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U.S. warns Egypt of return to ‘bad old days’ of Mubarak

The United States warned Tuesday there must be no return to the “bad old days” of the Mubarak era in Egypt, as the army there called for talks to resolve a crisis over a constitutional referendum. “We continue to have deep concerns about the situation in Egypt,” State Department spokeswoman…

U.S. blacklists al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria

Washington blacklisted an Al-Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria Tuesday, warning extremists could play no role in building the nation’s future as the US readies to recognize the new Syrian alliance. The move against the Al-Nusra Front came ahead of talks in Morocco on Wednesday, when the United States is expected…

Software engineer McAfee expects to be freed ‘soon’

US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee said on Tuesday he was “100 percent certain” he would secure freedom from a Guatemalan detention centre within 24 hours. The 67-year-old, who was arrested for making an illegal entry into the Central American country on December 5, told Sky News that he expects…

Cayman Islands prime minister arrested on suspicion of ‘financial irregularities’

Cayman Islands Prime Minister McKeeva Bush was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of financial irregularities and importing explosives without a permit, police on the British overseas territory said. Bush was arrested Tuesday at his home on suspicion of theft related to the misuse of a government credit card, and abuse office…

Putin under fire for comparing Lenin’s corpse to holy relics

Russia President Vladimir Putin came under criticism from rights activists on Tuesday after he compared Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed corpse to the holy relics of Christian saints. In a Monday speech before a group of supporters, Putin spoke against the idea of removing Lenin’s mausoleum from Red Square in Moscow where…

British police arrest 3 in Libor-fixing scandal

British police and investigators arrested three men on Tuesday on suspicion of manipulating the interbank landing rate Libor, the Serious Fraud Office said. “Three men, aged 33, 41 and 47, have been arrested and taken to a London police station for interview in connection with the investigation into the manipulation…

Indian couple engaged on 10/10/10, legally married on 11/11/11 and to hold ceremony on 12/12/12

Couples may be rushing down the aisle on 12/12/12 this Wednesday in hope of an auspicious union, but one Indian bride and groom can claim an even rarer set of special dates. Brandon Pereira and Emilia D’Silva celebrated their engagement on 10/10/10, had a registered legal marriage on 11/11/11 and…

UK government proposes allowing same sex civil marriages

The British government said Tuesday it was proposing to allow same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies, but would ban the established Churches of England and Wales from conducting ceremonies. Culture minister Maria Miller said the proposed law would allow other religious institutions to “opt-in” to conduct ceremonies.…

Security group: China will be dominant world economic power by 2030

No state will replace US militarily, says National Intelligence Council, but climate change will create great instability A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, that climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and that…

Bedouins brave elements to attend bamboo school

It takes a certain kind of dedication to be a pupil at the Jahalin primary school, where children often walk for hours across tough desert terrain just to get there. Others come by donkey to this small but thriving Bedouin school tucked away in an inhospitable corner of the Judaean…

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