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Belize police dismiss report that John McAfee has been captured near Mexico

Fugitive software pioneer John McAfee may have been captured on the Belize-Mexico border, according to a post on his website that appears to have come as a surprise to authorities in central America. In the latest twist to the bizarre case, whoismcafee.com – a website set up by McAfee after…

More than 100 Gaza civilians killed during latest conflict: report

The phone rang at 3:00 am: “You have five minutes to evacuate the house,” an Israeli officer said in flawless Arabic. Within minutes, an Israeli drone fired a warning shot. The Israeli military employed a range of warnings to civilians during its November 14-21 bombardment to halt rocket fire into…

Family of British ‘locked-in’ man push right-to-die campaign

The family of a ‘locked-in’ syndrome sufferer who fought for the right to die said Saturday they would continue his campaign to change the law after seeking permission to appeal a High Court ruling. Tony Nicklinson died on August 22 aged 58 a week after losing a lengthy legal battle…

Martial arts group seeks Middle East peace

The barefoot, black-belted martial arts experts flick high kicks and aim straight-elbowed arm thrusts at each other, but it is their handshakes that draw gasps and applause from spectators. Taking its name from the Japanese expression for “the way of stopping conflict”, an organisation called Budo for Peace gave crowds…

Supporters of Egyptian president rally outside top court

Hundreds of supporters of President Mohamed Morsi gathered outside Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday, ahead of ruling on the legality of a panel that drafted a controversial new charter. The Islamists, many wrapped in blankets and carrying posters of Morsi, had spent the night outside the courthouse in a…

Overfishing threatens Pacific tuna

MANILA — Asia-Pacific fishing experts on Sunday warned against depleting tuna stocks, saying the region needs to reduce its catch of the vulnerable bigeye species by 30 percent. Participants at the conference of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) said action must be taken not only to preserve…

Starbucks to review British arrangements after dodging corporation taxes

Global coffee giant Starbucks said Sunday it was reviewing its tax affairs in Britain after it took a roasting from lawmakers and campaigners who accuse the chain of paying too little. The Seattle-based firm admitted that “we need to do more” although it would not confirm a report in Britain’s…

Palestinian president cheered on return from UN

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas returned to the West Bank on Sunday after winning upgraded UN status for the Palestinians, telling cheering crowds: “Yes, now we have a state.” “Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the UN,” Abbas added, three days after the United Nations General Assembly granted the Palestinians…

Shooting instructor kills two in France over noisy party

A gun instructor in southern France enraged at his neighbour for staging a noisy party went on a shooting rampage, killing two people and wounding two others, police said. The 49-year-old man, an instructor at a shooting range, went to his downstairs neighbours in the town of Sete, asking them…

Middle Eastern diplomats condemn Israeli settlement plans

Arab and Turkish foreign ministers on Saturday condemned Israel’s plans to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem after the Palestinians won non-member observer status at the United Nations. The ministers “condemned the Israeli decision to establish 3,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” according to a…

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