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Pakistani ‘blasphemy’ girl still imprisoned after bail hearing

A Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that has sparked international outcry must spend at least four more days in jail after a court adjourned a bail hearing on Monday. Judge Muhammad Azam Khan has repeatedly delayed bail proceedings for Rimsha Masih, who was arrested last month accused of burning papers containing verses…

Marshmallows making foodie comeback in France

Marshmallows roasted over a campfire may be a staple of American childhood, but few realise the pillowy treats were invented in 19th-century France, where they are bouncing back into foodie fashion. Sweet or salty, flavoured with fruit, flowers, vegetables — even fish — classic versions and novel takes on the puffy pastel-coloured…

WHO: Unganda Ebola outbreak ‘coming to an end’

Uganda’s latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus appears to be over, the World Health Organisation said Monday, pointing out that no new cases had been confirmed for the past month. “There have been no new confirmed cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever reported in Kibaale district, Uganda, since August 3, 2012, indicating that the outbreak is…

U.S. ramps up pressure on Iran to avoid war

US President Barack Obama’s administration is undertaking “a range of steps short of war” that it hopes will prevent an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The New York Times reported Monday. The measures are designed to force Tehran to negotiate more seriously over its nuclear programand offer Israeli officials a credible alternative to…

India lower house passes sexual harassment bill

India’s parliament, which has been deadlocked for days due toopposition protests, on Monday used a brief break in the uproar to pass legislation protecting women from sexual harassment at work. The lower house passed the bill before business was again abandoned for the day as lawmakers from the main oppositionBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)…

Pakistan imam held in ‘blasphemy girl’ case

A Pakistani cleric who accused a young Christian girl of blasphemy in a case that sparked international concern was remanded in custody Sunday on suspicion of evidence-tampering and desecrating the Koran. The girl, Rimsha, has been held in prison since being arrested in the poor Islamabad suburb of Mehrabad more…

30 dead as Kurdish rebels clash with Turkish forces

Kurdish rebels wielding rocket launchers and machine-guns attacked a security base in southeast Turkey, triggering a firefight that left 30 people dead, local officials said Monday. Ten soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the attack in the province of Sirnak, the local government said, while other sources said about…

Prince Andrew abseils down Europe’s tallest building

Britain’s Prince Andrew abseiled down Europe’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, confessing afterwards that he would “never do it again.” Andrew, third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, took half an hour to descend from the 87th to the 20th floor of the brand new Shard skyscraper in London…

New Afghan spy chief accused of corruption and torture

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has nominated a cabinet minister to head the country’s spy agency who has been accused of involvement in torture, drug-trafficking and corruption. Asadullah Khalid, the minister for borders and a one-time governor of the Taliban-troubled province of Kandahar, must be approved by a parliamentary vote before…

South Africa to start releasing arrested miners

A South African court was due to start releasing 270 miners Monday who were arrested after police gunned down 34 of their colleagues, following a decision by prosecutors to withdraw murder charges against them. Prosecutors provisionally dropped the charges Sunday amid a public furor after officers opened fire on strikers…

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