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Global ‘Slut Walk’ hits London streets

LONDON (AFP) – Thousands of women took part in a so-called “Slut Walk” in London, insisting that they should be able to wear as much or as little as they like without facing sexual harassment by men. The colourful march on Saturday saw most people wearing everyday clothing but some…

Al-Qaeda’s E. Africa chief killed in Mogadishu: sources

MOGADISHU (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s presumed head in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, died in a shootout in the Somali capital, officials said Saturday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacted immediately, calling it a “significant blow to Al-Qaeda, its…

Hundreds of thousands march for Pride in Rome, await Lady Gaga

ROME (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of people paraded through central Rome in a gay pride parade on Saturday, with many criticising Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government for failing to grant same-sex rights. “I want to tell the world, Europe and above all Italy, which is a bit closed, that…

Syria slammed as crackdown accounts mount, at least 25 dead

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Harrowing eyewitness accounts mounted on Saturday after Syrian forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 25 protesters, prompting the US to toughen its stance on President Bashar al-Assad. As the turmoil neared the three-month mark, the international outcry grew over Assad’s use of deadly force against…

Al-Qaeda’s east Africa chief ‘killed in Somalia’

MOGADISHU (AFP) – The presumed head of Al-Qaeda in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in Mogadishu this week, sources said Saturday. Fazul Abdullah, 38, is thought to have planned the massive truck bombings in Nairobi and Dar…

Hillary Clinton in Africa on U.S. trade drive

LUSAKA (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States wanted to expand trade with Africa by investing in the continent’s people, warning against a “new colonialism” as China expands its presence. In Zambia on the first leg of a three-nation African tour, Clinton defended US policies…

Iraq asks U.S. congressman to leave after he says they should ‘repay’ for war

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraqi authorities have asked for a US congressman to leave the country after he called for Baghdad to repay part of the money spent by Washington since the 2003 invasion, a spokesman said on Saturday. Republican representative Dana Rohrabacher’s remarks at a news conference in Baghdad stood…

U.S., Pakistan discuss future intelligence sharing

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – CIA chief Leon Panetta held talks with top Pakistani military and intelligence officials and discussed ways to strengthen future intelligence sharing, the Pakistani military said. The talks were held Friday amid a crisis in relations after the unilateral US raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The difficult…

U.S. foresees $46 billion in 2011 military sales

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States plans to export $46.1 billion in weapons this year, nearly doubling its 2010 figures, officials said. During the fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, Washington expects the sales of equipment and military services through its Foreign Military Sales process to grow. About 79…

Gaddafi writes U.S. Congress a thank you note for chastising Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libya’s embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi appears to have written to the US Congress to praise its criticism of President Barack Obama over NATO raids on Libya, officials said Friday. In the letter seen by AFP, Kadhafi comments on growing debate in Congress over whether Obama has usurped…

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