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Campaigning during cancer recovery cost me votes: Chavez

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and won re-election this month, acknowledged that campaigning while in recovery cost him votes. Chavez on Saturday said in a meeting shown on state television VTV that after radiation therapy, he had only done “10 percent” of…

Freed Pussy Riot member fights for jailed bandmates

KRASNOGORSK, Russia — Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, freed on appeal after several months in jail, is in daily contact with her two jailed bandmates — and still fighting for their release. Samutsevich may still have a suspended sentence hanging over her head, but she called her release a victory…

Tibetan burns himself to death in China protest

BEIJING — A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire near a Buddhist monastery in northwest China in the latest self-immolation protest against Beijing’s hardline rule, a rights group said. Lhamo Kyeb ran towards the monastery in China’s Gansu province after setting himself ablaze on Saturday, the London-based…

Pope names Kateri Tekakwitha as first Native American saint

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named seven new saints on Sunday, including the first Native American, praising their “heroic courage” in a year when the Catholic Church is seeking to counter the rising tide of secularism in the West. Kateri Tekakwitha, informally known as “Lily of the Mohawks” who…

Israel PM vows to continue building in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged to continue unhindered construction in Jerusalem, including in its annexed eastern sector, despite criticism from the European Union. “We are not putting any limitations on building in Jerusalem, it is our capital,” he said at the start of the weekly…

French president demands probe after newborn dies en route to hospital

French President Francois Hollande demanded an inquiry Saturday after a mother lost her baby in giving birth in a car on her way to hospital because the clinic closer to her home had been closed in a health care shake-up. “No French person should be more than 30 minutes from…

Saudi minister insists regional unrest will not affect hajj

The annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca will not be affected by events in Syria and elsewhere across the region, Saudi Arabia’s interior minister said Saturday. “I don’t expect pilgrims or the pilgrimage to be affected by what is taking place elsewhere, whether Syria or any other place,” the minister, Prince…

Malala Yousafzai can make smooth recovery, doctors say

Taliban bullet grazed Pakistani girl’s brain but doctors say she is writing, has memory and has expressed gratitude for support By Caroline Davies, The Guardian Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl flown to Britain for treatment after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan, has the potential to…

Hong Kong customs seize four tons of smuggled ivory

Hong Kong customs officers seized almost four tonnes of ivory worth about $3.4 million, hidden in shipments from Kenya and Tanzania, officials said Saturday. The 1,209 pieces of raw ivory tusk and a small number of ivory ornaments were discovered in two containers marked “plastic scrap” and “roscoco beans”, shipped…

Mexico wants kids to slim down

Mexico, second in obesity in the world after the United States, wants its children to cut down on the soft drinks and fatty foods that have made them the chubbiest kids in Latin America. Worried about the growing waistlines in schools, the public education ministry has launched a campaign to…

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