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Rain, flash floods kill 78 in Pakistan

At least 78 people died and dozens were injured as torrential rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in Pakistan over the past three days, a government spokesman said Monday. Heavy monsoon rains which began falling last week destroyed more than 1,600 houses while damaging a further 5,000, Irshad Bhatti, a…

15,000 miners take part in new S. African mine strike

Around 15,000 workers have downed tools in South Africa at a Gold Fields mine west of Johannesburg, just under a week after a strike ended at another part of the same mine, the company said Monday. “Employees of the west section of the KDC Gold Mine … on the West…

Greek PM meets with international auditors

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras meets Monday with auditors from the country’s international creditors in a bid to finalise a new austerity programme needed to unlock critical bailout loans. This will be the first meeting between Samaras and the so-called troika chiefs, who arrived on Friday and are expected to…

Rogue ‘fake’ doctor examined 2,300 people in Japan

A hospital in Japan is checking the qualifications of all of its doctors after a man believed to have no medical licence examined more than 2,300 of its patients. The man conducted medical interviews, examined electrocardiograms and explained check-up results to people in 2010-2011 at Takashimadaira Chuo General Hospital in…

Taliban threaten to kill Britain’s Prince Harry

The Taliban said Monday it was determined to kill Britain’s Prince Harry, serving in Afghanistan four years after his previous deployment was cut short over security concerns. A militia spokesman said the group had a “high-value plan” to attack the third in line to the British throne in southern province…

Divided Democrats dealt blow in Hong Kong polls, party leader resigns

The leader of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party resigned Monday after the party performed poorly in weekend legislative elections, despite a high turnout and strong support for full democracy. The results give the pro-democracy camp the “critical minority” it needs to veto constitutional amendments ahead of a key debate about universal…

Australia plans to move asylum-seekers to tiny Pacific nation of Nauru

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on Monday said he hoped to begin sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru later this week. With Australia facing a record influx of asylum-seekers arriving by sea, Canberra last month announced plans to send them to Nauru and…

Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano spews tons of ash

Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano shot tons of ash into the sky after forcing evacuations of nearby towns, officials said. A column of smoke and ash rose from the cone of the volcano, Nicaragua’s tallest at 1,745 meters (5,725 feet), in the northeast, where rumbling a day earlier prompted nearby hamlets…

Putin on the birds: ‘Only the weak ones didn’t follow’ me

Putin on the birds: 'Only the weak ones didn't follow' me (via The Christian Science Monitor) This year’s Russian-hosted summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) wrapped up in Vladivostok Sunday, with leaders of the 21-member Pacific Rim group – which accounts for 40 percent of the world’s trade – pledging to promote…

Serbia says it has witness to Kosovo organ harvesting

Serbia said Sunday it had a former Kosovo rebel witness who allegedly took part in removing the heart of a Serb prisoner for the international black market in organs during the 1990s Kosovo conflict. “We have a witness who testified about a medical procedure, done in northern Albania, that consisted…

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