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State Dept. orders departure of Mali embassy dependents

The US State Department has ordered all family members of embassy employees to leave Mali, amid the country’s escalating conflict with Islamist militants who control the vast arid north. The order late Friday follows a tumultuous week in which gunmen across the border in Algeria staged a deadly raid on…

Avigdor Lieberman: ‘Dobermann’ of the Israeli right

Israel’s outspoken former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, who resigned last month after being charged with corruption offences, is a firebrand hardliner with a burning ambition to lead the right. Known for his anti-Arab stance, he has been dogged by corruption allegations for years but denies the charges against him, saying…

$240 billion amassed by 100 richest people enough to end extreme poverty four times over: Oxfam

The vast fortunes made by the world’s richest 100 billionaires is driving up inequality and hindering the world’s ability to tackle poverty, according to Oxfam. The charity said the accumulation of wealth and income on an unprecedented scale, often at the expense of secure jobs and decent wages for the…

Seven hostages killed in Algeria desert ‘final assault’

Seven foreign hostages and 11 Islamist gunmen were killed on Saturday, an Algerian security source said, when a Sahara desert stand-off ended in a bloodbath. The heavily armed gunmen from a group known as “Signatories in Blood” had been holed up in the In Amenas gas complex since they took…

Rape cases in New Delhi jump 23 percent in 2012

Rape cases in New Delhi jumped 23 per cent in 2012 from a year earlier, according to official figures, highlighting rising crime against women in the sprawling metropolis. The numbers were released as the trial of five men was set to begin on Monday on accusations of murder, rape and…

Corruption evil as drugs and prostitution: Interpol

Global football corruption helps drive the criminal underworld’s domination of prostitution, drug-trafficking and gun-running, an international symposium into match-fixing heard on Friday. Around 200 delegates attending the FIFA, UEFA and Interpol meeting into corruption in the sport, were told that it was crucial the match-fixers felt the full force of…

Russians warily turn to AA in battle with alcohol

One-time Russian prisoner Andrei tried to quit drinking 22 times, going for cures that lasted from one to six months. But each time, he went back to the bottle. Then 14 years ago, the 58-year-old tried Alcoholics Anonymous, attracted by the different approach, which was not about doctors reprimanding the…

Latin American women face widespread violence: study

More than half of Bolivian women have suffered domestic violence, according to a report out Thursday that found such abuse widespread in Latin America, with partners usually the perpetrators. In seven of the 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries surveyed by the Pan American Health Organization, more than one in…

India bans foreign same sex couples and singles from using surrogate mothers

India has issued new rules barring foreign gay couples and single people from using surrogate mothers to become parents, drawing sharp criticism from gay rights advocates and fertility clinics. Commercial surrogacy is a booming industry in India and in recent years ranks of childless foreign couples looking for a low-cost,…

Oops: Norwegian maple leaf adorns new Canada $20 bill

The maple leaf shown on Canada’s new $20 bills is from a Norway maple, which is not native to Canada, several botanists cited by Canadian media decried Friday. Canada’s iconic red maple leaf image appears on its flag, government logos and countless other branding of Canadiana. “It’s our national symbol…

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