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Obama and British PM Cameron in talks about Arab Spring protests

LONDON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday, grappling with the turmoil across the Arab world and the NATO effort to dislodge Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. Obama, on the third day of a European tour, swapped the glitter of a royal state…

Pope shuts down famous ‘party monastery’ with ‘prancing nuns’

ROME – Pope Benedict XVI has shut down a famous community in Rome that organised dances by a former nightclub dancer nun and hosted VIPs like Madonna, earning the disfavour of the Vatican. The closure of the monastery of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, which holds some of the Church’s most…

Former Egypt dictator and sons to be tried over killings, corruption

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were on Tuesday referred to a criminal court on charges of ordering the killings of anti-regime protesters and graft, the public prosecutor’s office said. The prosecutor’s office said that Mubarak and his sons Alaa and Gamal have been charged…

Netanyahu: Israel willing to make ‘painful’ land concessions for peace

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel is prepared to make “painful compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, including the handover of land they seek for a state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday. Addressing a joint meeting of Congress, a bastion of support for Israel, after a testy exchange last…

Report: Friends of former IMF chief tried to bribe assaulted maid’s family

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have spent the last week and a half behind bars and under house arrest since he allegedly tried to rape a hotel maid in New York on May 14, but associates of his have been busy on his behalf. The New York Post reports…

‘Anonymous’ attack on Chamber of Commerce website doesn’t make a dent

An effort by protest group “Anonymous” to rally Internet users into helping them shut down the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website fell short Monday night as the site remained online. Unnamed members of the group, which has come to be defined by its online activities, had issued a call to…

Pakistan returns U.S. helicopter from bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan has returned to the United States wreckage of a U.S. helicopter destroyed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a Pentagon official told Reuters on Tuesday. The delivery of the wreckage meets a key U.S. demand of Pakistan in the wake the May 2 mission…

World Bank unveils $6 billion in funding for Egypt and Tunisia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Tuesday unveiled $6 billion in funding to help Tunisia and Egypt address budget and reserve shortfalls this year and next, following popular uprisings that ended years of dictatorships but which have caused economic stress. Zoellick said a Group of Eight meeting…

Israel PM counters U.S. demands on peace process

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday was to outline his views on reviving the peace process before the US Congress after rejecting White House demands for a settlement based on 1967 borders. In a speech before a powerful Israel lobbying group late Monday in Washington, the prime minister…

Elephant countries form ‘E-8′ conservation group

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Eight countries with the largest number of elephants met for the first on Tuesday in New Delhi to plot new strategies to protect the animal. “Delegates here represent two-thirds of the world’s wild elephant population,” Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh told the inaugural gathering of the…

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