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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…

Taliban ‘open’ to ceasefire, U.S. presence to 2024: British think-tank

The Taliban are open to a general ceasefire as well as a political agreement which could lead to a US military presence in Afghanistan up until 2024, a new report by a British think-tank said Monday. But the insurgent group, led by Mullah Omar, will not negotiate with President Hamid…

Mexico’s Obrador refuses to accept defeat, eyes new party

With 100,000 people chanting “revolution,” Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged supporters Sunday to consider forming a new party and peacefully defy president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto. Addressing a rally in Mexico City’s main square, Lopez Obrador again refused to recognize Pena Nieto as the winner of the July 1…

Paralympics: Lights go out on ‘greatest ever Games’

London on Sunday bid farewell to the Paralympics, with a spectacular celebration of the human spirit, amid claims the Games had led to a “seismic” shift in attitudes towards disability. Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z headlined a three-hour festival of song and dance in front of 80,000 spectators at the Olympic…

Fugitive Iraq VP receives murder conviction and death sentence on day of carnage

Iraq’s fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a top critic of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, was convicted of murder on Sunday and sentenced to the gallows, in a decision that coincided with a wave of deadly attacks. The wave of more than 30 attacks, unleashed on Saturday night, killed 88 people…

U.S. to transfer controversial Bagram prison to Afghans

The United States is to hand formal control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government on Monday, despite apparent disagreements between the two sides on the fate of hundreds of inmates. In a move hailed by Kabul as a victory for sovereignty, analysts say it is largely symbolic as…

Activist rally in Spain to help end 559-year-old bull-butchering spectacle

About 500 animal rights activists protested in central Spain on Sunday against a centuries-old festival in which a bull is chased and then lanced to death. For the demonstration the protesters arrived in the fortified town of Tordesillas, which will stage the festival on Tuesday, from across Spain on 10…

West to recognize Kosovo’s sovereignty 13 years after war ended

On the eve of a meeting of Western powers gathered in the International Steering Group which will officially grant Kosovo full sovereignty, Pristina on Sunday prepared to celebrate. A huge stage was set up in the main Mother Teresa Square for an open air concert of bands from Kosovo, Albania,…

Afghan cultural guide: If coalition soldier asks to see photo of your wife, don’t shoot him

KABUL — Don’t take offence if NATO soldiers exit the shower naked or ask to see a picture of your wife — it is normal and no reason to open fire, intone new cultural guidelines from the Afghan defence ministry. Five thousand copies of a hastily written 28-page brochure have…

France’s socialist president set to unveil unprecedented austerity plan

PARIS — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande was due to announce on Sunday unprecedented belt-tightening measures of billions of euros amid mounting discontent over the flagging economy and job cuts. Hollande, whoe popularity ratings have taken a dive less than four months after he took power, is looking vulnerable as…

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