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Iceland charges European states with ‘bullying’

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland’s president accused European countries on Sunday of having bullied it into agreeing to guarantee repayment of the debts of a failed bank, reviving a dispute with Britain and the Netherlands whose citizens are owed billions. When Iceland’s banking sector collapsed in the 2008 global financial crisis,…

Few labor figures on Sunday shows for Labor Day Weekend

Despite it being Labor Day Weekend, the Sunday talk shows didn’t find it necessary to have union leaders be among their guests this week. Teamsters’s President Jim Hoffa was the only person affiliated with a labor organization on a Sunday  political talk show. Hoffa appeared on CNN’s State of the…

Iran nuclear plant ‘linked to electricity grid’

TEHRAN — Iran’s first nuclear power plant has been hooked up to the national grid supplying 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity, the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation announced on Sunday. “Last night at 11:29 pm (1859 GMT), the Bushehr power plant was connected with 60 megawatts to the national…

Feared clan outgunned Philippine military: WikiLeaks

MANILA — The 2,000-strong private army of a powerful clan suspected of carrying out the Philippines’ worst political massacre was better armed than the military and police, leaked US embassy cables showed. The cables from late 2009, released by anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, described the reach of the feared Ampatuan clan…

Anti-China activists rally for Taiwan sovereignty

TAIPEI — About 1,000 chanting pro-independence activists took to the streets of Taipei on Sunday, accusing Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou of surrendering the island’s sovereignty to China. The rally, which comes four months ahead of the 2012 presidential election, was considered part of pro-independence groups’ efforts to help the leading…

Israel PM pledges action after mass protests

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged “real” economic change on Sunday after massive nationwide protests that broke Israeli records and prompted questions about the future of the social movement. Speaking to his cabinet after an estimated 450,000 people turned out for demonstrations across the country seeking lower living…

UN-sponsored reconciliation talks to open in Somalia

MOGADISHU — Somali leaders began gathering Sunday for a three-day national reconciliation conference under UN auspices amid high security in war-shattered Mogadishu. African Union peacekeepers deployed around the parliament talks venue in the capital only recently vacated by Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents seeking to overthrow the fragile UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG).…

UN ‘deeply concerned’ about new Sudan conflict

KHARTOUM — The United Nations said on Sunday it is deeply concerned about the latest outbreak of fighting in Sudan’s volatile border region, where it reported 16,000 people have fled one town alone. Georg Charpentier, the UN’s chief humanitarian coordinator for Sudan, was “deeply concerned about the recent outbreak of…

Italy calls for no repeat of ‘Iraq mistake’ in Libya

CERNOBBIO, Italy — Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on Sunday urged the international community and the new Libyan authorities to avoid making the same “big mistake” as in Iraq. “If somebody used to work for the regime but has no blood on his hands, why destroy all the structure, all…

Russians evicted from homes for Olympics

SOCHI, Russia — Sochi native Vladimir Tkachenko needed a decade to build a house on his modest salary. He then had 11 hours to move all belongings out of the way for the bulldozers clearing the way for a new road. Tkachenko’s violent eviction, which has recently alarmed the Sochi…

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