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UN urges ‘permanent’ Thai-Cambodia ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council called Monday for a “permanent ceasefire” between Thailand and Cambodia after a border dispute erupted into deadly clashes last week around a Hindu temple. Council president Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil made the call after a closed door session with the foreign…

Russia expels British journalist after criticism

LONDON — A British journalist from the Guardian newspaper has been expelled from Russia after reporting claims in US diplomatic cables that the country had become a “mafia state”, the paper said Monday. Luke Harding, the daily’s Moscow correspondent, flew back to the Russian capital at the weekend after two…

High-ranking members of US military part of ‘Knights of Malta,’ ‘Opus Dei,’ reporter claims

Veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has broken some massive stories in his day, but uncovering secret societies within the highest echelons of America’s military would probably be the biggest of his career. Well, get ready for the media storm, because that’s essentially what Hersh told an audience in Doha, Qatar…

Israel arrests British consulate staff

Israeli authorities have arrested two locally hired workers at the British consulate general in Jerusalem who were reportedly linked to a plot to attack a stadium, the Foreign Office in London said. “I can confirm that two members of the local staff at the consulate general in Jerusalem have been…

Rome on alert after embassy bomb blasts

ROME (AFP) – Rome was on high alert on Christmas Eve after parcel bomb blasts left two staffers at the Chilean and Swiss embassies in the Italian capital badly injured in an attack claimed by anarchists. Embassies, ministry buildings, post offices and the parliament were under tighter security after the…

S. Korea delays live fire drill after threat from North

Military maneuvers planned by South Korean troops will be delayed because of bad weather on a border island shelled by North Korea last month, as Russia and China expressed concerns over rising tensions on the divided peninsula. The North warned Friday that it would strike even harder than before if…

Australia vows to back Assange

SYDNEY — Australian diplomats will support detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd vowed Wednesday, even after Assange accused Canberra of “disgraceful pandering” to his foes. Australia’s consul-general to Britain has already spoken to Assange, arrested in London Tuesday on a warrant seeking his extradition to Sweden on…

US stored banned cluster bombs on UK soil, leaked cable reveals

The UK was silent about a loophole that allowed the US to store banned cluster bombs on its soil, according to a leaked secret diplomatic cable. The diplomatic message dated May 2009 and released by WikiLeaks reveals the two powers agreed to keep the deal quiet to avoid “complicating” a…

China ‘scared to death’ of Pelosi: leaked cable

China was “scared to death” over a visit by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is outspoken on human rights, and rejected her request to visit to Tibet, according to files leaked Monday. A top diplomat at the US embassy in Beijing said he asked China to consider letting Pelosi go…

US allies, Iran savage WikiLeaks for secrets release

Friend and foe alike of the United States heaped scorn Monday on WikiLeaks’ mass release of secret US diplomatic cables, saying the revelations undermined global diplomacy and made the world less secure. “This will weaken diplomacy around the world. It will weaken diplomacy in general, but first and foremost American…

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