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Survey: Most Britons say Games worth the cost

Most Britons believe the London Olympics have delivered good value for money, according to a poll published Saturday, as the hosts revel in Britain’s best performance at the Games for more than a century. Some 55 percent of the British population think the Games are “well worth” the £9 billion…

‘Green-on-blue’ attacks spike in Afghanistan

Seven international soldiers have been killed by their local colleagues in a bloody week of violence in Afghanistan, further eroding trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with. Six died on Friday alone — three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan policeman who invited them to a…

Saudi Arabia developing all-woman cities

In a bid to offer more women career opportunities without running afowl of Sharia law, the Saudi Arabian government is putting together a group of all-women cities. According to Russia Today, construction on the first new municipality, an industrial hub slated to be part of the city of Hafuf in…

South African cattle vigilantes missing or dead after residents attack

Nine members of a vigilante group guarding against cattle theft were shot dead in South Africa and some 30 were missing after a revenge attack by villagers, local media reported Saturday. Police discovered the ninth body on Saturday after the shooting two days back in the hills near Pomeroy, 180…

Swiss president denies charges that banks help Germans evade taxes

Accusations that Swiss banks are helping German citizens dodge taxes grew Saturday, as Switzerland’s President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf dismissed the charges. German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported that tax authorities were investigating Swiss bank Julius Baer as well as the banking giant UBS, suspected of transferring German clients’ funds to…

German Justice Minister demands equal tax treatment for same sex couples from her own government

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger upped the pressure on Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble Saturday to give registered gay couples a tax break. In a letter to her government colleague seen by AFP she called on him to abandon his insistance on waiting for a decision on the issue by Germany’s…

Lebanese protest against anal exams on suspected gays

Dozens of people demonstrated outside the law courts in the Lebanese capital on Saturday to protest the use of anal “tests” on men suspected of homosexuality, which is a criminal offence in the Arab country. The rally followed a July 28 police raid on a gay venue in a working…

Panic, injuries as strong quakes hit northwest Iran

Two strong earthquakes hit northwest Iran in quick succession on Saturday, injuring dozens of people in scores of villages and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes, officials said. The temblors, which struck near the city of Tabriz, home to 1.5 million people, measured 6.2 and 6.0 on the moment…

France committed to political solution in Syria: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said France was committed to finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict as he paid tribute Saturday to the 88th French soldier killed in Afghanistan. He noted that France had deployed a field hospital in Jordan “as close as possible to the border with Syria…

Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan ‘as independent’

Turkey has been dealing with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region as though it were an independent state, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement released on Saturday. Turkey is “dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us,” Maliki said in a soon-to-be…

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