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Britain outraged as terror suspect goes free on bail

British officials and media reacted with outrage after judges allowed terror suspect Abu Qatada, dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, to go free on bail Tuesday. Monday’s decision to uphold Abu Qatada’s appeal against extradition to Jordan is a major blow for the British government, which has fought…

Dalai Lama urges Japan to investigate Tibet immolations

The Dalai Lama urged Japanese lawmakers Tuesday to visit Tibet to find out the reasons for a spate of self-immolations, after Beijing accused him of instigating the deadly protests against Chinese rule. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was addressing around 130 parliamentarians including Shinzo Abe, a former premier and the…

Women speak out over Khmer Rouge sexual violence

For three decades the scars branded onto Kim Khem’s arms have been a reminder of the sexual torture she saw under the Khmer Rouge. Now, aged 80, she is finally breaking her silence on the horrors of the past. “They did bad things and if I continue to hide it,…

Palestinians begin work to open Arafat grave: source

Palestinians on Tuesday began work to open the grave of the late Yasser Arafat ahead of an exhumation of his body for a murder probe, a source close to his family told AFP. “Today they started removing concrete and stones from Arafat’s mausoleum and the work will last for almost…

New Zealand man admits to plotting manure attack on Prince Charles

AUCKLAND — A New Zealand man said Tuesday he had intended to throw manure over Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in central Auckland just minutes after pleading not guilty in court to planning an assault. Sam Bracanov, 74, who was arrested on Monday shortly before the royal couple…

Israel plans ‘dramatic’ settlement expansion in West Bank

JERUSALEM — Israel is preparing for a huge expansion of the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank, the Peace Now settler watchdog said on Monday. The plan, which has yet to be approved, would see Itamar expanding five-fold from 137 homes to 675. According to Peace Now spokesman Lior…

Two Tibetans die in latest self-immolations: report

BEIJING — Two Tibetan men died in separate self-immolations on Monday, China’s state media said, the eighth and ninth reported to have set themselves on fire in the last week as the ruling Communists gather for a leadership transition. Both incidents took place in Dowa township in Tongren, a county…

U.S. vows to attack ‘flaws’ in UN Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Monday won a new term on the UN Human Rights Council and vowed to renew its campaign to put right “flaws” in the controversial body. The United States was one of 18 countries to win places on the 47-member council from January 1.…

Latin American leaders urge review of U.S. pro-marijuana referenda

MEXICO CITY — The leaders of Mexico and three Central American nations called Monday for a review of anti-drug policies after two US states voted to legalize marijuana. The presidents of Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Belize called on the United Nations to hold a special session by 2015 to…

Tower of London changes locks after intruder steals two sets of keys

Some of the locks at the Tower of London — home to Queen Elizabeth II’s crown jewels — have had to be changed after two sets of keys were stolen from the grounds, red-faced officials said on Monday. Police have launched an investigation after an intruder gained access to the…

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