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Russians protest against anti-U.S. adoption law

At least 20,000 Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday to protest a Kremlin law banning US adoptions of Russian orphans in a move the opposition hopes will breathe some life into the faltering protest movement. The protest, dubbed the “March Against Scoundrels,” was aimed at naming and shaming lawmakers who…

Netanyahu wasted $3 billion on ‘harebrained adventures’ and Iran attack plan, says former PM

Israel’s former prime minister Ehud Olmert accuses Israeli PM of preparing for war that never took place Israel’s former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, has accused the current prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, of wasting almost $3bn preparing for a war on Iran that never took place, underlining how seriously Netanyahu considered…

EU ‘to propose’ peace plan after Israel vote

The European Union is drawing up a detailed new plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and expects to present it after this month’s Israeli general election, Yediot Aharonot reported Sunday. Citing diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Israel’s top-selling daily said the plan was intended to “bring about the establishment of a…

India arrests six in new bus gang-rape case

Six men have been arrested over the rape of a passenger on a coach in India, police said Sunday, weeks after the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in New Delhi sparked nationwide protests. The victim had boarded the service to her in-laws’ home in the northern…

Beijing choked by third day of hazardous smog

Beijing endured a third day of pollution at hazardous levels on Sunday, as authorities warned that a thick cloud of smog may not lift from the Chinese capital until midweek. While those venturing outside wore face masks, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei went one step further, posting pictures of himself…

Indian organizers ‘prepared’ for world’s largest religious festival

Organisers of the world’s biggest religious festival, which starts on the banks of the river Ganges on Monday, said they were ready for the tens of millions of pilgrims expected to attend. The Kumbh Mela, which takes place on a 12-year cycle and will last 55 days, is being held…

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez not in coma, responding to treatment: brother

The brother of Hugo Chavez has denied that the ailing Venezuelan president is in coma, saying the Venezuelan leader is responding well to cancer treatment in Cuba and making progress on a daily basis. “Reports that the president is in a coma and that the family is discussing ending life…

Ex-Egyptian leader Mubarak questioned over newspaper’s gifts

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak was on Saturday questioned over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds allegedly received from the country’s flagship state newspaper, a judicial source said. Mubarak, who is already serving a life sentence for his involvement in the death of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled…

Italian consul in Libya escapes gun attack

Italy’s consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya escaped unscathed after an attack on his bullet-proof car in the city on Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA and local security sources said. The car in which the consul, Guido De Sanctis, was travelling was shot at when it stopped at a crossroads,…

Belgian PM vows to cut queen’s stipend immediately

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said Saturday that elderly Queen Fabiola’s yearly allowance will be cut immediately, after a public uproar over a scheme to avoid death duties. “The reduction of Queen Fabiola’s stipend will be effective right from 2013,” Di Rupo’s spokesman said in a statement, referring to…

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