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Pentagon: U.S. sends team of Marines to Yemen

The United States has sent Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team to help protect its embassy in Yemen during demonstrations, the Pentagon said Friday. “A FAST platoon is now on the ground in Sanaa,” spokesman George Little told reporters, describing the deployment of the 50-strong unit as a “precautionary…

U.S. embassy in Tunisia on fire as protesters climbed walls

Protesters reportedly climbed the walls of a U.S. embassy in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The building is now on fire, according to a report by Al-Jazeera English. “Yes, I’ve seen people climbing the embassy wall five minutes ago and were able to jump in. Protesters, they were actually able…

Switzerland reports spike in wild animal life

Wild animals including bears, wolves and jackals are on the increase in Switzerland, a government agency said Friday, as it reported a spike in the figures across the country. “The development is spectacular,” said Reinhard Schnidrig, who heads the Federal Office for the Environment’s department for hunting, wild animals and…

Russian army unit fires on school during ‘anti-terrorist’ operation

Russia on Friday launched an investigation after an army unit accidentally fired mortar shells into the grounds of a boarding school in the troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan. Russian television showed smashed windows at the school in the town of Buinaksk after the early-morning incident, in which none of…

Islamist protesters burn German and British embassies in the Sudan

Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital angry over an anti-Islam film on Friday stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged, an AFP reporter said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as several of them scaled the roof of the German embassy…

Yemen police open fire to stop riot reaching US embassy

Sana’a: Yemeni security forces fired warning shots and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to reach the US embassy in Sanaa on Friday, an AFP correspondent reported. The protesters gathered about 500 metres (yards) away from the embassy compound calling for the expulsion of the US envoy in…

Benghazi air space shut over security fears: Libya source

Air traffic has been suspended for security reasons to Libya’s second city Benghazi, where the American ambassador was killed when the US consulate came under attack this week, an airport source said on Friday. “We received orders on Thursday evening to immediately suspend all flights for security reasons,” the source told…

Japan to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

Japan on Friday said it planned to phase out nuclear power over three decades in an apparent bow to public pressure after last year’s Fukushima disaster, the worst atomic accident in a generation. The disaster-struck country would work to cut its use of nuclear energy to zero by 2040 by…

Indian cleric warns Americans to leave over anti-Muslim film

The most senior Islamic cleric in Indian Kashmir has told all US citizens to “immediately leave” the region because of the privately-produced anti-Islam film that surfaced in the United States. “US citizens visiting Kashmir should leave immediately as the sentiments of the Muslims have been hurt by these pictures,” the…

Striking S.Africa miners reject platinum wage offer

Striking workers at South Africa’s crippled Lonmin mine on Friday rejected a wage offer from the platinum giant intended to end a stayaway that has spread across the mining industry. Workers dismissed Lonmin’s offer as “an insult” after it was presented to them at the company’s Marikana plant in the…

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