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Outgoing irrigation head named new Egyptian prime minister

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi named outgoing irrigation minister Hisham Qandil on Tuesday as the country’s new prime minister and tasked him with forming a cabinet, state television announced. The appointment comes 25 days after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt’s first civilian and freely elected head of state to replace…

China censors coverage of deadly Beijing floods

Beijing authorities have reportedly ordered Chinese media to stick to positive news about record weekend floods, after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government. Censors also deleted microblog posts criticizing the official response to the disaster in China’s rapidly modernising capital, which came at…

Evangelical Christians from U.S. accused of promoting homophobia in Africa

Christian evangelical groups in the US are attempting a “cultural colonisation” of Africa, opening offices in numerous countries to promote attacks on homosexuality and abortion, according to an investigation by a liberal thinktank. American religious organisations are expanding operations across the continent, lobbying for conservative policies and laws and fanning…

Quebec appeals court upholds law limiting protests

MONTREAL — A court of appeals in Quebec on Monday upheld a lower court’s rejection of a request to scrap parts of a controversial law enacted to quell student protests against tuition hikes. Special Law 78 was passed on May 18 after clashes between police and students opposed to an…

Nigerian pastor questioned over call for president to quit

LAGOS — Security agents on Monday questioned a fiery Nigerian pastor and ex-vice presidential candidate over comments he made to his congregation saying President Goodluck Jonathan should resign, a spokesman said. Tunde Bakare, a member of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change and pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly Church,…

U.S., China hold two days of human rights talks

WASHINGTON — The United States and China opened two days of talks on human rights here Monday, with Washington set to raise numerous issues including Tibet and the case of dissident Chen Guangcheng. The talks, an annual event, were being led on the US side by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner,…

Why India is the worst place for women in the G20

In an ashram perched high on a hill above the noisy city of Guwahati in north-east India is a small exhibit commemorating the life of India’s most famous son. Alongside an uncomfortable-looking divan where Mahatma Gandhi once slept is a display reminding visitors of something the man himself said in 1921:…

Syria threatens to use chemical weapons against possible attack

Syria admitted Monday it has chemical weapons and warned of using them if attacked, though not against its own civilians, as regime troops reclaimed most of Damascus after a week of heavy clashes. Fighting was still raging in Syria’s second-biggest city of Aleppo, however, as rights activists reported violence across…

Afghan cleric arrested for raping 10-year-old girl

Afghan police have arrested a cleric for allegedly raping a 10-year-old schoolgirl in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. Maulawi Sayed Ahmad was arrested in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province, on Saturday after police caught him in the act of sexually assaulting the girl, the interior ministry said in a…

Clinton: United States committed to ‘AIDS-free generation’

The United States is committed to the goal of an AIDS-free generation and will step up its efforts to stem the world pandemic, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a global conference Monday. “The United States is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation. We will not…

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