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Israeli protesters call for social justice, revolution

Protests that began in Israel over high housing prices have now escalated into a general demand for social justice, with tens of thousands attending a rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday and hundreds blocking traffic and clashing with the police. Israeli news site Ynet reported on Sunday that those at…

Iran blames U.S., Israel for killing of scientist

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A senior Iranian official on Sunday blamed the United States and Israel for the killing of an Iranian scientist, who the deputy interior minister said was not linked to Iran’s nuclear program as reported by media. Darioush Rezaie, 35, a university lecturer, was shot dead by gunmen…

Canada arrests suspected Pakistani war criminal

MONTREAL — Canada said Saturday it had arrested a suspected Pakistani war criminal, the second such arrest made since the government listed 30 foreigners actively sought on Canadian soil. Arshad Muhammad, 42, was arrested thanks to public tips, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement. The Toronto Sun…

Venezuela’s Chavez says he is free of cancer

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was back in his country Sunday after undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Cuba, declaring himself free of “malignant cells” and ready to continue his work. The 56-year-old leader underwent an operation in Cuba a month ago for a cancerous tumor in his pelvic area. Chavez,…

Mugabe party ‘supporters’ assault Zimbabwe journalist

HARARE — Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party beat up a lawmaker and a journalist when they barged into a public hearing on a proposed human rights bill, media reports said on Sunday. The private Standard newspaper said about 20 youth on Saturday mobbed and beat up Brian Tshuma,…

Suicide bomber kills 9 Yemen troops

ADEN — A suicide bomber Sunday detonated a truck packed with explosives at an army camp in Aden, killing nine soldiers, a military source said, amid raging battles between troops and Islamist militants. The defence ministry blamed Al-Qaeda for the massive blast, which soldiers said tore through military vehicles as…

China boasts biggest high-speed rail network

BEIJING — China only opened its high-speed rail service to passengers four years ago, but it now boasts the world’s biggest network, with more than 8,300 kilometres of track — a figure that is growing rapidly. Trains are by far the most popular form of long-distance transport in the country…

Pirates seize Italian tanker in the Gulf of Guinea

COTONOU — Pirates seized an Italian tanker with a crew of 23 off Benin in the Gulf of Guinea Sunday, the Benin navy said. Navy commander Maxime Ahoyo told AFP that after receiving distress signals from the vessel, the navy sent two patrol boats in pursuit of the pirates. “We…

Spain’s ‘indignant’ protesters rally in Madrid

MADRID — Two months after they launched a movement against the economic crisis and soaring unemployment, Spain’s so-called “indignant” protesters were converging on Madrid again on Saturday. Seven cross-country protest marches were set to reach the city’s Puerto del Sol square Saturday evening on the eve of a demonstration through…

Alleged rape sparks general strike in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — A general strike paralysed India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir valley on Saturday in a second day of protest against the alleged rape of a woman by two soldiers in the revolt-hit region. The strike shut most shops, schools and offices in Srinagar and other major towns of the scenic…

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