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French president Hollande to meet with World Bank

French President Francois Hollande holds talks on Monday with the heads of the World Bank and other top economic bodies to discuss the eurozone debt crisis and ways to kickstart growth. The meeting will start at 11:00 am (1000 GMT) at the Paris headquarters of the OECD and will be…

Chocolate re-conquers the world

History is coming full circle: borrowed from the Aztecs four centuries ago, perfected for the palate by the Europeans, chocolate is conquering new worlds, with sales booming from Asia to Brazil. Every second, 95 tonnes of chocolate are wolfed down around the world, or three million tonnes a year, according…

Vatican says it regrets honoring notorious British pedophile

The Vatican said Sunday it regretted conferring a papal knighthood on Jimmy Savile in 1990, but said there was no way to revoke the honour despite revelations of child sex crimes committed by the disgraced British television star. The Vatican is “deeply saddened that someone who has been defiled in…

Berlusconi ‘declares war’ on Italian PM

Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s warning that his party could withdraw its support for the government was seen by the press Sunday as a declaration of war against Prime Minister Mario Monti and a bid to show he still carries political weight. However analysts saw it as an empty threat made…

Drone strikes hit terror suspects in northern Yemen

SANAA — Suspected US drone strikes killed three Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday in the northern Yemeni province of Saada in the first such raid against the militant network there, tribal sources told AFP. “Three Al-Qaeda suspects were killed in three separate drone strikes in Saada,” a tribal source said, adding…

Four Gaza rockets hit Israel after militant killed

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Four rockets fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday without harming anyone, Israeli police said, hours after an air strike killed a Hamas militant. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP two rockets fell in open areas within the Eshkol district which flanks the…

Mali Islamists bulldoze independence monument in Timbuktu

Radical Islamists controlling northern Mali on Saturday took a bulldozer to an independence monument in Timbuktu, where they have destroyed several world heritage treasures in recent months, witnesses said. “At the moment I can see eight Islamists with a bulldozer. They are busy destroying Timbuktu’s independence monument,” one witness told…

Indonesia ‘foils plot to attack US missions’

 Indonesian police on Saturday arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions, a spokesman said, in the latest terror alert to hit the country. The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the…

Israel arrests senior Hamas MP in West Bank

Israeli security forces on Saturday arrested senior Hamas MP Mahmud al-Ramahi at a military roadblock in the West Bank, an army spokeswoman told AFP. “He was arrested on suspicion of illegal activity,” at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, and taken for questioning, she said. Palestinians in his hone town of…

Anti-austerity protesters urge Spain government to resign in Madrid rally

Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators marched in the Spanish capital Saturday calling for the conservative government to resign because of its severe budget cuts. “They don’t represent us”, “More education fewer police”, demonstrators shouted as dozens of police vehicles followed the march to near the parliament building which was cordoned off.…

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