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Afghan MP, top Karzai aide feared killed: police official

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a top advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of the country’s parliament in a residential district of Kabul on Sunday, just days after the president’s brother was gunned down at home, officials said. The spokesman for Kabul’s police chief said two or…

Israel suspends Arab lawmaker for joining Gaza flotilla

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s parliament suspended an Arab lawmaker on Monday for sailing with a flotilla that challenged the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip last year and was intercepted in a deadly raid. The Knesset’s Ethics Committee voted to suspend Hanin Zoabi from most parliamentary debates until the…

Prime Minister under fire after top U.K. cop resigns amid phone hacking scandal

Update: Cameron said to have met with Murdoch executives 26 times in 15 months Prime Minister David Cameron faced fresh questions on Monday over the phone-hacking scandal convulsing the establishment after Britain’s top police officer quit over his ties to Rupert Murdoch’s empire. Scotland Yard chief Paul Stephenson resigned on…

Petraeus steps down in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus, the most celebrated military leader of his generation, stepped down as US commander in Afghanistan on Monday after a checkered year at the helm of what is America’s longest war. At a ceremony in Kabul, Petraeus passed the baton to John Allen, a former subordinate who made…

China firms have ‘widespread weaknesses’: agency

Ratings agency Fitch warned Monday of “widespread weaknesses” in Chinese corporate governance and a lack of “quality information” for shareholders after a spate of accounting scandals overseas. Chinese companies were at “above average” risk of being accused of fraud — sometimes wrongly — which could hamper their attempts to raise…

U.S., South Korea to stage joint drill next month

US and South Korean troops will stage an annual joint exercise next month to improve their combat-readiness, military authorities said Monday amid high cross-border tensions. The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will begin on August 16, the Combined Forces Command said in a statement. Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual…

China plans carbon-trading pilot scheme

China will introduce a pilot scheme for carbon emissions trading and gradually develop a national market as the world’s largest polluter seeks to reduce emissions and save energy, state media said. China will promote the market’s development through “punitive” electricity tariffs on power-intensive industries and other new policies, Xie Zhenhua,…

Japan scare grows over radiation-tainted beef

A scare over radiation-tainted beef in Japan spread on Monday as more cows from seven farms in the Fukushima region were found to have been trucked across the country after eating contaminated straw. The 411 cattle, from the same prefecture as the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, were sent to…

Bomb blasts overshadow Clinton’s India visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in India on Monday for a three-day visit overshadowed by the triple blasts in Mumbai last week that killed 19 people and injured more than 100. No-one has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack and the initial police investigation has failed to unearth any…

Thousands rally for democracy in Morocco

Thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held peaceful rallies in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers Sunday to demand greater political reforms and social justice in Morocco. The latest protests were organised by the youth-based February 20 Movement behind months of demonstrations calling for reforms in the Arab world’s oldest reigning monarchy. In…

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