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Multiple blasts rock Mumbai in ‘terror strike’

Multiple blasts rocked India’s financial hub Mumbai on Wednesday evening, police said, in what the Home Ministry described as a “terror strike”. Police gave no details of any casualties, but news channels cited eyewitnesses as saying as many as 10 people might have been killed, in the first major incident…

British drone kills four Afghan civilians

LONDON — A British Royal Air Force drone killed four Afghan civilians and injured two more during an attack on a Taliban commander, the Ministry of Defence confirmed Wednesday. The defence department verified a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper which revealed that four civilians died when a Reaper drone being…

British soldier missing in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been reported missing in southern Afghanistan, with NATO launching a manhunt to find him. “The Ministry of Defense can confirm that a British serviceman is missing in Afghanistan. An extensive operation to locate him is under way,” the ministry said in a statement tonight. “The individual…

France providing weapons to Libya rebels: report

PARIS (Reuters) – France is providing weapons to Libyan rebels in the Western Mountains in an effort to help them push on to Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Wednesday. Citing unidentified sources, Le Figaro said France had parachuted “large amounts” of weapons,…

Russia air crash death toll rises to 46

MOSCOW (AFP) – The death toll from the air crash in northern Russia rose to 46 on Sunday after one of seven people who survived the disaster died of her injuries in hospital, officials said. The female victim, who was not named, died in hospital in Moscow overnight where she…

Illegal spread of GM rice alarms Chinese officials

Genetically modified rice has been spreading illegally for years in China, officials have admitted, triggering a debate on a sensitive aspect of the food security plan in the world’s most populous nation. Two strains of GM rice were approved for open-field experiments but not commercial sale in 2009. In January,…

Months before drawback, five American soldiers killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Five American soldiers were killed in central Iraq on Monday, the deadliest day for US troops there in more than two years, with just months to go before all US forces must withdraw from Iraq completely. The US military did not give details on how the soldiers…

China drought threatens more than 34 million people

BEIJING (AFP) – A debilitating drought along China’s Yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said Saturday. More than 4.23 million people are having difficulty finding adequate drinking supplies, while more than five million…

Czechs deny using penis tests for gay asylum seekers

The Czech Republic is no longer using penis blood pressure tests to determine if asylum seekers are gay, the Czech Interior Ministry said Wednesday. The EU’s leading human rights agency first criticized the Czech government last year for using “phallometric tests.” The test gauges the subject’s level of sexual arousal…

U.S., Mexican officials to discuss drug war escalation

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Senior US and Mexican officials will meet on Friday to discuss joint efforts to halt the increasingly brutal cross-border drug trade, according to Mexico’s foreign ministry. The Mexican delegation will be lead by Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa, an official told AFP late Monday. RELATED: Pot-bashing Republican…

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