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Hundreds in Morocco form human chain to protest abuse of women

Hundreds of people formed a human chain in Rabat on Saturday to denounce all forms of violence against women, an AFP correspondent reported. “We are here to denounce physical, verbal and moral violence, as well as the harassment of women,” said a member of “Spring of Dignity,” a coalition of…

French PM vows to tackle Corsican ‘spiral of crime’

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday vowed that his government will take all necessary means to counter “the spiral of crime,” on the island of Corsica. “What has happened on Corsica is intolerable,” he said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche weekly, after a night of fresh…

North Korea considers postponing rocket launch

North Korea said Sunday it was considering postponing a planned long-range rocket launch originally set for between December 10 and 22. The Korean Committee for Space Technology said its scientists and engineers were “considering seriously the possibility of readjusting the launch period”, citing unspecified problems. “We are now in the…

One dead and wounded in Syria-related skirmishes in Lebanon

One person was killed and six wounded in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday in sectarian clashes linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, a security official said. Fighting with machine guns and rockets erupted between the impoverished districts of Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, pitting Sunnis against…

Baku to host inaugural European Games

The Azerbaijan capital Baku will host the inaugural European Games in 2015 it was announced in Rome on Saturday after a motion to hold the continental Games was passed by a general assembly of the 49-member European Olympic Committees (EOC). The brainchild of EOC president Pat Hickey, who came up…

Human chain in Morocco against abuse of women

Hundreds of people formed a human chain in Rabat on Saturday to denounce all forms of violence against women, an AFP correspondent reported. “We are here to denounce physical, verbal and moral violence, as well as the harassment of women,” said a member of “Spring of Dignity,” a coalition of…

UN’s Ban says Kyoto Protocol extension only first step

UN leader Ban Ki-moon believes a new deal on fighting global warming is only a first step and that governments must do “far more” to stop rising temperatures, his spokesman said Saturday. Ban welcomes the package of agreements made in Qatar’s capital Doha to combat climate change and extend the…

Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital for tests

Nelson Mandela was on Saturday admitted to a hospital for tests consistent with old age and is doing well, the office of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, announced. “Former President Nelson Mandela has today, 8 December 2012, been admitted in hospital in Pretoria to undergo tests,” Zuma’s office announced. Mandela…

Italy’s Berlusconi announces fresh run for PM

Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday ended weeks of speculation by announcing he would run again for the job of prime minister, which he was forced out of last year. “I am running to win,” the leader of the right-wing populist People of Freedom (PDL) party told journalists in Milanello, near the…

Fresh riots in Belfast despite Clinton’s plea

Rioting broke out in Belfast late Friday in the latest flare of violence in Northern Ireland, just hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the troubled British province urging peace. Tensions have risen in Northern Ireland since Belfast’s council voted on Monday not to fly the British flag…

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