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  • Female war prisoners should be sex slaves for men: Politician
    London, June 9 (Agencies): A woman politician from Kuwait has sparked anger and disbelief by calling for legalization of sex slaves, saying it would protect men from adultery, and suggesting that female prisoners from war-torn countries should be purchased for the same, as it would be a "better life" for them, and they would not die of starvation.Salwa al Mutairi, who once ran for parliament, argued buying a sex slave would protect decent, devout and "virile" Kuwait
  • ‘UK varsities breeding ground for terrorism’
    London, June 7 (Agencies): British Home Secretary Theresa May has criticised universities for their alleged “complacency” in tackling radicalisation and Islamic extremism on campus. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Theresa May said: “I think for too long there's been complacency around universities. I don't think they have been sufficiently willing to recognise what can be happening on their campuses and the radicalisation that can take place. I think there i
  • Battles rage in al Qaeda-held Yemen town, 25 dead
    SANAA/ADEN, June 7 (Reuters): Fighting flared on Tuesday in a southern Yemen city seized by Islamist militants, killing at least 25 people, a local official said, after Washington urged President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power peacefully. Saleh left for Saudi Arabia at the weekend for surgery on wounds suffered in an attack on his palace in Sanaa -- an absence that could be an opportunity to ease him out of office after nearly 33 years ruling the impoverished Arab nation.Global
  • New Zealand mourns death of Shrek the famously shaggy sheep
    Wellington, June 7 (AP): New Zealanders were mourning the loss of the country’s most famous sheep on Tuesday, a shaggy national icon named Shrek who was renowned for avoiding being shorn for years.Shrek captured the public’s imagination in 2004 after he evaded the annual shearing roundups for the previous seven years by hiding in caves on his farm on the South Island. When finally found, he was clad in an astonishing 60 pounds (27 kilogrammes) of wool. That’s about fi
  • Russian envoy meets Libya rebels, Tripoli bombed
    Benghazi, June 7 (AFP): President Dmitry Medvedev's envoy Mikhail Marglov was Tuesday meeting with Libyan rebel leaders in the first trip by a top Russian official to their stronghold, as NATO warplanes pounded the capital Tripoli."We have come to Benghazi to facilitate dialogue between the two camps," Marglov told reporters on touching down at Benghazi's airport. "Russia is in a unique position because it already has an ambassador in Tripoli and now we are meeting with
  • UN could split Afghan Taliban, al-Qaida black list
    KABUL, June 7 (AP): The United Nations said Tuesday it is considering creating separate terrorism blacklists for al-Qaida and the Taliban, a political gesture that could spur possible Afghan peace talks.Peter Wittig, permanent representative of Germany to the United Nations and chairman of the U.N. committee overseeing the sanctions, said the panel will decide in about two weeks whether to divide the list. The U.S. and Afghan governments have said that they are willing to reconcile wit
  • Attack kills 120 Syrian forces; crackdown feared
    Beirut, June 7 (AP): Armed men have killed 120 Syrian security forces and torched government buildings in a northern region where troops have unleashed deadly assaults on protesters for days, Syria said. The government vowed to respond “decisively,” hinting at an even more brutal crackdown by a regime known for ruthlessly crushing dissent. If confirmed, Monday’s attack in the north would be a turning point in what so far has largely been a peaceful uprising threatenin
  • McCain warns Myanmar risks Arab-style uprising
    YANGON, June 3 (AFP): US Senator John McCain warned that Myanmar could face a Middle East-style revolution if the new army-backed government fails to implement democratic reform and improve human rights. "The winds of change are now blowing, and they will not be confined to the Arab world," the senior Republican told reporters on Friday, at the end of a three-day visit to the military-dominated nation. "Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face
  • Surviving the killing fields in Bosnia
    In this photo taken Thursday, June 2, 2011, Bosnian Muslim Mevludin Oric says a prayer in front of the grave of his brother Sejdalija Oric at the Potocari memorial center near Srebrenica. Oric, a Bosnian Muslim soldier captured by Serbs as he fled through the woods, is one of four men known to have survived the Srebrenica massacre. Oric lay for nine hours in the Srebrenica killing field where Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic’s troops executed 8,000 Muslim men and boys in July
  • China drought raises questions about climate change
    LAKE HONGHU, June 3 (Reuters): China's drought along its biggest river, the Yangtze, is for some scientists a demonstration of how global warming could increasingly disrupt the complex dance of air flows, rains and waterways that feeds dams and farming heartlands. Many older farmers around Lake Honghu, part of the drought-stricken Yangtze River basin, said summers and winters had seemed warmer in the past decade, and some said overall rainfall had shrunk, although impressions varied.Fe
  • Assisted suicide advocate Kevorkian dies at age 83
    DETROIT, June 3 (AP): Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who captured the world's attention as he helped dozens of ailing people commit suicide, igniting intense debate and ending up in prison for murder, has died in a Detroit area hospital after a short illness. He was 83. Kevorkian, who said he helped some 130 people end their lives from 1990 to 1999, died about 2:30 a.m. at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, close friend and prominent attorney Mayer Morganroth said. He had
  • ‘5 killed, 1 wounded in Arizona shooting spree’
    YUMA, Arizona, June 3 (AP): A 73-year-old man’s shooting rampage in towns near the Arizona border left six people dead Thursday, including the suspect and the attorney who represented his ex-wife in their divorce. Police said Carey Hal Dyess also wounded one person in the shootings around Yuma, a city of about 91,000, before he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound nearly six hours after the first shots were fired.The lawyer was killed while packing up his of
  • Syrian govt troops pound central town; at least 43 die
    Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad demonstrate outside a hotel where the opponents of the Syrian regime gathered on Turkey’s Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, for a conference aimed at overcoming their differences and bolstering protesters who have endured a bloody crackdown under Assad, on Thursday, June 2. The meeting has drawn Syrian exiles living in the West and the Middle East who do not have a significant following inside the country, as well as some activists
  • US senator McCain meets Suu Kyi
    YANGON, June 2 (AFP): US Senator John McCain pledged to support efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar in talks Thursday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to assess the new political landscape. The senior Republican's visit comes as President Barack Obama, who beat McCain in the 2008 White House race, pursues greater engagement with the nation, whose junta recently handed power to a nominally civilian government."Mr. McCain said they (the US) will always help a
  • ‘Pak won’t take dictation from anyone on Waziristan ops’
    Islamabad, June 2 (Agencies): Pakistan government will “think whether there is any need” for a military operation in North Waziristan and not take dictation from anyone on launching a campaign against militants in the tribal region, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. The government will take action wherever and whenever its writ is challenged, Gilani said last night during an appearance on “Prime Minister Online”, a monthly TV show in which the Premier
  • Japanese PM survives no-confidence motion
    Tokyo, June 2 (AP): Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no—confidence motion on Thursday over his response to Japan’s massive tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis, but said he is willing to resign once the country’s recovery takes hold. Mr. Kan won by a margin of 293—152 in the 480—seat lower house. The remaining members were absent or abstained from the vote.Before the session, Mr. Kan urged lawmakers to let him stay on and push ahead with measures to bring
  • Clinton calls on Pakistan to do more against militants
    ISLAMABAD, May 27 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that Pakistan needed to take decisive steps against Islamist militancy and that relations between the two allies, tense since the killing of Osama bin Laden, had reached a turning point.Clinton, the most senior U.S. official to visit Pakistan since U.S. Navy SEALS killed the al Qaeda leader this month, appeared to be trying to smooth over strains, repeating that there was no evidence that any senior Pak
  • West will end Libyan conflict: Barack Obama
    TRIPOLI, May 27 (AFP): The United States and France are united in their resolve to finish the job in Libya, US President Barack Obama said on Friday, after Tripoli offered a truce but not Muammar Khadhafi's departure.Two international rights groups, meanwhile, said on Friday Gaddafi's forces are indiscriminately attacking towns in the Nafusa mountains of western Libya, sending residents fleeing, with some being forced to live in caves. "We are joined in our resolve to finish the j
  • Eight US soldiers killed in Afghan blasts
    KABUL, May 27 (AFP): Eight soldiers killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan were Americans, the Pentagon confirmed, in one of the worst single incidents in recent months. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said the soldiers were killed by two successive blasts on Thursday in the same location in Shorabak district in Kandahar province.Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, and fighting there in the coming months is likely to prove a key test of foreign forces' ability to hold
  • Yemen on brink of civil war as fighting worsens
    SANAA, May 27 (Reuters): Yemeni tribesmen said they wrested a military compound from elite troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside the capital Sanaa on Friday as increased fighting threatened to tip the country into civil war.Tribal leader Sheikh Hamid Asim told Reuters his fighters killed the base's military commander and a separate tribal source said the Yemeni air force dropped bombs to prevent the tribesmen from seizing an arms cache at the site. Further bombing sortie