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Britain calls for fresh probe of Sri Lanka war crimes

COLOMBO — Defence Secretary Liam Fox has urged the Sri Lankan government to investigate war crimes alleged to have been committed during the island’s separatist conflict with Tamil rebels. The British High Commission said Liam Fox had pushed Sri Lanka, a former British colony, to probe the charges of deliberate…

Seven deminers beheaded in Afghanistan

Seven deminers kidnapped in western Afghanistan have been beheaded by their abductors, police said Sunday, as NATO announced the deaths of three soldiers in Taliban attacks. The seven were part of a group of 28 deminers who were snatched on Wednesday in a district that is the focus of the…

Israel to seek UN opinion on maritime border spat

Israel is to seek a UN opinion on its maritime borders with Lebanon in the Mediterranean, where lucrative offshore gas fields have been found, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday. “We will soon be presenting the United Nations headquarters in New York with our position on our maritime borders,”…

Argentine folk singer killed in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, one of the stars of Latin American folk music, was shot dead in Guatemala City early on Saturday when gunmen riddled his car with bullets, authorities said. Cabral, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a protest singer, was on his…

Pakistani Army: New York Times article ‘a direct attack’

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Reports in the New York Times criticizing the Pakistan army and the powerful intelligence agency is a “direct attack” on Pakistan’s security, the army spokesman said on Saturday. Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army’s chief spokesman, repeatedly criticized the Times’ reporting and said it was…

Pakistan regains control with 95 dead in Karachi

Pakistan announced on Saturday its troops had taken back areas of Karachi occupied by armed groups and arrested more than 100 people after political violence across the vast port city claimed 95 lives. Four days of unrest has been blamed on political and ethnic tensions, with gunmen firing on two…

Berlusconi firm fined 560 million euros in bribery appeal

A Milan appeals court Saturday ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company Fininvest to pay 560 million euros to rival media group CIR in a bribery case, a judge told the ANSA news agency. In October 2009, a Milan civil court ruled that Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) was entitled…

South Sudan proclaims independence to tears of joy

South Sudan’s parliament speaker proclaimed the fledgling state’s independence on Saturday, marking its birth as the world’s newest nation and splitting Africa’s largest country in two. “We, the democratically elected representatives of the people, based on the will of the people of South Sudan, and as confirmed by the outcome…

Gaddafi threatens to take the Libyan war to Europe

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi threatened to take the war in Libya to Europe on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces. Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step…

Police arrest 1,401 in Malaysia democracy protest

Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon, making 1,400 arrests on Saturday during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform. Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a massive security operation but it failed to thwart the outlawed demonstration…

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