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Russia prosecutors seek three years’ jail for Pussy Riot

Russian prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a three year jail sentence for the three female members of Pussy Riot, saying their crime of singing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in a church was so “severe” they deserved isolation. “This crime is severe and the prosecution considers that their correction is only…

Long-dormant New Zealand volcano erupts

A New Zealand volcano suddenly erupted after lying dormant for more than a century, spewing an ash plume that disrupted flights and closed highways, officials said Tuesday. The Mount Tongariro volcano, in the middle of North Island, erupted just before midnight (1200 Monday GMT) in the first significant activity at…

Public smooching arrest prompts Mexico ‘kiss-in’

LEON, Mexico — Couples of all ages locked lips outside a church in the conservative central Mexico city of Leon to protest the arrest of a man for kissing his female companion. The “kiss-in” — held at noon on Sunday to coincide with mass — received applause from some parishioners…

Another Tibetan sets himself alight in China

BEIJING — A Tibetan man in southwest China set himself on fire Monday, the latest in a series of shocking protests against Chinese rule, an overseas human rights group said. The man set himself alight along the main street of Ngaba which sits on the Tibet plateau in a Tibetan-inhabited…

Cocaine use in Swiss cities among highest in Europe: report

GENEVA, Switzerland — Cocaine use in several Swiss cities is among the highest in Europe, researchers said on Monday. “The amounts of cocaine … were in the same range as those European cities with the highest consumption,” said Christoph Ort, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology…

Secretary Clinton offers condolences to Indian government after Sikh temple shooting

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called her Indian counterpart Monday after a man attacked a Sikh temple in Wisconsin killing six people before being shot dead himself, a US official said. Clinton, who is on a visit to South Africa, spoke with Indian Foreign Minister S.M Krishna a day…

Hiroshima marks anniversary of atomic bombing

A bell tolled to mark a moment of silence while people joined hands in prayer as tens of thousands marked the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Monday. Ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates attended an annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorating the US…

Syrian PM ‘defects’ in latest blow to Assad

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab has defected to the opposition, a monitoring group said on Monday, as state media announced the premier’s abrupt dismissal just two months after his appointment. If confirmed, Hijab’s defection would be the highest-ranking of the 17-month uprising, and a new blow to President Bashar al-Assad,…

Chinese state media tells U.S. to ‘shut up’ in sea dispute

China’s state-controlled media lashed out at the United States on Monday, accusing Washington of “trouble-making” over criticism of Beijing’s claims to a wide swathe of the disputed South China Sea. China’s ire was provoked by a U.S. State Department statement Friday expressing concern over increased tensions in the area and…

Taiwan wants to settle U.S. beef on imports

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou Monday called for the resumption of stalled trade talks with the United States after the island recently lifted a six-year-old ban on some U.S. beef imports. “We hope the Taiwan-U.S. economic and trade negotiations can be placed back on the right track as soon as possible,”…

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