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Japan’s incoming premier ‘to review Fukushima’ atomic crisis

Japan’s incoming pro-nuclear premier Shinzo Abe said Sunday his government will again investigate the Fukushima atomic crisis, after which the country’s reactors could be restarted, reports said. His comments will add to speculation that plans to ditch atomic power in disaster-scarred Japan will be shelved by his Liberal Democratic Party…

Egypt opposition to appeal referendum results

Egypt’s opposition said on Sunday that it will appeal the results of a referendum that ruling Islamists said approved a new constitution, claiming that voting was riddled with “fraud and violations”. The announcement was made by the opposition National Salvation Front the day after the second and final round of…

Israel’s Netanyahu has little to fear ahead of vote

A month before Israelis go to the polls in a snap election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has plenty to be confident about, with his only real challenges coming from within his own rightwing camp. Polls put the joint list of his Likud party and the Yisrael Beitenu faction far ahead…

Human flesh-cooking convict’s organs transplanted

A hospital in Taiwan harvested organs and other body parts from one of six executed death row inmates, in a controversial procedure that could help five patients, local media reported Sunday. Taiwanese authorities executed six death row prisoners Friday, the largest number to be put to death in one day…

Germany warns Britain against ‘blackmailing’ EU

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schaeuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also…

Egypt’s new constitution ‘wins two-thirds support’

Egypt has adopted a new, Islamist-backed constitution with nearly two-thirds support in a referendum preceded by weeks of sometimes bloody protests, official media said on Sunday. The secular-leaning opposition, which has alleged fraud, was mulling its next move in its campaign against the text, which it says limits the freedoms…

Chilean volcano spews ash along border with Argentina

Southern Chile’s Copahue Volcano belched plumes of ash skyward Saturday, prompting authorities there and in neighboring Argentina to issue a low-level alert. While the 2,965-meter (9,700 foot) volcano straddles the two countries’ border, its crater, where most of the activity was under way, leans toward the Argentine side, experts told…

Thousands protest in Bahrain seeking PM’s ouster

Thousands of Shiite protesters in Bahrain Saturday demanded a transition government and the removal of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been premier since 1974, witnesses said. They said the demonstrators marched in the village of Diya near the capital Manama, chanting “Resign, Khalifa!” and waving Bahraini…

Ex-premier Pahor sworn in as Slovenia’s new president

Slovenia’s former prime minister Borut Pahor was sworn in as president on Saturday and promised to bridge the deep gap between the ruling coalition and the centre-left opposition. “Starting the first day of my mandate, I will dedicate my efforts in reaching a deal between the government and the opposition…

Ahmadinejad: Iran fighting ‘smart economic war’

Iran is engaged in a “smart economic war” with Western powers whose sanctions against its nuclear programme are hurting some Iranians, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday. “Targeted sanctions, which the enemies say are supposed to be crippling, have led to a drop in our oil” sales, Ahmadinejad said in…

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