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Tourist with lost memory puzzles Austrian police

Austrian police have made an appeal to the public for help over a tourist thought to be German languishing in the country for the past seven weeks who has lost his memory and has no identification papers. All police know is that the man arrived in the German town of…

Risking life and limb to make Philippine ‘vodka’

With their huge copper vats and open fires, little-known backyard liquor makers have toiled for generations on Philippine coconut farms to distil their equivalent of Russian vodka. Once considered a lowly peasant’s drink whose potency is said to put other liquors and spirits worldwide in the shade, the “lambanog” is…

Pakistani and Indian troops exchange fire on border

Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged fire Sunday along their hotly disputed border in divided Kashmir, with each side accusing the other of starting the clash. Pakistan said one of its soldiers was killed and another wounded when Indian troops crossed the de facto border and stormed a military post, an…

Nearly 9,000 Syrians flee to Jordan in six days

Nearly 9,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, fled to Jordan over the past six days to escape the bloodshed in their homeland, a government spokesman told AFP on Sunday. “Some 8,835 Syrians fled to the kingdom since January 1 this year,” said Anmar Hmud, a government spokesman for Syrian refugee…

Tehran air pollution ‘leaves 4,460 dead’ in a year

Air pollution in Tehran has left 4,460 people dead in a year, an Iranian health official said in reports Sunday, with another sounding the alarm over high dose of carcinogens in domestically-made petrol. Hassan Aqajani, an adviser to the health minister, made the announcement on state television, and said the…

Medics say Gaza child died in mysterious explosion

A six-year-old boy in Gaza died on Saturday and three others were wounded in an explosion in Khan Yunis, Palestinian medical sources said. The Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis was not able to state what caused the explosion that resulted in the death of Moussa Kawaree. Earlier in the day…

Indian gang-rape victim’s blood ‘found on clothes of accused’

Prosecutor says five men charged with murder of 23-year-old student tried to destroy evidence by burning their clothes Forensic evidence from the bus in which a 23-year-old Delhi student was gang-raped links the scene of the crime with men accused of her attack, a public prosecutor in the Indian capital…

Egypt to discuss financial future with IMF official

A top International Monetary Fund official will visit Egypt on Monday for talks likely to focus on the $4.8 billion loan agreement frozen last month because of political unrest in the country. The trip to Cairo by Masood Ahmed, director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, comes…

At least 26 dead in latest round of Mexican drug violence

At least 26 people were killed in Mexico in the past 24 hours in apparent drug-related crimes, including six men shot dead whose bodies bear signs of torture, authorities said Saturday. Of the 26 deaths reported from Friday to Saturday, 16 of them took place in Chihuahua state, which shares…

Saddam’s VP releases videos backing Iraqi protesters

Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, Saddam Hussein’s vice president and the highest-ranking member of his regime still on the run, has backed ongoing rallies in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq in an online video. The 53-minute video, posted on YouTube on Friday, shows Duri reading a prepared statement behind a desk with a…

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