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Spanish students strike over education crisis

Spanish students took to the streets Thursday in anger at crisis cuts in education, the first in several days of broader social protests across the country. The national Students’ Union called demonstrations in more than 50 towns, its leader Tohil Delgado told AFP, predicting that thousands of students, pupils and…

White House not ‘disappointed’ after Putin no-show at G8

The White House insisted Thursday it was not disappointed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will skip the G8 summit and talks with President Barack Obama next week. The Russian leader, returned as president after a four year break Monday, and was expected to have a first chance to meet on…

Red Cross suspends aid in Pakistan after worker’s murder

The Red Cross on Thursday suspended most of its aid projects in Pakistan and recalled foreign staff to the capital, following the brutal murder of a British worker. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had suspended activities run from the southern port city of Karachi and…

Czech president to keynote Heartland conference despite objections to billboard campaign

Václav Klaus, the Czech president and prominent climate sceptic, has condemned a controversial billboard campaign used by a rightwing US thinktank to advertise the forthcoming conference at which he is scheduled to give the keynote speech. However, his spokesman said Klaus will not join other speakers who have pulled out…

Obama and Shakira face off in Colombia’s donkey pageant

Backstage was chaotic. Barack Obama was fighting with his handler. Shakira had been happily eating off the floor but became surly when she was interrupted. It took three men to push her up the ramp onto the makeshift stage. Donkeys and beauty contests are both common sights in rural Colombia,…

Colombian Congress advances drug legalization bill

Colombia’s Chamber of Representatives has approved a bill that would legalize the cultivation of drugs that grow as plants, bringing to fruition the start of more legislative drug reform efforts to come, as promised by South American leaders during the recent Summit of the Americas. Colombia’s drug crop legalization bill…

Wreckage of Russian jet found in Indonesia

The wreckage of a Russian Sukhoi jet that went missing in Indonesia with about 50 people on board was located on Thursday, a day after it disappeared, the rescue agency chief said. “The Sukhoi has been found just now,” said Ketut Parwa, search and rescue agency chief for the capital Jakarta, who was coordinating operations.…

S. Korea pastor fasts to death in hope of resurrection

Seoul, May 10, 2012 (AFP) – A South Korean Christian pastor has starved himself to death in the belief that he would be resurrected, police said Thursday. They said the 48-year-old female partner of the pastor was arrested Saturday for negligence in the death. The pastor identified only as Jung…

Putin to skip G8 summit in US next week

WASHINGTON — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will skip the G8 summit and ice breaker talks with President Barack Obama next week, the White House said, raising new questions about Moscow-Washington ties. Putin had been expected at the summit at Camp David and to hold talks with the US leader in…

Olympic flame lit for London Games

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AFP) – The Olympic flame was lit in Ancient Olympia in Greece on Thursday, in a solemn ceremony filled with mystery and tradition that signals the final countdown to the start of this year’s summer Games in London. Actors in ancient Greek costume invoked the god Apollo…

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