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Greek leaders trade blows over Spain bank bailout

ATHENS — Greek party leaders Sunday traded blows over the rights and wrongs of a Spanish bank bailout, with the right insisting it showed the importance of talking with Europe on the country’s own problems. New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, campaigning ahead of key June 17 elections, said Greece must…

Human Rights Watch slams Israel migrant law

JERUSALEM — Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged Israel to repeal or amend a law that allows migrants to be detained without charge for up to three years, calling it a violation of “basic rights.” The New York-based group said the new law “punishes asylum seekers for irregularly crossing into…

Iran to crack down on web censor-beating software

TEHRAN — Iran’s cyber police force is poised to launch a new crackdown on software that lets many Iranians circumvent the regime’s Internet censorship, media reported on Sunday. The operation will target VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, which use a secure protocol to encrypt users’ data, foiling online blocks put…

Second deadly Nigeria church attack as gunmen open fire

LAGOS, Nigeria — Gunman opened fire on a church in the northeastern Nigerian town of Biu, killing at least one person and wounding several others, a Christian official said, in the second such attack Sunday. “One female worshipper was killed while several others were wounded, two of them critically,” Christian…

Hollande tipped to cement Socialist power in France vote

France was voting on Sunday in round one of a parliamentary election tipped to give Socialist President Francois Hollande the majority needed to implement his tax-and-spend programme. Hollande defeated right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy in last month’s presidential election and has called for voters to turn out en masse to give him…

Nepal ‘Himalayan Viagra’ harvest droops to record low

Every summer, Himalayan villages empty as locals rush to the mountains of northern Nepal to harvest yarchagumba, a high-altitude wild fungus that is prized for its aphrodisiac qualities. In recent years, however, the yield has been severely depleted by over-picking and the probable effects of climate change, experts have warned,…

Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion

Tourism will wreck the wonders of the Galápagos – where animal and plant life is being wiped out by the arrival of aggressive new species – unless action is taken soon, writes Carole Cadwalladr Opening what looks like the drawer of an office filing cabinet, Gustavo Jimenez, a scientist at…

Prince Philip leaves hospital

Britain’s Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, left hospital on Saturday after five days of treatment for a bladder infection that sparked concerns for the 90-year-old’s health. The prince shook hands with staff, smiled and nodded when asked if he was feeling better as he walked out of King Edward VII Hospitalin central London just…

Toxic mushroom kills Chinese woman in Australia

A woman reported to be visiting Australia from China has died after eating a toxic Death Cap mushroom – the third such fatality in the southern nation this year. The woman, aged in her 50s, died Friday at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, two days after being admitted with severe poisoning due to ingestion of the…

Jews and Arabs march to mark 45 years of Israeli occupation

Hundreds of Jews and Arabs marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday night to mark the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War in which Israelseized the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported. The left-leaning Haaretz newspaper’s website said around 1,000 people marched from the city’s Rabin Square. Israeli army radio said “hundreds” took part under the banner…

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