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Anti-Putin protestors mass in Moscow test of strength

Thousands marched through Moscow on Saturday to protest against the rule of Vladimir Putin in a test of the opposition’s challenge to the Russian president four months after his inauguration. Waving nationalist flags, brandishing placards calling for early elections or wearing T-shirts in support of jailed members punk band Pussy…

Berlin rejects Israeli pressure over submarine sales to Egypt

German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed Israeli pressure not to sell two submarines to Egypt, while acknowledging the country was “not as stable” as he would like in an interview published Saturday. “No country in the world has the right of veto to decisions taken by the German government,”…

British royals take legal action over Kate topless photos

An angry Prince William and his wife Catherine launched legal action on Friday against a French magazine that printed topless photographs of her. The publication of the pictures of the former Kate Middleton, taken while she and the second in line to the throne were on holiday in the south…

Israeli plan for West Bank university fuels boycott debate in British academia

Israeli plan for West Bank university fuels boycott debate in British academia Relations between Israel and one of its closest European allies dipped this week when Britain joined Washington and the European Union in trying to stave off a unilateral strike by Israel against Iran’s nuclear program. But it isn’t…

Protests target U.S. symbols across Muslim world

Furious protesters targeted symbols of US influence in cities across the Muslim world, attacking embassies, schools and restaurants in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam. At least six protesters died in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan as local police battled to defend American missions from mobs of stone-throwers, and…

Golf tournament suspended as typhoon lashes Taiwan

Play in the second round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan was abandoned, as strong winds and rain caused by a passing typhoon lashed the island, organisers said. The blustery and damp conditions at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club on Saturday forced officials to reduce the…

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping ‘appears in public’

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping has made a public appearance, state media said, following swirling speculation about the whereabouts of Beijing’s leader-in-waiting. Xi had not been seen in public since September 1 and cancelled meetings with four foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving rise to intense…

Colombia nabs men with $40,000 in cash in their stomachs

Colombia police said they have arrested two men who had each ingested about $40,000 before trying to enter the country, in what may be a novel form of money laundering. The men were detained separately during the past week at the international airport in Colombia’s second city of Medellin and…

First video evidence of Mali amputations

BAMAKO — The first video evidence of amputations carried out by Islamic extremists occupying northern Mali was on Friday obtained by AFP. The video secured by AFP from a Malian journalist in Bamako was shot by a local cameraman with the agreement of the jihadists, the day after the amputations…

Job training program transforms transgender lives in Bangladesh

A love for lipstick and eyeliner meant a lifetime of discrimination for Saiful Islam, until a transgender training scheme in Bangladesh helped bring him hard-won acceptance and land him his dream job. Many transgender people in south Asia, where they are known as hijras, are thrown out by their families…

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