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Turkey expels Israeli envoy over Gaza flotilla

Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara on Friday and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally after a UN report condemned excessive force used by Israel on a Gaza aid flotilla. “At this point the measures we are taking are: The relations between Turkey and Israel will be…

Taliban kidnap 30 Pakistani boys in Afghanistan

Taliban militants have kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who had mistakenly crossed the unmarked border in the country’s lawless northwest into Afghanistan, officials said on Friday. They said the incident took place on Thursday after the group of boys, aged between 12 and 18-years-old, visited the area of Gharkhi…

World leaders unblock $15 bn for Libya rebels

World leaders unblocked $15 billion in funds to help Libya’s victorious rebels rebuild their shattered country as fugitive strongman Moamer Kadhafi called for guerrilla warfare. Forty-two years to the day since Kadhafi took power in a coup, senior envoys from over 60 countries Thursday met the leaders of the revolution…

Turkey set to host NATO early warning radar

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is set to host a NATO early-warning radar system as part of improved defenses for the Western military alliance, the foreign ministry said on Friday. Turkey, with NATO’s second biggest military, has a geo-strategic importance to the alliance dating back to its role as a front-line…

Syria faces new sanctions as activists urge demonstrations

Syria on Friday faced fresh sanctions targeting its oil exports, as activists called fresh anti-regime protests under the banner of “death rather than humiliation.” The European Union was to formally adopt an embargo on Syrian oil, but the sanctions would not take effect until November 15 for existing contracts after…

Israel has ‘reservations’ about UN flotilla report

Israel will accept the United Nations report on its deadly attack last year on a flotilla of aid boats for the Gaza Strip with some reservations, a senior official said Friday. “We will announce our acceptance of the report after its official publication, with specific reservations,” the official who declined…

Colombia police find two tonnes of buried cocaine

Colombian police said they have seized 2.2 tonnes of cocaine that was buried in a northern desert and which has a street value of $65 million. The drugs were found in 87 waterproof sacks several feet (metres) beneath the arid La Guajira department in the far north, a coastal province…

Trapped Chinese miners unlikely to survive: Xinhua

Three workers trapped in a mine in northeastern China since it flooded 10 days ago are unlikely to survive the disaster, according to the state Xinhua news agency. Rescue workers on Tuesday pulled 19 miners from the pit in China’s Heilongjiang province, providing a rare good-news story in an industry…

UN inquiry calls Israel flotilla raid ‘excessive’

UNITED NATIONS — Israel used “excessive” deadly violence against a Turkish-led aid flotilla to Gaza, according to a UN mandated inquiry whose report was published Thursday by the New York Times. But the report, which has not yet been officially released amid a dispute between Israel and Turkey, said the…

Japan dolphin hunt faces global protest

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators protested outside of Japan’s embassies around the world on Thursday to urge an end to its killing of dolphins, criticizing the bloody annual hunt as wantonly cruel. In Washington, some two dozen people stood in front of the embassy holding signs to passing traffic including, “Dolphins Want…

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