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Thai web editor to hear ‘royal insults’ verdict

BANGKOK — A Thai web editor is due Wednesday to hear whether she will be jailed for hosting defamatory postings about the monarchy on her website, amid a growing clamour for the law to be changed. The case has stirred fierce debate in Thailand, where strict laws against defaming the…

U.S. hopes for peaceful outcome in Nepal

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday called for Nepal to resolve its political crisis peacefully after the major parties failed to agree on a new constitution, spelling crisis for the war-torn country. “We continue to call for this process to be peaceful. It has been peaceful so far,” State…

Bangladeshi journalists wounded in terrifying machete attack

DHAKA — Nine journalists were wounded when a gang of men wielding machetes stormed Bangladesh’s best-known online media outlet and began slashing staff, police and witnesses said Tuesday. At least 15 attackers burst into the offices of bdnews24.com late on Monday in northern Dhaka, leaving three people seriously wounded and…

Angelina Jolie helps launch UK fight against rape

LONDON — Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie was to join forces with Britain’s foreign minister on Tuesday to launch a dedicated British team to combat and prevent sexual violence overseas. A screening of Jolie’s film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”, a love story set against…

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe chosen to be UN ‘leader for tourism’

With a line-up that includes Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin, the UN’s choice of ambassadors has been known to cause raised eyebrows or the odd smirk. Seldom, however, has there been such anger, or questioning of the organisation’s credibility, as that greeting the appointment of a new international…

Mexican cartel gunmen attack PepsiCo. subsidiary

A Mexican drug cartel known as The Knights Templar launched a series of attacks this weekend on warehouses and vehicles belonging to the potato chip company Sabritas, owned by U.S.-based PepsiCo., according to reports published Tuesday. Five different Sabritas warehouses, in Michoacán and Guanajuato, came under attack over the weekend by gunmen,…

Angelina Jolie joins overseas anti-rape campaign

Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie was to join forces with Britain’s foreign minister on Tuesday to launch a dedicated British team to combat and prevent sexual violence overseas. A screening of Jolie’s film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”, a love story set against the backdrop…

Guardian journalist cleared in phone hacking scandal

Prosecutors decided on Tuesday not to charge a journalist from the Guardian newspaper and a Scotland Yard detective over leaks of sensitive information relating to the phone hacking scandal. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would not be in the public interest to charge Amelia Hill, the Guardian’s special investigations…

Pope Benedict XVI says butler whistleblower betrayed him

Pope Benedict XVI feels betrayed by his butler, who was arrested during an investigation into Vatican whistle blowers, and is determined to root moles out, spokesman Federico Lombardi said Tuesday. “The pope is a witness to a case which touches him closely. It is a trial for him. He is…

NATO claims credit for killing Al-Qaeda second-in-command in Pakistan

NATO said Tuesday that Al-Qaeda’s second in command in Afghanistan had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border. The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.…

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