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BAGHDAD: State television is working overtime to persuade Iraqis to help Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki confront an al-Qaeda offshoot that has seized wide tracts of the country, but its unifying call has been blunted by his sectarian ...
 
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CARACAS: Aruba on Sunday freed a Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, stating that he had diplomatic immunity.
Retired major general Hugo Carvajal, who was arrested on Wednesday, flew ...
 
 

FREETOWN: Alarm soared in west Africa on Monday over the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak yet, with an American doctor and a missionary contracting the disease in Liberia and the death of the first victim from Sierra Leone´s capital Freetown. ...
 
 

MOSCOW: After a week of failed diplomacy, dithering and doubt, Tsar Nicholas II ordered Russia´s armies to mobilise on July 30, 1914. There would be no turning back from a decision that set Europe on a course to war.
At 6:00 pm the order was ...
 
 

BUCHAREST: In a well-lit office with red window frames in downtown Bucharest, Romania´s first bitcoin ATM attracts many who until it opened in May had to buy or sell the digital currency face-to-face or through wire transfers.
The interest in ...
 
 

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine: Ukraine said its troops had taken more territory from pro-Russian rebels near the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, as international investigators said fighting was preventing them reaching the crash ...
 
 

SYDNEY: A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said on Monday.
The group, thought to be mostly ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka and ...
 
 

SEOUL: A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of ...
 
 

BRUSSELS: The EU was readying a fresh list of sanctions on Monday, sources said, to hit close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin deemed to have profited from Moscow´s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine.
The 28 member ...
 
 

Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her flat to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain´s southern coast.
“I did not want my ...
 
 
Museum row over
TAIPEI: Taiwan´s first lady will resume a rare visit to Japan which was postponed after a diplomatic row over posters for an exhibition of loaned treasured artefacts, officials said on Monday.
Chow Mei-ching, wife of President Ma Ying-jeou, was ...
 
 

ANSAN, South Korea: Student survivors of South Korea´s ferry disaster testified at the murder trial of the captain and crew on Monday how they were left to fend for themselves in the sinking vessel.
One recalled orders for her and her classmates ...
 
 
Toby Carroll
Popular analyses of burgeoning political agitation around universal suffrage in Hong Kong often side-step an inconvenient reality – that the underlying story is not simply about relations with the mainland or concerns over its authoritarian ways, ...