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Libya’s Gaddafi offers ceasefire, but will not leave

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire and negotiations provided NATO ”stop its planes,” but he refused to give up power as rebels and Western powers demand. The rebels and NATO rejected Gaddafi’s offer, saying it lacked credibility. A spokesman for the insurgents said the…

Uganda’s Museveni vows to defeat protests

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni vowed Saturday to ‘defeat’ a wave of deadly protests triggered by rising food and fuel prices. Museveni was fielding questions from members of aKenyan business club after giving a speech that was briefly interrupted by a man in the audience objecting to this week’s violent crackdown on…

U.S. imposes sanctions on Syrian figures after more bloodshed

AMMAN (Reuters) – Security forces killed more than 60 people across Syria on Friday during demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States imposed new sanctions on key figures. A medical source told Reuters soldiers in Deraa killed 19 people when they fired on thousands of…

China details plans for own orbital space station

BEIJING (AFP) – China will attempt its first space docking between two unmanned vehicles this year, the first step in efforts to build a Chinese space station, a senior official said Friday. Yang Liwei detailed the next stages of China’s human spaceflight programme during a press visit to Space City…

UK cops arrest professor for planning ‘zombie wedding,’ mock execution during royal ceremony

Over a dozen British police officers engaged in a “pre-crime” arrest of a university professor and a street theater group yesterday, in what activists called a “Minority Report”-style crackdown ahead of the royal wedding. Professor Chris Knight, 68, a former anthropology lecturer at the University of East London, had planned…

Canada vote dominated by left-leaning third-party surge

OTTAWA — A third-party surge has unsettled the status quo as Canada prepares to go to the polls on Monday, with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeking an ever-elusive majority government. The run-up to Canada’s fourth election in seven years has been dominated by speculation over how the surging support…

Pork that ‘glows,’ beans with cancer chems among China’s latest poison foods

BEIJING (AFP) – A wave of tainted-food scares has renewed fears in China over continued product-safety problems despite a government promise to clean up the food industry following a deadly 2008 milk scandal. Tainted pork, toxic milk, dyed buns and other dodgy foods have surfaced in recent weeks, sickening consumers…

Deal to secure Palestine elections could trigger loss of U.S. aid, GOP lawmaker declares

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States will “reexamine” its aid to the Palestinians in the event of a power-sharing deal that includes the Islamist Hamas movement, a key US lawmaker warned Thursday. “If a power-sharing agreement with a terrorist organization becomes a reality in the Palestinian territories, the US will…

Woman who killed banker husband seeks transfer to U.S.

HONG KONG — American Nancy Kissel, twice convicted of murder over the 2003 killing of her banker husband, will not appeal her life sentence and is seeking a transfer to a US prison, her lawyer said Thursday. “She has filed an application to be transferred to United States to serve…

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ with human right in China post-talks

(Reuters) – The United States is “deeply concerned” about a crackdown on dissidents and rights lawyers in China, and the friction could impede the two powers’ ties, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner said on Thursday after “tough” talks in Beijing. The latest U.S.-China dialogue on human rights came at…

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