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Heckler brands Tony Blair a ‘war criminal’ over JPMorgan payments

A heckler burst into a room where former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair was testifying on Monday and branded him a “war criminal” over alleged payments by JPMorgan for the Iraq war. David Lawley-Wakelin, who was from the Alternative Iraq Enquiry, momentarily halted Blair’s testimony to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry…

Report: New evidence of Iran assassination plots

Investigators working in four countries have amassed new evidence linking attempts to assassinate officials and businessmen to either Iran-backed Hezbollah or Iran-based operatives, The Washington Post reported Monday. Citing unnamed US and Middle Eastern security officials, the newspaper said the evidence included phone records, forensic tests, coordinated travel arrangements and even cellphone SIM cards purchased…

Japan’s runaway penguin suffering from pink eye

A plucky penguin that was recaptured last week after nearly three months at large in the polluted waters of Tokyo Bay hasconjunctivitis, an aquarium official said Monday. The Humboldt penguin, one of 135 kept at Tokyo Sea Life Park, was taken back into captivity after 82 days of freedom following a breakout that made…

High youth unemployment threatens Africa’s economic growth

Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world after escaping the worst of the global financial crisis – but the phenomenon of jobless growth combined with the world’s youngest population threatens progress, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO). With the number of youths in Africa set…

Egypt to announce election results today

Egypt’s electoral commission was set to announce Monday the results of last week’s presidential election, which looked headed to a runoff between an Islamist and ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak’s last premier. Unofficial results announced by state media and candidates showed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi in first place and ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in close second after the…

Tony Blair admits he feared ‘powerful’ press

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said he made a strategic decision not to take on the power of the media during his time in office, as he testified at a press ethics inquiry on Monday. Blair, who was premier between 1997 and 2007, said he feared the battle would be so…

British abortion providers fear for safety in face of U.S.-style protests

Doctors who help women end unwanted pregnancies are growing concerned for their own safety as anti-abortion groups step up protests outside clinics, a specialist in women’s health has warned. Tony Falconer, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, described the American-style protests outside abortion clinics as distressing and…

Tourism industry may force Quebec to negotiate with student protesters

By Michel Viatteau MONTREAL — Faint hope for renewed talks between the government and students in Quebec flickered Sunday as the top tourism official in the Canadian province warned of possible fallout from months of protests. While no specific date or time have been set, student representatives could meet with…

Mexicans say social networks make a dull election more interesting

By Sofia Miselem MEXICO CITY — Online social networks, a newcomer in Mexican elections, are making a mark on the country’s presidential campaign, forcing candidates to respond to issues and protests enabled by the Internet. “If it wasn’t for the social networks, the campaign would be really boring,” said Roy…

Jimmy Carter: Sudan ready to pull troops out of contested region

By Ian Timberlake KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan says it is ready to pull its soldiers out of the contested Abyei region, former US president Jimmy Carter said after meeting Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir on Sunday. “He has notified the negotiators he’s ready to withdraw troops from Abyei, which we believe…

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