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Fishermen sue ConocoPhillips over China oil spill

A group of Chinese fishermen is suing ConocoPhillips for damages allegedly caused by a huge oil spill at an offshore field operated by the US energy giant, their lawyer said Friday. The early-June spill leaked more than 3,000 barrels of oil and oil-based mud — a substance used as a lubricant in drilling —…

France, Turkey call for greater pressure on Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – France and Turkey called on Friday for greater international pressure on Syria to end the violent crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, while activists said security forces shot dead five people protesting after weekly prayers. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he doubted Syria would respond…

Danish right-wing extremists eye ‘race war’: police

COPENHAGEN — Right-wing extremists in Denmark are getting ready for a “race war” and are conducting weapons training in preparation, the country’s PET intelligence agency said Thursday. A small minority of Denmark’s far-right group members “are involved in registering political adversaries and are trying among other things to acquire skills…

‘Multiple’ fatalities in Australian nursing home blaze

SYDNEY — A number of elderly people were killed Friday and many more injured when a fire ripped through a nursing home in western Sydney, emergency services said. Up to 90 firefighters, a large number of police and paramedics raced to the Quakers Hill Nursing Home in the early hours…

Dozens hurt as Christian march attacked in Cairo

CAIRO — Hundreds of Coptic Christians marching in Cairo on Thursday came under attack by assailants throwing stones and bottles and 25 people were lightly injured in subsequent clashes, a security official said. They were marching to demand justice for the Christian victims of a clash with soldiers in October…

Transgender people murdered as world resists change

LONDON (Reuters) – Ever since she can remember, Katherine Cummings knew she had been born into the wrong body. “I knew I was transgendered as far back as memories go,” said the 76-year old, formerly called John, who works at Australia’s Gender Center for people with gender issues. “Four years…

Europe in the grip of drug-resistant superbugs

LONDON (Reuters) – Superbugs capable of evading even the most powerful antibiotics are increasing their grip in Europe with rates of drug resistance in one type of bacteria reaching 50 percent in the worst-hit countries, health officials said Thursday. In a report on multi-drug resistant bacteria, or so-called superbugs, the…

South African teacher hacked to death in front of class

A teacher was hacked to death with a machete in front of a shocked classroom of primary school students in South Africa, media reports said on Thursday. Guilford Shapo, 53, was killed Tuesday at Masehlong Primary School in the northern town of Polokwane, where he was observing seventh-grade students taking…

Thousands of Kuwaitis storm parliament

Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed parliament after police and elite forces beat up protesters marching on the prime minister’s home to demand he resign, an opposition MP said. The demonstrators broke open parliament’s gates and entered the main chamber, where they sang the national anthem in a country so far spared…

Protester sets self on fire in Tiananmen Square

A Chinese man set himself alight in Tiananmen Square last month, authorities said Thursday, the first such protest reported in the politically sensitive heart of the capital in more than a decade. Police moved quickly to put out the fire and the 42-year-old man survived, the Beijing Public Security Bureau…

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