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PARIS: French police were on alert Sunday ahead of a mass protest in Paris against a new gay marriage law, with hardline activists expected to mingle among 200,000 demonstrators. Trouble started late Saturday when 50 opponents of gay marriage were arrested in central Paris, according to police. President Francois Hollande…

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AL-SHUNAH, JORDAN: Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is “still possible,” Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said on Saturday. In a speech to the World Economic Forum in the town of Al-Shunah on the banks of the Dead Sea in Jordan, Abbas called on Israel to “end the occupation of our lands,”…

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BAGHDAD: A roadside bomb attack on an Iraqi Army convoy and a car bomb targeting Iranian pilgrims killed 10 people and wounded 19 on Saturday, security officers and doctors said. That attack followed another car bomb against pilgrims traveling the same route on Monday that killed eight people and wounded…

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OPLENAC, SERBIA: Yugoslavia’s last king Petar II Karadjordjevic, who fled the Nazi occupation of his country, was to be reburied in Serbia on Sunday, 43 years after his death in the United States. The third and last king of Yugoslavia, Karadjordjevic succeeded to the throne in 1934 following the assassination…

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RENNES: French customs officers have seized 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin from China, the biggest haul of fake medicines ever in France and the European Union, the economy ministry announced Saturday. The goods, seized on May 17 in the northwestern port of Le Havre, were hidden in a cargo…

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GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala extradited ex-president Alfonso Portillo to the United States US on Friday to face charges of laundering $70 million, sending him on a plane under the escort of US agents in a first for Latin America. “Hasta luego (see you later), people of Guatemala,” Portillo, 61, said as…

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PARIS: International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde avoided immediate charges Friday but was named an “assisted witness” after French prosecutors grilled her for two days over a state payout to a disgraced tycoon when she was finance minister. Lagarde was questioned for a total of 24 hours by prosecutors…

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LAHORE: Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, police said. Seven other children were injured in the blaze which destroyed the vehicle. The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat when it caught fire, local…

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GENEVA: Saudi Arabia said Friday it would send samples taken from animals possibly infected with a deadly SARS-like virus to the United States (US) for testing in a bid to find the source of disease. The Saudi health ministry has “collected large samples from bats and other animals, including camels,…

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OSAKA: A Japanese politician who drew fire for calling “comfort women” a wartime necessity has been forced to apologize for suggesting United States (US) soldiers in Okinawa visit brothels to vent their violent frustrations. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto had suggested that US servicemen in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, where…