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Chile issues top-level red alert for volcano

Chile issued a top-level red alert Sunday for its Copahue volcano, in the south on the Andean border with Argentina, as it rumbled to register a greater potential threat. The National Emergency Office issued a red alert but did not order evacuations as no towns are in the current risk…

Mayan temple damaged in tourist ‘apocalypse’ frenzy

Tourists flocking to Guatemala for “end of the world” parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archeological site and urban center of the Mayan civilization. “Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage,” said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located…

Mexican police official resigns ahead of shake-up

One of Mexico’s top federal police officials has announced his resignation, rejecting charges of corruption and promising to elaborate on his motivation after he steps down in January. The move by Luis Cardenas Palomino, the top cop in charge of regional security, comes as President Enrique Pena Nieto seeks to…

Mandela may spend Christmas in hospital

South Africa’s ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela may have to stay in hospital over Christmas, a presidential aide suggested on Sunday, although he declined to give any update on his current state of health. The frail 94-year-old former president was admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria on December 8.…

India rocked by deadly protests over sex attacks

Police shot dead a journalist Sunday during a protest over a sex assault on an actress in northeast India as security forces in New Delhi fired tear gas at new demonstrations over a student’s gang-rape. After the victim of last Sunday’s gang-rape in Delhi began recounting her ordeal to police,…

Japan’s incoming premier ‘to review Fukushima’ atomic crisis

Japan’s incoming pro-nuclear premier Shinzo Abe said Sunday his government will again investigate the Fukushima atomic crisis, after which the country’s reactors could be restarted, reports said. His comments will add to speculation that plans to ditch atomic power in disaster-scarred Japan will be shelved by his Liberal Democratic Party…

Egypt opposition to appeal referendum results

Egypt’s opposition said on Sunday that it will appeal the results of a referendum that ruling Islamists said approved a new constitution, claiming that voting was riddled with “fraud and violations”. The announcement was made by the opposition National Salvation Front the day after the second and final round of…

Israel’s Netanyahu has little to fear ahead of vote

A month before Israelis go to the polls in a snap election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has plenty to be confident about, with his only real challenges coming from within his own rightwing camp. Polls put the joint list of his Likud party and the Yisrael Beitenu faction far ahead…

Human flesh-cooking convict’s organs transplanted

A hospital in Taiwan harvested organs and other body parts from one of six executed death row inmates, in a controversial procedure that could help five patients, local media reported Sunday. Taiwanese authorities executed six death row prisoners Friday, the largest number to be put to death in one day…

Germany warns Britain against ‘blackmailing’ EU

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schaeuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also…

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