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Controversial South Korean film highlights state torture

A controversial South Korean movie about state-sponsored torture premiered Saturday at the Busan film festival, with its director hoping it could influence the upcoming presidential election. Director Chung Ji-Young’s “National Security” highlights the often brutal treatment meted out under South Korea’s former military leadership installed by General Park Chung-Hee in…

Egypt’s Morsi lists successes of first 100 days

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday listed the accomplishments of his first 100 days in office to a packed Cairo Stadium of mainly Muslim Brotherhood supporters bussed in for the occasion. The ceremony, held to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel, was a show of force…

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia gets royal resting place at last

Prince Paul of Yugoslavia was on Saturday laid to rest in a royal mausoleum in a ceremony attended by his “Dynasty” actress granddaughter Catherine Oxenberg following a long-awaited political rehabilitation of the ousted royal. Oxenberg, known for her role in the 1980s television show, was among family members who travelled…

Paris holds first ‘Black Fashion Week’

A Senegalese-born French fashion designer realised a long-held ambition when she staged the first ‘Black Fashion Week’ in Paris aimed at bringing African talent to a global audience. Adama Ndiaye launched the event to showcase the best the continent has to offer but dismissed criticism that it excluded others who…

Palestinians prepare for first elections since 2006

Campaigning for the first Palestinian elections since 2006 began on Saturday, the Central Electoral Commission said. Municipal elections in the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank will take place on October 20, with campaigning lasting 13 days, the CEC added. Polling was called by the West Bank government despite opposition from the…

Yemen foils bomb attack on base used by U.S. troops

The Yemeni army on Saturday foiled a car bomb attack on the Anad air base used by US soldiers in the southern province of Lahj to train Yemeni forces in combating terrorism, a military official told AFP. “We foiled an attack by a car packed with explosives that managed to…

Pakistani cricketer turned politician leads U.S. drone protest in Pakistan

Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan led Western activists and thousands of supporters Saturday on a defiant march to the tribal belt to protest against US drone strikes. Crowds lined the road to greet Khan, and scrums of media and well-wishers thronged his 4X4 as the convoy of more than…

Turkey hits back after new mortar fire from Syria

Turkey hit back on Saturday against what it said was a fresh round of mortar fire from Syria, little more than 24 hours after UN condemnation of deadly cross-border bombardment. Syria, for its part, said four Turks were among a convoy of “terrorists” killed in fighting in the heart of…

Foxconn denies strike at China Apple iPhone plant

Electronics parts giant Foxconn denied reports Saturday that thousands of workers went on strike at one of its plants in central China and halted production of components for Apple’s iPhone 5. The Taiwan-based company acknowledged in a statement that two isolated labour disputes erupted at its plant in Zhengzhou on…

South Africa miners protest after 12,000 laid off

Hundreds of the 12,000 miners sacked by the world’s largest platinum producer in South Africa on Saturday gathered to protest their dismissal and mourn a colleague killed in clashes with police. The workers meeting at a stadium in the northern town of Rustenburg would also debate how to respond to…

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