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Argentina protest calls for more skate parks

Thousands of skateboarders stormed the central Plaza de Mayo in Argentina’s capital Saturday in a noisy demonstration to demand more public space for their sport. The demonstration — organized over social media networks — surprised police officers, who watched traffic get interrupted while protesters, mainly teenagers, shouting “skate, skate, skate”…

Hundreds of pilgrims evacuated as floods swamp Lourdes

Floods caused by days of non-stop rain in southwest France caused the closure of most of the Catholic sanctuary of Lourdes Saturday and the evacuation of hundreds of pilgrims, local authorities said. “We are evacuating all the hotels in the lower town,” an official from the regional prefecture told AFP.…

Mob sexually assaults French reporter in Egypt’s Tahrir Square

A French female television reporter was sexually assaulted during a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, she told AFP on Saturday, the latest in a series of such attacks on women covering unrest in Egypt. Sonia Dridi, a correspondent for France 24, said a mob of mostly young men surrounded her…

Tens of thousands rally in London against austerity

Government spending cuts brought some tens of thousands of people onto the streets of London and other British cities on Saturday in protest, with union leaders expected to call for a general strike. Marchers carried signs reading “No cuts” and “Tax justice not tax havens”, condemning the austerity measures introduced…

Libya ‘not fully liberated’ year after Kadhafi death

The new Libyan authorities said on Saturday the country has not yet been “fully” liberated, exactly a year since the killing of Moamer Kadhafi and against the backdrop of clashes in one of his last bastions. “The campaign to liberate the country has not been fully completed,” Mohammed Megaryef, the…

Lebanon reeling after deadly Syria-linked blast

Lebanon was reeling Saturday after a top security official was killed in a bombing that was blamed on Syria and also raised fears the country is being sucked into the war ravaging its neighbour. The authorities have called a day of national mourning for those killed in Friday’s powerful rush-hour…

Israel’s Navy takes over Gaza-bound ship Estelle

Israeli troops on Saturday boarded a boat carrying pro-Palestinian MPs and activists seeking to run its naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, blocking the latest attempt to reach the enclave by sea, the military said. The operation, which the military said was concluded peacefully, ended the latest bid by activists…

E.U. ‘regrets’ Israeli settlement plan

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has criticised Israel’s plan to build hundreds of homes in annexed east Jerusalem and called for it to hold fresh talks with the Palestinians. Catherine Ashton “deeply regrets” the Israeli interior ministry decision to back the expansion of the Gilo settlement by 797 units,…

Boom times upset calm in Buddhist retreat

Once the refuge of pious Tibetan monks and a few hippie travellers, Dharamshala in the Himalayan foothills is today a crowded and chaotic town where long-term residents fear for its future. More correctly known as McLeod Ganj, it suffers from the same traffic jams, wail of car horns, construction work…

Argentine threatens UN action against Ghana over ship seizure

Argentina threatened to take Ghana before the United Nations if it refuses to take responsibility for the seizure earlier this month of a warship belonging to Buenos Aires. “Argentina is keeping all its options open in terms of international justice and, if necessary, will turn to the United Nations,” Foreign…

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