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Egypt activists suspend Tahrir sit-in for Ramadan

CAIRO — Egyptian protesters camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square said on Sunday they will suspend their sit-in during Ramadan and will return to the square to press for reforms after the holy month is over. Activists have been occupying Tahrir Square — the epicentre of protests that toppled president…

Syrian army ‘kills at least 95′ in Hama

DAMASCUS — At least 95 people were killed on Sunday when the military launched an attack on the flashpoint protest city of Hama in central Syria, a human rights activist said. Ammar Qorabi, who heads the National Organisation for Human Rights, reported the toll and also said army attacks across…

Labour Party urges British PM Cameron to ‘come clean’ in hacking scandal

LONDON — Labour challenged Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday to “come clean” over his links with the Murdoch media empire, reviving pressure on the government over phone hacking. In letters to Cameron and senior ministers, Labour asks dozens of questions about the premier’s decision to hire Andy Coulson, a…

Verdict on three U.S. hikers detained in Iran expected ‘soon’

TEHRAN — The trial of three US hikers held for exactly two years on espionage charges was completed on Sunday and a verdict will be issued “soon,” Al-Alam television said, quoting Iran’s general prosecutor. “The last session was held today in Bench 15 of the Revolutionary Court,” Gholam Hossein Mohseni…

Egypt judge vows speedy trial for former president Mubarak

CAIRO — The head of the Cairo Criminal Court has vowed a speedy trial for ousted president Hosni Mubarak, the official MENA news agency reported on Sunday. Judge Ahmed Refaat said Mubarak’s trial, which starts on Wednesday, would be aired live on Egyptian television to “reassure people of the (credibility…

Fukushima protesters urge end to nuclear power

TOKYO — An estimated 1,700 people rallied in the capital of Japan’s Fukushima region, home to a crippled atomic power plant, on Sunday, calling for an end to nuclear energy, local media reported. “Abolish all the nuclear power plants!” and “Give radiation-free Fukushima back to us,” the demonstrators chanted as…

Spain’s opposition ’14 points ahead’ of Socialists

MADRID — Spain’s conservative opposition Popular Party holds a substantial 14-point lead over the ruling Socialists four months before general elections, an opinion poll published Sunday said. The lead would see the PP romp back into power after eight years, probably with an absolute majority although the number of seats…

Pakistan restricts US diplomats’ travel

Pakistan has imposed new travel restrictions on US diplomats living in the country, a source told AFP Sunday, in the latest sign of worsening ties since the killing of Osama bin Laden. A letter sent to the US embassy in Islamabad increased limitations on when and how diplomats can move…

Norway gunman ‘wanted government to resign’

Anders Behring Breivik demanded that Norway’s government resign and King Harald V abdicate before he would reveal more about his confessed bombing and shooting spree that killed 77 people, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported. The 32-year-old rightwing extremist also called for the resignation of the Norwegian military’s top brass and…

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