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Concern grows over H1N1 outbreak in Bolivia

LA PAZ — An epidemic of H1N1 flu has infected almost 900 people and claimed 11 lives in Bolivia, health officials said Tuesday. Although most of the cases occurred in the last few weeks, the outbreak does not rise to the level of a national epidemic, officials said. “At the…

Chimpanzees won’t be put down after mauling American in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Two chimpanzees who mauled an American student in South Africa will not be killed because authorities found the animals defended their territory against a trespasser, a park director said Tuesday. Andrew Oberle, 26, lost an ear, several fingers and toes and a testicle in the attack on Thursday…

UN leader condemns lack of regulation for arms trade

UNITED NATIONS — UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday it was a “disgrace” that there is no global arms trade regulation as he opened treaty talks held up by Palestinian demands for a place in the negotiations. The 193 UN members have until July 27 to hammer out a deal…

Mexico runner-up demands presidential vote recount

MEXICO CITY — The runner-up in Mexico’s presidential election, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, demanded Tuesday a full recount of the ballots, pointing to “inconsistencies.” “We have presented a formal request on behalf of the (leftist) coalition asking for a recount and counting the votes cast in the 143,000…

Israeli police officer caught kicking Palestinian boy on video

A video showing an Israeli police officer kicking a nine-year-old Palestinian boy has prompted an official investigation. The footage, released by the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, shows the child, Abd a-Rahman Burqan, on the ground as he is held by a border police officer. Another police officer then kicks the boy.…

Arafat was poisoned by polonium: report

Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004, was poisoned by polonium, according to the findings of laboratory research carried out in Switzerland and cited in an Al-Jazeera report on Tuesday. The analysis focused on biological samples taken from the late Palestinian leader’s belongings given to his wife Suha by the military…

Unknown disease kills 60 children in Cambodia: WHO

An unidentified disease has killed 60 young children in Cambodia in three months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it raced to identify the cause. “The number of deaths reported to WHO is 60 cases and they have all been in young children,” said Dr Nima Asgari, a public…

German couple free lobsters from Italian restaurant

A German couple on holiday on the Italian island of Sardinia bought the live lobsters on the menu at a posh seaside restaurant for 500 euros ($629) and put them back in the sea, local media said Tuesday. “When the woman came into the restaurant, she saw the lobsters straight…

UK confirms missiles on standby to protect London Olympics

Surface-to-air missile defence systems will be deployed at six sites in London during the Olympics as a “powerful deterrent” against attack, Britain’s Ministry of Defence confirmed Tuesday. The news came despite angry protests from residents at two locations where missiles are being deployed on top of blocks of flats. One…

‘Shift’ in Russia, China positions on Syria: Annan

The “shift” in the positions of Russia and China on Syria should not be underestimated, the spokesman for peace envoy Kofi Annan said on Tuesday after international talks in Geneva. “Many forces have joined hands here on Saturday … don’t underestimate the degree of a shift that happened particularly in…

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