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France ‘ready to share budget sovereignty’ with EU partners

France must agree to share sovereignty over its budget with its EU partners, French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac said on Tuesday. He told BFM TV and RMC radio: “This is what we are talking about, budget solidarity in Europe which implies that not only that the French budget, but also…

Arab Spring poses UK terror threat: MI5 boss

The Arab Spring uprisings have given Al-Qaeda new arenas in which to rebuild, increasing the chances of home-grown terrorist attacks in Britain, the head of its domestic intelligence agency warned Monday. Instability in the region had created “a permissive environment for Al-Qaeda”, Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5 said in…

Decapitated Belgian trekker found in Nepal

Nepalese police Tuesday launched a murder investigation after the body of a Belgian woman was found decapitated in a popular trekking spot in the Himalayas. Debbie Maveau, 23, had been missing for 10 days before her badly decomposed body was found on June 14 beneath a hiking trail in the…

Israel starts West Bank outpost evacuation

Residents of Israel’s Ulpana settlement outpost neighbourhood in the West Bank began evacuating their homes on Tuesday after a court ruled their homes illegal and ordered them razed. The evacuation was proceeding peacefully, with 15 of the neighbourhood’s 30 families moving their possessions to a nearby temporary neighbourhood — also…

British police use smartphone App to catch ‘rioters’

British police on Tuesday loaded almost 3,000 images onto a smartphone App and invited the public to help them identify people suspected of taking part in last year’s London riots. The Metropolitan Police force loaded 2,880 CCTV images onto its App and urged people to sift through the images and…

Ousted Paraguay leader to make case at South American summit

ASUNCION — Paraguay’s ousted president Fernando Lugo said Monday he would take his case to a summit of South American leaders this week as the country’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of his dismissal. Lugo had filed a petition challenging his speedy impeachment and ouster last week saying he had…

Global leaders: Drug war ‘the main reason’ for continuing HIV/AIDS epidemic

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, an assemblage of former national leaders, policy makers and experts, has issued a new report (PDF) that calls the war on drugs “the main reason” for the continuing HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world. The group, which includes former presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Poland,…

Israeli army says soldiers suspected of drug-running

JERUSALEM — Israeli military police have arrested 15 people, most of them soldiers, accused of helping smuggle drugs from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula across the southern Israeli border, the army said on Monday. The military’s website described the affair as “one the biggest ever in terms of the quantity of hard…

Three police shot dead at Mexico City airport

MEXICO CITY — Three federal police officers were shot and killed Monday when they tried to arrest drug trafficking suspects at Mexico City’s international airport, officials said. Airport spokesman Jorge Andres Gomez said the incident took place around 8:50 am (1350 GMT) in the fast-food area of the airport’s Terminal…

Cyprus requests €5 billion bailout loan

Cyprus announced late on Monday that it had requested assistance from its eurozone partners, becoming the fifth out the 17 countries that share the euro to seek a rescue. “The government of the Republic of Cyprus has today informed the appropriate European authorities of its decision to submit to euro…

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