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German ‘incest trucker’ jailed

A German court on Tuesday jailed a former lorry driver for 14 and a half years for sexually abusing his daughter, stepson and stepdaughter, with whom he fathered eight children. Spies “was utterly selfish. He treated his family as his own personal property to do with as he wished,” presiding…

Kadhafi insiders talk exit options: Clinton to ABC

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s associates have been reaching out to their contacts worldwide to see how they can “get out of this,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News Tuesday. “We’ve heard about … people close to him reaching out to people that they know…

Saudi Arabia to hold municipal elections in April

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia is to hold municipal elections from April 23 at a time of pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world, the official SPA news agency announced. “A committee has been formed… to oversee next month?s municipal council elections,” it said in an official announcement late on Tuesday,…

Defiant Kadhafi says Libya ‘ready for battle’

TRIPOLI (AFP) – A defiant Moamer Kadhafi said Libya was “ready for battle” as Western leaders mulled their next steps on Wednesday, the fifth day of UN-backed military strikes on his oil-rich country. “We will win this battle,” footage showed Kadhafi telling supporters at his Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli…

Indian policeman shoots self to win bravery award

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A policeman in India was recovering in hospital after he shot himself in a misguided attempt to win a bravery award, media reports said. Mahesh Rajguru claimed that six unidentified men opened fire when he was on personal protection duty at a house of a former…

Rocket slams into Israel city as Gaza violence spirals

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Palestinians sent a Grad rocket slamming into the Israeli city of Beersheva Wednesday, injuring a man, after Israeli air strikes and a mortar attack killed eight Gazans. The Al Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, claimed responsibility for the attack as well as for…

Tokyo water unsafe for babies, farm food blocked

TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo on Wednesday warned that radioactive iodine over twice the safe level for infants had been detected in its tap water due to the disaster at a quake-hit nuclear plant northeast of Japan’s capital. The news compounded fears over the impact of the crippled Fukushima power station…

Syrian forces fire on protesters, kill 5: activist

DAMASCUS – Syrian security forces fired on anti-regime protesters on Wednesday near a mosque, killing five and wounding scores in the flashpoint southern town of Daraa, a rights activist said. “Security forces fired live bullets and teargas on protesters” staging a sit-in near the Omari mosque in Daraa, which has…

China blocks up to $5 billion in US farm sales

WASHINGTON – The United States could sell China $5 billion more in farm goods if Beijing cut trade barriers, according to an official study Tuesday that is likely to stoke trade tensions between the two powers. “Results suggest that the elimination of Chinese tariffs and non-tariff measures could lead to…

Battle to cool Japan plant as food jitters grow

KITAKAMI, Japan – Engineers racing to cool a stricken nuclear plant in Japan partially restored power to a control room on Tuesday, as radioactivity in more foodstuffs fuelled anxiety over product safety. An external electricity supply has now been linked up to all six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1…

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