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Sudan responds to student protests by shutting down university

Administrators at Sudan’s main university have partially shut down the campus, sources at the institution said Sunday, after several Arab Spring-style student protests sparked by high inflation. “Now there is no teaching from today up to the end of Ramadan,” one University of Khartoum source told AFP. He said the…

U.S. presses Brazil to take larger role in war on drugs

LA PAZ — Brazil should play a more dynamic role in the war on drugs in Bolivia since 60 percent of the latter country’s cocaine winds up in the former, a US diplomat has said. Under the principle of shared responsibility, Brazil should play a bigger part in discouraging Bolivia…

UK police revealed to have infiltrated anti-capitalist T-shirt sellers

Rob Evans, The Guardian Police carried out surveillance on political campaigners while they were at the Glastonbury Festival, newly released documents show. Details of their activities were recorded in a clandestine database run by the secretive police operation which has infiltrated a network of spies into political groups for 40…

Egyptians throw tomatoes, chant ‘Monica’ at Sec. Clinton

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was taunted by chants of “Monica, Monica” by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on Sunday. The chants, referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president, were heard outside the US…

Olympics chair says security gaffe won’t jeopardize games

The chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe said Sunday that a recruitment shortfall by private security firm G4S would not jeopardize the safety of the Olympic games. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles on Saturday said he was “very sorry” that 3,500 troops had to be drafted in…

Honduras counts the human rights cost of America’s war on drugs

The deep bullet wound in Hilda Lezama’s thigh is a livid pointer to Honduras’s unwanted status as the latest front line in America’s war on drugs. For all of her 53 years Lezama has lived in Ahuas, a village of wooden homes built on stilts, close to the fast-flowing Patuca…

Bangladesh convicts more than 250 nurses and patients

A Bangladesh court has jailed more than 250 people including paramilitary guards and male nurses for joining a 2009 mutiny, prosecutors said Sunday. Scores of senior army officers were killed during the uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital Dhaka went on a…

Obama delay ‘unacceptable’: Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama must not wait until his re-election bid is resolved to take action to stop the slaughter of thousands in Syria, the head of the main Syrian opposition group said Sunday. “We would like to say to President Obama that waiting for election day to…

Indian media footage of girl being sexually assaulted sparks outrage

Indians have reacted with anger and disgust over video footage of a young woman being sexually assaulted by a laughing mob of more than a dozen men in a busy street outside a bar in north-east India. Not only did no one intervene for up to 45 minutes during the…

McCartney & Springsteen run afoul of London curfew

Aging rockers Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced on Saturday night after over-running at a gig in London’s Hyde Park. Ex-Beatle McCartney had joined Springsteen onstage at the end of the US star’s headline slot at Hard Rock Calling, but both found their microphones cut off before they could…

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