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Jerusalem police arrest suspects in anti-Arab attack

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem police on Sunday arrested three Jewish teens suspected of a brutal hate attack on young Palestinians, and magistrates remanded in custody another suspect detained a day ago. “Altogether four people have been arrested,’ police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “The latest three people to be arrested are…

Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome arrested for blasphemy in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — A Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome has been arrested on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, accused of burning pages inscribed with verses from the Koran, police and activists said on Sunday. Police arrested Rimsha, who is recognised by a single name, on Thursday after she was reported holding in…

Syrian children face grim Eid holidays

BEIRUT — Syrian children had little to celebrate on Sunday as Muslims marked the first day of the Eid religious festival in the grip of unrelenting violence. “The children in the Old City district are sad because there are no sweets, no food, no gifts, no new clothes this Eid,”…

Arrests, breasts, chainsaws: Punk world backs Pussy Riot

A topless Ukrainian feminist felled a cross with a chainsaw, balaclava-clad New Yorkers braved arrest to picket an Orthodox church and Bulgarian punks re-decorated a war memorial. Protesters took to the streets in cities around the world Friday to protest Russia’s jailing of female punk trio Pussy Riot, in colorful…

World must brace for higher food prices, experts say

With drought parching farms in the United States and near the Black Sea, weak monsoon rains in India and insidious hunger in Africa’s Sahel region, the world could be headed towards another food crisis, experts say. Asia should keep a catastrophe at bay with a strong rice harvest while the…

63-year-old engineer is Japan’s ‘Last Ninja’

A 63-year-old former engineer may not fit the typical image of a dark-clad assassin with deadly weapons who can disappear into a cloud of smoke. But Jinichi Kawakami is reputedly Japan’s last ninja. As the 21st head of the Ban clan, a line of ninjas that can trace its history…

U.S., Afghan officials concerned over ‘insider attacks’

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to crack down on a rise in attacks by Afghan security personnel on their Western colleagues, officials said. U.S. concern is mounting over the unprecedented number of such “green-on-blue” attacks, which have now killed 39 international troops in 29…

Report: Masked gunmen wound eight in Russian mosque attack

Masked gunmen burst into a mosque in the troubled Russian Caucasus region of Dagestan, wounding eight, the regional interior ministry said in a statement Saturday. “The number of wounded in the shooting at the mosque in the town of Khasavyurt has risen to eight,” the interior ministry said after two…

Dutch pot advocates aiming to smoke out new voters

Opponents of a Dutch cannabis law that restricts sales of the drug to foreigners on Saturday launched a campaign aimed at getting citizens to vote for pro-pot parties in elections next month. Organisers said they would travel the nation in an old American school bus, painted silver to convince people…

China warns Japan as activists descend on contested islands

A flotilla carrying Japanese nationalists and lawmakers arrived Sunday at islands at the heart of a territorial row with China, with activists declaring their intention to land. Around 150 people, including eight parliamentarians, got to the archipelago around dawn (2030 GMT Saturday) just days after Japan deported pro-China activists who…

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