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Israeli, Lebanese troops exchange fire on border

Israeli and Lebanese troops exchanged fire on their often tense border on Monday morning, officials on both sides said, with the two armies trading accusations on why the shooting incident occurred. The Israeli military said its troops had been fired upon as they worked on the Israeli side of the…

BBC journalists strike over job losses

BBC journalists began a second 24-hour strike on Monday in a row over job losses, threatening disruption to some of the broadcaster’s flagship programmes. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are angry at around 100 compulsory job losses at the World Service and Monitoring division, which monitors mass…

Venezuela considered freeing 20,000 inmates

The new Venezuelan minister for the prison service, Iris Varela, suggested the release of some 20,000 prisoners as part of a plan to ease overcrowding in facilities plagued by violence. “Of the country’s 50,000 prisoners, 20,000 should be out of jail, and rightly deserve to be out,” Varela said in…

U.S. admiral ‘alarmed’ by spike in Afghan violence

The United States’ top military officer insisted that security in Afghanistan had improved “dramatically” since last year but expressed “alarm” over the recent spike in violence. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also warned during an interview with the BBC that victory in Afghanistan could…

Outpouring of sympathy, support for Norway’s Labour after massacre

With his deadly attacks targeting Norway’s Labour Party, Anders Behring Breivik said he aimed to halt its recruitment, but instead the party has seen a flood of sympathy and growing support since the massacre. A poll published Sunday by the Dagbladet daily showed support for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s party…

Pope urges end to ‘indifference’ over Somalia famine

The pope on Sunday urged the world not to be “indifferent” to the Horn of Africa famine, as the African Union prepares to host a donors conference for victims on August 9. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the suffering of millions in the region hit by its worst drought in…

Syrians mark bleak Ramadan after 80 killed in Hama

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrians began the Muslim Ramadan fast in somber mood on Monday after troops stormed into Hama, scene of a 1982 massacre, in one of the bloodiest days in a five-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Rights activists said 80 civilians were killed in Sunday’s tank-backed assault on…

Passenger trains collide head-on in India

An express train collided head on with another passenger train in eastern India on Sunday, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The engine of the Guwahati-Bangalore express derailed after it crashed into a local train in the Malda district of West Bengal, around 350 kilometres (220 miles) north…

Only 10 of 129 Saudis ‘still in Guantanamo’

RIYADH — Just 10 out of a previous total of 129 Saudi detainees now remain at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a local daily reported on Sunday. “There are only 10 out of 129 detainees” still being held in the prison, Al-Medina daily quoted a representative…

One dead in Toronto parade shooting

MONTREAL — A 30-year-old man was killed and two people were wounded during a shootout with police at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival parade, medical officials said on Sunday. Toronto police told Radio-Canada and CBC television that they were called late Saturday to end a dispute between three men along the parade…

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