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Syrian opposition: try Assad for ‘massacres’

The head of the exiled Syrian opposition said on Saturday that President Bashar al-Assad should be tried for “massacres” insisting that he should not be offered asylum in any future solution. “The Yemeni example can’t be applied in Syria,” Syrian National Council chief Abdel Basset Sayda told reporters in Abu…

Olympics officials confront rash of under-attended events

Olympics organizers were urgently investigating why several venues had swathes of empty seats on Saturday, the first full day of competition at the London Games. Organizers LOCOG were overwhelmed with demand for Olympics tickets when they first went on sale more than a year ago. But there were rows and…

Thousands expected for latest Japanese nuclear protest

Thousands of people are expected to form a “human chain” around Japan’s parliament on Sunday as part of demonstrations aimed at ending nuclear power after last year’s atomic crisis at Fukushima. The protest is the latest in a string in Japan, which has seen a rising tide of anti-nuclear sentiment…

Hungarian PM blames EU for economic crisis

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban lashed out at the European Union for failing to solve the bloc’s economic crisis on Saturday, a day after calling for a new economic system. “It must be said: The crisis is in fact Brussels’ crisis,” Orban told several thousand supporters during a visit to…

Protesters hold ‘anti-Games’ near Olympic stadium

While the eyes of the world were on the first full day of competition at the London Olympics, a far smaller group was marking the “anti-Games” near the stadium on Saturday. A few hundred protesters gathered in a party atmosphere to express their opposition to everything from corporate sponsorship of…

NBC Olympics coverage omits tribute to U.K. terror victims

Broadcast giant NBC has chosen not to carry a tribute to the victims of the July 7 attacks in London that ran as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to Deadspin. The 2005 attacks took the lives of 52 people and injured scores of others when bombs exploded on…

Pollution protestors clash with police in China

Thousands of people demonstrating over fears of pollution from a sewage pipeline at a paper factory in east China clashed with police Saturday, the latest in a series of environmental protests. The protestors overturned two cars and ransacked local government offices in the coastal city of Qidong, near Shanghai, an…

Phelps survives scare, China win first gold

Swimming legend Michael Phelps suffered a nervy start in his bid to become the greatest Olympian in history on Saturday while Chinese shooter Yi Siling claimed the first gold of the Games. Phelps, the 27-year-old swimming legend, who has 16 Olympic medals, needs just three medals to surpass Soviet gymnast…

Mining giant plays down fears Amazon rail project will harm tribe

Mining giant Vale on Friday played down fears that its planned expansion of a railway line in the Brazilian Amazon will harm the already vulnerable Awa tribe. Survival International, a leading advocate for the rights of tribal people worldwide, on Thursday said that Vale’s plans to extend its Carajas railway…

Queen did Olympic sketch ‘in one take’

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II pulled off her acting role in the Olympics opening ceremony “in one take”, a BBC official said Saturday. The 86-year-old monarch was shown in a pre-filmed sequence in which actor Daniel Craig, playing fictional British super-spy James Bond, arrived at Buckingham Palace in a taxi to…

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