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Libya militias accused of ‘revenge attacks’

TRIPOLI — Misrata militias are carrying out revenge attacks on the displaced residents of the nearby town of Tawargha, a stronghold of Moamer Kadhafi loyalists during Libya’s eight-month conflict, a rights group said on Sunday. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement it had received credible reports of…

Iraqi ‘resistance’ forced U.S. pull-out: Khamenei

TEHRAN — The Iraqi people’s “unified resistance” forced the United States to pull its military out of their country, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday. The national defiance “which finally resulted in America being forced to withdraw from Iraq is a golden page in the history of this…

Yemen’s Al-Qaeda denies death of its media chief

ADEN — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied on Sunday the death of its media chief in a suspected US drone strike earlier this month, a statement distributed to the public in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province said. Yemen’s defence ministry announced on October 15 that Ibrahim al-Banna was among at…

Somalia suicide bomber was ‘U.S. citizen’: rebels

MOGADISHU — An American citizen of Somali origin was one of the two suicide bombers behind a twin attack on a pro-government military base in Mogadishu, the Islamist Shebab movement said on Sunday. Several pro-Shebab radio stations broadcast what they said were the last words of Abdusalam al-Muhajir who said…

EU calls on G20 to help end debt crisis

BRUSSELS — Top EU officials urged on Sunday that an upcoming G20 summit address Europe’s debt crisis, saying that measures taken at a make-or-break eurozone meeting last week were not enough alone to end the crisis. In a letter to G20 leaders, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European…

German artist to buy defunct power plant

BERLIN — German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer said Sunday he planned to snap up a mothballed atomic power plant in the belief that Germany’s nuclear history should be preserved for future generations. In an interview with news weekly Der Spiegel, Kiefer said he was buying “at least the cooling tower”…

Iraq general says forces not ready ‘until 2020′

BAGHDAD — Iraq will not be fully able to defend its borders and airspace until at least 2020, a watchdog quoted Iraq’s top general as saying in a report on Sunday, months before US troops are to leave. The Iraqi military’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari, “estimated that…

Gaza truce agreed after flareup kills 10

Islamic Jihad on Sunday said it would observe an Egyptian-brokered truce in and around Gaza after a day of violence which killed nine Palestinian militants and an Israeli. The ceasefire, which came into effect shortly after dawn on Sunday, appeared to be holding, with Israeli police and the military saying…

World of ‘contradiction’ awaits 7 billionth person

The world’s seven billionth person will be born Monday into what UN leader Ban Ki-moon calls a “world of contradiction” — and facing an uphill battle if it is on the wrong side of the poverty line. While many countries around the world will be choosing their own symbolic baby,…

Student visa scams at sham U.S. colleges exposed

A case working its way through a federal court in California has exposed huge student visa scams by “sham” universities cashing in on Indians and other foreigners looking for a quick path to jobs in the United States. Enrollment at Tri-Valley University, an unaccredited self-styled Christian graduate school, surged from…

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