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Top general: U.S. still has key Iraq role even after troop exit

Top US military officer General Martin Dempsey insisted Washington still had an important role to play in Iraq, where he landed on Tuesday, eight months after American troops departed. Dempsey, who is due to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iraqi army chief of staff Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari, is the highest-ranking American to visit…

Romanian court puts impeached president back in power

Romania’s Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that a referendum to impeach the country’s president was invalid, leaving Traian Basescu in power after months of political turmoil. “The court noted that the turnout was lower than the minimum threshold required for the ballot to be valid,” the judges said. “The ruling was adopted with a qualified majority,”…

Official: South African police did ‘all in their power to avert’ mine killing of 34

South Africa’s police minister on Tuesday said his officers who shot dead 34 striking mineworkers last week had done everything in their power to prevent the slaughter. “The events of Thursday, August 16, 2012, were not a sudden eruption but a culmination of events that were building over months and months,” Nathi Mthethwa told…

Lawyer: Pussy Riot members may face violence in prison

A lawyer for Pussy Riot has warned that three members of the feminist punk band sentenced to jail last week could face violence and discrimination because of the intense state campaign against them. “For half a year, state-run television has built up a very negative image of them – that they’re blasphemers, heretics,” said…

14-year-old boy raped in Manchester department store bathroom

Police are searching for two men after a 14-year-old boy was raped in a Manchester department store toilet on a Saturday afternoon. The boy was in the Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre at around 5.45pm on June 2 when he went to the toilet. “While there he was approached by two…

Afghan rocket attack damages top U.S. general’s plane

A rocket fired on a US airbase in Afghanistan early Tuesday damaged the aircraft of America’s top military officer and wounded two maintenance crew, officers said. Two insurgent rockets struck the vast Bagram air field overnight, with one causing damage to the C-17 used by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of…

Billionaire George Soros invests in British soccer team Manchester United

US billionaire George Soros has bought a stake in Manchester United, the British football club that made its Wall Street debut earlier this month, according to a filing with US regulators. Soros’ investment firm bought approximately 3.1 million Class A shares, or 7.85 percent of the total Class A shares,…

Ethiopian prime minister has died abroad

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a regional strongman in power for over two decades, has died in hospital abroad, the government said Tuesday. “Prime Minister Meles Zenawi passed away yesterday evening at around midnight,” Bereket Simon said, adding that the 57-year-old “was abroad” when he died, without giving further details.…

Japanese reporter killed in Syria

TOKYO — A female Japanese reporter has been killed after being caught in gunfire while covering clashes in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, the Japanese foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three other journalists were missing while covering the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime…

Israel arrests teen girls over hate attack on Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem police arrested two 15-year-old girls on Monday, bringing to seven the number of Jewish teenagers arrested in connection with a brutal hate attack on young Palestinians last week. “Two 15-year-old girls were arrested today, in addition to the five youngsters already arrested,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told…

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