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Britain evacuates embassy staff from Iran

Britain was evacuating all its diplomatic staff from Iran on Wednesday, a day after protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran in scenes that prompted international outrage. Norway said it had temporarily closed its embassy but its diplomats continued to work from elsewhere in Tehran. Other European missions were evaluating the situation. Britain warned “serious consequences” would follow…

Vienna best place to live, Baghdad worst: survey

VIENNA (Reuters) – Vienna’s excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey which put Baghdad firmly in last place. German and Swiss cities also performed especially well in the quality of…

Britain slams Iran after storming of Tehran embassy

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday called Iran a “disgrace” and warned of serious consequences after protesters stormed Britain’s embassy in Tehran. “The attack on the British Embassy in Tehran today was outrageous and indefensible,” said Cameron in a statement. “The failure of the Iranian government to defend…

Italian soccer players’ chief discourages coming out

Italian Players Union president Damiano Tommasi, a former Italian international, has said he would advise homosexual footballers against openly admitting their sexuality. Speaking on a well known Italian programme that discussed football, politics and homosexuality, Tommasi said coming out could lead to embarrassment and awkwardness. “It’s to be discouraged. The fact of being identified or…

French man ordered to pay wife 10,000 euros for lack of sex

A court in France has ordered a man to pay 10,000 euros ($13,300) in damages to his long-frustrated ex-wife after he failed in his marriage “duties” by withholding sex from her for years. In the May ruling, published on Tuesday in the Gazette du Palaisjudicial review, an appeals court in the southern city…

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…

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