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Four NATO troops killed by ‘Afghan police’

Four NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in the second suspected attack by Afghan police in two days, as officials detailed unprecedented damage from a Taliban assault on the base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed. Afghan authorities said the shooting took place in Zabul province, part of the restive south…

Italian townspeople ponder existential questions in new civic focus

Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are the new unlikely heroes of a remote Italian town where local authorities are promoting philosophical thinking for a better way of life. A philosophy trail leads past a sofa that pronounces deep thoughts when you sit on it, a park with no lights to encourage…

FARC ready for peace, top Colombia rebel says

Leftist FARC rebels are determined to reach a deal when they meet with Colombian officials in Norway next month to negotiate an end their decades-long insurgency, a senior commander said. Ricardo Tellez, often described as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s “minister of foreign affairs,” is one of five rebel…

Al-Qaeda calls for fresh attacks, U.S. pulls some embassy staff

Al-Qaeda called for fresh attacks against US targets in the Arab world and the West, as Washington said it was pulling non-essential embassy staff out of Sudan and Tunisia. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) also called for more violence against US diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa,…

Sudan rejects U.S. bid to send special forces: official

Sudan has rejected a US request to send special forces to protect its Khartoum embassy after violent protests against an American-made video mocking Islam, the official SUNA news agency said. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said Sudan was capable of “protecting its guests in diplomatic representations,” SUNA quoted a ministry…

Assange looking at a year in embassy, says father

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s father said Saturday that his son thought he could spend as long as a year held up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, but was prepared for his “long meditation”. John Shipton, Assange’s biological father, said he spoke frequently with the 41-year-old who won asylum from Ecuador…

Pakistan asks U.S. to end drone strikes, remove mistrust

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday reiterated demand for ending US drone attacks on militants in its tribal areas and called for removing a “trust deficit” with the United States. Zardari’s remarks came after talks with US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, who arrived in the Pakistani…

Afghan girl flogged for having an affair, boyfriend fined $1600

A 16-year-old Afghan girl has been flogged for allegedly having an affair and her purported boyfriend fined $1,600 in a rural district under government control, local officials said Saturday. The girl, who has been named only as Sabera, is in poor health since the incident on September 9 in Jaghuri…

Police search for deadly poisoned bootleg liquor

Czech police raided thousands of bars, restaurants and shops after methanol poisoning caused by bootleg spirits left 19 people dead and others seriously ill. As 20 people remained in hospital, some in artificial comas or going blind, police said they checked over 19,000 premises overnight Friday to Saturday and seized…

South African police launch major crackdown on mining unrest

South African police fired rubber bullets at protesters and raided worker hostels at platinum giant Lonmin to seize weapons in a crackdown on unrest in the key mining industry Saturday. The army has been deployed as back-up to the troubled Rustenburg platinum belt where militant protests have forced several mine…

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