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Wheelchair suicide bomber kills two in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber in a wheelchair attacked a police station north of Baghdad on Sunday, killing two people and wounding 17, nine of them policemen, officials said. “A suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest at the entrance to a police station, killing two civilians and wounding 17 people,…

British climber finds six dead in French Alps

VILLAR-D’ARENE, France — An English climber on Sunday found the bodies of six mountaineers in the French Alps who appeared to have died after a fall caused by an avalanche of snow and stones, officials said. The bodies found on Neige Cordier summit at 2,700 metres (8,850 feet) were taken…

Brazil candidate elected UN Food agency head

ROME — Brazil’s former food security minister Jose Graziano da Silva was elected Sunday as the next head of UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation, the first South American ever to get the post. Graziano beat off his main competitor, former Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, winning by 92 votes…

Syria protest group warns of coming ‘volcano’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces continued their crackdown on protestors with another four civilians killed, as a protest group called for demonstrators to expect “a volcano” this week. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have reinforced there since Friday” near the Lebanese…

Taliban militant and wife staged attack on Pakistani police

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Taliban militant and his wife carried out a suicide bombing on a police station in Pakistan on Saturday that killed 12 policemen, a Taliban spokesman said on Sunday. The pair, armed with assault rifles and hand grenades, raided the compound and took a…

Far-right Austrian party ambivalent on Hitler debate

VIENNA — A debate over surviving honorary titles to Adolf Hitler in Austrian towns shows up the far-right Freedom Party’s ambivalence as it eyes the chancellor’s post in 2013, analysts say. In late May, the town of Amstetten, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Vienna, voted to remove the still-existing…

Russia air crash death toll rises to 46

MOSCOW (AFP) – The death toll from the air crash in northern Russia rose to 46 on Sunday after one of seven people who survived the disaster died of her injuries in hospital, officials said. The female victim, who was not named, died in hospital in Moscow overnight where she…

US hails Rwanda genocide verdict

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Saturday welcomed the genocide conviction of a Rwandan ex-minister for women’s empowerment, saying it was “an important step” in the long journey toward accountability for the Rwandan people. Judges at the UN court for Rwanda sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko on Friday to life in…

Civilians killed as Syria presses crackdown: activist

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Four civilians were shot dead by Syrian security forces on Saturday, as tanks entered a border village with Turkey and workers there scrambled to erect a tent city anticipating a new refugee exodus. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have…

Venezuela’s Chavez in ‘critical’ condition: report

MIAMI (AFP) – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who is in Cuba following emergency surgery, is in “critical” but stable condition, Miami’s El Nuevo Herald reported Saturday, citing US intelligence sources. Chavez’s government has said he was operated on for a pelvic abscess June 10 and is recovering well; the president’s…

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