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Rabbi beating sparks fury in Germany

BERLIN — The brutal daylight beating of a rabbi in front of his six-year-old daughter sparked furious condemnation in Germany Thursday, with some Jewish groups saying they feared a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour. The attack on the 53-year-old by four youths, thought to be Arabs, left him hospitalised and the…

U.S. warns Iran after IAEA nuclear report

The United States warned Iran on Thursday its window for opening serious talks is limited, after the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran had doubled enrichment capacity at its underground facility at Fordo. White House spokesman Jay Carney also reiterated that President Barack Obama is determined to prevent Iran getting a…

Amazon tribe massacre alleged in Venezuela

Village of 80 people was firebombed from the air, say activists, by illegal gold miners based in neighboring Brazil A massacre of up to 80 Yanomami Indians has taken place in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, according to claims emerging from the region, prompting the government to send in investigators.…

Kremlin stokes patriotism ahead of 1812 victory anniversary

MOSCOW: Two hundred years after Russia’s emblematic victory over Napoleon, the Kremlin is holding lavish celebrations aimed at rousing patriotism among modern Russians. Russia, which annually stages military parades to mark the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany, is spending millions of dollars on a bonanza marking an earlier triumph, its…

Australian military in Afghanistan suffers worst day since Vietnam

Five Australian troops were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan in what Prime Minister Julia Gillard Thursday described as the nation’s deadliest day in combat since the Vietnam War. The deaths, which included three killings in an “insider attack” by an Afghan solider, brought to 38 the number of…

22 found alive from missing Indonesia asylum boat

Rescuers plucked 22 survivors from the ocean on Thursday, more than a day after an asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people including children aboard. After Indonesia abandoned its search, six people were rescued overnight by a cargo ship and 16 more were pulled…

Fashion maestro’s tower plan makes waves in Venice lagoon

Venice – French fashion designer Pierre Cardin’s billion-euro (dollar) plan to build a giant tower on an industrial site in the Venice lagoon is causing a stir in a city with a proud architectural heritage. While Venice mayor Giorgio Orsoni has given the project the go-ahead, some residents are up…

World’s richest woman to ‘jealous’ poor: ‘Drink less, work more’

The world’s richest woman, Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, urged those “jealous” of the wealthy to “spend less time drinking” in a piece the government described as “insulting” on Thursday. Rinehart, whose family iron ore prospecting fortune of Aus$29.2 billion (US$30.1 billion) also makes her Australia’s wealthiest person, hit out…

Iran nuclear issue, Syria dominate tense Teheran summit

Iran’s showdown with the UN Security Council over its nuclear activities, and clashing speeches over the bloody conflict shaking Syria dominated the opening of a summit in Teheran on Thursday. Those issues swept aside the veneer of diplomatic harmony Iran had been trying to project over the gathering of 120…

German unemployment rises as economy runs out of steam

As major companies such as carmaker Opel announced short-time work schemes to cope with slumping demand, headline unemployment rose this month, with the total number of people out of work up by 29,100 in August from July to stand at 2.91 million, the Federal Labour Agency said. The unadjusted jobless…

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