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Israel deports seven ‘flytilla’ activists

JERUSALEM — Israel on Tuesday expelled seven foreign pro-Palestinian activists detained after flying into Israel for protests at the weekend, leaving five still in custody, an official said. “There are three British people, an Irishman and a German,” immigration service spokeswoman Sabine Hadad told AFP. She was unable to say…

Protesters stage anti-government rally in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Several hundred protesters rallied outside the headquarters of Hong Kong’s law-making body on Wednesday against government plans to scrap by-elections. Activists from the People Power movement pumped their fists into the air and chanted slogans outside the city’s legislative council, shouting: “Respect the right to vote.” “The…

Leader of Chinese-ruled Tibet urges crackdown on Dalai Lama

BEIJING — The leader of Chinese-ruled Tibet urged police to crack down on the “separatist” activities of the Dalai Lama in remarks published Wednesday, after the monk repeated his support for regional autonomy. The region’s Communist Party secretary Zhang Qingli equated peace and prosperity in Tibet with wiping out forces…

Global whaling body adopts anti-corruption reform

SAINT HELIER, Jersey — The International Whaling Commission (IWC) changed Wednesday the way its 89 member nations pay fees, adopting a British proposal to boost transparency and discourage alleged influence-peddling. Debate at the IWC’s 63rd annual meeting, which closes on Thursday, has been dominated by whether or how to introduce…

Multiple blasts kill 20 in Mumbai ‘terror’ strikes

Three simultaneous blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens more in Mumbai on Wednesday, in the deadliest attack on India’s commercial capital since the traumatic 2008 assault by Islamist militants. The bombs exploded in busy districts in the south of the city, the same area targeted two and half years…

WATCH LIVE: Coverage of the Mumbai bombings

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Multiple blasts rock Mumbai in ‘terror strike’

Multiple blasts rocked India’s financial hub Mumbai on Wednesday evening, police said, in what the Home Ministry described as a “terror strike”. Police gave no details of any casualties, but news channels cited eyewitnesses as saying as many as 10 people might have been killed, in the first major incident…

Tunisian PM urges return of parties who quit reform panel

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday urged parties which pulled out of a reform panel to return and work together in the national interest. “The national interest requires that all parties work together. One should not quit politics even if there is disagreement,” he said at the headquarters…

Second night of riots in Belfast

A second night of rioting erupted in Northern Ireland at the height of the Protestant marching season, with two police officers briefly set on fire by petrol bombs and numerous arrests, police said Wednesday. Rioters threw petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and fireworks at officers and set cars alight in the…

UK troops in Libya to get operational allowance

British military personnel serving in Libya will receive an operational allowance in recognition of the “rigour and risk” they face, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said on Wednesday. UK servicemen and women operating in Libyan airspace and territorial waters will be paid an extra £29.02 a day tax-free, backdated to the…

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