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Spaniards protest against evictions

MADRID – Demonstrations are being held across Spain to protest harsh repossession laws that have led to hundreds of thousands of evictions during the country’s deep recession. In Madrid – one of 50 cities where such protests were planned Saturday – thousands of people marched to demand that the government amend the laws. More than 350,000 Spaniards have received eviction ...

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Singaporeans protest over population plan

At least 4,000 people have staged one of Singapore’s largest-ever protests, a further sign of discontent over immigration policies and growing income disparities under the long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP). The chief organiser of the rally, Gilbert Goh, said the protest on Saturday was a display of citizens’ unhappiness over a population plan, which was endorsed in parliament on February ...

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Some Chinese Are Souring on Being North Korea’s Best Friend

YANJI CITY, China — Beds shook and teacups clattered in this town bordering North Korea, less than 100 miles from the site where the North said it detonated a nuclear test that exploded midmorning in the midst of Chinese New Year festivities. Video: Outrage at a North Korean Nuclear Test Multimedia Feature: North Korea’s Nuclear Program Related China Looms Over ...

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Afghan troops banned from requesting NATO strikes

Afghan forces will be banned from requesting NATO air strikes “under any conditions”, President Hamid Karzai told a Kabul military academy on Saturday. The move comes days after 10 civilians died in a joint NATO-Afghan raid on a Taliban hideout. By News Wires (text) Afghan ground forces will be barred from calling in NATO air strikes after an attack killed ...

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Vatican to speed up election of new Pope

The Vatican said on Saturday that it could speed up the election of a new pope as lobbying for Benedict XVI’s job intensified amid speculation over who had the best chance to…

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Airbus rules out lithium-ion battery in new plane

Airbus said it will revert to traditional battery technology for its new A350 wide-body aircraft instead of the lithium-ion power source that grounded Boeing’s competing 787 Dreamliner after malfunctions. The change is being made to protect the program schedule and avoid certification delays, Airbus said in a statement today. The timeline, with first flight midyear and planned entry into service ...

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Facebook says it was a target of sophisticated hacking

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Friday it had been the target of an unidentified hacker group, but it found no evidence that user data was compromised. “Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack,” the company said in a blog post posted on Friday afternoon, just before the three-day Presidents Day weekend. ...

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Colombia’s FARC frees two policemen

Colombia’s FARC rebels have freed two police patrolmen it seized last month, in an apparent goodwill gesture ahead of the next round of tense peace negotiations with the government. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the biggest armed group in Latin America, released the two uniformed officers on Friday even as the rebel leadership pledged to continue seizing members of ...

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India eases post-execution curfew in Kashmir

A strict curfew across Indian-administered Kashmir that was imposed after the secret execution of a Kashmiri man has been lifted, police say. Police officer Ashok Prasad said on Saturday that authorities had also restored mobile internet and cable television services that were blocked fearing massive protests by Kashmiris. Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan, reporting from Srinagar, said that the curfew had ...

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