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Libyan assembly dismisses prime minister

TRIPOLI — Libyan premier Mustafa Abu Shagur was dismissed on Sunday after the General National Congress rejected his proposed “crisis” cabinet of just 10 ministers, days after his first line-up was also turned down. The embattled Abu Shagur, who had been given 72 hours to come up with a new…

Syrian shell again strikes Turkish village

ANKARA — The Turkish military returned fire Sunday after a shell launched from Syria struck the southeastern Turkish border village of Akcakale, where five civilians were killed last week, the local mayor said. The Syrian shell landed in the grounds of a public building and there were no casualties, Mayor…

Thousands protest austerity in Madrid march

MADRID — Thousands joined a protest march in the Spanish capital Sunday against the conservative government’s austerity policies amid growing uncertainty over whether the country will need a financial bailout. “No more unemployment, no more cuts…. They will ruin the country, we must stop this,” read a large banner as…

One dead in Israeli air strike on Gaza: medic

RAFAH, Palestinian Territories — One Palestinian was killed and nine others wounded on Sunday in an Israeli air strike that targeted a motorbike in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources told AFP. “One citizen was killed and five others, including two children, were wounded by an Israeli aircraft that…

Catholic leaders gather to counter decline of faith

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday opened a meeting of Roman Catholic Church leaders from around the world to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the momentous Second Vatican Council. The synod of 262 archbishops, bishops and other senior clerics heard a call from the pope…

Report: Putin hails Pussy Riot jail terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the two-year jail sentences against three members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot for staging a performance protesting his rule, according to a report Sunday. “It was right to arrest them, and it was right that the court took the decision that it did,” Putin…

Late Cuban dissident’s family blames government for death

The Cuban government is to blame for the death of human rights activist Oswaldo Paya, family members said Saturday as they called for the acquittal of the Spaniard charged in the case. At a trial that began Friday, prosecutors have requested a seven-year jail term for Angel Carromero over the…

Controversial South Korean film highlights state torture

A controversial South Korean movie about state-sponsored torture premiered Saturday at the Busan film festival, with its director hoping it could influence the upcoming presidential election. Director Chung Ji-Young’s “National Security” highlights the often brutal treatment meted out under South Korea’s former military leadership installed by General Park Chung-Hee in…

Egypt’s Morsi lists successes of first 100 days

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday listed the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office to a packed Cairo Stadium of mainly Muslim Brotherhood supporters bussed in for the occasion. The ceremony, held to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel, was a show of force…

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia gets royal resting place at last

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia was on Saturday laid to rest in a royal mausoleum in a ceremony attended by his “Dynasty” actress granddaughter Catherine Oxenberg following a long-awaited political rehabilitation of the ousted royal. Oxenberg, known for her role in the 1980s television show, was among family members who travelled…

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