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Uganda activists slam UK producer’s arrest over LGBT play

Activists on Friday slammed Uganda for arresting a British theatre producer who staged a play about a gay man in defiance of a ban by the country’s media authorities. Producer David Cecil was charged in court Thursday with two counts including one of “disobeying legal orders” and sent to prison…

Russian Parliament Expels Anti-Putin Deputy

Russia’s lower house of parliament Friday stripped a leading anti-Vladimir Putin deputy of his mandate, in an unusual move critics said was revenge for his scathing criticism of the Kremlin. The State Duma voted 291 in favor with 150 against and three abstentions to strip ‘A Just Russia’ party member…

Two ex-Navy SEALs among dead in Libya attack

Two of the four Americans killed in Tuesday’s attack on the US consulate in Libya were former members of the elite Navy SEALs, US officials said. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed the identities of the former SEALs as Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, praising them as decorated military veterans…

Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupts, thousands evacuated

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire had its strongest eruption in a decade Thursday, prompting the evacuation of around 1,500 families, officials announced. The eruption created massive columns of smoke that could be seen from the capital, some 75 kilometers (46 miles) away. “This type of eruption is stronger…

U.S. embassies attacked in Yemen and Egypt amid film protests

SANAA — Demonstrators stormed the US embassy in Yemen on Thursday, leading to clashes in which four people were killed, while protesters stoned Washington’s mission in Cairo as anger spread over a US-produced film mocking Islam. A security official said 34 people were also wounded in the clashes “that lasted…

Mexico captures suspected cartel kingpin

MEXICO CITY — Mexican marines hauled the captured boss of the Gulf cartel before television cameras on Thursday, in a new blow to a drug smuggling gang already weakened by a brutal war for the US market. The navy said one of the most wanted criminals, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez,…

Libya arrests four in connection with U.S. embassy attack

Libya authorities have informed the U.S. that at least four men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three members of his staff. “Some individuals suspected of involvement in the attack on the American Embassy in the city of Benghazi that…

Nigerian students strive for Guinness record in toothbrushing

Striving for a Guinness World Record in oral hygiene, officials in Lagos have called on 300,000 students to take out their toothbrushes on December 5 and start scrubbing simultaneously at noon. The current record was set in India on October 9, 2007, when 177,003 people gathered at 380 locations and…

Pussy Riot members announce new protest

Russia’s Pussy Riot punk group plans a new protest in Russia despite the jailing of three of its members for a performance against Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral, band members said Thursday. “We first of all want to do a new protest finally, so that we have something to…

Obama administration renews calls that China currency is undervalued

US President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China renewed calls Thursday for Beijing to let its currency appreciate further after Republican challenger Mitt Romney pressed for a harder line. Ambassador Gary Locke said that he would “not engage in political debates” but said that the US position “is very clear and…

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