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Reverse brain drain: Economic shifts lure migrants home

Reverse brain drain: Economic shifts lure migrants home “Brain drain” – the flow of intellect and skilled labor from poor to rich countries – has been so constant in modern times that the Nigerian cabdriver who was educated as a doctor back home is just as much a fixture of…

Polish police arrested thieves who stole van containing 12 bodies

Polish police said Sunday they had arrested two men involved in stealing vans in Germany, including a vehicle which was carrying 12 bodies bound for a crematorium. The two men, aged 25 and 27, were arrested on Thursday and Friday and are Polish nationals. “We are sure that it is…

Fidel Castro doing ‘very well’ according to ex-Vice President of Venezuela

Fidel Castro “is very well,” Venezuelan ex-vice president Elias Jaua said Sunday, after meeting the aged revolutionary icon amid a swirl of rumors the Cuban leader was on his death bed. The 86 year-old Castro “is very well, very lucid,” Jaua, a loyal supporter of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,…

Trial set for Cannes prostitution ring linked to Kadhafi’s dead son Mutassim

A hearing opens in a French court Monday in a case involving a high-end prostitution ring that was active during the Cannes Film Festival and possibly had ties to a son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi. Seven men and a woman will go on trial in the southern French…

Human rights advocates raise concerns over increased police Taser use

Concern is growing among human rights campaigners and politicians over the widespread and potentially lethal police use of Tasers after an innocent blind man was shot with a stun gun when his white stick was mistaken for a samurai sword. Colin Farmer, 61, was Tasered in the back after police…

Britain acted like empire over Julian Assange: Ecuador

LONDON — Britain behaved like it was still an empire in its threat to raid Ecuador’s embassy and arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Ecuadoran ambassador to London said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Ana Alban told BBC radio that the threat, made in August just before Ecuador granted…

Kuwait police beat protesters to prevent demonstration

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwaiti riot police on Sunday beat opposition protesters who were gathering for a massive demonstration against a decision to change the electoral law, organisers and witnesses said. The clashes began as riot police prevented protesters from gathering at three different sites in Kuwait City and arrested several…

Campaigning during cancer recovery cost me votes: Chavez

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and won re-election this month, acknowledged that campaigning while in recovery cost him votes. Chavez on Saturday said in a meeting shown on state television VTV that after radiation therapy, he had only done “10 percent” of…

Freed Pussy Riot member fights for jailed bandmates

KRASNOGORSK, Russia — Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, freed on appeal after several months in jail, is in daily contact with her two jailed bandmates — and still fighting for their release. Samutsevich may still have a suspended sentence hanging over her head, but she called her release a victory…

Tibetan burns himself to death in China protest

BEIJING — A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire near a Buddhist monastery in northwest China in the latest self-immolation protest against Beijing’s hardline rule, a rights group said. Lhamo Kyeb ran towards the monastery in China’s Gansu province after setting himself ablaze on Saturday, the London-based…

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