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North Korea battered by fresh storms after fatal flooding

SEOUL — North Korea said Sunday it was being lashed by severe thunderstorms that could cause major damage, just days after flooding that killed scores and left tens of thousands homeless. State media reported strong winds and heavy rains were battering parts of the country, including the capital Pyongyang, with…

Violent disputes over indigenous lands increase across Brazil

SAO PAULO — Violent disputes over indigenous land have been growing across Brazil, sparking heightened militancy by native tribes angered by broken promises of compensation and slower government registrations. A report by the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), cited by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper on Sunday, said the number…

200,000 Syrians flee besieged city of Aleppo

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Sunday that 200,000 people have fled the Syrian city of Aleppo in two days as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces step up their assault. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said in a statement that an unknown number of people are trapped in the city…

Palestians say Romney remarks ‘harmful’ to U.S. interests

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is “harmful” to US interests in the Middle East, a senior Palestinian official said on Sunday. “Romney’s declarations are harmful to American interests in our region, and they harm peace, security and stability,”…

China surges to top of medals table on Olympics day two

LONDON — China surged clear at the top of the Olympic medals table on Sunday, adding two more golds to their opening day haul as swimming star James Magnussen put Australia on course for relay glory. After dominating day one of competition with four gold medals, Chinese athletes hit paydirt…

Spain angers feminists with plan to tighten abortion law

MADRID — Spain’s conservative government has provoked a storm among women’s groups with plans to tighten the country’s abortion laws to make the procedure illegal in cases where the foetus is deformed. The government announced Friday it would alter an abortion law introduced by its Socialist predecessors in 2010 which…

Kuwaiti royal arrested for tweeting political views

KUWAIT CITY — A Gulf rights group and a Kuwaiti MP on Sunday criticised the arrest of a member of the Gulf state’s ruling family for expressing “political views” deemed offensive. “Freedom for Sheikh Meshaal al-Malek al-Sabah who was arrested by the state security police,” the Gulf Forum for Civil…

U.S. drone kills seven militants in Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attack Sunday killed at least seven militants in Pakistan, officials said, days before the country’s intelligence chief visits Washington with the contentious raids likely to be discussed. Attacks by unmanned American aircraft are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and…

Pope appeals urgently for end to bloodshed in Syria

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI launched an urgent appeal for an end to bloodshed in Syria on Sunday, calling on the international community to do everything to help resolve the conflict. “I continue to follow with alarm that tragic and growing episodes of violence in Syria with the…

Olympic judo champion: I defied parents to win gold metal

LONDON — Olympic judo champion Sarah Menezes revealed Sunday that her parents tried to stop her from taking up the sport which they believed was for men only. The 22-year-old from Brazil became the first woman from her country to win an Olympic judo gold before admitting that she had…

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