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Putin, Cameron to discuss Syria before Olympic judo

Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister David Cameron will discuss Syria on Thursday when the Russian president makes his first visit to Britain in seven years, before watching the judo at the Olympics. The two leaders will hold talks at Downing Street on the Syrian crisis as well as their rocky…

Spanish police arrest three Al-Qaeda suspects: court source

Spanish police have arrested three suspected members of Al-Qaeda carrying explosives in the southern province of Cadiz, a court official told AFP Thursday. The source could not provide further details but Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, citing police, said the suspects were two Chechens and a Turk, who were carrying…

Five dead as Kabul suicide attack foiled

Afghan officials said Thursday that five insurgents linked to the Haqqani network were killed in a pre-dawn gunbattle, claiming to have foiled a major attack on an area of Kabul home to Western embassies. A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security intelligence agency told AFP that three vehicles loaded…

China diver’s family hid mother’s illness

The father of a champion Chinese diver has reportedly admitted hiding news that her mother had cancer to keep her focused on the Olympics, triggering criticism of China’s ruthless pursuit of victory. Diver Wu Minxia, 26, scooped gold in the synchronised 3m springboard at the London Olympics, becoming the first…

Phelps eyes 20th Olympic medal as China scandal star quits

Michael Phelps was targetting a 20th Olympic medal on Thursday while the Games’ badminton match-fixing scandal prompted disgraced Chinese star Yu Yang to announce her shock retirement. Phelps faces a dogfight with US team-mate Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley. Lochte will start favourite to win his second individual…

Chinese teen kills eight in knife attack

A teenager has been arrested after killing eight people and wounding five others in a knife attack in northeast China, state media reported Thursday. The 17-year-old, which was identified only by his surname Li, barged into the home of his girlfriend armed with a knife following an argument and killed…

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists file blasphemy bill

TUNIS — Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda on Wednesday filed a bill that would prohibit blasphemy, said Habib Khedher, who heads the committee in charge of drafting the constitution. “Today we went ahead with the filing of a bill that would criminalise blasphemy,” said the lawyer, who is also an…

Cyclist killed in collision with Olympics shuttle bus

LONDON — A man was killed Wednesday when a bicycle was involved in a collision with an Olympics shuttle bus just outside the site of the Games in London, police said. An AFP reporter saw a man’s legs protruding from under the double decker bus on a slip road outside…

Dead humpback whale found in Sydney ocean pool

A dead humpback whale washed up in a Sydney ocean pool Wednesday, surprising morning swimmers and causing a major headache for authorities who must now remove it. The 11.6 metre (38 foot) young adult humpback, which appeared to have been dead for several days, washed up at Newport beach’s ocean…

Pussy Riot: We’re too hungry and exhausted for trial

Members of an all-girl punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin song in the main Moscow cathedral complained Wednesday they were too hungry and exhausted to participate in the high-profile trial. On the eve of March’s presidential polls, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina barged into the Church of…

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