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U.S. stops payments to UNESCO over Palestinian vote

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is stopping financial contributions to UNESCO after the Palestinians were admitted to the organization as a full member. The United States also acknowledged that it could lose international influence as it would lose its right to vote in the UN Educational, Scientific…

‘Anonymous’ threatens to identify Mexicans involved with drug cartels

The hacker activist group “Anonymous” said this weekend that it may begin revealing the names and addresses of individuals who work for the Zetas drug cartel, in hopes that the Mexican government would step in and arrest them. Shortly after the release, announced in a video published in Spanish and…

Libyan transition council claims to find Gaddafi’s nuclear weapons

(Update: The rebels found radioactive materials left over from Gaddafi’s uranium enrichment program, according to later reports, which does not meet the technical standard of a “nuclear weapon.” ) In the years leading up to the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi, it was not clear to the U.S. or its…

Cheers and fears as world population hits seven billion

Asia welcomed the world’s first symbolic “seven billionth” baby on Monday, but celebrations were tempered by worries over the strain that humanity’s population explosion is putting on a fragile planet. The United Nations says that by its best estimates the sevenbillionth baby will be born somewhere on October 31, and countries around the…

Cameron threatens to cut aid over gay rights

Britain will consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognize gay rights, Prime Minister David Cameron said, afterCommonwealth leaders failed to adopt reforms on the issue. “Britain is now one of the premier aid givers in the world. We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights, and…

Arab League urges Syria to take tanks off streets

A proposed Arab League plan to end months of bloodshed in Syriaincludes a demand to remove tanks from the streets, the head of the pan-Arab group Nabil al-Arabi told AFP on Monday. “The Arab proposal to Syria calls for withdrawing tanks and all military vehicles to bring an immediate end to the violence…

Air passenger numbers up but freight shrinks

International air passenger traffic rose 5.6 percent in September from a year ago, industry association IATA said Monday, describing the result as a “pleasant surprise.” However, the International Air Transport Association said it was bracing itself for poor months ahead amid falling business and consumer confidence and collapsing freight demand. “September’s strength in passenger demand…

China may send first woman into space

China may send its first woman into space next year as part of a programme to build a space station by 2020, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. The announcement came as China said it would launch an unmanned space craft, the Shenzhou VIII, early Tuesday to carry out the country’s first ever space docking…

Suicide bombers hit U.S., UN offices in Kandahar

Suicide attackers on Monday blew up a truck bomb and raided UN and US charity offices in Kandahar city, killing five Afghans in the latest major attack on American interests in Afghanistan. The bombers struck outside a compound housing offices of the UN and US-based International Relief and Development (IRD) in Kandahar, as Turkey…

China invokes Waco siege in denouncing Dalai Lama

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese state media denounced the Dalai Lama on Monday for his views on reincarnation, saying that the exiled Buddhist monk was trying to revise history, compounding his crimes as a separatist. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader in September said he or other Tibetan…

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