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Britain trained Saudi troops that crushed protests in Bahrain

LONDON — Saudi troops sent into Bahrain to help quash protests received training from Britain, The Observer said Sunday, citing government documents. The Saudi Arabian National Guard was given weapons and public order training by a British military mission, according to documents obtained by the newspaper under the Freedom of…

‘Al Qaeda’ gunmen seize southern Yemen city

ADEN, Yemen — More than 200 suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have taken control of the south Yemen city of Zinjibar after fighting with security forces that left 16 people dead, officials and witnesses said on Sunday. The witnesses said that most residents had fled Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province with…

Bahraini pro-democracy female doctors reportedly abused, tortured

MANAMA — Out of prison but in fear of being rearrested, Bahraini Shiite women doctors have spoken of abuse and torture by police after being accused of backing pro-democracy protests in the Sunni-ruled monarchy. Although medics usually enjoy protection in conflicts by virtue of their profession, many Shiite doctors and…

WATCH: Lt. Dan Choi arrested at Moscow gay pride event

Famed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell resister and gay activist Lt. Dan Choi was arrested at a pride parade in Moscow while the U.S. slept Friday night, along with 30 other people, The Boston Globe reports. In an unusual move, Choi and other arrested people were allowed to keep their cell…

Manning unstable, unfit for service in Iraq: fellow soldier

Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence officer accused of leaking thousands of government documents to whistleblower group WikiLeaks, was deemed unfit for service in the military, according to reports unearthed by The Guardian. Manning was so unstable prior to his deployment to Iraq that he wet himself, was prone to…

HIV on rise in Eastern Europe, AIDS experts warn

ALLINN (AFP) – More must be done to stem HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe, as infections continue to spiral in nations in the region, notably Russia, experts warned on Friday. “Western Europe, including southern states like Portugal that used to cause a lot of worry on HIV years ago, have been…

Egypt reopens Gaza border crossing

RAFAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel. Among the first to cross the reopened border post were two ambulances ferrying…

US detainee Eddie Jun Yong-Su freed by N. Korea arrives in Seoul

SEOUL (AFP) – An American citizen released after six months’ detention in North Korea arrived in Seoul Saturday after he left the communist state with a US delegation, South Korean news media said. Eddie Jun Yong-Su, a US citizen of a Korean ancestry, came to Seoul via Beijing after he…

China drought threatens more than 34 million people

BEIJING (AFP) – A debilitating drought along China’s Yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said Saturday. More than 4.23 million people are having difficulty finding adequate drinking supplies, while more than five million…

Russia offers to mediate Kadhafi’s departure

DEAUVILLE, France — The US and France are committed to finishing the job in Libya, President Barack Obama said on Friday at a G8 summit that saw Russia finally join explicit calls for Moamer Kadhafi to go. Russia’s dramatic shift — and an offer to mediate — came as British…

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