Afghanistan braces for fourth day of Koran protests
KABUL – Afghan riot police and soldiers were on guard across Kabul and other cities in a bid to stop a fourth day of violent protests, with authorities worried about incendiary Friday (24/02/2012) mosque sermons over the burning of Korans at a NATO base.
Syrian forces committing crimes on orders from top – UN
GENEVA – Syrian forces have shot dead unarmed women and children, shelled residential areas and tortured wounded protesters in hospital under orders from the “highest level” of army and government officials, the United Nations said on Thursday (23/02/2012).
Swedish crown princess gives birth to girl
STOCKHOLM – Sweden’s heir to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria, gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday (23/02/2012), which could help restore the monarchy’s battered popularity.
KT reviewing network fees on Youtube, Internet TVs
SEOUL – South Korea’s top Internet provider, KT Corp plans to charge data-heavy content providers such as Google’s Youtube and Internet-enabled TV service operators to subsidise costly network upgrades, a KT executive said on Thursday (23/02/2012).
Australian PM Gillard calls for leadership vote
CANBERRA – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has dared her political rival, former foreign minister Kevin Rudd, to challenge her in a leadership vote next week, hoping to end infighting that threatens to sink the minority government and its reform agenda.
Taliban urge Afghans to kill “invaders” amid new Korean burning protests
KABUL – The Taliban urged Afghans on Thursday (23/02/2012) to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Koran at NATO’s main base in the country as a third day of violent protests began.
Australian foreign minister quits in leadership crisis
CANBERRA – Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd resigned his ministry on Wednesday (22/02/2012), saying he could no longer work with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, stoking speculation he would mount a leadership challenge and plunging the government into a new crisis.
Cutbacks can’t stop carnival in Portugal
LISBON – The Portuguese have mostly quietly accepted reforms in the labour market, soaring unemployment and cuts to welfare to rein in their debt mountain – but calls to cancel the centuries-old tradition of carnival went a step too far.
Strauss-Kahn held by police in French prostitution probe
LILLE, France – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken in for questioning on Tuesday (21/02/2012) by police investigating an alleged prostitution ring run out of the northern French city of Lille.
Laws leave cruise-ship victims at sea
When Walter Henry Alderfer learned last month about the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy, it brought back bad memories.
Photos find slow way home in tsunami-hit Japan
OFUNATO, Japan – In a large, bright room not far from the ocean that raged through this coastal Japanese city nearly a year ago, a handful of people with magnifying glasses pore over boxes of photographs of friends or loved ones.
Europe seals new Greek debt bailout
BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers sealed a 130-billion-euro (R1.3 trillion) bailout for Greece on Tuesday (21/02/2012) to avert a chaotic default in March after persuading private bondholders to take greater losses and Athens to commit to deep cuts.
D-day for 2nd Greek bailout
BRUSSELS – Euro zone finance ministers are expected to approve a second bailout for Greece on Monday (20/02/2012) to try to draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, although there is work to be done to make the figures add up.
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