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Renewable energies could supply 80 percent of world’s demand by 2050: UN report

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Governments approved on Monday a U.N. report projecting that renewable energies such as solar, wind or hydropower could leap to supply almost 80 percent of the world’s demand by 2050, with the right policies. The study broadly matched a draft written by scientists before the meeting,…

Pakistan says it knew of U.S. raid after it began

DUBAI — Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told an Arab satellite TV on Monday he knew of the US raid which killed Osama bin Laden only 15 minutes after its launch but had no idea of the target. “I was made aware of the operation 15 minutes after it started,”…

Libyan gang-rape victim Eman al-Obeidy flees to Tunisia

Eman al-Obeidy became one of the more recognizable faces of the so-called Arab Spring in March, when she burst into a Tripoli hotel and told journalists about her gang-rape at the hands of pro-Gaddafi military men, then was dragged out of the hotel and went missing for days. Now, al-Obeidy…

Cuban dissident who died after police beating buried

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto was buried Sunday amid opposition charges a police beating last week led to his death. Some 80 people attended Soto’s funeral in the city of Santa Clara, including a number of prominent dissidents, according to witnesses at the scene. No incidents were reported. Soto, 46, was…

Taliban attacks kill 4 in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – A Taliban cell behind a wave of attacks which killed four people in one of Afghanistan’s biggest cities looked close to destruction Sunday after holding out for over 24 hours. Two attackers who were holed up in a building near Kandahar’s intelligence headquarters have been killed,…

Taliban attack government buildings in Afghanistan, 2 dead

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban unleashed a coordinated wave of attacks on government targets in the key southern Afghan city of Kandahar Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding 29. President Hamid Karzai charged that the violence was “revenge” for this week’s killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin…

Tattooed shrunken head relic returns to New Zealand

ROUEN, France (AFP) – The tattooed, shrunken head of a Maori warrior starts a long voyage home to New Zealand on Monday when France hands the mystic relic back more than a century after explorers took it away. At the town hall in Rouen, northwest of Paris, Maori elders will…

Islamists restore order amid Tunisia violence

ETTADHAMEN, Tunisia — Charred cars, vandalised shops, roadblocks made of garbage and manure have made this town nearly unrecognisable were it not for Islamists who have taken action to re-establish calm and order. Ettadhamen, a deprived district outside Tunis, is one of several areas across the country that has been…

Striking garment workers beat by Cambodian police

PHNOM PENH — Rights groups in Cambodia accused police of using disproportionate violence on Sunday, alleging they beat protesters at a rally by 2,000 garment workers in the capital. Around 100 officers, armed with anti-riot shields, electric batons and guns, moved in to disperse the mainly female crowd that had…

U.S. official: Bin Laden ‘no figurehead’, directed al Qaeda from Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The compound in Pakistan where U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden was an active command center from which he directed al Qaeda, a senior intelligence official said on Saturday as he released videos showing bin Laden watching himself on tape and rehearsing speeches. The official, speaking on…

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