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Italian senate approves budget as Berlusconi era draws to close

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Senate approved economic reforms intended to reverse a collapse of market confidence on Friday, kicking off a rapid transition that will end the Berlusconi era and clear the way for an emergency government within days. The package of austerity measures demanded by the European Union will…

Malaysia states eye harsher laws for gays

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Two Malaysian states are set to change their Islamic laws to punish Muslims who engage in homosexuality, raising the prospect of gay Muslims being punished twice and stoking concerns about rising intolerance toward same-gender relationships. Homosexuality is punishable by law in Malaysia by caning and up…

Venezuela hunts for kidnapped MLB player Ramos

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan police hunted on Thursday for a gang who kidnapped Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos at gunpoint from a family home in a case that highlighted the country’s appalling crime problem. The 24-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals, who was preparing to play for Venezuela’s Aragua…

U.S. may sell precision-guided bombs to UAE: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government may soon announce plans for a large sale of precision-guided bombs to the United Arab Emirates, a source familiar with the arms sales plans said late on Thursday, as tensions mounted with Iran over its nuclear program. The Pentagon is considering a significant sale…

Canadian students march over planned tuition hikes

More than 10,000 college students marched in Montreal on Thursday, to vent outrage over a 75 percent tuition hike that the government plans to usher in over a five-year period in French-speaking Quebec. “Education is not for sale,” read one of the placards hoisted by the young demonstrators. “Education is…

Clinton presses China on Tibet

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced alarm over Beijing’s treatment of Tibetans and a blind rights activist as tensions between the superpowers threatened to intrude on Pacific Rim talks. In Honolulu for an Asia-Pacific summit, Clinton said Thursday that the United States welcomed a “thriving China” but wanted to…

Uganda jails murderer of gay activist for 30 years

A Ugandan court has sentenced a man to 30 years in jail for the brutal slaying of a leading gay rights activist, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor said Friday. Enoch Nsubuga admitted beating prominent campaigner David Kato to death with a hammer at his home outside Kampala in January,…

U.S. to base Marines in Australia

US President Barack Obama will use a visit to Australia next week to announce that America will station Marines in Darwin, ministers indicated Friday, in a sign of heightened concern about China. The Sydney Morning Herald said that the new permanent military presence had been under consideration for some years…

Canada bolsters protection of polar bears

OTTAWA — Canada’s environment minister on Thursday listed the polar bear as a species of “special concern,” requiring a new strategy to protect the iconic animal to be unveiled within three years. “Canada is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population and we have a unique conservation responsibility…

Ex-banker Papademos to lead Greek crisis coalition

ATHENS (Reuters) – Former European Central Bank vice-president Lucas Papademos will head Greece’s new crisis coalition, the president’s office said on Thursday, ending suspense over who will try to save the country from default, bankruptcy and an exit from the euro zone. The coalition will be sworn in at 1200…

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