless widow who left the money to the kitty because no animal…

OECD detects world economy slowing down

Leading indicators all point to a slowdown in the world’s major developed economies, the OECD said on Monday. The composite index of leading indicators, designed to highlight turning points in performance, “point to a slowdown in economic activity in all major economies but with some variation” in individual countries, it…

Giving birth is a battle for survival in Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – She was 15 years old, heavily pregnant and had travelled eight days on the back of a donkey to reach hospital. Suffering from seizures and high blood pressure, she died soon after at the Herat Maternity Hospital in western Afghanistan, one of the thousands of women…

PM David Cameron’s camp ‘world’s stupidest’: French regulator

PARIS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron proved the British political right is the world’s stupidest by refusing last week’s European summit deal on fiscal reform under pressure from narrow financial lobby interests, the head of France’s financial sector regulator said Monday. “For a long time it was said that…

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