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Spain falls back into recession

Spain has tipped back into recession, official data showed Monday, grim news for a cash-strapped economy hobbled by rising debt, soaring unemployment and deeply troubled banks. Spain’s gross domestic product shrank by 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, equalling the slump in the final quarter of 2011, according to preliminary data from…

Rebel chief Kony ‘in Sudan-S.Sudan border areas’

Fugitive rebel warlord Joseph Kony is operating in volatile border areas between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the Central African Republic, Uganda’s army chief said Monday. Kony, originally from Uganda, is based in remote regions between CAR, South Sudan’s Western Bahr el-Ghazal state, and Sudan’sSouth Darfur state, said Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda’s chief of defence forces. “The last…

Spain scraps health benefits for undocumented immigrants

Spain takes pride in its universal health care but Europe’s debt crisis has spurred tough budget cuts that will bring sometimes life-saving treatment for illegal immigrants to an abrupt end. Carmen Maria, a 33-year-old woman from Nicaragua who arrived in the country in 2010, has no legal ID in Spain but has benefitted from free…

Israel arrests Gaza fishermen for being over three miles offshore

The Israeli navy on Sunday stopped a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza coast and arrested those on board, sources on both sides said. “A Palestinian fishing boat was found outside the limits of Gaza’s fishing zone and the navy took it to (the southern Israeli port of) Ashdod where…

Thai web editor faces 20 year sentence for ‘royal insults’ posted by others

A Thai web editor facing decades behind bars over remarks about the monarchy posted by other people on her website said she still hopes to be acquitted ahead of a closely-watched verdict this week. A Bangkok court is set to decide Monday on charges against Chiranuch Premchaiporn that could carry…

Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade aims to raise diversity awareness

Some 2,500 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday, vowing to transform a low-profile campaign for the rights of sexual minorities into a major movement in Japan. The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as well as their supporters and sex…

Student protests force Quebec’s Liberal Party convention out of Montreal

MONTREAL — The Liberal Party of Quebec Premier Jean Charest, faced with a student protest movement that has turned violent, said Sunday it was relocating its annual convention to a city outside Montreal. The party, which has been in power for nine years in the French-speaking Canadian province that is…

Man detained after trying to pay for taxi ride with pot

BERLIN — German police detained a man after he tried to pay for a taxi ride with cannabis because he was not carrying any cash, police said Sunday. Officers in the southern city of Munich accompanied the 30-year-old home on Friday after the taxi driver reported him to the police,…

Priest takes leave of absence for accidentally showing gay porn

Martin McVeigh, the Northern Irish priest who accidentally displayed pictures of pornography on his memory stick to a group of parents, has taken a sabbatical from priesthood. According to CNN, McVeigh asked his parish for a leave of absence after last month’s incident in Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. McVeigh…

Taiwan to step up checks on U.S. beef after mad cow case

TAIPEI — Taiwan plans to step up checks of US plants that process beef exported to the island, the government said Sunday, following the discovery of a new mad cow disease case in the United States. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week reported the country’s fourth-ever case of…

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