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Troops rescue kidnapped U.S. doctor in Afghanistan

US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the NATO force in the war-torn country said. The mission was launched when intelligence showed that Dr Dilip Joseph was in “imminent danger of injury or death”, NATO’s…

Launch of Russian communications satellite goes awry

Russia failed to put a communications satellite into designated orbit Sunday, in the latest setback for the once-pioneering space industry, officials said. The latest mishap is believed to be linked to a malfunction in the Proton-M rocket’s Briz-M booster stage that earlier this year apparently led President Vladimir Putin to…

Afghans attack Iran consulate over alleged immigrant killings

Hundreds of angry demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat on Sunday in protest at the alleged killing of Afghan immigrants by Iranian security forces. The 200-strong crowd threw rocks and broke consulate windows before security forces drove them back by firing warning…

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…

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