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Hundreds of protesters attack police station in China

Hundreds of protesters attacked a police station in southern China and ransacked vehicles, leaving dozens injured in the latest unrest to hit China’s industrial heartland, authorities said on Friday. It was the latest in a series of protests sparked by perceived social injustices in Guangdong, known as the workshop of…

Amnesty says teen girl is first female to die in Syrian custody

LONDON (Reuters) – A Syrian teenager, whose mutilated body was discovered by chance by her family in a morgue while there to identify her brother’s corpse, was thought to be the first female to die in custody during recent unrest, a rights group said on Friday. Zainab al-Hosni, 18, from…

Palestinians set to apply for U.N. statehood

Last-minute talks and the threat of a US veto have failed to divert Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas from his historic quest to seek state membership at the United Nations on Friday. Abbas is to hand the application letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon at 11:35 am (1535 GMT), Palestinian UN…

U.S. soldier pleads guilty to murder in Afghanistan

TACOMA, Wash (Reuters) – A second of five U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan villagers in cold blood pleaded guilty on Thursday to committing murder, saying he made a “bad decision” when he shot a teenage boy he knew was unarmed. Private Andrew Holmes, 21, who last year professed his…

As sparks fly, Pakistan warns U.S.: ‘You will lose an ally’

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan warned the United States it risks losing an ally if it continued to accuse Islamabad of playing a double game in the war against militancy, escalating the crisis in relations between the two countries. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was responding to comments by U.S. Joint…

Talk of Greek default increases, markets pause on G20

ATHENS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Talk of a possible Greek default gained pace on Friday while a pledge by the world’s major economies to prevent Europe’s debt crisis from undermining banks and the global economy steadied financial markets. Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos was quoted by two newspapers as saying an orderly…

Obama U.N. speech sparks angry Palestinian protests

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Angry Palestinians on Thursday protested in the streets of Ramallah and Gaza after a UN speech by US President Barack Obama which was seen as unashamedly pro-Israel. More than 1,000 Palestinians carrying signs denouncing Obama gathered outside the West Bank headquarters of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas…

U.K. police make eighth terror arrest

LONDON — Police said Thursday they had arrested an eighth suspect in the second city of Birmingham as part of a major pre-planned counter-terrorism operation targeting Islamic extremists. Detectives swooped overnight Sunday to arrest six men and a woman — all British passport holders — on suspicion of the commission,…

U.S. leads mass walkout of Ahmadinejad U.N. speech

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Thursday led a mass walkout of the UN General Assembly when Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched an outspoken attack on Western nations. A US diplomat left halfway through the Iranian leader’s speech, while the 27 European Union nations followed in a coordinated protest…

Red Cross: The obese now outnumber the hungry

New Delhi – Obese people now outnumber the hungry globally, but hardship for the undernourished is increasing amid a growing food crisis, the International Federation of the Red Cross warned on Thursday. The Geneva-based humanitarian group focused on nutrition in its annual World Disasters Report, released in New Delhi, seeking…

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