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Major UN Iran nuke report expected

Diplomats to the UN atomic watchdog are bracing for a new report this week providing fresh detail on Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons drive, amid growing speculation of an Israeli military strike. Previous International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assessments have centred on Iran’s efforts to produce fissile material — uranium and…

Israel’s Peres says Iran attack ‘more and more likely’

Israeli President Shimon Peres said “an attack on Iran” by Israel and other countries was “more and more likely.” He told Israeli private television’s second channel: “The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn…

Pakistan court indicts 7 in Bhutto murder case

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court Saturday indicted five Islamist militants and two police officers in the high-profile assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said. Bhutto, the first female prime minister in the Muslim world, was killed in a gun and suicide attack in 2007 in one of…

34-car pileup kills at least 7 in U.K.

At least seven people were killed and 51 injured, police said Saturday, in one of the biggest British motorway crashes in decades, with an inferno burning vehicles to cinders. The 34-vehicle pile-up at 8:25 pm (2025 GMT) Friday on the M5 near Taunton, southwest England, sparked explosions and a fireball,…

Rescue of stranded Everest trekkers hampered by fog

Helicopters have begun airlifting foreign tourists from a group of 2,500 stranded by heavy fog in the Everest region, an official said Saturday, but the rescue has been hampered by the poor weather. Officials were forced to close the only airstrip serving Lukla, the gateway for trekkers and mountaineers heading…

Greek PM Papandreou wins confidence vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou survived a vote of confidence in parliament on Saturday, avoiding snap elections that would have torpedoed Greece’s debt bailout deal and inflamed the euro zone’s economic crisis. But the nation remained mired in political, economic and social turmoil. Papandreou signaled he would…

Pakistan ties with U.S., India improving: Minister

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s most troubled foreign relationships have improved in recent months, its top diplomat said on Saturday, pointing to upcoming trade talks with New Delhi and broad agreement on regional security goals with Washington as evidence. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, in an exclusive interview with Reuters, said…

Muslims gather on Arafat for peak hajj day

More than two million Muslims began massing Saturday on Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain, marking the peak day of the largest annual pilgrimage. Swarms of pilgrims who had spent the night in Mina, some 10 kilometres (six miles) northwest of Arafat surged through the roads leading to…

Syria blasts U.S. for ‘blatant interference’

Damascus on Saturday strongly condemned Washington after the US State Department advised Syrians against surrendering following an amnesty for those who give up weapons. “The American administration disclosed again its blatant interference in Syria’s internal affairs, and its policy which supports killing, in addition to its funding of the terrorist…

Peru’s Congress approves 10-year GMO ban

LIMA — Peru’s Congress announced Friday it overwhelmingly approved a 10-year moratorium on imports of genetically modified organisms in order to safeguard the country’s biodiversity. The measure bars GMOs — including seeds, livestock, and fish — from being imported for cultivation or to be raised locally. Exceptions include the use…

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