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21 Gaza flotilla activists still in Israeli jail

A group of 21 activists who tried to sail to Gaza in breach of an Israeli blockade of the territory remain in Israeli custody, pending legal proceedings, the interior ministry said on Sunday. “There are 21 passengers detained who refused to be expelled immediately and are engaged in proceedings against…

Saudi goes hi-tech for hajj pilgrimage

The annual hajj pilgrimage that draws millions of Muslim faithful to Mecca has gone hi-tech this year, with the Saudi authorities calling in latest electronic aides to help control the vast crowds. Coping with the world’s largest annual human assembly poses a security headache for Saudi Arabia — guardian of…

‘Occupy London Stock Exchange’ protests outside of parliament

About 200 anti-capitalist protesters linked to a group camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral demonstrated on Saturday outside the parliament. Protesters from the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) group had set off on a march towards Trafalgar Square but a breakaway group headed to the square outside the Houses of…

Major UN Iran nuke report expected

Diplomats to the UN atomic watchdog are bracing for a new report this week providing fresh detail on Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons drive, amid growing speculation of an Israeli military strike. Previous International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assessments have centred on Iran’s efforts to produce fissile material — uranium and…

Israel’s Peres says Iran attack ‘more and more likely’

Israeli President Shimon Peres said “an attack on Iran” by Israel and other countries was “more and more likely.” He told Israeli private television’s second channel: “The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn…

Pakistan court indicts 7 in Bhutto murder case

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court Saturday indicted five Islamist militants and two police officers in the high-profile assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said. Bhutto, the first female prime minister in the Muslim world, was killed in a gun and suicide attack in 2007 in one of…

34-car pileup kills at least 7 in U.K.

At least seven people were killed and 51 injured, police said Saturday, in one of the biggest British motorway crashes in decades, with an inferno burning vehicles to cinders. The 34-vehicle pile-up at 8:25 pm (2025 GMT) Friday on the M5 near Taunton, southwest England, sparked explosions and a fireball,…

Rescue of stranded Everest trekkers hampered by fog

Helicopters have begun airlifting foreign tourists from a group of 2,500 stranded by heavy fog in the Everest region, an official said Saturday, but the rescue has been hampered by the poor weather. Officials were forced to close the only airstrip serving Lukla, the gateway for trekkers and mountaineers heading…

Greek PM Papandreou wins confidence vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a vote of confidence in parliament on Saturday, avoiding snap elections that would have torpedoed Greece’s debt bailout deal and inflamed the euro zone’s economic crisis. But the nation remained mired in political, economic and social turmoil. Papandreou signaled he would…

Pakistan ties with U.S., India improving: Minister

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s most troubled foreign relationships have improved in recent months, its top diplomat said on Saturday, pointing to upcoming trade talks with New Delhi and broad agreement on regional security goals with Washington as evidence. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, in an exclusive interview with Reuters, said…

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