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U.S. condemns Russian ban on American adoptions

President signs bill preventing Americans from adopting Russian children in move Washington says is ‘politically motivated’ The US government has condemned as “politically motivated” a decision by the Kremlin to ban Americans from adopting Russian children, warning of a further wedge in relations with Moscow. President Vladimir Putin signed the…

Iraq exhibition looks at inaugural parliament 87 years ago

Iraqis wistful for a golden age in politics, often labelled divided and cynical now, have been able to harken back to such a time through an exhibition on their inaugural parliament 87 years ago. During the exhibition at the modern Council of Representatives building in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone,…

Berlusconi ordered to pay nearly $4 million in divorce settlement

An Italian court has ordered Silvio Berlusconi to pay his second wife three million euros ($3.95 million) a month alimony as part of a legal separation settlement opening the way for their divorce, media reports said Friday. Veronica Lario filed for divorce in 2009 after revelations that Berlusconi, notorious for…

Declassified documents: 1982 Argentinian invasion of the Falklands took Margaret Thatcher by surprise

The invasion of the Falklands Islands by Argentina in 1982 took the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher by surprise, previously secret government papers revealed on Friday. Thatcher said she “never, never expected” the Argentines to invade the islands in the South Atlantic, according to the papers released by the National…

China says it isn’t producing fake anti-malaria drugs for Africa

Beijing responds to the Guardian’s investigation that around one third of anti-malaria treatments were counterfeit China has denied allegations that it has been exporting huge amounts of counterfeit medication to Africa, threatening public health in east Africa, five days after The Guardian published a front page exposé on the phenomenon. The…

Indian gang-rape student ‘fighting for her life’

An Indian student who was brutally gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi was “fighting for her life” after suffering a significant brain injury, the Singapore hospital treating her said on Friday. “The patient is currently struggling against the odds, and fighting for her life,” Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer…

Japan whaling fleet leaves port for Antarctica

Japanese whaling vessels left port Friday bound for the Southern Ocean on their annual hunt of the marine mammals, a media report and Greenpeace said. Citing the Fisheries Agency, Kyodo News reported three vessels had departed from the far-western port of Shimonoseki, while environmental group Greenpeace said the mother ship…

U.S. evacuates embassy in Central African Republic

The United States evacuated its embassy in the Central African Republic and temporarily halted its operations, amid security fears after rebels seized large swathes of the country. The State Department said it had not broken off diplomatic ties with the beleaguered government in Bangui, but warned US citizens not to…

U.S. think-tank says N.Korea is nuclear test-ready

North Korea has repaired extensive rain damage at its nuclear test facility and could conduct a detonation on two weeks notice, a US think-tank said on Friday, citing satellite imagery analysis. With the UN Security Council debating possible sanctions against the North following the launch earlier this month of a…

Egypt’s Mubarak has cracked ribs, fluid in lungs

Ousted president Hosni Mubarak has a build-up of fluid in his lungs and cracked ribs, Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported after he was transferred from prison to military hospital for treatment. The state prosecutor ordered Mubarak’s transfer on Thursday after his health deteriorated, a prosecution source had said, more…

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