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Australian surfer in bloody shark attack

A surfer has been savaged by a shark off a remote west Australian beach in the sixth serious incident in the state in less than a year, with witnesses Wednesday telling of water “full of blood”. The man, reported to be in his 30s, was bitten on the abdomen and…

Stephen Hawking will help open ‘Inspirational’ Paralympics in London

The Paralympic torch was on Wednesday being carried through London towards the Olympic Park after an overnight relay through the countryside of southern England. The torch is to visit landmarks such as the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the Beatles, Lord’s Cricket Ground, and London Zoo as it heads…

World’s largest marine park unveiled

The Cook Islands has announced the creation of the world’s largest marine park, as the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) opened with a spectacular Polynesian welcoming ceremony. Heralded by traditional drummers and blaring conch shells, leaders of the 15-nation grouping were carried to the summit venue in the capital Avarua on…

Europe rights court condemns Italy ban on embryo testing

STRASBOURG, France — The European rights court Tuesday condemned Italy for its ban on screening embryos for genetic conditions, saying its laws leave couples wanting to avoid passing on diseases little room for manoeuvre. The condemnation from the European Court of Human Rights relates to the case of an Italian…

Female bomber kills seven as Putin urges calm

MOSCOW — A female suicide bomber posing as a Muslim pilgrim killed a leading Islamic scholar and at least five others on Tuesday in Russia’s restive Muslim region of Dagestan. The attack was reported just as President Vladimir Putin began delivering a keynote address devoted to an assassination attempt last…

Pirates hijack tanker with 24 Russian crew off Togo

LOME — Pirates exchanged fire with security forces and hijacked a Greek-owned oil tanker with 24 Russian crew off Togo on Tuesday in the latest attack in the region, the International Maritime Bureau said. The Isle of Man-flagged vessel, which was carrying gas oil, was seized 17 miles off the…

Chavez eyes political fallout from deadly refinery fire

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela — Venezuela declared an end to its deadliest refinery disaster Tuesday, three days after an explosion and fire killed more than 40 people and unleashed an outpouring of criticism of President Hugo Chavez. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said firefighters had finally put out the fire at the…

Civilians crushed in own homes in Syria’s Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria — The disfigured bodies of women and children brought into Aleppo’s largest hospital bear witness to the intensity of the fighting in residential districts of Syria’s second city. “The majority of casualties are caused by buildings crashing down on civilians,” said Abu Abdu, who works as a general…

France opens Arafat murder enquiry: sources

French prosecutors have opened a murder enquiry into Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death near Paris, sources close to the matter told AFP Tuesday. The probe comes after Arafat’s family launched legal action in France last month over claims the veteran Palestinian leader died of radioactive polonium poisoning. Arafat’s widow…

NATO transition in Afghanistan ‘irreversible’

The transfer of security control from a US-led international mission to Afghan troops has reached an irreversible phase, a top NATO commander said Tuesday, as he outlined moves to stem insider attacks on NATO forces. “We have now reached a phase where the transition is irreversible,” said Germany’s General Wolf…

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