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Tens of thousands march in Stockholm’s gay pride parade

STOCKHOLM — Tens of thousands people from all walks of life, including government ministers and uniform-clad gay police officers and army personnel, marched in Stockholm’s gay pride parade Saturday. Police said 35,000 to 50,000 people paraded through the Swedish capital’s centre and that the event took place with no incidents.…

Post-riot London looks ‘like the Blitz’, 42 arrested

Police in London arrested dozens of people on Sunday after 26 officers were injured in the city’s worst riots in years. Rioters in Tottenham, north London, torched vehicles and buildings and looted shops in response to the fatal shooting of a local man by police. Scotland Yard said 42 people…

Sudan accuses U.S. of damaging its image

KHARTOUM — Sudan on Saturday strongly criticised the United States for intentionally distorting and damaging the country’s image, and urged the US State Department not to be a “tool of war.” “We call on activists in the US Congress committees and in US foreign policy-making institutions, led by the ministry…

Madonna’s Malawi school a barren field of dreams

The abandoned site looks more like a quarried mine than a pop superstar’s multi-million-dollar dream to groom girls into Malawi’s next leaders and doctors. But the bleak, levelled terraces of gravelly sand near Malawi’s capital are the only evidence of Madonna’s $15 million (10.6 million euros) academy that was ditched…

Majority of Britons want death penalty restored: poll

A majority of Britons back the restoration of the death penalty, according to a survey out Sunday, as a petition looks likely to force lawmakers to debate the issue. In a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday newspaper, 53 percent said they wanted capital punishment back, with 34 percent…

UN chief heads to Japan as nuclear crisis simmers

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Japan on Sunday, where he plans to visit the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, as the crippled atomic power plant simmers and a food safety scare deepens. The secretary-general will visit hard-hit Fukushima prefecture on Sunday evening as one of the most senior foreign leaders…

Syria vows ‘free elections’ as pressure grows

Syria vowed to hold “free and transparent” polls later this year but re-arrested a leading dissident, as foreign pressure mounted over its deadly suppression of anti-regime protests. Security forces arrested prominent opposition figure and former political prisoner Walid al-Bunni and his two sons, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami…

300,000 Israelis pour into streets for unprecedented protests

Israelis poured into streets across the Jewish state in unprecedented numbers, with police counting over a quarter of a million people joining protests calling for sweeping economic reforms. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said at least 200,000 people joined demonstrations in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv alone, with another 30,000…

Fatal shooting sparks London riots

Rioters went on the rampage in north London on Saturday, torching police cars, a bus and a shop amid widespread looting following a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers. The patrol cars and the double-decker bus were set ablaze as hundreds ran amok outside the…

Gulf leaders demand end to Syrian bloodshed

Gulf Arab states on Saturday turned up the heat on Damascus, joining a growing chorus of pressure after Syrian security forces shot dead at least 22 people as tens of thousands staged anti-regime protests. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council called for an “immediate end to violence… and bloodshed.” Its statement…

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