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Amazon tribe appeals for eviction of loggers from its land

RIO DE JANEIRO — A tribe that calls the Amazon rainforest home is urging the Brazilian government to stop the illegal logging of its land, a watchdog said Friday. In a statement, Survival International said the Awa tribe has made a “desperate appeal” to Brazil’s justice minister to “evict loggers…

Amnesty International: ‘Alarming’ increase in Iraq executions

Amnesty International on Friday condemned the “alarming” increase in executions in Iraq, which has put at least 70 people to death this year, and urged Baghdad to stop using the death penalty. “The killing of Abd Hmoud is part of an alarming escalation in executions in Iraq and we fear…

Philippine officials launch manhunt for kidnapped Chinese businessmen

Philippine security officials have launched a manhunt for two kidnapped Chinese businessmen in a mountainous town in the strife-torn south, a military spokesman said on Friday. The gang that kidnapped the two is believed to have hidden the businessmen in Naga, a town near the coast in the restive southern…

UN reaches Syrian massacre site

UN monitors on Friday finally reached the site of a massacre of villagers in Syria on their second attempt as Western powers pressed at the United Nations for sanctions against Damascus. The sanctions push came as international envoy Kofi Annan called for “additional pressure” in the wake of the latest…

Canadian robber sprayed with bear repellant and spanked on bare ass

A Canadian robber got a face full of bear spray and then a spanking on his naked butt on Tuesday after he tried to rob a convenience store in Gatineau, Quebec. Zhen Yang was closing up shop around 10:30 p.m. when two men entered the store carrying knives and demanding…

Qaeda chief’s wife congratulates women on Arab Spring, encourages sons to jihad

The wife of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has congratulated Muslim women for the role they have played in the Arab Spring and urged them to raise their children for jihad. “I congratulate all Muslim women for these blessed revolutions,” Umaima Hassan Ahmed Mohammed Hassan wrote in a letter posted on…

India approves four new tiger sanctuaries

India has approved four new tiger sanctuaries and a “tiger corridor” in the latest of a series of measures designed to stem the decline of the threatened species. Prithviraj Chavan, chief minister of the western state of Maharashtra, announced the steps that will add more than 500 square kilometres (200…

UN: 2 million children could be saved by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhea

More than two million children’s lives in poor countries could be saved in the next three years by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea, the two biggest killers of under-fives, a UN report said on Friday. The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) report, Pneumonia and diarrhoea: tackling the deadliest diseases for the…

Racism rears its head on eve of Euro Cup 2012

Fears over Euro 2012 being overshadowed by racism returned on Friday, after UEFA confirmed that there was racist chanting at the Netherlands’ public training session this week in the Polish city of Krakow. European football’s governing body, though, stopped short of launching a formal investigation, saying it had not received…

Iran opens new talks with UN nuclear watchdog

The UN nuclear watchdog was holding fresh talks with Iran Friday in Vienna, where it was expected to push for access to a suspected testing site near Tehran. The agency’s chief inspector Herman Nackaerts and deputy director general Rafael Grossi were meeting Iran’s envoy to the agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh,…

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