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Watch: Gang rape protests in India escalate as cops fire water cannons

Indian police on Saturday tear-gassed, baton-charged and fired water cannon at demonstrators in the sixth and most violent day of protests against the brutal gang-rape of a student last weekend. Thousands of protesters, most of them college students, rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the Indian…

Pope pardons butler, expels him from Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for leaking secret papal memos, but banished him from the Vatican. “This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to…

Drug war leaves 20,000 missing people in Mexico: report

More than 20,000 people have disappeared in Mexico over the past six years of a brutal crackdown on drugs during the government of former president Felipe Calderon, a civic group said. Propuesta Civica (Civic Proposal) released a database on its website Thursday listing 20,851 people who went missing from August…

Argentina disputes Britain renaming a part of Antarctica in honor of Queen Elizabeth II

Argentina summoned Britain’s ambassador Friday to complain about London’s decision to rename a disputed part of Antarctica in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Buenos Aires expressed its “firm rejection” of Britain’s claim to the territory, which Argentina considers “an area in the Argentine Antarctic sector.” Foreign Minister William Hague last…

Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher faces Christmas in the hospital

Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was in hospital Saturday recovering from a minor operation to remove a growth in her bladder and may remain there over Christmas, friends said. The 87-year-old “Iron Lady”, Britain’s first and only female premier, was doing “absolutely fine” having been admitted to hospital on…

Queen’s chaplain says Church of England has racism problem

Queen Elizabeth II’s chaplain Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, tipped to become one of Britain’s first women bishops, said Saturday that the Church of England is struggling with “institutional racism”. Jamaican-born Hudson-Wilkin, a chaplain to the monarch and also to parliament’s lower House of Commons, told The Times newspaper that she had…

Syria regime firing ‘Scud-style missiles,’ says NATO

NATO has accused the Syrian regime of firing Scud-style missiles at rebels, amid Russian criticism that the West’s “dangerous” stance risks bringing chaos to the country and beyond. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday called the Syrian army’s use of missiles against rebels an act of…

Russian parliament finalizes U.S. adoption ban

Russia’s lower house of parliament has given final approval to a contentious bill that retaliates against a new US human rights measure by barring Americans from adopting the country’s children. Washington swiftly slammed the move saying Russian children would be harmed by the measure. The State Duma passed the bill…

650 Chilean Madonna fans file complaints over too-short concert

At least 650 Madonna fans in Chile have filed complaints with the national consumer board after a concert this week started late and ended early. The consumer agency, which defends the rights of Chilean consumers, is talking with the concert organizer to determine why the concert started more than two…

Armed extremists kill Yemen women in alcohol raid

Armed extremists killed a woman in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden when they raided several homes whose owners allegedly have alcoholic drinks, residents and a security official said on Friday. “More than 10″ armed men on motorbikes stormed three houses in Aden’s Memdara neighbourhood on Thursday, residents said. The…

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