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US tech sanctions hurt democracy activists

Broad US sanctions aimed at keeping certain technologies out of the hands of repressive regimes can often backfire by hurting democracy movements, a think tank report said Thursday. The New America Foundation study said US sanctions policies "remain…
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Swiss expert insists Arafat poisoning likely despite France finding

A French report ruling out poisoning in Yasser Arafat's 2004 death has a glaring inconsistency, the co-author of a Swiss probe said Thursday, sticking by his team's conclusion that the Palestinian leader was likely killed. "Our data lean more towards…
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Sevilla president handed seven-year jail term

Jose Maria del Nido, president of Sevilla football club, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for embezzlement and breaching the course of justice, the club said on Thursday. A lawyer by trade, Del Nido was accused of charging the local authority…
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Pope sets up Vatican committee against child sex abuse

Pope Francis on Thursday formed a committee to fight child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in a landmark initiative after thousands of abuses and cover-ups, but campaigners said the new body would be "toothless". While the composition and precise tasks…
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Jihadists execute Iraqi cameraman in rebel-held Syria

Fighters linked to Al-Qaeda executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman as he was leaving Syria after a 10-day assignment in rebel-held territory, watchdogs said on Thursday. Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili was shot dead after being stopped at a checkpoint in mainly…

Canada Condemns Violence Against Christian and Muslim Communities in the Central African Republic

OTTAWA, Canada, December 5, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Following ongoing reports of violence in the Central African Republic, including a United Nations report...
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Hezbollah blames Israel for killing top leader

Hezbollah on Wednesday blamed Israel for murdering one of its top leaders near Beirut at a time of soaring tensions in Lebanon linked to the war in neighbouring Syria. The dead man, identified as Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss, was the group's most senior figure…
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Pope Francis calls for prayers for Syria nuns

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayers for a group of nuns seized from their convent in Syria and for all hostages held in the war-torn country. "I invite you all to pray for the nuns of the Greek Orthodox convent of St Takla of Maalula in Syria…
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Arafat widow says convinced his death not natural

The widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said on Wednesday she was still convinced he was poisoned, after French experts ruled out the theory that he had been assassinated. "I'm still completely convinced that the martyr Arafat did not die…
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With $65 bn in debt, is Puerto Rico America’s Greece?

Laden with debt, its economy in recession -- is the US territory of Puerto Rico poised to become another Greece? The Caribbean island of 3.7 million has sent shivers through investors holding its $65 billion in bonds and through the administration of…