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Olympic torchbearers cash in at up to $237,000 on eBay

Some of Britain’s Olympic torchbearers have been making the most of their country’s special moment — by selling their torches on eBay, attracting bids of over £150,000 ($237,000, 186,000 euros). The gold-coloured torches began appearing on the auction website within hours of the torch relay starting in southwest England on…

NATO allies focus on ending unpopular Afghan war

US President Barack Obama and NATO allies will focus Monday on logistical aspects of ending the protracted Afghan war after President Hamid Karzai vowed his country will no longer be a “burden” for the international community. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s attendance at the summit here had raised hopes his…

North Koreans in rice belt starve to death: report

Food shortages have worsened even in North Korea’s southwestern rice belt and some residents have starved to death there, a Seoul-based online newspaper said Monday. “Because of worsening food shortages this year there were reports of people starving to death even in South and North Hwanghae provinces,” a Daily NK…

Three climbers die on Everest

Three climbers have died on their descent from the summit of Mount Everest, tour agents and officials said Monday, bringing the season’s death toll to five on the world’s highest peak. A 61-year-old German and a South Korean aged 44 died on the mountain’s south face on Sunday, Ang Tshering…

London to deploy security force of 40,000 during Olympics

LONDON — Some 12,500 officers will be deployed daily during the Olympic Games in the country’s largest ever pre-planned policing operation, according to the Metropolitan force. With 67 days to go until the event begins, police revealed that 52 forces from around Britain will provide officers for the operation, which…

NATO decides to activate missile shield despite Russian threats

NATO leaders launched Sunday the first phase of a US-led missile shield for Europe, risking the wrath of Russia which has threatened to deploy rockets to EU borders in response. A NATO official told AFP that US President Barack Obama and his allies “just decided” at a Chicago summit to…

Ahmadinejad should ‘open nightclubs’: Iran MP jibes

TEHRAN — A hardline Iranian MP on Saturday took a jibe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for failing to support an Islamic dress code for women, suggesting the president should now move to open “nightclubs” in the Islamic republic. Fars news agency quoted MP Ali Motahari as saying that the president’s…

Egypt protest seeks to end military courts

CAIRO — Several hundred activists took part in a one-day hunger strike in Cairo on Sunday to protest the ruling military council’s continued use of military courts to try civilians. The protesters said the symbolic action was intended to show solidarity with hundreds of prisoners now facing trials before military…

G8 pledges to lift 50 million Africans out of poverty

G8 leaders on Saturday pledged to lift millions of Africans out of poverty by promoting investments in sustainable agriculture. “Today we commit to launch a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to accelerate the flow of private capital to African agriculture, take to scale new technologies and other innovations…

Spain’s ‘indignants’ have huge support

Spain’s “indignant” protest movement against economic inequality and spending cuts continues to enjoy widespread support a year after it was launched, a poll published on Sunday showed. Overall 68 percent of Spaniards said they had sympathy for the movement, compared to 66 percent who expressed that opinion in June 2011…

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