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British journalist’s Iraq kidnapper jailed for 15 years

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court handed down a 15-year jail term on Saturday to a man it convicted of taking part in the abduction of a British journalist in 2008, a judiciary spokesman said. Spokesman Abdel Sattar al-Beriqdar did not identify the convict by name but said the court had…

Hezbollah rules out arrests in ‘void’ UN Hariri case

BEIRUT — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday ruled out the arrest of four members of his militant group indicted by a UN court for the 2005 assassination of Lebanese former premier Rafiq Hariri. In his first reaction to the charges by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Nasrallah also…

Germany to sell tanks to Saudi Arabia: report

BERLIN — Germany has allowed the sale of 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia after decades of blocking heavy weapons sales to the kingdom, the Der Spiegel said Saturday. The federal security council approved the sale last week, the weekly news magazine said without citing sources. The Saudis want to…

228 pro-democracy activists detained in Hong Kong

Demonstrators paralyzed traffic during an annual pro-democracy march in Hong Kong Friday, then police arrested 228 of the marchers, BNO News reported. The protesters were charged with illegal gathering, as well as obstruction of public places in the city’s center. The demonstration began Friday and continued through the night, with…

Activists in disarray over Greece ban on Gaza-bound ships

Greece coastguards enforced a ban on all Gaza-bound ships setting sail from their ports for a second day on Saturday, throwing pro-Palestinian activists’ plans increasingly into disarray. Dissension spread among the remaining passengers of the international Freedom Flotilla hoping to breach Israel’s sea blockade on Gaza, after the US boat…

‘Wife-carrying’ champion wins again

A Finnish pair have won the country’s annual wife-carrying competition for the third year in a row, organisers said on Saturday. Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen defended their title in front of 6,500 spectators who turned out to watch the celebrated event in Sonkajarvi. The 46-year-old lawyer, his partner’s legs…

Multi-party system would bring chaos, China media says

China’s state media said a multi-party political system would unleash chaos equal to the turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution, as the country marks the Communist Party’s 90th birthday. The state-run Xinhua news agency, in a focus piece published late Friday after the one-party regime celebrated the anniversary, said Western…

WATCH LIVE: Julian Assange debates philosopher Slavoj Žižek

Democracy Now is hosting a live-streamed discussion between WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange and philosopher Slavoj Žižek, moderated by DN’s Amy Goodman. The two-hour conversation will begin streaming at 11 a.m. EDT. Watch it live below, embedded courtesy of Democracy Now. Watch live streaming video from democracynow at livestream.com…

Clinton urges Gaddafi to deliver democracy not threats

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded on Saturday that Moamer Kadhafi deliver democracy instead of threats, after the Libyan leader warned Europe of stinging attacks unless NATO halts its air war. “Instead of issuing threats, Kadhafi should put the well-being and interests of his own people first and he…

Strauss-Kahn spends first full day free of house arrest

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn spent his first full day free from house arrest on Saturday after prosecutors cast doubt about the credibility of a maid accusing him of sexual assault. Among other discoveries about the maid, a law enforcement official told The New York Times, were issues involving her…

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