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Iranian protesters storm UK compound in Tehran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing windows and burning the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed. Protesters threw petrol bombs and one waved a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth apparently found…

Pakistan strike probe report due next month: U.S.

A US-led investigation into a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border will report its initial findings by December 23, officials said on Tuesday. The chief of US Central Command, which oversees US forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East, appointed Brigadier General Stephen Clark,…

Egypt hails election as successful ‘democracy test’

Egypt on Tuesday hailed the start of its first post-revolution election as a triumph for democracy as more voters headed to the polls, boosting turn-out for a vote that had looked in doubt last week. “The birth of the new Egypt,” declared the state-owned Al-Akhbar newspaper on Tuesday, the second…

S&P may cut France outlook within 10 days: report

PARIS (Reuters) – Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s could change its outlook on France’s triple-A credit rating to negative within the next 10 days, a French newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources, the latest signal that France’s top-tier status is at risk. An S&P spokesperson in Paris said the…

Norwegian mass killer Breivik ‘criminally insane’: report

OSLO (Reuters) – Court-appointed psychiatrists have concluded that Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is criminally insane, tabloid VG reported on its website on Tuesday, and could be committed to a psychiatric institution indefinitely rather than face a jail term. Breivik has confessed to killing 77 people in a bombing…

Rockets fired across Lebanon, Israel border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Several rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Tuesday, the first since 2009, prompting Israel to return fire, military officials said. Two buildings in Israel’s western Galilee area were damaged, Israeli media said, but there were no reports of casualties. Residents said they heard two explosions…

Stalin’s daughter, famed defector, dies in U.S.

CHICAGO — The only daughter of brutal Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin — who defected to the United States in 1967 and became a vocal critic of the Soviet Union — has died at age 85, The New York Times reported. Born Svetlana Stalina on February 28, 1926, she led an…

U.S. sees positive signs in Egyptian voting

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday that independent US observers see the first post-revolution elections in Egypt as enjoying high voter turnout without violence or voting irregularities. “What they’ve been able to see so far has been quite positive,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “There’s been…

Report: Human trafficking victims increasingly treated as criminal aliens

The victims of human trafficking have virtually nobody to speak for them, no means of justice, outside of government intervention — but even that is uncertain, according to a new report. An 18-month study by Scotland’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that more and more, trafficked humans are…

Wyclef Jean’s Haiti charity accused of misusing donations

A Haitian charity set up by musician Wyclef Jean has long been dogged by allegations of corruption and misused funds, but the latest revelations against them seemingly threaten to bury their credibility for good. The group, Yele Haiti, took in over $16 million in the wake of the massive earthquake…

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