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2.5 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

More than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims began on Friday the rites of the annual hajj pilgrimage, leaving the holy city of Mecca for Mount Arafat, where the prophet Mohammed is believed to have delivered his final hajj sermon. Dressed in white, they flooded the streets as they headed towards Mina,…

After famine and drought, Somali refugees face floods

Thousands of Somalis who fled famine, drought and conflict now face the misery of heavy rains and flooding in the region, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. “Thousands of displaced Somalis have been affected by heavy rains and flooding in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia,” High Commissioner for…

Iran celebrates 1979 U.S. embassy seizure

Thousands of Iranians chanting “Death to America” marked the anniversary on Friday of the 1979 seizure of the US embassy amid references to recent US allegations of an Iranian assassination plot. The annual celebration in front of what Iranians call “the den of spies” was also used this year as…

Indian police halt Tibetan’s self-immolation bid

A Tibetan exile set himself on fire outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Friday before Indian police intervened, witnesses said, in the latest self-immolation protest against China. The young protester poured liquid fuel on his body and lit himself before police overpowered him and put out the flames,…

China hospital disposes of live baby

Health authorities in south China said Friday they were investigating a hospital medical team for mistakenly diagnosing a stillbirth and disposing of a baby that was alive. The probe is taking place at the Nanhai Red Cross Hospital in the Guangdong provincial city of Foshan where the incident occurred on…

G20 calls on Italy to reform to avoid Greek-style collapse

The leaders of world biggest economic powers turned their attention on Italy on Friday, pressing for measures to prevent Rome from following Greece into the abyss of debt. As the leaders put the finishing touches to a G20 summit statement designed to kickstart global growth and rebalance trade, senior European…

Four dead, 57 missing in China mine accident

BEIJING — Four miners died and 57 were left missing in a central China coal mine, an official said Friday, in the latest fatal mishap to hit the nation’s notoriously dangerous mining industry. The accident occurred Thursday evening at the Qianqiu coal mine in Henan province, which belongs to the…

Israel medics complicit with abuse of prisoners: study

JERUSALEM — Israeli medics are complicit in the ill-treatment and abuse of Palestinian prisoners, in breach of the Hippocratic oath, two Israeli rights groups said in a report published on Thursday. The report focuses on medical professionals who have witnessed, participated in or been in contact with prisoners who have…

Most U.S. troops out of Iraq by mid-December: general

WASHINGTON — The “vast majority” of remaining US troops in Iraq will be out by mid-December as the American military’s withdrawal picks up pace, a US general said Thursday. Less than 34,000 troops remain in Iraq after reaching a peak of 170,000 in 2007 during a buildup ordered by former…

Ireland announces closure of Vatican, Iran embassies

Ireland is to close its embassies to the Vatican and Iran as part of a shake-up of its missions abroad, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. “It is with the greatest regret and reluctance that the government has decided to close Ireland’s embassies to the Holy See and Iran,” said…

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