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Haitians begin voting in presidential run-off

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitians went to the polls on Sunday to choose between a popular singer and a former first lady as the quake-ravaged country’s next leader in an environment dominated by the return of ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Voting began throughout the country at 6:00 am (1000 GMT), as scheduled, an…

Libyan protesters occupy several cities, launch counter-attacks on police, military

Dictator rumored to have fled country for Venezuela, but details remain scarce CAIRO (AFP) – Protesters Monday overran several Libyan cities and regime stalwarts began defecting as the pillars of Moamer Kadhafi’s hardline rule were targeted in Tripoli amid reports he had fled the country. Cities including Benghazi in the…

Reacting to leak, Swiss officials accuse US of illegal spying operations

The government of Switzerland said Monday that it was investigating whether the United States had conducted illegal spying operations within its jurisdiction. The Swiss ministry said that US contacts asked for permission in 2007 to conduct an intelligence operation, but were denied “due to a lack of legal basis.” However,…

International Criminal Court charges Sudan’s president with genocide

The International Criminal Court added three genocide counts Monday to the charges against Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir in a move hailed as “a victory” by rebels. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that (Omar al-Beshir) acted with specific intent to destroy in part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawaethnic groups” in Darfur, said…

UN Secretary General to Israel: ‘End the blockade’

Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary-General, said Wednesday that Israel should end its blockade of Gaza and that the deaths of activists aboard an aid flotilla could have been avoided. “Had the Israeli government heeded to international calls and my own strong and urgent and persistent call to lift the blockade…

Israeli allies freeze military ties over deadly Gaza ship raid

ANKARA — Israel’s allies froze military ties and summoned its ambassadors Monday over the storming of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, as Muslim leaders slammed the deadly raid as “criminal” and “inhuman”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked” by the Israeli navy’s assault on a convoy…

UN chief calls for investigation of Gaza aid flotilla raid

KAMPALA — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday he was “shocked” by a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and demanded a full investigation. “I am shocked by reports of killings and injuries of people on boats carrying supplies for Gaza,” the UN chief said at a…

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