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Tunisia’s Democratic Party hopes for poll win

TUNIS — Tunisia’s Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) leader hopes it will upstage the Islamist Ennahda, which he accused of pushing an “ideological state” agenda, in polls next month. “Today in Tunisia, there are 100 parties, but two main streams: the Islamists of Ennahda and the democratic stream that includes the…

A third of Jewish Israelis ‘marginalize Arab citizens’

A survey by an Israeli think tank published on Sunday said while most of the country’s Jews deny claims of discrimination against its Arab citizens, one third view them as outside Israeli society. “The data show that at present the Arab population feels discriminated against to a great extent, while…

Spanish matadors slay bulls for last time in Catalonia

Spain’s finest matadors will slay their prey in Catalonia’s historic last bullfight Sunday, a spectacle to be played out before 18,000 fans in a sold-out Barcelona arena. The unequal duel between man and beast on the sands of the century-old Monumental bullring is the final combat before a permanent ban…

US in ‘disarray’ in Afghanistan: Pakistani PM

Pakistan’s prime minister has turned on the US over its allegations of links to the Haqqani terror network, saying the “blame game is self-defeating” and US policy in Afghanistan is in “disarray”. The two countries are key allies in the war against Islamist militants in Afghanistan, but their relationship is…

Gay candidate leads in race for Irish presidency

A gay Irish senator is the favourite to become Ireland’s next president, while former IRA commander Martin McGuinness is in third place, an opinion poll said Saturday. Senator David Norris had the backing of 21 percent of those surveyed in a Red C/Sunday Business Post poll ahead of the October…

Putin to run for Russian presidency again in 2012

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin declared on Saturday that he planned to reclaim the Russian presidency in an election next March that could open the way for the former KGB spy to rule until 2024. The announcement, greeted by a standing ovation at a congress of the prime minister’s ruling…

U.S. blame game ‘self-defeating’: Pakistani PM

The Pakistani Prime Minister Saturday rejected US allegations linking Islamabad with the Haqqani terror network, saying the “blame game is self-defeating”. Yousuf Raza Gilani said such accusations would only benefit the militants, and added that they showed US policy in Afghanistan was in “disarray”. “We strongly reject assertions of complicity…

U.S. hikers freed by Iran to arrive home on Sunday

The two US hikers Iran recently released after holding in jail for more than two years are scheduled to arrive home on Sunday, a family spokeswoman told AFP. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, plan to leave Oman on Saturday and are “expected to arrive on US soil tomorrow,”…

U.N. will take weeks on Palestinian bid: Abbas

AMMAN (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he expected the Security Council to finish debating his nation’s application for full United Nations membership in weeks, not months. Speaking to journalists on his plane back from the General Assembly in New York where he presented the request to…

Catholics cannot accept gay marriage, pope says

(Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on Saturday the Catholic Church could not accept gay marriage and urged young people to root out evil in society and shun a “lukewarm” faith that damages their Church. The 84-year-old pope ended the third day in his homeland with a rally for more about…

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