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U.S. slams deteriorating human rights in China

WASHINGTON — US officials and lawmakers took aim at China Wednesday, saying human rights were deteriorating in the communist-run nation as Chinese leaders move to quash even the slightest sign of dissent. “The overall situation of human rights in China continues to deteriorate,” said Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state…

Mexican official: Uprising leader has lung cancer

An upcoming book reveals that the man known as Subcommander Marcos, who entered the international spotlight as the spokesperson for a Mexican indigenous rebel group in 1994, had been suffering from lung cancer as recently as 2010. The Mexican newspaper Milenio reported Wednesday that it had obtained an excerpt from…

International Crisis Group: No sign of North Korea seeking reforms

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un faces no threat to his rule despite the sacking of his military chief, but also shows no sign of seeking reforms or easing confrontation, a leading think-tank said Wednesday. “He could well be around for decades — and with a growing nuclear arsenal,” the International Crisis…

U.S. Olympic shooter misses training camp because ‘my dog ate my ticket’

History-chasing US shooter Kim Rhode has had a rough and lonely build-up to her Olympic bid after flight cancellations forced her to miss her team training camp… before her puppy ate her ticket. Rhode, seeking to become the first American to win individual medals at five Summer Games in a…

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un married ‘mystery woman’

North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-un has married, state broadcasters announced late on Wednesday. The statement followed extensive speculation about the identity of a young woman repeatedly pictured with Kim in recent weeks – who had been variously identified as his wife, sister or possibly a married singer he was…

German court wants fugitive activist Paul Watson extradited

A German court Wednesday called for the extradition to Costa Rica of Paul Watson, the founder of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, as he had skipped bail and apparently left the country. The higher regional court in Frankfurt said Watson’s lawyer had informed it that he had left Germany “for…

Mystery lady ‘likely North Korea leader’s wife’

A mystery woman who has accompanied North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-Un to recent public events appears to be his wife, South Korea’s top official on cross-border affairs said Wednesday. Unification Minister Yu Woo-Ik said that “in my judgement she appears to be his wife”, in response to a question…

Tony Blair denies praying with George Bush

Former PM said he never prayed with Bush before the invasion of Iraq, but he did pray with the Salvation Army Tony Blair never did pray with George Bush before the invasion of Iraq, he said on Tuesday. “It wouldn’t have been a wrong thing, but it didn’t happen”, he…

UN arms treaty gives too many ‘loopholes’: NGOs

The International Red Cross has joined opponents of a draft arms trade treaty out Tuesday that critics said contains only “ambiguities and loopholes.” Following the release of the first draft, the 193 UN members must now race to agree on a text to regulate the $70 billion a year arms…

British PM’s ex-aide charged with hacking, Angelina Jolie targeted

Police have charged Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson with phone hacking as a long-running press scandal lapped at the door of Downing Street. Former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks will also be charged at a later date, police confirmed. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said eight current or…

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