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Arafat body to be dug up Tuesday for poison test

The body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday to undergo poison tests, the head of the Palestinian inquiry team said on Saturday. “The tomb will be opened on November 27 and experts will take samples the same day within a matter of a few hours,” Tawfiq…

Afghan ‘girl-in-green’ revisits Ashura massacre site

In a brave gesture of defiance against suicide bombers, Afghanistan’s “girl-in-green” on Saturday revisited the scene of a Shiite Muslim holy-day massacre that made her image world famous. Tarana Akbari, now 13, was pictured screaming in horror among piles of bodies moments after a suicide bomber killed 80 people at…

Greece recovers stolen Olympic archaeological artifacts

Greece on Saturday said it had recovered dozens of archaeological artefacts stolen in February from a museum in Olympia after arresting three men in connection to the case. “The discovery and arrest of the perpetrators of the robbery and the recovery of the stolen items are a great success,” deputy…

Egypt protesters tear-gassed as world concern mounts

Anti-riot police fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse protesters camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as Western governments voiced growing concern over Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s assumption of sweeping powers. A hard core of opposition activists had spent the night in the iconic protest hub — epicentre of the…

Foster children taken away from ‘racist’ UK couple

British politicians lined up on Saturday to denounce a decision to take three ethnic minority children away from their foster parents because the couple support the anti-immigration UK Independence Party. The couple from Yorkshire said they had been fostering children for seven years but have been told by social workers…

Buenos Aires art exhibit combats violence against women

An art installation in Buenos Aires called attention Friday to the physical abuse of women, ahead of a date set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the problem. Sunday marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women designated by the United Nations General Assembly…

Pressure piles on church to vote again on women bishops

By Aida Edemariam, The Guardian Equalities minister Maria Miller says CofE must reform and ‘act quickly’ to reflect majority Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities, has urged the Church of England to review its internal democracy, describing it as not reflective of the overwhelming views of its…

Israel slams Abbas on Gaza support ahead of UN bid

Israel slammed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday for his support for Gaza following its confrontation with the Jewish state, while casting aspersions on the legitimacy of his upcoming UN statehood bid. According to Hamas, Abbas telephoned Gaza’s Hamas premier Ismail Haniya on Thursday to congratulate him “on his victory…

Film on Sudan break-up leaves footprint in history

Sudanese-born British film-maker Taghreed Elsanhouri, whose documentary about last year’s partition of Sudan premiered in her homeland on Thursday night, is leaving footprints for history. The award-winning film-maker said she wanted Sudanese to have “ownership” of their history — and by doing so to take responsibility for what happened. “Our…

One more dead, three sick with mystery virus: WHO

Another person has died of a mysterious respiratory virus and three more cases have been discovered in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the World Health Organization said Friday. “This brings the total of laboratory-confirmed cases to six,” the Geneva-based UN agency said in a statement. A Saudi man died from the…

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