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Missing Iraq money may be as much as $18 billion

In 2004, the Bush administration flew twenty billion dollars of shrink-wrapped cash into Iraq on pallets. Now the bulk of that money has disappeared. The funds flown into the war zone were made up of surplus from the UN’s oil-for-food program, as well as money from sales of Iraqi oil…

Libyan gov’t claims ‘barbaric’ NATO raid killed civilians, children

LIBYAN officials revealed nine bodies, five from the same family including two toddlers, killed in a “barbaric” NATO air raid yesterday, hours after international organisations urged a political process to end the war. Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim accused the Western alliance of deliberately targeting civilians, saying there were no military…

Karzai: U.S. in peace talks with Taliban

KABUL (AFP) – The United States is holding talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday, in the first official confirmation of such contacts after nearly 10 years of war. Although diplomats and officials say talks are at a very early stage, Karzai’s remarks highlight the increasing focus…

Iraq PM seeks US expertise in rebuilding work

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told visiting US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Saturday that Baghdad wants American companies to work on reconstruction projects in Iraq, the premier’s office said. “Iraq is planning to improve roads, seaports and airports, and make use of the experience by American companies…

Popemobile ‘to become green machine’: report

BERLIN (AFP) – Mercedes-Benz is making a greener hybrid Popemobile for Benedict XVI, the Wirtschaftswoche weekly paper said Saturday. However a Vatican spokesman denied the paper’s prediction that it should be ready for Benedict’s visit to his native Germany in September. According to the report, the new Popemobile will be…

Saudi women defy driving ban despite fear of arrest

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Some Saudi women appeared to have answered a call over social media to challenge a ban on driving, posting accounts and pictures of themselves behind the wheel in the conservative Arab kingdom. Groups such as “Women2Drive” and “Women’s Right to Drive in KSA” had called…

Huge haul of Ming Dynasty porcelain found in shipwreck off Indonesia

JAKARTA — A $70-million haul of Ming Dynasty porcelain has been found in a 16th-century shipwreck off the Indonesian island of Java, a Portugal-based salvage company said Friday. Arqueonautas Worldwide (AWW) and its Indonesia-based partner RM Discovery Inc. said an “archaeological reconnaissance operation” had confirmed the discovery of the “biggest…

U.S. considers charging Syria with war crimes

By Jim Mannion WASHINGTON — The United States is studying whether war crimes charges can be brought against Syria to pressure its regime to end a bloody crackdown on dissent, a senior administration official said Friday. The official said other measures, including sanctions targeting the country’s oil and gas sector,…

U.N. backs equal rights for gays

GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. human rights body declared Friday there should be no discrimination or violence against people based on their sexual orientation, a vote Western countries called historic but Islamic states firmly rejected. The controversial resolution marked the first time that the Human Rights Council recognized the…

Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday. According to Ynet, the large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the…

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