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Argentina crowns new World Tango champs

Argentine dancers Facundo de la Cruz and Paola Sanz have won the ballroom competition at the tenth World Tango Championship, beating out 42 pairs of finalists from around the globe. “This is a magical moment,” Sanz, 29, said late Monday. “My grandfather listened to a lot of tango, and I…

Paralympics founder’s ‘far-fetched’ dreams come true

When Eva Loeffler volunteered as a ball girl during a rudimentary wheelchair sports tournament for World War II veterans in 1948, she had no idea the contest would grow into the Paralympic Games. Sixty-four years on, Loeffler is honorary mayor of the Paralympic Village, welcoming 4,200 athletes to the world’s…

Israel court clears military, finds ‘no negligence’ in Rachel Corrie death

An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared the military of any responsibility for the death of US activist Rachel Corrie who was killed by an army bulldozer in 2003, rejecting a civil suit filed by the family. The family said they were “deeply saddened and deeply troubled” by the verdict, with…

Iran will never stop uranium enrichment: envoy

Iran “will never stop” its controversial uranium enrichment, the country’s envoy to the IAEA said on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a Non-Aligned Movement ministerial meeting in Tehran. “Our enrichment activities will never stop and we are justified in carrying them out, and we will continue to do so under…

Orthodox activists interrupt Pussy Riot play in Russia

Russian Orthodox Church activists burst into a theatrical show about the Pussy Riot feminist punk band late Monday, shouting “Repent!” and “Why do you hate Russians,” filmed by a national channel. The dramatic twist came as a cutting-edge theatre put on a documentary show about the three jailed singers’ stunt…

Colombia confirms ‘exploratory’ talks with FARC

BOGOTA — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that his government had begun “exploratory discussions” with leftist FARC rebels to lay the groundwork for a full-fledged peace process. “Since the day my government took office, I have respected my constitutional obligation to seek peace, and we have undertaken exploratory talks…

Israeli airstrike targets Hamas camps in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli aircraft attacked three Hamas training camps in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, causing no injuries, eyewitnesses in the enclave said. An Israeli helicopter fired six missiles at two different sites northwest of Gaza city, both training camps for Hamas’s military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam…

Mexico police held over U.S. embassy car shooting

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican judge ordered 12 federal police officers held for 40 days on Monday as prosecutors mull charges against them for shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees. The officers are being treated as suspects over Friday’s incident, when a sport-utility vehicle…

Britain ‘appalled’ by Afghanistan beheadings

LONDON — Britain on Monday condemned “in the strongest terms” reports that Taliban Islamist insurgents had beheaded 17 civilians at a party in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said he was “appalled” at the killings and also at an attack on a checkpoint in the province which…

Pakistani Muslim leaders support Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Unprecedented move comes after 11-year-old thought to have Down’s syndrome charged with desecrating the Qur’an Islamic leaders in Pakistan on Monday came out in support of a Christian girl with learning difficulties who is being held in prison, in an unprecedented public denunciation of the blasphemy law by hard-line mullahs.…

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