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Enrichment ‘not a step towards a bomb’: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN — Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 20 percent “is our right” and “is not a step towards a bomb,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in an interview with the satellite television network France 24. The enrichment activity, which world powers are trying to curb in fraught talks with Iran,…

French irked by EU use of English

BRUSSELS — The Brussels-based French-language press corps reacted with fury Wednesday to the release in English of the EU’s annual report cards on the bloc’s 27 economies. In an angry open e-mail to the European Commission, the correspondent for the daily Liberation newspaper Jean Quatremer said — in French: “Once…

Israel says Hamas as strong as Hezbollah

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has an armed force to rival that of Israel’s Lebanese foe Hezbollah, the head of the Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday. “Hamas has military capabilities almost of a state,” a spokesman quoted Yoram Cohen as telling the…

Radical student leader takes on Quebec government

MONTREAL — A politico and a media hound, 21-year-old radical Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has become a force to be reckoned with in talks with the government over tuition fee hikes. The spokesman for the student union Classe showed up for an interview with AFP on foot, stubble on…

Canadian police find severed hand and foot sent by mail

Stunned police Wednesday were investigating after a human hand was found in the mail at an Ottawa post office, just hours after a decomposing foot was sent to Canada’s ruling Conservative Party. “The investigation has so far determined that both packages received in Ottawa originated from Montreal,” police said. A severed torso was also discovered by…

Human rights court jails Liberia ex-president for 50 years

A UN-backed court jailed Liberia’s Charles Taylor for 50 years Wednesday for fuelling Sierra Leone’s savage war, known for its mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves. The former Liberian president, 64, was convicted last month of all 11 counts he faced of war crimes and crimes against humanity for…

Russia says new U.S. ambassador is unprofessional

Russia is not prepared to get used to the US ambassador Michael McFaul, a foreign ministry official was quoted as saying Wednesday, accusing the controversial new US envoy of unprofessionalism. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland had said on Tuesday that Russia had to “get used to” McFaul speaking out…

Pakistani authorities fear threats on life of CIA ally

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday said that they feared the doctor recruited by the CIA to help find Osama bin Laden could be killed and demanded he be transferred to a more secure prison. Shakeel Afridi was last week sentenced to 33 years in jail after he was found guilty of…

Quebec student leader is a force to be reckoned with

A politico and a media hound, 21-year-old radical Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has become a force to be reckoned with in talks with the government over tuition fee hikes. The spokesman for the student union Classe showed up for an interview with AFP on foot, stubble on his face,…

Russia says ‘premature’ for new UN action on Syria

Russia on Wednesday cautioned against taking new UN action onSyria after the massacre of 108 civilians in Houla and sought more time for global envoy Kofi Annan’s imperilled peace plan to work. The comments came just a day after the US State Department said it hoped last week’s tragedy would spark a “turning point” in…

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