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Officials: U.S. missiles kill 15 in Pakistan

US missiles killed 15 militants in Pakistan’s Taliban and Al-Qaeda stronghold of North Waziristan on Monday, the third drone strike in three days and the deadliest this year, officials said. The attack looked set to inflame tensions with Islamabad ahead of a visit by a US assistant defence secretary, Peter Lavoy, on a mission to persuade Pakistan…

Colombian drug lord captured in Venezuela

One of the top leaders of Los Rastrojos, a powerful drug carteloperating near the border between Venezuela and Colombia, has been captured by Venezuelan authorities, the government said. Diego Perez Enao, also known as Diego Rastrojo, was seized Sunday in the town of Rojas de Barinas following a weeks-long intelligence operation, Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El…

Protesters keep up pressure after Mubarak verdicts

Egyptian activists who spearheaded the revolt that toppledpresident Hosni Mubarak have called for mass demonstrations on Tuesday to protest against verdicts handed down in the strongman’s murder trial. Mubarak Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday but six security commanders were acquitted over the…

Nigeria recovers bodies after plane crash

Nigerian rescuers recovered burnt human remains as investigators probed for clues on Monday after a plane slammed into a Lagosneighbourhood, with all 153 on board killed and more feared dead on the ground. Police fired tear gas at a surging crowd seeking to get a look at thecrash site at one point…

Four found guilty of Danish newspaper attack plot

A Danish court on Monday found four men guilty of “terrorism” over a plot to kill the staff of a newspaper that first published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The three Swedish nationals and one Tunisian living in Sweden had pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges, but a district…

UN atomic agency to hold nuclear talks with Iran

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to hold talks in Vienna on Friday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Monday, calling on Tehran to sign a deal clarifying issues over its atomic drive. “A meeting between Iran and the agency has been scheduled for 8 June in Vienna,” Amano told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of…

All-out chaos engulfs Lagos neighborhood after plane crash

LAGOS — Chaos broke out in the densely-populated Lagos neighbourhood where a passenger jet crashed Sunday, as rescue workers faced heavy crowds and aggressive soldiers while trying to access smoldering wreckage. All 153 people on board the Dana Air flight were presumed dead and more were believed to have been…

Leaks reveal UK worked to undercut Europe’s greenhouse gas initiatives

The government has been trying to water down key environmental regulations in Brussels despite trumpeting its commitment to green issues at home, leaked documents show. The papers, seen by the Guardian, reveal British officials repeatedly trying to prevent the adoption of European Union rules on energy efficiency, curtailing the proposals…

Bolivia’s president talks of nationalizing all natural resources

TIQUIPAYA, Bolivia — Bolivia’s leftist President Evo Morales, who has nationalized some utility companies, raised the possibility Sunday of making all natural resource-related industries property of the state. “Another policy ought to be how we recover, or nationalize, all natural resources, so they are in the people’s hands under state…

Israel may jail illegal African migrants for three years without charge

JERUSALEM — Israel will be able to jail illegal migrants without charge for up to three years, an official said on Sunday, as part of efforts to curb a major influx of Africans from across the Egyptian border. An interior ministry spokeswoman told AFP that following a directive from minister…

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