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Toddler survivor unable to help Alps shooting probe

The youngest survivor of the French Alps shooting, four-year-old Zeena al-Hilli, is unable to provide any further help to the investigation into the murder of her parents and grandmother, a prosecutor said Friday. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud told AFP: “She was questioned again last night, but without giving many more…

Prince Harry in Afghanistan for second tour of duty

Prince Harry is back in Afghanistan to serve as a military helicopter pilot four years after his previous deployment there had to be cut short, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. The 27-year-old, who hit the headlines last month after he was photographed nude during a wild week of…

U.S. strikes Nepal Maoists from terror blacklist

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday removed Nepal’s ruling Maoist party, which after a bloody, decade-long insurgency now heads a caretaker government, from its blacklist of terrorist organizations. After almost a decade as a designated global terrorist body, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), or CPN(M), which laid down…

Pope urged to recognise Palestinian state

ROME — The Melkite Greek Catholic Church leader will ask the pope to recognise the Palestinian state when he arrives next week for his first visit to Lebanon, a country riven by religious rivalries, a Catholic website said Thursday. Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the spiritual head of Lebanon’s second largest…

FARC rebels to seek ceasefire in Colombia peace talks

HAVANA — Colombia’s FARC rebel group said Thursday it will seek a ceasefire in Latin America’s oldest armed conflict when peace talks begin next month with the government, which has ruled out a truce. “We will propose a ceasefire as soon as we sit down at the negotiating table,” Mauricio…

Pope gets fancy new electric car to move around Vatican grounds

French automaker Renault has given Pope Benedict XVI an electric car to whizz around in within the grounds of the Vatican and his summer home of Castel Gandolfo, the Holy See said Thursday. The new white pope-carrier, a Kangoo Maxi Z.E. model bearing the pontifical crest of arms on its…

French rocker Johnny Hallyday back in the hospital after health scare

Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday is back in hospital in Los Angeles after a health scare in the Caribbean and is due to be released on Friday, his manager said. “He has been undergoing medical examinations since Tuesday but he only slept last night,” Sebastien Farran said in a text…

FAO: Global food prices remained steady in August

Global food prices remained steady in August, the United Nations food agency said Thursday, but warned that “the game is not over” as it was only the beginning of the harvest season. An overall FAO index of food prices averaged 213 points last month, the same level as in July…

Brazil is world’s largest crack market: study

SAO PAULO (AFP) – Brazil is the world’s largest market for crack and the second for overall cocaine use, researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) said Wednesday. A survey by UNIFESP’s National Institute of Science and Technology for Public Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs found that…

Hong Kong goes to the polls amid China tensions

HONG KONG: Hong Kong goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new legislature that will lay the ground rules for direct elections, amid growing disquiet over mainland China’s hold over the former British colony. The vote is taking place against a steady drumbeat of protests, fueled by resentment…

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