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Iraqi general among three dead in new attacks

Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi border forces brigadier general on Monday, among three people killed and six wounded in nationwide violence, security and medical officials said. Brigadier General Abdul Hussein Mohsen was gunned down by several armed men while he was in the town of Taji, just north of Baghdad,…

Strong earthquake shakes El Salvador

A strong 7.3 earthquake shook an area in the Pacific Ocean off El Salvador early Monday, prompting a brief tsunami warning for the region that was later lifted, US officials said. The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 0437 GMT, was located 111 kilometers (69 miles) south of the…

British helicopter hunt for ‘lion on the loose in Essex’

British police on Monday deployed firearms officers and a helicopter as they launched a lion hunt following reports of a cat-like beast roaming in a field in Essex. “The large cat, believed to be a lion, was seen in fields off Earls Hall Drive in St Oysth, near Clacton, just…

Mexico’s spy ‘bunker’ struggles to stem drug violence

Deep in a bunker in Mexico City, police intelligence analysts monitor live images from street cameras, radars and drones in a vast effort to bring drug cartels to justice. But despite the creation of this state-of-the-art Intelligence Center three years ago, Mexican federal police have struggled to stem drug trafficking…

Taliban behead 17 Afghans during village party

Taliban Islamist insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, who were holding a party with music in a southern Afghanistan village, officials said Monday. “I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban,” the Helmand provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP, referring to the hardliners notorious during…

South Korea on alert as major typhoon Bolaven nears

South Korea was Monday bracing for the arrival of major typhoon Bolaven with a main port and ferry routes closed, classes cancelled and officials put on high alert. Typhoon Bolaven – one of the most powerful storms in the region in decades – was churning Monday towards the peninsula after…

Nigeria in talks with Islamic militants to end violence

ABUJA — Nigeria’s government has reached out to members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram through back-channel talks in a bid to end an insurgency that has killed hundreds, the president’s spokesman said Sunday. “The form of the dialogue is that backroom channels are being used to reach across with…

Israel refuses Western pro-Palestinian activists access to West Bank

By Kamal Taha ALLENBY BRIDGE CROSSING, Jordan — Israel and Jordan on Sunday barred pro-Palestinian US and European activists from trying to cross into the West Bank to deliver aid to students, a number of sources said. Olivia Zemor, spokeswoman for the “Welcome to Palestine” group spearheading the mission, told…

Women of Togo call for nationwide sex strike

LOME — Women from the Let’s Save Togo coalition called Sunday on all females in the country to refrain from sex for a week to force Togolese men into backing the group during their demonstrations. Let’s Save Togo is an umbrella organisation of nine civil society groups and seven opposition…

Two Pussy Riot members ‘have fled Russia’

MOSCOW — Two female Pussy Riot punk rockers who are being hunted by police for having taken part in a protest stunt against President Vladimir Putin have fled Russia in order to evade arrest, the group said Sunday. “Our two members who are wanted by police have managed to leave…

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