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  • I’m not homophobic, says Putin... I like Elton John

    January 20, 2014 7:03 PM 59

    SOCHI — Vladimir Putin insisted Sunday that he is “on friendly terms” with gay acquaintances and that millions of Russians love pop icon Elton John “despite his orientation”, as he sought to defuse calls from gay rights activists to boycott the Winter Olympics. In an interview with foreign journalists less than three weeks before the opening of the Winter

  • NATO service member killed in attack on coalition base in south Afghanistan

    January 20, 2014 1:00 PM 42

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - An assault by suicide bombers and gunmen against a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Monday killed one service member, the coalition said. All nine insurgents were killed during the attack on a coalition base in southern Kandahar's Zhari district, an Afghan official and NATO said. The group wore coalition uniforms and two civilian

  • 30 sentenced to death in drug trial

    January 20, 2014 8:35 AM 43

    State media reported that the 21 men and nine women were convicted of being part of a ring that smuggled nearly 2 tons of heroin from Laos into Vietnam and then on to China. The trial lasted 20 days and was held in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Vietnam has tough drug laws and possessing or trafficking 21.16oz (600g) of heroin can result in a death

  • Police: Mom charged in kids' death feared devil

    January 20, 2014 1:49 AM 48

    GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman charged with killing two of her children has told investigators that she thought an exorcism was necessary to remove the presence of the devil and evil spirits, a police captain said Sunday. Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, of Germantown, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of the children, ages 1 and 2. Montgomery

  • Afghan president once again demands end to U.S. airstrikes

    January 19, 2014 7:00 PM 40

    KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's president demanded Sunday that the United States no longer carry out military operations or airstrikes and must jump-start peace talks with the Taliban before his country signs a security deal to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014. President Hamid Karzai's deepening anti-American rhetoric comes as the Taliban

  • Jerusalem panel urges pressing Israel over settlements

    January 19, 2014 6:13 PM 51

    Muslim nations urged the international community Saturday to put pressure on Israel to stop building Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, at the end of talks in Morocco. MARRAKECH: Muslim nations urged the international community Saturday to put pressure on Israel to stop building Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, at the end of talks

  • Kabul restaurant attack: 'Foreign spies' to blame

    January 19, 2014 3:57 PM 40

    Afghanistan's National Security Council has accused "foreign intelligence services" of being behind Friday's deadly attack on a Kabul restaurant. It said such "sophisticated and complex" attacks could not have been carried out by "ordinary Taliban". The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide assault in central Kabul which killed 21 people

  • Egypt unrest: Fourth trial called for Mohammed Morsi

    January 19, 2014 3:46 PM 38

    The ousted president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, faces a fourth trial, on charges of insulting the judiciary. The Islamist leader and 24 other politicians, media personalities, activists and lawyers will be tried on the new charges, judicial sources said. Mr Morsi was removed from power in July and his Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist organisation

  • PM: Hamas should be wary of Israel's policy of responding forcefully to every rocket fired

    January 19, 2014 1:20 PM 43

    At cabinet meeting Netanyahu slams European countries for one-sided policies, contrasts that with visiting Canadian PM Harper. Israel will maintain the quiet in the South by forcefully responding to every rocket attack coming from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet at its weekly meeting Sunday. "We are determined to preserve

  • Pakistan troops killed in bomb blast

    January 19, 2014 5:52 AM 37

    At least 16 soldiers have been killed when a bomb blast hit an army convoy in north-western Pakistan, officials say. They say a number of people were injured near the town of Bannu, and there are fears that the death toll will rise further. Although no group has for far claimed responsibility for the explosion, the Pakistani Taliban has recently vowed