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Iran hangs man convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl

TEHRAN — Iran has hanged a man convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl in a village near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday. The report identified the murderer by his initials Q.K. and added that he had buried the…

Palestinians report dramatic rise in attacks by Jewish settlers

Attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian farmland and crops increased “dramatically” in June, a report released by the Palestinian Authority has shown. “Since the beginning of June, the settlers attacks escalated dramatically, especially against the land and the trees. In the first week of June, settlers burnt 350 trees Deir…

Civilians killed as Syria presses crackdown: activist

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Four civilians were shot dead by Syrian security forces on Saturday, as tanks entered a border village with Turkey and workers there scrambled to erect a tent city anticipating a new refugee exodus. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have…

Syrians pour into Turkey as tanks enter border zone

GUVECCI, Turkey (AFP) – Some 600 displaced Syrians poured into Turkey on Thursday after Syrian troops backed by tanks entered a border zone where thousands fleeing bloodshed had been camping in squalid conditions. The refugees broke through the barbed wire marking the frontier and advanced into Turkish territory on a…

Chernobyl still contaminates food in N. Ukraine: Greenpeace

KIEV — Radioactive fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster still affects food sold in village markets in rural areas of northern Ukraine, Greenpeace campaigners said on Tuesday. The environmental group published the findings of a small investigation into food purchased from village markets in two administrative regions, Zhytomyr and Rivne.…

Nebraska woman is mayor — and only resident — of her town

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - Elsie Eiler is the most admired person in Monowi, Neb. She is also the smartest, wealthiest, best-looking and youngest. “And the oldest,” she is quick to add. When you are the only resident of a community, every title fits. Eiler, 77, is the lone inhabitant of Monowi,…

Hundreds shot in Bahrain as emergency declared

MANAMA – At least 200 people were shot and wounded on Tuesday in a Shiite village south of the Bahraini capital, a medic said, and two people killed elsewhere, as the king imposed a state of emergency after bringing in foreign troops to help quell anti-regime protests. As violence escalated,…

US-Mexico border village chiefs held for gun running

LOS ANGELES – The mayor, police chief and a community trustee of a US border village were charged Thursday with gun trafficking to supply firearms to violent drug cartels in Mexico, officials said. In all 10 people were arrested in morning raids in Columbus, a small village just across the…

World’s largest pilgrimage underway as hajj begins

MINA, Saudi Arabia — The world’s largest annual pilgrimage, the hajj, began on Sunday with hundreds of thousands of Muslims pouring into the camp of Mina from Mecca to prepare for the solemn rituals. This year’s number of pilgrims is estimated at up to 2.5 million, posing a major headache…

DR.Congo tanker fire kills 200: Red Cross

KINSHASA (AFP) – At least 200 people died and dozens were injured when a tanker truck filled with oil exploded and set fire to a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Red Cross said Saturday. “So far, the accident has left 200 dead. It is a provisional toll.…

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