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Bolivian native protest march nears La Paz

LA PAZ — Hundreds of Bolivian Indians are winding up a weeks-long march against government plans to destroy part of an Amazon nature refuge to build a highway, and now are just one day’s walk from La Paz, the group’s leaders said Tuesday. The protesters, who left the northern city…

U.S. voices ‘concerns’ over some freed Palestinians

WASHINGTON — The United States has voiced “concerns” to Israel over some of the 477 Palestinian prisoners freed by the Jewish state on Tuesday as part of a deal to win the release of a captured Israeli soldier. “We have looked at some of these individuals and we’ve communicated our…

Standard and Poor’s downgrades Egypt’s rating

PARIS — Standard and Poor’s downgraded Egypt’s rating on Tuesday to BB-, citing weak prospects for public finances and rising risks to macroeconomic stability during the nation’s political transition. The agency lowered its long-term foreign-currency sovereign credit rating to BB- from BB and said that outlook remains negative. “The downgrade…

U.N. report: Iran secretly executing hundreds of prisoners

UNITED NATIONS — Iran’s authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic republic. The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN…

Kenyan forces advance on strategic Somali rebel bases

Kenyan troops advanced towards a strategic rebel-held Somali town on Tuesday as heavy air strikes battered Shebab militant positions,army officials said. “Our forces will be concentrating on operations in Afmadow region today, they started moving there late on Monday,” said army spokesman Major Emmannuel Chirchir. Kenyan troops have pushed at least…

Cross-border attacks from Pakistan on the rise: U.S.

Cross-border attacks emanating from Pakistan against US-led forces in Afghanistan have increased since the US raid that killedOsama bin Laden in Pakistan, the Pentagon said. Asked if there was a recent rise in artillery or rocket fire across the border into Afghanistan, press secretary George Little told reporters in an email: “This summer, June-August, we did see an increase…

Clinton flies unannounced to Libya to bolster ties

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew in to Tripoli on Tuesday on a previously unannounced visit as Libya’s new rulers try to crush the last pockets of resistance by pro-Moamer Kadhafi fighters. The first US cabinet official to visit Libya since 2008, when Washington wanted to forge a new relationship with Kadhafi, Clinton…

Kuwait foreign minister quits over graft case: report

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, has resigned, local media reported Tuesday, amid tensions over a graft scandal involving several MPs. Citing “high ranking” sources, Al-Anbaa newspaper said Sheikh Mohammad, who has been foreign minister in the oil-rich Gulf state since 2003, “submitted…

Captive Israeli soldier Shalit released to Egypt

Captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was on Tuesday freed from five years of Hamas captivity and entered Egypt in a move set to prompt the release of 477 Palestinian prisoners. “He was transferred to Egypt by Hamas 10 minutes ago, and an Israeli colonel will check his state of health,”…

Tibetan nun self-immolates in China: rights group

BEIJING — A Tibetan nun died after setting herself on fire in southwest China, the first woman known to have self-immolated in the region, the Free Tibet campaign group said. Free Tibet said Tenzin Wangmo, 20, called for religious freedom in Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama…

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