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Vietnam PM’s future uncertain as communists meet

BANGKOK: The political future of Vietnam’s prime minister is hanging in the balance as communist party chiefs gather for talks overshadowed by financial scandals and economic malaise, experts say. Nguyen Tan Dung, 62, has had little reason to celebrate since the communist-controlled parliament formally approved his appointment for a second…

Questions mount over attack on US consulate in Benghazi

WASHINGTON — Three weeks after a deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi little is known about how and why the assault happened or who was behind it, amid mounting concern over possible security lapses. Four Americans died in the hours-long assault when the US compound and a nearby…

Nigerian troops search house-to-house for massacre suspects

Nigerian soldiers moved house to house on Wednesday in an urgent bid to hunt down attackers responsible for the massacre of 26 people who were shot or had their throats slit in a student housing area. The attack in the early hours of Tuesday near a polytechnic university shook the…

Protest, scuffles with police in Iran over currency crisis

A protest and scuffles with police occurred in central Tehran on Wednesday in the first sign of public unrest over Iran’s plunging currency, which this week has lost more than half of its value. Hundreds of police in anti-riot gear stormed the capital’s currency exchange district of Ferdowsi, arresting illegal…

Ahmadinejad: Iran won’t ‘retreat’ on nuclear issue despite economic sanctions

Iran will not back down on its nuclear programme despite economic problems caused by Western sanctions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday. “We are not people to retreat on the nuclear issue,” he told a news conference in Tehran. “If somebody thinks they can pressure Iran, they are certainly wrong…

Ikea apologizes for removing women from Saudi catalog

Ikea, the global furniture company, has apologised for deleting images of women from the version of its catalogue circulating in Saudi Arabia. The issue was highlighted on Monday by the free newspaper, Metro, which compared the Swedish and Saudi versions of the catalogue and showed that women had been airbrushed out of…

French prosecutors drop charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

French prosecutors dropped a rape investigation Tuesday against former International Monetary Fund chair Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The Associated Press reports that the key witness withdrew her testimony and now says no rape was involved in a December 2010 encounter with Strauss-Kahn in Washington D.C. Strauss-Kahn and three other men were accused…

Pope’s butler to take stand in ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele takes the stand on Tuesday at his historic trial for stealing secret memos in what he said was a bid to battle “evil and corruption” in the Vatican. It will be the first time that Gabriele speaks out since his arrest in May…

Colombian rebels: Peace talks to start Oct. 15

Talks between Colombia’s government and the leftist FARC rebels — aimed at ending one of Latin America’s oldest conflicts — are set to begin on October 15, the group said. The statement sent to reporters in Havana, Cuba, where the parties met to negotiate the terms of the peace talks…

Indonesians hack into beached whales in mass stranding

Locals on a remote island in eastern Indonesia on Tuesday cut up several dead pilot whales for food after a mass stranding that killed at least 41 of the mammals, an official said. A total of 44 pilot whales beached themselves late Monday on the island of Savu in East…

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