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NATO helicopter strike wounds two Pakistani soldiers

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — NATO helicopters from Afghanistan wounded two Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border attack Tuesday, officials said, triggering a “strong protest” from Islamabad as tensions with the US simmered after Osama bin Laden’s death. The two choppers opened fire in the direction of a restive tribal region in Pakistan’s…

Rwanda ex-army chief gets 30 years for role in genocide

ARUSHA, Tanzania (AFP) – The UN court for Rwanda handed the general who was army chief for most of the 1994 genocide a 30-year jail term Tuesday for his role in the mass killing, including calling for the murder of ethnic Tutsis. It also jailed two senior officers for ordering…

Israeli army uses dogs against Palestinian workers

RAMADIN, Palestinian Territories — Palestinians desperate for work in Israel will go to extremes to sneak past the West Bank barrier, but now they face a new hurdle — army attack dogs sent to sniff them out. Workers say the use of dogs to hunt down anyone trying to enter…

S. Korean man crucified himself over Easter

SEOUL (AFP) – A middle-aged South Korean taxi driver found dead on a crucifix after Easter weekend nailed himself to the cross, police said Tuesday, adding his deep religious faith helped him withstand the pain. The body of the 58-year-old man surnamed Kim was found on May 1 on a…

Belgian minister slammed over Nazi remarks

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center called Tuesday for Belgium’s justice minister to be sacked over controversial remarks he made about World War II Nazi collaborators. Stefan De Clerck has come under fire for calling for an “adult” debate in Belgium about granting amnesty to wartime…

Bomb defused ahead of queen’s Ireland visit

LONDON — A bomb was defused near Dublin ahead of a visit by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth scheduled to start Tuesday, Irish police said. “A viable explosive device was found on a bus yesterday evening in Maynooth,” near Dublin, a spokesman said, adding that police had been tipped off by an…

Pakistan PM snubs US by declaring China ‘best friend’

BEIJING (AFP) – Pakistan’s prime minister declared China his country’s best friend in an apparent dig at Washington as he was to begin a visit to China on Tuesday with US ties tested over Osama bin Laden’s killing. Yousuf Raza Gilani’s trip follows the killing of the Al-Qaeda leader by…

Israeli couple, inspired by Facebook, name their baby ‘Like’

JERUSALEM — Stumped for an original name for their newborn daughter, an Israeli couple took inspiration from social networking site Facebook and named her “Like,” Israeli daily Maariv reported on Monday. The parents lifted the name from the popular feature on the site, which allows Facebook users to click on…

Saudi diplomat assassinated in Pakistan: embassy

KARACHI (AFP) – A Saudi diplomat was killed in a hail of bullets on his way to the country’s consulate in Karachi on Monday, the second attack on Saudi interests in Pakistan’s biggest city in less than a week. The Pakistani Taliban denied carrying out the assassination and authorities said…

IMF chief assaulted another woman nearly a decade ago, lawyer claims

PARIS (Reuters) – A French lawyer said on Monday his client was considering filing a legal complaint against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over an alleged sexual incident almost a decade ago. Lawyer David Koubbi said his client Tristane Banon, a writer, could file a complaint over an alleged incident that took place when she went…

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