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Egypt’s former president Mubarak has cancer: lawyer

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer, his defense lawyer said on Monday, citing a medical report to assess whether the former leader is fit enough to stand trial. “Mubarak has cancer and this was included in the last medical report,” said lawyer Farid el-Deeb.…

U.S. ambassador warns Karzai over criticism of West

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Kabul has issued a thinly veiled warning to Afghan President Hamid Karzai that harsh criticisms of the West could jeopardize the troops and funding critical to the Afghan government’s survival. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said he found comments from “some” Afghan leaders “hurtful and…

Corporation names to become the new dot coms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – good.food, learnto.salsa, glossy.lipstick — people and companies will be able to set up a website with almost any address by the end of next year if they have a legitimate claim to the domain name and can pay a hefty fee. The Internet body that oversees domain…

Trial of deposed Tunisian president Ben Ali begins

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisia’s deposed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader toppled in a wave of Arab uprisings, went on trial in his absence on Monday, accused of plundering the country among other charges. The former strongman who denies any wrongdoing faces charges related to theft, drugs…

Europe tells Greece: agree to austerity, get more loans

LUXEMBOURG/ATHENS (Reuters) – Euro zone finance ministers applied intense pressure on Greece on Monday, saying it had to approve stricter austerity measures before a final decision is made on a further 12 billion euros in loans. Before launching a second day of meetings on Greece, ministers indicated that the next…

Brazilian demonstrations call for legal marijuana

SAO PAULO — Brazilian demonstrators held marches on the weekend calling for marijuana to be legalized after the country’s top court ruled the gatherings could go ahead in the name of freedom of speech. The demonstrations were held in 40 towns and cities late Saturday, according to Brazilian media. Most…

Russian President Medvedev wants to see Obama re-elected

MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday he wanted his US counterpart Barack Obama to win re-election next year, fearing that the two men’s efforts to improve ties may lose steam under a new administration. “I can tell you directly — I would like Barack Obama to be…

UN nuclear chief warns no ‘business as usual’

VIENNA (AFP) – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog warned on Monday that confidence in atomic energy had been “deeply shaken” by the Fukushima disaster as a conference began to debate lessons to be drawn of the crisis in Japan. “The eyes of the world will be upon us…

Syria’s Assad vows change but not under ‘chaos’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that dialogue could lead to a new constitution and even the end of his Baath party’s monopoly on power but refused to reform Syria under “chaos.” After widespread condemnation of a brutal crackdown on anti-regime protests, the country was at a…

Refugees on rise and poor countries bear brunt: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of people forced to flee their homes to escape war or abuse has risen to its highest for 15 years, with four out of five refugees in developing countries, the United Nations said on Monday. In all, there were 43.7 million displaced people worldwide at…

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