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Thousands of U.S.-run mine workers strike for better wages in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

Mumbai police fine 31 for ‘dirty dancing’: report

Thirty-one young people have been fined for “indecent” dancing in India’s entertainment capital, Mumbai, The Times of India newspaper said on Monday, quoting city police. Senior officer Mahesh Patil told the daily that the individuals were fined 1,200 rupees ($26) each after a raid on a nightclub in the northern…

Stranded Aussies survive on nuts and rainwater

Two men have been rescued after surviving on nuts and rainwater for four days in the remote Australian desert after their car caught fire, police said on Monday. The experienced prospectors were found after one of them walked towards an Aboriginal community 60 kilometres (35 miles) away where was he…

Americans missing after boat sinks off Mexico

Several people remained missing Monday after a tourist boat carrying more than 40 tourists, many of them American, sank off the Mexican coast, Fox News reported early Monday. The television network said the ship left the port of San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez on Saturday and capsized during…

British soldier missing in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been reported missing in southern Afghanistan, with NATO launching a manhunt to find him. “The Ministry of Defense can confirm that a British serviceman is missing in Afghanistan. An extensive operation to locate him is under way,” the ministry said in a statement tonight. “The individual…

Japan man admits killing British teacher

A Japanese man accused of raping and murdering British teacher Lindsay Ann Hawker, whose battered body was found in a sand-filled bathtub, Monday admitted the killing but said it was accidental. Tatsuya Ichihashi, 32 — who spent more than two and a half years on the run after the 2007…

Thousands of US-run mine workers strike in Papua

More than 7,000 workers from US company Freeport McMoRan’s massive gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s western Papua region started a week-long strike on Monday to demand better wages. “We want a bigger salary so that we can afford to have a better life,” Frans Kaweai, a protester, told AFP…

Saboteurs bomb Egypt gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan

Saboteurs bombed an Egyptian gas pipeline in the Sinai peninsula on Monday, sending flames into the sky and cutting supplies to Israel and Jordan, a security official said. Officials said a car had parked near the pipeline in the Bir al-Abd area, 80 kilometres (about 50 miles) from the north…

Bomb kills 10 in northern Nigeria: military source, witness

A bomb blast at a police beer garden killed at least 10 people Sunday in the troubled northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a military source and a witness said. “The bomb was planted at the middle of the ‘mammy market’ and at least 10 people have been killed and several…

Sudan ‘bombing’ kills 3 in south oil state: minister

The northern army carried out cross-border air strikes that killed three civilians and wounded 17 in south Sudan’s oil-producing Unity state just a week before independence, a southern official said on Sunday. “The attack happened yesterday (Saturday) in Pariang, from seven to eight in the morning. Three people were killed…

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