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At Chernobyl site, Medvedev calls for new nuclear rules

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, called on Tuesday for new world rules to be drawn up on safety at nuclear plants. Medvedev, standing alongside Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear…

Migrants forced to be sex slaves in Mexico

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Locals call them “merchandise” and that is how criminal gangs treat the Central American youths they force into prostitution near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Victims recount being tricked into making the dangerous journey across Central America in the hope of a better life before being stopped…

U.S. considered Pakistani spies part of ‘terrorist’ group, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US investigators who screened prisoners considered Pakistani intelligence to be a terrorist group, leaked documents said, laying bare the deep mistrust between the two countries’ spies. A secret 2007 US list of “terrorist and terrorist support entities” listed Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) alongside some 70 other groups…

U.S., Mexican officials to discuss drug war escalation

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Senior US and Mexican officials will meet on Friday to discuss joint efforts to halt the increasingly brutal cross-border drug trade, according to Mexico’s foreign ministry. The Mexican delegation will be lead by Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, an official told AFP late Monday. RELATED: Pot-bashing Republican…

Some Gitmo prisoners held without any evidence, WikiLeaks reveals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States has botched the handling of inmates at Guantanamo, holding men for years without reliable evidence while releasing others who posed a grave threat, according to leaked secret files. The trove of more than 700 classified documents released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks showed US…

Soaring food prices a threat across Asia

MANILA (AFP) – Soaring global food prices threaten to push tens of millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cut the region’s economic growth this year, the Asian Development Bank warned in a report on Tuesday. Coupled with skyrocketing oil prices, the spike poses a serious setback for developing Asia…

Cuban seeks to break own record with 70-meter cigar

HAVANA — A Cuban cigar roller began Monday rolling a 70-meter (230-foot) cigar in an attempt to nearly double his previous Guinness world record, a spokesman said. Working eight hours a day for nine days, 67-year-old Jose “Cueto” Castelar is hoping to break his 2009 record of a 43.38-meter-long (142-foot-long)…

Al-Qaeda wanted to blow up your Sega, and more WikiLeaks shocks

In the midst of the WikiLeaks’ flooding news sites with the release of more than 700 documents relating to the heavy-handedness, confusion and lack of uniform guidelines at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, it’s inevitable that some information is slipping through the cracks. Here are five things you probably missed…

Japan auto giants see home output plunge post-quake

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s leading automakers said Monday that domestic production plummeted in March after the massive quake and tsunami, which shut off parts supplies and led to widespread power shortages. Toyota, Nissan and Honda all reported massive falls in output due to the disaster and ratings agency Standard &…

Pakistani gang rape victim says will file appeal

MEERWALA, Pakistan — A Pakistani woman who was gang raped said on Sunday that she would challenge a Supreme Court decision to dismiss her appeal against the early release of five men convicted of abusing her. Mukhtar Mai, now 40, was gang raped in June 2002 on the orders of…

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