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Turkey's parliament may reconvene early from its summer recess to pass laws expanding Kurdish rights, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today.
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

Women hurt in acid attack

Two women volunteer teachers had acid thrown in their faces in Zanzibar on Wednesday.
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

'Resign,' huge crowds tell Islamist rulers

Tens of thousands of Tunisians poured onto the streets of the capital Tunis on Tuesday to demand the Islamist government's resignation.
Egypt's interim government declared today that reconciliation talks with the Muslim Brotherhood had failed and placed the blame squarely at the Islamists' doorstep.
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Milk scam sours after crackdown

China fined six international milk suppliers a total of £71 million today for price-fixing in the country's dairy market.
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

UN veto powers blasted

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez took aim at the veto power of the UN security council's five permanent members on Tuesday - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France.
Switzerland's biggest bank UBS has agreed to pay about $50 million (£32m) to settle US federal charges of misleading investors in its sale of risky mortgage bonds prior to the 2008 financial crisis.
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Permit crisis cuts UN aid

United Nations refugee workers warned on Tuesday that Sudan's failure to renew work permits for 20 out of 37 UN refugee agency staffers has forced cutbacks in services to displaced people in Darfur.
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Proposed amnesty law sparks protests

Thailand's parliament debated a political amnesty bill today as thousands of anti-government protesters marched outside the building to try to get it scrapped.
Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

Manning possible jail time cut

Whistleblower Bradley Manning's possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 by a military judge on Tuesday.
by Ben Chacko Three men were jailed for life in Hungary today for six racist murders they committed between July 2008 and August '09.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Embassy workers leave Yemen

Britain and the United States withdrew all "non-essential" embassy personnel from Yemen today and urged their citizens to leave the country.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Wealthy Amazon boss Bezos buys Washington Post

by Ben Chacko Billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has bought the Washington Post, raising fears today for the future of the US newspaper.
South American ministers met UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon on Monday night to raise their concerns about US spying.
Lawyers and progressives expressed disappointment today after a nine-year investigation into how late dictator General Augusto Pinochet illegally enriched himself ended with no charges being brought against his family.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Fort Hood shooting trial starts

The trial of United States army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan for a shooting spree at the Fort Hood military base began today.
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Supporters of ousted Morsi rally in Cairo

Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi marched through Cairo today demanding he be returned to power.
Britain and France kept their embassies in Yemen closed today after the United States warned of a possible attack.
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Coup plot military chief jailed for life

A Turkish court convicted the country's former military chief today of trying to overthrow the government and sentenced him to life in prison.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo warned today that Gibraltar's "party is over."
Radioactive groundwater at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has almost certainly risen above an underground barrier meant to contain it, regulators said today.
Morocco's king rescinded his pardon of a Spanish paedophile on Sunday evening after a series of protests.
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 00:00

Dairy chief 'sorry' for baby botulism scare

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra apologised today for a botulism scare that led China and Russia to ban some of its products.
by Our Foreign Desk Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani took the oath before parliament today.
by Our Foreign Desk Germany's Left Party leader Gregor Gysi urged the Social Democrats today to rethink their ban on a left-wing alliance.
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

US brings in new rail safety rules

by Our Foreign Desk Railway regulators in the United States have issued a series of measures to prevent trains on main-line tracks or sidings from moving unintentionally, in response to the deadly Lac-Megantic disaster.
by Our Foreign Desk Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party won landslide victories in Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary elections, the state election commission said on Saturday.
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

Ma mobbed at funeral for abused conscript

Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou was mobbed by hundreds of angry mourners today at the funeral service for a young conscript who died after being abused by his officers.
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

Northerners stage Ramadan protest

More than 300 people in a largely secular northern part of Algeria joined a public lunch during Ramadan on Saturday to protest against the persecution of people who refuse to observe the Muslim religious fast.
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

Mixed signals from Israel on eve of talks

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said today that 26 prisoners held by Israel will be freed on August 13.
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