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Harvard academic elected to head Tibet’s exiled government

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – Harvard academic Lobsang Sangay was elected head of Tibet’s exiled government Wednesday, with the daunting task of assuming the political duties of a global icon, the Dalai Lama. Sangay, a 43-year-old international law expert, easily beat the two other candidates for the prime minister’s post, securing…

Pope John Paul II sainting process moving quickly

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Is Pope John Paul II approaching his halo too fast? As the Vatican prepares to elevate the late pontiff one step closer to sainthood this Sunday, the Catholic world is caught up with beatification fever. Rome is festooned with posters of the former pope on buses and lamp posts as…

U.S. denies considering tougher visas for Chinese officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that Washington could respond to a series of Chinese diplomatic snubs by making it more difficult for senior Chinese officials to secure visas. “The U.S. has not contemplated, nor is it considering any changes to our visa policies in China,” State…

Afghan pilot shoots dead six foreign troops

KABUL — An Afghan pilot opened fire and killed six foreign troops Wednesday after a row at a NATO training centre for the national air force in Kabul in one of the deadliest such clashes yet, officials said. A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the…

At Chernobyl site, Medvedev calls for new nuclear rules

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, called on Tuesday for new world rules to be drawn up on safety at nuclear plants. Medvedev, standing alongside Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear…

Migrants forced to be sex slaves in Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Locals call them “merchandise” and that is how criminal gangs treat the Central American youths they force into prostitution near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Victims recount being tricked into making the dangerous journey across Central America in the hope of a better life before being stopped…

U.S. considered Pakistani spies part of ‘terrorist’ group, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US investigators who screened prisoners considered Pakistani intelligence to be a terrorist group, leaked documents said, laying bare the deep mistrust between the two countries’ spies. A secret 2007 US list of “terrorist and terrorist support entities” listed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) alongside some 70 other groups…

U.S., Mexican officials to discuss drug war escalation

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Senior US and Mexican officials will meet on Friday to discuss joint efforts to halt the increasingly brutal cross-border drug trade, according to Mexico’s foreign ministry. The Mexican delegation will be lead by Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, an official told AFP late Monday. RELATED: Pot-bashing Republican…

Some Gitmo prisoners held without any evidence, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has botched the handling of inmates at Guantanamo, holding men for years without reliable evidence while releasing others who posed a grave threat, according to leaked secret files. The trove of more than 700 classified documents released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks showed US…

Soaring food prices a threat across Asia

MANILA (AFP) – Soaring global food prices threaten to push tens of millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cut the region’s economic growth this year, the Asian Development Bank warned in a report on Tuesday. Coupled with skyrocketing oil prices, the spike poses a serious setback for developing Asia…

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