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Pakistani Taliban announces kill plan for drone strike protest leader Imran Khan

A planned protest march against US drone strikes in Pakistan, due to go through one the world’s most dangerous hotbeds of Islamic militancy, has hit a major snag after the Pakistani Taliban announced they would try to kill the leader of the procession, the former cricket star turned politician Imran…

Customs officials crack down on Pakistan’s million-dollar archaeological smugglers

When a Pakistani family dispute over land degenerated into cold-blooded murder, Zaman Khan was quickly in over his head. As cousins killed cousins, he borrowed more than $18,500 to buy guns, ammunition and guards. But soon debtors were demanding repayment, leaving him so depressed he contemplated suicide. Then a friend…

German authorities probe Olympic rower’s Neo-Nazi boyfriend

German authorities said Thursday they have opened a probe against the boyfriend of German Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla on suspicion he was part of a far-right group that attacked a police officer. The prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Rostock said it was investigating Michael Fischer, who until recently…

Canada backs off plan to deport undocumented Portuguese man who lived there 32 years

Canada’s immigration ministry on Wednesday rescinded a deportation order for a Portuguese man living in the country for 32 years. A crackdown on immigration fraud had unwittingly snared Jose Pereira, 58, who said he was ordered out over an administrative gaffe. Married to a Canadian woman, he had four children…

Reporters Without Borders condemns Syrian move to put media activist in special court

Reporters Without Borders on Thursday condemned a decision by Syrian authorities to try a prominent media rights activist in a special military court. “The courts are no longer taking the trouble to maintain even a facade of legality,” RSF said in a statement on the case of Mazen Darwish, head…

Global survey of Muslims reveal they differ widely in religious tolerance

The global Muslim community of 1.6 billion people agree on the core principles of their faith, but differ widely in religiosity and religious tolerance, according to a poll published Thursday. “Muslims are unified by core beliefs and in core practices” like faith in a single God, believe in the Prophet…

Experts: Philippine flood disaster that affected 2 million is man made

Deadly floods that have swamped nearly all of the Philippine capital are less a natural disaster and more the result of poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest, experts say. Damaged watersheds, massive squatter colonies living in danger zones and the neglect of drainage systems are some of the factors…

Olympic Africa Village shutters due to debts

Africa Village, the continent’s shop window in London during the 2012 Games and its first joint hospitality venue at an Olympics, was closed permanently Thursday due to unpaid debts, organisers said. The hospitality house, set up in Kensington Gardens in central London, had laid on cultural, sporting and culinary festivities…

North Korea first lady spotted with designer-style handbag

North Korea’s young first lady has been pictured sporting what appears to be a Christian Dior handbag, in stark contrast to widespread shortages elsewhere in the impoverished nation. Ri Sol-Ju, the wife of leader Kim Jong-Un, was pictured accompanying him on a “field guidance trip” to an army unit. It…

Global food prices rise sharply in July: UN

Global food prices rose six percent in July after dropping for three months, largely because of a hike in the price of grains and sugar, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization said Thursday. The FAO’s Food Price Index, a monthly measure of changes in a basket of food commodities, was…

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