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Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala leaves U.K. hospital

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education has been discharged from the British hospital treating her, a hospital spokeswoman said on Friday. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, said 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai would continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary English home before undergoing…

Majority of Israelis support Palestinian state

A slender majority of Israelis support the creation of a separate Palestinian state, but do not have high hopes for a peace deal, a survey said on Friday. The survey by daily Israel Hayom asked more than 800 Israelis “do you support or oppose the idea of two states for…

Hong Kong seizes huge haul of smuggled ivory

Hong Kong said Friday it had seized more than a tonne of ivory worth about $1.4 million in a shipment from Kenya, the city’s third big seizure in less than three months. Customs said they seized the 779 pieces of ivory tusk, weighing 1.3 tonnes, that were cut up and…

Iraq looks to put squeeze on pudgy police

Ihsan Ghaidan, a policeman in one of Iraq’s most volatile provinces, admits he stands little chance of promotion and notes his performance is increasingly under the microscope, for one simple reason — he is overweight, and Iraq’s security leaders are not happy. In fact, he is not just overweight —…

In ‘rape capital’ Delhi, women turn to self-defense

After nearly three weeks of lurid reporting on a horrifying gang-rape in New Delhi, women in the Indian capital say they are more anxious than ever, leading to a surge in interest in self-defence classes. New Delhi has long been known as the “rape capital of India”, with more than…

Venezuela slams ‘psychological war’ over Chavez health

Venezuela accused the international media of waging a “psychological war” over President Hugo Chavez’s health to try to destabilize the government and bring down its socialist revolution. The hardline stance was adopted after Vice President Nicolas Maduro returned from a visit with the ailing Chavez in Cuba, where he is…

Political detentions surged in Cuba in 2012

A total of 6,602 political detentions were recorded in Cuba in 2012, a 60 percent surge from a year earlier, a rights watchdog said. In December alone, such arrests — ranging from several hours to several days — reached 567 on this communist-ruled island, according to the Committee for Human…

Saudis aiding U.S. drone attacks in Yemen: report

Saudi Arabia has provided fighter jets to assist the United States with its drone strikes against Al-Qaeda targets in Yemen, the London Times reported on Friday. US drones are backing Yemeni forces combating militants of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The group’s Yemen branch is considered by Washington to…

Tehran governor shuts down city over pollution

Schools, universities and government offices in the Iranian capital will be closed on Saturday for the second time in a month because of high air pollution, Tehran governor Morteza Tamadon said Thursday. Emergency services also advised residents to avoid unnecessary travel in the city, the ISNA news agency reported. Tamadon…

German lawmakers push organ donor reforms after scandal

The head of the German doctors’ lobby and politicians called Thursday for swift action to root out corruption following a scandal over preferential treatment for organ transplants. The president of the German Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, said physicians taking bribes in life-or-death cases would shatter the hard-earned faith that…

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