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Rogue ‘fake’ doctor examined 2,300 people in Japan

A hospital in Japan is checking the qualifications of all of its doctors after a man believed to have no medical licence examined more than 2,300 of its patients. The man conducted medical interviews, examined electrocardiograms and explained check-up results to people in 2010-2011 at Takashimadaira Chuo General Hospital in…

Taliban threaten to kill Britain’s Prince Harry

The Taliban said Monday it was determined to kill Britain’s Prince Harry, serving in Afghanistan four years after his previous deployment was cut short over security concerns. A militia spokesman said the group had a “high-value plan” to attack the third in line to the British throne in southern province…

Divided Democrats dealt blow in Hong Kong polls, party leader resigns

The leader of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party resigned Monday after the party performed poorly in weekend legislative elections, despite a high turnout and strong support for full democracy. The results give the pro-democracy camp the “critical minority” it needs to veto constitutional amendments ahead of a key debate about universal…

Australia plans to move asylum-seekers to tiny Pacific nation of Nauru

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on Monday said he hoped to begin sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru later this week. With Australia facing a record influx of asylum-seekers arriving by sea, Canberra last month announced plans to send them to Nauru and…

Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano spews tons of ash

Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano shot tons of ash into the sky after forcing evacuations of nearby towns, officials said. A column of smoke and ash rose from the cone of the volcano, Nicaragua’s tallest at 1,745 meters (5,725 feet), in the northeast, where rumbling a day earlier prompted nearby hamlets…

Putin on the birds: ‘Only the weak ones didn’t follow’ me

Putin on the birds: 'Only the weak ones didn't follow' me (via The Christian Science Monitor) This year’s Russian-hosted summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) wrapped up in Vladivostok Sunday, with leaders of the 21-member Pacific Rim group – which accounts for 40 percent of the world’s trade – pledging to promote…

Serbia says it has witness to Kosovo organ harvesting

Serbia said Sunday it had a former Kosovo rebel witness who allegedly took part in removing the heart of a Serb prisoner for the international black market in organs during the 1990s Kosovo conflict. “We have a witness who testified about a medical procedure, done in northern Albania, that consisted…

Taliban ‘open’ to ceasefire, U.S. presence to 2024: British think-tank

The Taliban are open to a general ceasefire as well as a political agreement which could lead to a US military presence in Afghanistan up until 2024, a new report by a British think-tank said Monday. But the insurgent group, led by Mullah Omar, will not negotiate with President Hamid…

Mexico’s Obrador refuses to accept defeat, eyes new party

With 100,000 people chanting “revolution,” Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged supporters Sunday to consider forming a new party and peacefully defy president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto. Addressing a rally in Mexico City’s main square, Lopez Obrador again refused to recognize Pena Nieto as the winner of the July 1…

Paralympics: Lights go out on ‘greatest ever Games’

London on Sunday bid farewell to the Paralympics, with a spectacular celebration of the human spirit, amid claims the Games had led to a “seismic” shift in attitudes towards disability. Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z headlined a three-hour festival of song and dance in front of 80,000 spectators at the Olympic…

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