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UK says it must tackle social problems

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to tackle deep-seated social problems following riots and looting in English cities this week, the center-right government said on Saturday, and a U.S. street crime expert it has brought in said arrests alone would not solve the problem. “There are communities that have just been…

Hamas announces ‘deal’ with US on aid to Gaza

The Palestinian movement Hamas and the US Agency for International Development have reached a compromise to maintain the flow of aid, a senior Hamas official said Saturday. “We’ve reached a compromise with USAID through the United Nations” to allow the continuation of aid, which was suspended by Washington on Friday,…

UK to tackle social problems after riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to tackle deep-seated social problems following riots and looting in English cities this week, the center-right government said on Saturday, and a U.S. street crime expert it has brought in said arrests alone would not solve the problem. “There are communities that have just been…

U.S. citizen kidnapped in Pakistan: police

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – An American citizen was kidnapped from his residence in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, police said. The man, who the U.S. embassy declined to identify, works for the consulting firm J.E. Austin Associates Inc., and was working on a development project in the country’s…

Israeli protests widen, poll shows 88% support

JERUSALEM — The leaders of a social protest movement that has rocked Israel for a month called on demonstrators to “get out of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem” to bolster demonstrations Saturday in a dozen other cities. Israel has gripped since mid-July by a rapidly growing protest movement demanding cheaper housing,…

Creator of Obama “Hope” poster beaten up in Denmark misunderstanding

Shepard Fairey’s widely acclaimed “Hope” poster in support of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign has gained him international renown, but an apparent misunderstanding recently caused Danish leftists to view him as a pro-government propagandist. Now Fairey and a colleague are recovering from a beating by two men who accosted him…

Ex-NYC police chief to advise UK on curbing violence

NEW YORK — British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked former New York police commissioner Bill Bratton to act as a consultant to British police on how to curb street violence, US media reported Friday. Bratton told NBC and ABC News that he had received a call from Cameron early…

Clinton presses trade ban on Syria

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday urged countries to stop trading with Syria as she sought to step up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to end a brutal crackdown on protesters. “We urge those countries still buying Syrian oil and gas, those countries still sending…

USAID halts aid to Gaza: U.S. official

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — USAID is halting humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip over alleged meddling by the radical Palestinian group Hamas, a US official said on Friday. “We deeply regret that USAID-funded partner organisations operating in Gaza are forced by Hamas?s actions to suspend their assistance work,” the official…

Facing medical torture, Chinese bear reportedly kills cub, then self

Ever wonder if animals are intelligent? Consider this story from the Chinese press, which has been reporting this week on the strange case of a mother bear who broke free of her captors, strangled her cub, then killed herself, all to avoid a life of medical torture. In Chinese traditional…

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