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Looters take advantage of Brazilian police strike in World Cup host city

Looting broke out in Salvador de Bahia, one of the host cities for this year’s World Cup in Brazil, as police went on strike for a second day Wednesday. Radio reported that a supermarket and bank were pillaged overnight in the absence of local police, who walked out late Tuesday…

Sexual violence against Egypt women ‘goes unpunished’: report

Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. “Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women’s participation in the political…

NATO to deploy more forces in eastern Europe

NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed. “Today we have agreed a package of military measures,” NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after a meeting of ambassadors of…

Pro-Russian militants take two Ukrainian soldiers hostage in Lugansk

Ukraine’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers “hostage” in the separatist eastern region of Lugansk. The ministry said an officer and a soldier were seized by “extremists” on Tuesday and taken to an unknown destination after they pulled over to repair their…

Nigeria parents face ‘nightmare’ after mass kidnap by Islamists

Desperate Nigerian parents pleaded Wednesday for an end to their “nightmare” after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in the embattled northeast. The mass abduction by heavily armed insurgents from the Chibok area of Borno state late Monday came just hours after a bomb…

South Korean ferry carrying 450 passengers sinks during trip to resort island

South Korean coastguard vessels and helicopters pulled passengers off a stricken ferry as it sank Wednesday off the southern coast with around 450 passengers on board — mostly high school students. There were no immediate reports of any casualties, but Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration,…

Sao Paulo World Cup stadium handed back to owners — unfinished

The construction firm behind the new World Cup stadium at Sao Paulo, due to stage the opening match on June 12, Tuesday handed over the site to owners Corinthians, although work has yet to be completed ahead of a planned mid-May handover to FIFA. In a symbolic handover to first…

Five college students killed in stabbing attack at Canadian house party

Five students died overnight in a stabbing rampage at a house party marking the end of university classes in the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities said Tuesday. Police said they were called at approximately 1:20 am (0720 GMT) to a home in a quiet suburban neighborhood where paramedics found three…

Spanish judge defies pressure to scrap Guantanamo torture case against Bush

A Spanish judge on Tuesday defied pressure to scrap a probe into alleged torture in the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay which targets former U.S. president George W. Bush. Judge Pablo Ruz at the National Court, in a written decision, refused to scrap the case despite a recent reform…

Ukraine pushes tanks toward flashpoint separatist city of Slavyansk

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces towards the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east. The seven buses, filled with 100 paratroopers, and 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers represented the Western-backed team’s most forceful response…

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