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Israel orders Palestinian protest camp removed

The Israeli army ordered Palestinian demonstrators on Sunday to evacuate a protest encampment in the West Bank consisting of four tents and a building under construction, a military spokesman said. Three of the tents and the building near the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa were on land owned by the…

French military seeks ‘total reconquest of Mali’

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday the end goal of France’s military action in Mali was to retake control of the whole country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. “The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets” of resistance, Le…

Israelis ‘donate’ votes to Palestinians in protest

As a Palestinian living in the West Bank, Mousa Maria has no legal right to vote in Israeli elections this week. But thanks to a protest initiative, an Israeli voter will be casting a ballot for him. He’s participating in the “Real Democracy” project, a joint campaign launched by Israeli…

Chavez ‘gaining strength,’ says vice president

President Hugo Chavez is “gaining strength” as he finishes post-operative care and entering a “new phase” of cancer treatment, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday. Chavez anointed Maduro his political heir before flying to Cuba for a fourth round of cancer surgery on December 11. The longtime Venezuelan leader’s…

British survivors recount terror in Algeria

British survivors returning from the Algerian gas plant hostage crisis have told of their experiences, with the mother of one saying that her son will have nightmares for life. One Briton has been confirmed killed in the attack by Islamist militants, while a further five British nationals and one UK…

‘Political coward’ Binyamin Netanyahu sees rift with Barack Obama widen

Israeli prime minister’s aides accused American president of interfering in Israel’s elections Already fractious relations between Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama have been further strained in the runup to the president’s inauguration on Monday and the Israeli prime minister’s anticipated victory in Tuesday’s election. Netanyahu aides accused Obama of interfering…

India’s Sonia Gandhi slams ‘shameful’ attitudes towards women

Sonia Gandhi, president of India’s ruling Congress party, on Sunday condemned “shameful” social attitudes that led to crimes like the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi. “We cannot tolerate shameful social mindsets that lead to unspeakable atrocities on women and children… every woman in the country has the…

Japan’s grandmother poet Toyo Shibata dies at 101

Japanese poet Toyo Shibata, who started writing at the age of 92 and whose first anthology sold almost 1.6 million copies, died Sunday aged 101, her son said. Shibata died at a nursing home near her residence in Utsunomiya north of Tokyo, said her eldest son Kenichi Shibata. She had…

Hundreds rally against spread of Neo-Nazi influence in Greece

Hundreds of people held a rally against racism and fascism in central Athens on Saturday as mourners gathered to pray over the body of a man killed in a suspected racist attack. Nearly 3,000 people, according to state broadcaster NET, joined the peaceful protest that ended with a concert and…

Libyan defense minister survives firefight with former rebels

Libya’s defence minister was unhurt Saturday after being caught in a firefight between his bodyguards and ex-rebels at an airbase in the east of the country, his deputy told AFP. Mohammed al-Barghati was leaving the airport in Tobruk, eastern Libya, when the shooting occurred, said Khaled al-Sherif. “As the minister…

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