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Global first: British man visits all 201 sovereign states without flying

A British adventurer has become the first person to travel to all 201 sovereign states in the world without flying, ending his four-year odyssey early Monday when he arrived in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation. Graham Hughes has used buses, boats, taxis, trains, and his own two feet –…

Britain ready to back Palestinian bid for statehood at UN

Britain is prepared to back a key vote recognising Palestinian statehood at the United Nations if Mahmoud Abbas pledges not to pursue Israel for war crimes and to resume peace talks. Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, has called for Britain’s backing in part because of its historic responsibility for…

UN passes first resolution condeming female genital mutilation

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140 million women worldwide have had to endure. Though outlawed in most nations, the measure represents the first time the traditional practice in African and Middle East nations…

Mexico police unearth 20 bodies in violence-torn north

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — The bones of nine people were found in desert graves in violence-plagued northern Mexico, raising the number of remains found there since the weekend to 20, authorities said Monday. The 20 male remains were discovered in 15 graves in the Juarez Valley, near the border city…

Toronto mayor ousted over conflict of interest

OTTAWA — A court ordered the mayor of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, to be removed from office for violating conflict of interest rules when soliciting donations for his football charity. Mayor Rob Ford got into legal trouble when he spoke out at a city council vote in February against a…

UN: Migrants send double the amount of foreign aid back but little of it benefits the country

Migrant workers from the world’s poorest countries sent home $27 billion (21 billion euros) in 2011 despite the global financial slowdown, but developing nations are failing to benefit fully from the cash, the UN said Monday. Remittances “could prove particularly valuable for capital-scarce developing countries,” by helping to reduce poverty,…

UN: HIV infections in Arab countries have more than doubled in 8 years

The United Nations said on Monday that the number of people in Arab countries infected with HIV more than doubled to 470,000 in the eight years to 2009. “The number of adults and children living with HIV has more than doubled between 2001 and 2009 from 180,000 to 470,000,” according…

Germany moves to toughen bestiality laws

BERLIN — Germany is set to tighten its laws against bestiality in a bid to improve animal welfare, a lawmaker involved in drafting the legislation said on Monday. Bestiality was removed from Germany’s penal code in 1969 and since then has only been against the law if “significant harm” is…

Catalonia independence movement reels after sovereignty vote fails

Catalonia’s fight for statehood and a historic divorce from Spain floundered Monday after a snap election left no single party in command. Pro-sovereignty parties from right and left emerged with a clear combined majority, but the prospects of them joining in battle for a new nation were deeply uncertain. That…

Winehouse play in Copenhagen blocked by father

A Copenhagen play on the life of late British singer Amy Winehouse has been blocked by the singer’s father, the Danish copyright collecting society said Monday. The show, titled “Amy”, was due to open at the Royal Danish Theatre in January but was cancelled because KODA, a society that administers…

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