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  • Israel Storms West Bank Protest Camp

    February 7, 2014 3:50 PM 11

    Hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed a camp of protesters in the occupied West Bank Friday, beating demonstrators before evicting them, the activists said. The troops raided the village near Jericho, which activists claim to have “re-occupied” a week ago, using stun grenades and flares, according to leading Palestinian activist and politician Mustapha

  • Cambodia recovers stolen Buddhist relics

    February 7, 2014 9:04 AM 20

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian police have recovered a precious golden urn stolen last year that contains what are considered to be remnants of Buddha's body, an official said Friday. The urn was taken from a mountain shrine 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside the capital in mid-December. National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith said it was recovered

  • China's Xi visits Russia, says Sochi Games to be splendid

    February 7, 2014 8:26 AM 20

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's President Xi Jinping said Russia's Winter Olympics would be splendid, state media reported, a show of support during a meeting with his Russian counterpart before Friday's official opening of the Games in Sochi. Xi met with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Thursday, a visit that coincides with a trip by Prime Minister

  • Obama picks gay athletes for Sochi opening ceremony

    February 7, 2014 7:40 AM 21

    President Barack Obama says he included openly gay athletes in the US Olympic delegation to show the United States would not abide discrimination in sport or anywhere else. His comments, in an interview with NBC on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics, came after a senior Russian official warned athletes or spectators should not promote gay rights during

  • Female student dies after male paramedics barred from entering women’s-only campus

    February 6, 2014 8:27 PM 30

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Thousands of Saudis vented their anger online over a report Thursday that staff at a Riyadh university had barred male paramedics from entering a women’s-only campus to assist a student who had suffered a heart attack and later died. The Okaz newspaper said administrators at the King Saud University impeded efforts by the paramedics

  • Ukraine crisis: Putin adviser accuses US of meddling

    February 6, 2014 7:28 PM 26

    A senior adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of meddling in Ukraine, in breach of a 1994 agreement over non-intervention. Sergei Glazyev said the US was spending $20m (£12.3m; 14.8m euros) a week on Ukrainian opposition groups, supplying "rebels" with arms among other things. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is due to meet Mr Putin

  • Florida man shot dead after attack on teen’s face, drugs suspected 

    February 6, 2014 5:59 PM 33

    Anesson Joseph, 28, was described as naked and possessing ‘super strength’ when he started attacking people in Tuesday night in Delray Beach. Deputies in Florida shot dead a naked psycho high on drugs after he bit a teen's face off in a random street attack. Anesson Joseph, 28 — described by witnesses as having "super strength" and "obviously on something"

  • 7 arrested in gang rape case in India

    February 6, 2014 5:57 PM 33

    Police officer Sanjay Singh says the seven suspects were detained Wednesday within hours of the crime on Tuesday night in Mukti Rachak, a village 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Kolkata. The man’s 28-year-old wife and 40-year-old aunt were also cut by blades, and were in stable condition a local hospital, Singh said Thursday. Last month, police said a West Bengal

  • Avoid kids in Sochi

    February 6, 2014 5:40 PM 19

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia's deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin's view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to "leave the kids alone." Dmitry Kozak told a news conference Thursday that Russian organizers will not discriminate against visitors or athletes because of their sexuality, but he backed the government's support for the so-called

  • Gay rights protest in Dublin ahead of Sochi winter games

    February 6, 2014 4:10 PM 20

    ‘Most of us (LGBTQ) are very afraid to come out in Russia, it’s very difficult’ Gay rights activists braved the harsh weather to protest outside the Russian embassy in Dublin yesterday, ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi this Friday. The group joined a host of about 20 planned protests around the world against the Russian government’s