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Spaniards vote amid protests over mass unemployment

MADRID — Spaniards voted Sunday in local elections forecast to inflict a crushing defeat on the ruling Socialists as anger over mass unemployment boiled over into popular protests. Protesters, who blame politicians for bleak economic prospects and a jobless rate of more than 21 percent, remained camped in central Madrid’s…

Britain’s forces withdraw from Iraq

BAGHDAD — Britain concluded its naval training mission in Iraq on Sunday, more than eight years after it contributed the second largest contingent of troops to the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Despite having pulled out the vast majority of its troops in mid-2009, Britain’s Royal Navy has continued…

Japan considering plan to include solar panels on all new buildings

TOKYO — Japan is considering a plan that would make it compulsory for all new buildings and houses to come fitted with solar panels by 2030, a business daily said Sunday. The plan, expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 Summit in France, aims to show Japan’s resolve to…

Saudi Arabia, UAE funded jihadi networks in Pakistan: Wikileaks cable

(Reuters) – Islamic charities from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates financed a network in U.S. ally Pakistan that recruited children as young as eight to wage holy war, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, citing Wikileaks. A U.S. diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks said financial support estimated at…

Family Radio chief Harold Camping silent as Rapture fails to occur

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – With no sign his forecast of Judgment Day arriving on Saturday has come true, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent. Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message…

Israel’s Netanyahu warns Obama: Do not chase Mideast peace ‘based on illusions’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Barack Obama against chasing what he called a Middle East peace “based on illusions” as he lectured the US president amid a widening rift in US-Israeli ties. In a dramatic Oval Office appearance, after 90 minutes of talks Friday, Prime Minister…

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn released to house arrest after sexual assault charges

NEW YORK (AFP) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was spending his first day outside a prison on Saturday after his lawyers posted $6 million bond in the wake of his indictment on sexual assault and attempted rape charges. Strauss-Kahn was freed from New York’s Rikers Island jail on Friday,…

Libyan leaders: Obama is ‘delusional’

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO warplanes hit eight vessels of Moamer Kadhafi’s navy, the alliance said as US President Barack Obama answered constitutional questions regarding the length of the Libyan conflict. Also Friday, the United States said it delivered 120,000 Halal meals to Libyan rebels as part of US plans to…

Spanish protesters cheer for ‘world revolution’ as ban on demonstration takes effect

MADRID — Thousands of protesters in Madrid furious over soaring unemployment staged a silent protest and then erupted in cheers of joy as a 48-hour ban on their demonstration took effect on Saturday. “Now we are all illegal” and “the people united will never be defeated,” were among the chants…

UN to study implications of Japan’s nuclear crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday launched a study of the health, safety and security impact of the accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in March. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations would undertake “a U.N. system-wide…

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