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Bowing to U.S. pressure, Spain and Malaysia dropped from copyright blacklist

After bowing to pressure from the U.S., Spain and Malaysia have been dropped from a high-profile copyright violations watchlist that officials use to pressure countries into changing their laws to align with U.S. intellectual property safeguards. And from the looks of 2012′s list, Canada and Israel are up next. “This…

Bike washed up in Canada maybe from Japan tsunami

A motorcycle that washed ashore on Canada’s west coast may have drifted across the Pacific after being carried out to sea by last year’s devastating Japanese tsunami, Canada’s CBC television reported. The Harley-Davidson, with Japanese plates from one of the hardest hit areas, was found on April 18 by beachcomber Peter Mark in acargo container on the Haida Gwaii islands…

Afghan protesters accuse NATO of killing 4 children

Hundreds of Afghan demonstrators on Tuesday accused US-ledNATO troops of killing four children during clashes with insurgentsin a southern Afghan town, officials and witnesses said. The protesters, who were carrying the bodies of four children aged eight to 12, blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway and chanted anti-US slogans, they said. A spokesman for NATO’s International Security…

Bin Laden complained of Al-Qaeda ‘disaster’

Osama bin Laden bemoaned “disaster after disaster” inflicted by the US onslaught on Al-Qaeda before he was killed and even mulled changing his terror group’s name, a top US official said Monday. On the eve of the anniversary of bin Laden’s death, President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism aide John Brennan argued that a US drone campaign had…

Dutch roll out ‘cannabis card’ to stop pot tourists

Keen to stub out an era of dope tourism, the Netherlands on Tuesday starts restricting cannabis sales in the country’s south to residents only, despite opposition from pro-pot lobby groups. Famous for decades for its laid-back attitude to marijuana, the Netherlands will now require so-called coffee shops in some regions to only sell to…

Clinton heads to China as dissident case looms

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to China as US officials raced to find a solution to a sensitive row over a top dissident reportedly holed up at the US embassy in Beijing. Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had long planned to go to Beijing for…

Philippines appeals for U.S. help in building armed forces

WASHINGTON — The Philippines, lamenting the poor state of its armed forces, appealed Monday for US and international help in building a “minimum credible defense” amid an escalating territorial dispute with China. Philippines Foreign Secretary Alberto del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin called for assistance in boosting their country’s…

Chavez returning to Cuba for more cancer treatment

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday he would soon return to Cuba for another round of radiation treatment in his ongoing battle with cancer, which resurfaced earlier this year. “I will return in the next few hours to Havana,” he said in a message broadcast on radio…

Radical Egypt group to back moderate Islamist candidate

CAIRO — The radical Egyptian Islamist group Gamaa Islamiyya, implicated in acts including the assassination of ex-president Anwar Sadat, on Monday threw its support behind a moderate Islamist in next month’s presidential election. “The general assembly (of Gamaa Islamiyya) voted in favour of supporting” Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, the spiritual…

Osama bin Laden complained of al Qaeda ‘disaster’

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden bemoaned “disaster after disaster” inflicted by US drone strikes on Al-Qaeda before he was killed and even mulled changing his terror group’s name, a top US official said Monday. President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan said Al-Qaeda was losing “badly” under a huge…

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