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Chinese state media tells U.S. to ‘shut up’ in sea dispute

China’s state-controlled media lashed out at the United States on Monday, accusing Washington of “trouble-making” over criticism of Beijing’s claims to a wide swathe of the disputed South China Sea. China’s ire was provoked by a U.S. State Department statement Friday expressing concern over increased tensions in the area and…

Taiwan wants to settle U.S. beef on imports

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou Monday called for the resumption of stalled trade talks with the United States after the island recently lifted a six-year-old ban on some U.S. beef imports. “We hope the Taiwan-U.S. economic and trade negotiations can be placed back on the right track as soon as possible,”…

Mafia cashes in as hard-up Italians flog their gold

Italy’s traditional goldsmiths are up in arms over a boom in the poorly regulated cash-for-gold sector that is making billions for the mafia as hard-up Italians rush to sell off their bling. Cash-for-gold shops have filled Italy’s streets in recent months, with blanket television adverts urging Italians to sell off…

Gunmen kill 16 Egyptian border guards, cross into Israel

CAIRO — Gunmen on Sunday killed 16 guards in Egypt near the border with Israel before stealing two armoured vehicles and crossing into the Jewish state where one vehicle was destroyed by a helicopter. An Egyptian medical official said gunmen in Bedouin attire drove up in two vehicles and opened…

Prominent Tunisian blogger arrested for drinking alcohol in public during Ramadan

Tunisian blogger Sofiane Shurabi, a scathing critic of deposed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was arrested on Sunday for drinking alcohol in public during Ramadan with two friends, police and a lawyer said. Lawyer Anis Ezzine told AFP that Shurabi and a journalist friend were arrested on the beach…

Rioting Zambian coal miners at Chinese-owned mine kill Chinese manager

Zambian coal miners killed a Chinese mine manager and injured his colleague in a riot over wages at a mine known for tensions with the Chinese investor in southern Zambia, state media reported. “Wu Shengzai, aged 50, has been killed by protesting workers after being hit by a trolley which…

Mali Islamist rebels alleged to recruit children as soldiers, sex slaves

BAMAKO — Hundreds of children have been forced into the ranks of armed groups in northern Mali, some serving as soldiers and others used as sex slaves, rights campaigners told reporters Sunday. “We have several hundred children aged between nine and 17 years old within the ranks of the armed…

Father of Saudi female Olympic athlete vows to act against insults

RIYADH — The father of the first ever Saudi female to compete at the Olympic Games has vowed to sue those who insulted his daughter for challenging strict traditions that prevented women from participating. The father of Wojdan Shaherkani, who stole the limelight at the London Olympics despite lasting only…

Vietnam’s first gay pride parade helps unite the LGBT community

The first gay pride parade in communist Vietnam took place in the capital Hanoi on Sunday with dozens of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through the city’s streets. Organised by the city’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the event went ahead peacefully with…

Afghan museum regains looted treasures

Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum’s contents were…

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