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Strike on Iran would trigger ‘World War III’: Revolutionary Guards

TEHRAN — Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike if Israel prepares to attack it, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander told broadcaster Al-Alam on Sunday, a day after his boss warned that conflict was inevitable. Should Israel and Iran engage militarily, “nothing is predictable… and it will turn into World War…

Rebels claim control over most of Syria

ATMA, Syria — The rebel Free Syrian Army said on Sunday it now controls most of the war-torn country, a day after announcing that it has moved its command centre from Turkey to “liberated areas” inside Syria. UN chief Ban Ki-moon and UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks…

Egypt Copts fear fallout from anti-Islam film

CAIRO — Egyptian Christians, who have long complained of discrimination, say they fear that an anti-Islam film produced by Copts in the United States will lead to further persecution at home. Egypt’s churches were among the first to condemn the low-budget Internet film that portrays the Prophet Mohammed as immoral…

Fur bikinis? Brazil is new horizon for booming fur trade

PARIS — Fur on Copacabana beach? Why not. Boosted by a 10-year surge in sales to Asia, the global fur industry is primed to take on what it sees as the markets of tomorrow. Hobbled during the anti-fur 1980s and 1990s, the trade has rebounded as all but a few…

‘Cranks and crazies’ have taken over GOP: Australian official

Australia’s foreign minister on Sunday insisted that Canberra had good relations with both US political sides, despite a senior minister labelling Tea Party Republicans “cranks and crazies”. Treasurer Wayne Swan, also Australia’s deputy prime minister, on Friday warned that “extreme” Tea Party elements of Mitt Romney’s Republican party had shown…

Israel won’t accept Egypt treaty changes: Lieberman

Israel will not accept alterations to its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, as ties between the two countries continue to fray. “There is not the slightest possibility that Israel will accept the modification of the peace treaty with Egypt,” Lieberman told Israeli…

Christian Hezbollah ally says he was targeted for death

A key Lebanese Christian ally of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, Michel Aoun, said he was targeted by an assassination attempt Saturday night after local media reported his convoy came under fire. “In my lifetime, I have been the target of three assassination attempts,” the former army chief said on live…

Cuba launches first nanopharmaceutical

Cuba has unveiled its first manufactured nanopharmaceutical drug — a tweaked variety of cyclosporine, used to help prevent transplant rejection — official media reported Saturday. “Its main advantages are that it can achieve the same favorable effect with a dose three times less powerful, using the most prescribed drug of…

Libyan authorities move to dissolve ‘unlawful’ militias

The Libyan authorities said late Saturday they had decided to dissolve all militias and armed groups that did not come under State authority. The move, a day after Benghazi residents rebelled against the militias in violence that killed at least 11 people and wounded over 70, was announced by Mohammed…

Open Facebook invitation leads to birthday party riot

A mistaken setting on Facebook led to a birthday party in Holland getting overrun Saturday, as thousands of party-crashers turned a girl’s Sweet 16 into a riot. According to EuroNews, the girl mistakenly listed her party as a public event, leading to 30,000 people being invited online and between 3,000…

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