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Tens of thousands protest Spain education cuts

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Madrid on Saturday to protest cuts in education spending imposed by the Socialist government to stabilise the debt-burdened nation’s finances. “For sale — Public education” read banners hoisted by demonstrators who flocked to Madrid from across Spain following a rally call from a…

Russia reveals visa blacklist, includes high-ranking U.S. officials

Russia said Saturday it had put high-ranking US officials implicated in “human rights crimes” on a visa blacklist, warning Washington against increasing diplomatic pressure over the prison death of a lawyer. Washington had earlier outraged Moscow by banning visas for an unspecified number of Russian officials linked to the 2009…

U.S. warns of ‘imminent’ attack threat in Kenya

The US embassy in Nairobi warned Americans of an “imminent threat” of attacks possibly targeting foreigners, one week after Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia to hunt down Shebab fighters. The embassy cited “credible information of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners…

Libyan PM says he wishes Gaddafi had not been killed

LONDON (Reuters) – Libya’s Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said in an interview with the BBC on Saturday he wished former dictator Muammar Gaddafi had not been killed and instead had been put on trial for his crimes. Gaddafi’s body remained on public display in Libya on Saturday, bearing wounds assumed…

Libyans rule out Gaddafi autopsy but promise probe

Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said Saturday that no autopsy would be carried out on the body of Moamer Kadhafi despite concerns over how the toppled dictator died. Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances of Kadhafi’s killing following his…

Some Afghan ministers have embezzled millions: anti-graft chief

KABUL (Reuters) – At least two Afghan cabinet ministers have embezzled millions of dollars of public money, the country’s anti-graft chief said at the weekend, adding to Western pressure on President Hamid Karzai to clean up his government. Donor countries say corruption in Karzai’s administration is endemic, and a fundamental…

Thai PM calls for unity to defend capital from floods

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s prime minister called for all agencies to collaborate to protect the capital from a potential deluge of floodwater on Saturday as thousands scrambled to protect homes and two more industrial estates now in danger. Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century has affected a third of…

Clinton says Saudi crown prince will be missed

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday that late Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz will be missed, but stressed Washington’s enduring ties with the kingdom. “I offer my deepest condolences for this loss to King Abdullah and the Saudi people,” she said. “He will be missed,” she…

Iraqis voice happiness over U.S. withdrawal decision

Iraqis voiced happiness on Saturday over President Barack Obama’s declaration that US forces will leave by year-end, but some spoke of concern the pullout could further destabilise their country. The decision to withdraw all remaining soldiers in the country after nearly nine years of war, and the deaths of more…

Saudi crown prince dead

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz has died, a palace announcement on state television said on Saturday, throwing his brother Prince Nayef into line to succeed King Abdullah as leader of the key oil producer. The crown prince, aged around 86, also the minister of defence and aviation, had…

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