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Christian Hezbollah ally says he was targeted for death

A key Lebanese Christian ally of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, Michel Aoun, said he was targeted by an assassination attempt Saturday night after local media reported his convoy came under fire. “In my lifetime, I have been the target of three assassination attempts,” the former army chief said on live…

Cuba launches first nanopharmaceutical

Cuba has unveiled its first manufactured nanopharmaceutical drug — a tweaked variety of cyclosporine, used to help prevent transplant rejection — official media reported Saturday. “Its main advantages are that it can achieve the same favorable effect with a dose three times less powerful, using the most prescribed drug of…

Libyan authorities move to dissolve ‘unlawful’ militias

The Libyan authorities said late Saturday they had decided to dissolve all militias and armed groups that did not come under State authority. The move, a day after Benghazi residents rebelled against the militias in violence that killed at least 11 people and wounded over 70, was announced by Mohammed…

Open Facebook invitation leads to birthday party riot

A mistaken setting on Facebook led to a birthday party in Holland getting overrun Saturday, as thousands of party-crashers turned a girl’s Sweet 16 into a riot. According to EuroNews, the girl mistakenly listed her party as a public event, leading to 30,000 people being invited online and between 3,000…

Thousands rally for Chavez re-election in Venezuela

Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took to the streets Saturday to push for his re-election, putting the march’s focus on his signature social programs. The socialist and leftist firebrand is seeking a third six-year term, and polls place him ahead of center-left rival Henrique Capriles in the…

Aleppo chemist is open despite the shelling

Aleppo’s Old City pharmacist aims to be open for a few hours once a week, despite the explosions, gunfire, rebel or Syrian army roadblocks he needs to negotiate and a chronic lack of supplies. In a small square surrounded by white stone houses in a Free Syrian Army-held enclave of…

S. African mine strike may end soon

Workers at a Gold Fields mine in South Africa on strike for weeks could return to work as early as Tuesday if union officials manage to persuade them, a company official said. But the official said it did not involve any new wage offer — and the miners there have…

British skinny dippers fail to outstrip world record

Hundreds of naked British swimmers plunged into the cold North Sea on Saturday but failed to set a world record for the biggest ever skinny dip, organisers said. Around 200 people ran into the sea at sunrise at Druridge Bay in Northumberland, northeast England, where water temperatures were around 12…

Egypt court upholds dissolution of parliament

Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court on Saturday rejected an appeal by Islamists demanding the reinstatement of parliament, saying it was no longer legal, according to a judicial source. “The parliament no longer exists legally since the June 14 ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC)” deeming it unconstitutional and ordering its…

Gangs to fight for drug routes after Colombian capo falls

Crime gangs are likely to engage in a messy battle over lucrative drug smuggling routes through Venezuela following the arrest of Colombia’s last major drug lord, experts said here. For years Daniel ‘El Loco’ Barrera was the most wanted criminal in South America, accused of shipping some 900 tons of…

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