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FARC rebels hope U.S. will release top guerrilla

Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels said Friday they are hoping the United States will allow a senior guerrilla held there to participate in peace negotiations starting next month. The FARC’s negotiating team includes Simon Trinidad, a rebel leader currently serving a 60-year prison sentence at a US Supermax prison for kidnapping…

Bono to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle

Mexico will bestow the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration awarded to foreigners, on U2 singer Bono in recognition of his humanitarian work and close ties with the country. President Felipe Calderon may deliver the medal to the Irish star during his visit to New York next week…

Rio 2016 officials sacked for stealing London files

Ten members of the 2016 Olympics organising committee have been sacked for stealing computer files relating to the organisation of the 2012 London Olympics, a Rio 2016 spokesman told AFP on Friday. The Rio employees, who had been working alongside London staff during the summer Olympics and Paralympics, had downloaded…

Nepalese tigers become nocturnal to avoid humans

Tigers in southern Nepal appear to be changing their habits so they can operate under cover of darkness and avoid coming into contact with humans, scientists said on Friday. A study of the big cats in Chitwan National Park found that forest paths used by locals during the day were…

Russian railways halt ticket sales over time change dispute

Russia’s railways on Friday halted ticket sales for trains leaving after late October amid confusion created by the authorities’ failure to decide in good time whether to put the clocks back this winter. Last year Russia cancelled putting the clocks back at the end of summer time, in a move…

Pussy Riot says they have no regrets over the cathedral protest

The jailed members of Russian all-girl punk band Pussy Riot said in an interview Friday they did not regret their protest against President Vladimir Putin as it revealed the “true face” of his regime. In the interview with French magazine Elle, the trio also said they were convinced their appeal…

Israel sends top officials to the White House

Israel is trying to thaw the frosty relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House, and set up a meeting with President Barack Obama, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday. A report in the Maariv daily said National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror was in Washington and had been…

Walmart plans to open first store in India within 18 months

US giant Walmart said on Friday it aims to open its first store in India within the next 12-18 months after the government opened the vast consumer market to foreign chains. “That is the plan — to open (stores) in 12 to 18 months,” a Walmart spokesman told AFP, declining…

Italian police use Facebook to track mafia

Italian police are making use of Facebook to identify criminal networks and even to catch gangsters who cannot resist posting updates while on the run, L’Espresso weekly reported on Friday. “For us it is an important tool,” Alessandro Giuliano, head of police detectives in Milan, was quoted as saying. “It…

Five dead, nearly 40 wounded in Thai south car bomb

PATTANI, Thailand: At least five people were killed and almost 40 more were wounded Friday after a car bomb detonated in a packed market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials told AFP. “As of now five (are) dead including a paramilitary ranger and four civilians,” a Sai Buri district hospital official…

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