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Ivory Coast to probe Gbago regime for ‘blood crimes’

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara Sunday moved to bolster his authority in the deeply divided country with a probe into members of his ousted rival’s regime for “blood crimes”. The former IMF official and long-time opposition figure took charge last Monday of the world’s top cocoa grower when his forces stormed the…

OECD study: US ‘high on prisons, low on pensions’

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a report stating that the United States has the highest percentage of incarcerated citizens in the developed world and ranks ninth from the bottom in social spending. The report was included in what Business Insider calls a “massive pack of…

TEPCO announces 6-9 month plan for Fukushima shutdown

The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear plant aims to reduce radiation leaks within three months and to achieve a “cold shutdown” within six to nine months. Japan’s embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) offered the timeline more than five weeks after a giant quake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems…

Palestinian support for attacks drops

JERUSALEM — Overall Palestinian support for suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and the firing of rockets into Israel has dropped since 2009, with a majority opposed to both, a poll showed on Sunday. The survey conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre found that support for Palestinian “military operations”…

Gunmen and bombs kill six in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Bombs and gunmen killed six people in Iraq on Sunday, four of them from the same family, security sources said. The four family members — parents and two daughters in their 20s — were all shot in the head overnight by gunmen who spared a third, seven-year-old daughter,…

Former Egyptian prime minister ‘to face trial for corruption’

CAIRO, Egypt — Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Nazif and the former ministers of interior and finance are to face trial on charges of corruption, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday. “The former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, former interior minister Habib al-Adly and former finance minister Yussef Boutros-Ghali will…

Dalai Lama urges restraint in Tibet monastery crisis

DHARAMSHALA, India — The Dalai Lama has urged restraint in a standoff with security forces at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in China, warning of “catastrophic consequences” if the situation deteriorates. “I urge both the monks and the lay Tibetans of the area not to do anything that might be used…

Thousands join competing Moscow rallies

MOSCOW — Thousands protested Russia’s ruling regime in central Moscow on Saturday calling for transparent elections as the pro-Kremlin Nashi movement staged a massive anti-corruption demonstration. Up to 3,000 people protested on Moscow’s Bolotnaya square near the Kremlin in a protest organised by the unregistered oppositional Party for People’s Freedom,…

Hundreds in Tunisia protest political exclusion

TUNIS — Hundreds of supporters of ousted Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s party held a protest in Tunis Saturday, the first since his toppling in January, against their exclusion from politics. “No to exclusion” and “Tunisia is for everyone”, chanted the group — backers of the Rally for…

Man admits to killing spree, murdered 10 with a hammer

A man in China has admitted using a hammer to kill 10 people including his father, wife and son after he was refused a loan to prop up his struggling business, state media said Saturday. Zhou Yuxin, 33, said he also wanted to kill his father-in-law after he called Zhou…

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