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Egypt’s Mubarak hurt after slipping in prison shower: report

Egypt’s ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence, was injured when he slipped in a prison shower on Saturday, the official MENA news agency reported. The former president, who was sentenced over the killings of protesters during the uprising that toppled him last year, was being treated…

On election’s eve, Japan’s conservatives appear poised for dramatic comeback

On election's eve, Japan's conservatives appear poised for dramatic comeback Japan’s political carousel is about to revolve yet again. By late on Sunday evening, the world’s third biggest economy is expected to install its seventh prime minister in six years, with polls predicting a dramatic comeback by the conservative opposition…

Last French combat troops leave Afghanistan: airport

France flew its last combat troops out of Afghanistan on Saturday, two years before allied nations in the 100,000-strong NATO mission led by the United States are due to recall their fighting forces. Around 200 soldiers of the 25th Belfort infantry regiment, responsible for overseeing the hastened French exit from…

Russia arrests opposition leaders at banned rally

Russian police Saturday arrested several opposition leaders, including well-known blogger Alexei Navalny, as hundreds of people packed a central Moscow square in defiance of an official ban to protest Vladimir Putin’s rule. Scores of Muscovites, many holding white roses, defied the authorities by turning up at Lubyanka Square, the seat…

Another mass killing, another debate on gun control

The deaths of 20 children in a devastating shooting rampage at an elementary school in Connecticut on Friday once again reignited the debate over US gun laws that until now has yielded little change. After the latest massacre, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Barack Obama appeared on television…

World leaders express shock over Newtown, Connecticut shooting

World leaders expressed shock and horror after a gunman massacred 20 small children and six teachers in the US state of Connecticut, in one of the worst school shootings in history. “I would like to express my shock at the tragic shooting at the school in Connecticut today,” European Union…

‘How are my people?’ Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asks post-surgery

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s first words after emerging from surgery were “How are my people?” according to officials, who proclaimed that the ailing leader is on the road to recovery. Venezuela’s Information Minister Ernesto Villegas told reporters that Chavez spoke with family members immediately after an operation to control bleeding…

Egypt divided by religion and politics votes on new constitution

Egyptians vote Saturday on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested by a secular-leaning opposition that failed to scupper the referendum with mass protests. Polls open at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in Cairo, Alexandria and eight other provinces and are scheduled to close at 7:00 pm…

Obama signs Russian human rights law, angers Putin

President Barack Obama Friday signed legislation that sanctions alleged Russian human rights abuses, which outraged Moscow after being coupled with a bill granting it normal trade relations. Obama signed the measure into law a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the so-called Magnitsky Act, which blacklists Russian officials allegedly…

U.N. warns radioactive waste in unsecured sites in Tajikistan

The United Nations warned Friday that nearly 55 million tonnes of radioactive waste from old Soviet-era uranian mines remain in unsecured sites in northern Tajikistan. The former Soviet republic, where Stalin’s empire once mined uranium to create its first nuclear bomb, is still stuck with about 54.8 million tonnes of…

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