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Mladic to challenge Hague transfer

BELGRADE (AFP) – Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was to appeal against his transfer to a UN court on Monday, after thousands rallied in his support and he denied responsibility for the Srebrenica massacre. The spokeswoman for the UN war crimes court in The Hague said she had…

U.S. voices ‘concern’ at violent end to Russian gay rights rally

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States voiced “concern” Sunday over the violent end to a gay rights rally in Moscow, and called on Russian authorities to better safeguard “fundamental freedoms” of assembly. “We note with concern… that a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians,…

High radioactivity found in Japan nuclear workers

TOKYO — Two workers from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been contaminated by high levels of radioactive iodine, the operator said Monday, prompting fears over their long-term health. The workers, reportedly men in their 30s and 40s, may have already been exposed to radiation levels higher than the recently…

Victory over AIDS epidemic finally within reach: U.S. researcher

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic surfaced, hope of conquering the deadly epidemic has never been greater, according to a longtime US leader in the AIDS fight, Anthony Fauci. This hope has been spurred by recent advances toward a vaccine and new breakthoughs in treatment and prevention,…

Writer urges Internet junkies to ‘switch off’ and think

SEOUL (AFP) – Like tens of millions of others, US technology writer Nicholas Carr found the lure of the worldwide web hard to resist — until he noticed it was getting harder and harder to concentrate. He set out his concerns in a celebrated essay headlined “Is Google making us…

Germany to scrap nuclear power by 2022

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany on Monday became the first major industrialised power to agree an end to nuclear power in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phase-out to be completed by 2022. Chancellor Angela Merkel said the decision, hammered out by her centre-right coalition overnight, marked the…

IMF ex-chief Strauss-Kahn had separate ethics rules

When International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested after being accused of attempting to rape a hotel maid in New York City, onlookers wondered whether the IMF would sanction him for abusing his position (Strauss-Kahn reportedly yelled “don’t you know who I am?” while attacking the maid). Strauss-Kahn resigned,…

Afghanistan’s Karzai gives U.S. final warning: stop killing civilians

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the US military on Sunday to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his “last warning” to Washington after 14 people allegedly died in an air strike. Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men…

Britain readies ‘bunker-buster’ bombs for Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain is to add “bunker-busting” bombs to the arsenal its warplanes are using over Libya, a weapon it said on Sunday would send a loud message to Muammar Gaddafi that it is time to quit. Britain and other NATO powers are ratcheting up their military intervention in…

Fukushima plant not ready for approaching typhoon

Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are apologizing in advance for the fact that the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant is not ready for the high winds and heavy rain of Typhoon Songda, a massive storm that could make landfall in Japan as early as Monday. The BBC quotes…

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