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Extreme violence as Egypt cracks down on protests

Clashes between Egyptian protesters calling for an end to military rule and the army and police who are trying to put down the demonstrations have been going on for some 36 hours, and the Reuters News Agency is reporting at least ten dead and 214 wounded on Sunday alone. However,…

Spanish conservatives win in landslide, promise more austerity

By Angus MacSwan and Barry Moody MADRID (Reuters) – The opposition People’s Party (PP) won a crushing victory in Spain’s election on Sunday as voters vented their rage on the ruling Socialists for the worst economic crisis in generations. The Socialists conceded a humiliating defeat as official results showed the…

Wild boars from Texas invading Mexican farmland

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials have unveiled plans to slaughter some 50,000 wild boars that have crossed the border from the United States and now threaten agriculture in Mexico. The Ministry of Environment in Chihauha state said some 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of farmland in the border town of Ojinaga…

‘Time has come’ to act on Iran, Israel says

WASHINGTON — The “time has come” to deal with Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday, refusing to rule out military action to curb the Islamic republic’s nuclear ambitions. Barak, speaking on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS program, indicated that Israel’s patience was wearing thin — and provided an ominous…

Deadline looms on Pakistan ‘obscene’ text message ban

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s mobile operators were Sunday scrambling to block text messages containing any of over 1,600 “obscene” terms banned by the country’s telecoms authority ahead of a Monday deadline. The list, including words from “quickie” to “fairy” to “Jesus Christ” and obtained by AFP, was distributed on November 14…

No place for ‘authoritarian regimes’, Turkey tells Syria

LONDON — Turkish President Abdullah Gul said there was “no place for authoritarian regimes” in the Mediterranean region, heaping more pressure on the embattled Syrian regime, in comments published Sunday. “I strongly believe that there is no place any more for authoritarian regimes — single party systems that do not…

Sudanese displaced by Nile dam stage sit-in

KHARTOUM — Around 1,000 people displaced by Sudan’s vast Merowe dam staged a sit-in on Sunday in protest at the government’s failure to compensate them as promised, their spokesman said. “We are staging this sit-in because the government didn’t fulfill the commitment it made in 2006 to build houses for…

Church of England bishops attack proposed welfare cuts

LONDON — Eighteen Church of England bishops have signed an open letter published on Sunday criticising planned welfare reforms, in a rare intervention by the religious establishment in politics. In a letter to the Observer newspaper, the bishops said that plans to cap the amount any household can claim in…

Australia probes Obama security slip

SYDNEY — Australian officials were working Sunday to trace how a top-secret dossier containing detailed plans for US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Australia came to be found in a gutter. The 125-page booklet, classified “In Confidence” and containing the phone numbers and contact details of senior personnel from…

Myanmar welcomes ‘lucky’ white elephants

YANGON — Myanmar said it was holding a welcoming ceremony in the capital Sunday for two white elephants — considered symbols of good luck — after a landmark week for the army-dominated nation. The recent capture of the pale pachyderms brings the number being held by the government to an…

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