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Yemen’s Saleh out of intensive care: state media

SANAA (AFP) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is out of intensive care in neighbouring Saudi Arabia where he is being treated for bomb blast wounds, state media said, prompting celebratory gunfire by his supporters that left dozens wounded. Fireworks rang out over the Yemeni capital during Wednesday night as…

Gaddafi ordered Viagra-like sex drugs for mass rapes in Libya: ICC prosecutor

UNITED NATIONS — Investigators have evidence that Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi ordered mass rapes and bought containers of sex drugs for troops to attack women, the chief ICC prosecutor said Wednesday. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he may ask for a new charge of mass rape to be made against Kadhafi following…

Next generation Internet addresses tested on global scale

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A worldwide test was under way on Wednesday of the next generation of Internet addresses designed to replace the dwindling pool of 4.3 billion unique identifiers in the original system. Hundreds of companies, organizations and institutions around the world are taking part in “World IPv6 Day,” including…

Oil prices poised to rise as OPEC talks collapse

VIENNA (Reuters) – OPEC talks broke down in acrimony on Wednesday without an agreement to raise output after Saudi Arabia failed to convince the oil cartel to lift production. “We were unable to reach an agreement — this is one of the worst meetings we have ever had,” said Ali…

Al-Qaeda deputy vows jihad in bin Laden eulogy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said the United States faced a Muslim rebellion following the death of Osama bin Laden, according to a video recording posted on YouTube and monitored on Wednesday. The Egyptian-born Zawahri devoted much of his 28-minute recording to mourning bin Laden, who was killed…

Nintendo unveils second generation Wii at E3 conference

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Nintendo on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a second-generation Wii console designed to dispel notions its system is not up to the standards of “hardcore” videogame players. “Wii U” builds on the Japanese videogame titan’s record of hardware innovation with a controller that combines a…

Greenpeace accuses Barbie of being a forest vandal

JAKARTA (AFP) – Greenpeace on Wednesday accused Mattel, the US maker of Barbie dolls, of contributing to the wanton destruction of carbon-rich Indonesian forests and habitats of endangered species like Sumatran tigers. The environmental group said packaging used in Barbie and Ken boxes contained timber products from Asia Pulp and…

Clinton heads to UAE for talks on Libya

SHANNON, Ireland (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew Wednesday to the Gulf to consult with countries backing military action in Libya and looking at more ways to help the Libyan opposition. The talks in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Thursday come after President Barack Obama said…

Indian guru threatens to form yoga militia

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A television yoga guru who has led protests against corruption in India threatened to form a militia on Thursday as a new demonstration against the government drew thousands in New Delhi. Yoga star Swami Ramdev, who was evicted from the capital along with thousands of followers…

Iran to triple capacity to enrich 20% uranium

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran plans to triple its capacity to purify uranium later this year when it transfers the work from the central city of Natanz to the Fordo site, the country’s nuclear chief said on Wednesday. The announcement brought immediate condemnation from France which termed Iran’s plans a “provocation”,…

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