Grenade attack at Kenyan church kills one, wounds 16

  • NAIROBI: A gunman detonated a grenade in a Nairobi church on Sunday, killing one worshipper and wounding 16 in the latest in a series of attacks in Kenya since it sent troops into Somalia to crush Islamist militants blamed for cross-border raids....
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Tuareg uprising in Mali threatens neighbor Niger

  • TCHINTABARADEN, Niger: In the weeks since a sudden Tuareg revolt split Mali in two, officials in neighboring Niger have been desperate to stop the Sahara uprising from spreading across their border....
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UK brands Argentine Olympic advert a “stunt“

  • LONDON: British Foreign Secretary William Hague has branded as a stunt an Olympic TV advert by Argentina featuring a hockey player training on the disputed Falkland Islands, described in the broadcast as “Argentine soil.”...
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Socialist Hollande ousts Sarkozy as French leader

  • PARIS: Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France’s presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity....
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Mortars land on homes in Somali capital, kill 7

  • MOGADISHU, Somalia: Mortar shells likely fired by insurgents crashed into civilian homes overnight in Somalia’s capital, killing seven people, including four children, witnesses said Tuesday.A father, mother and their two children died in one home, and a mother and her 8-year-old child died in a...
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Putin promises a strong Russia on world stage

  • MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin, speaking in Moscow’s Red Square with military generals at his side, said he would promote Russia’s might on the world stage in a patriotic speech on Wednesday glorifying the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two.Two days after being sworn in for a six-year...
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Greek leftist vows to reject loan terms

  • ATHENS: The head of Greece’s radical left-wing Syriza party said yesterday his cabinet will reject all austerity measures imposed under an EU-IMF loan deal, if he manages to form a new government.“The public verdict has clearly nullified the loan agreement and (pledges) sent to Europe and the IMF...
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Ex-Murdoch editor charged over UK phone-hacking row

  • LONDON: Rebekah Brooks, a close confidante of Rupert Murdoch, was charged yesterday with interfering with a police investigation into a phone hacking scandal that has rocked the tycoon’s media empire and sent shockwaves through the British political establishment.Brooks, 43, was charged with...
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China protests over Dalai Lama meeting with British PM

  • BEIJING: China’s Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao summoned the British ambassador in Beijing yesterday to protest British Prime Minister David Cameron’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying the meeting “seriously interfered” with China’s internal affairs.The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who is...
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Italy police seize more Qaddafi family assets

  • MILAN: Italy’s financial police have seized a further 20 million euros’ worth of properties belonging to the family of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, bringing the total value of confiscated Libyan assets in Italy to over 1.3 billion euros ($1.6 billion).Italy started seizing assets that it...
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