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Revealed: Mark Duggan was not armed when shot by police

IPCC investigation into death that triggered riots finds man was not carrying handgun when killed in Tottenham Mark Duggan was not armed when shot by police in Tottenham on 4 August, according to the IPCC. Photograph: Rex Features The investigation into the death of Mark Duggan has found no forensic evidence that he was carrying a gun when he was ...

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Pope ends first day of Benin visit with cathedral service

COTONOU, Benin – Pope Benedict XVI concluded day one of a three-day visit to West Africa’s Benin by addressing a cathedral service in Cotonou, the economic capital. The trip to Benin is the pope’s second trip to Africa since becoming the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in 2005. “By (the church’s) her presence, her prayer and her various works ...

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Obama heading back to DC after Asia trip

BALI, Indonesia (AP) – After a nine-day trip through Asia in which he showed command on the world stage, President Barack Obama is headed back to debt-deadlocked Washington, where he’ll confront fresh reminders of the limits of his power at home. Obama departed from Bali’s international airport Saturday afternoon for a 21-hour flight that, factoring in time-zone changes, was to ...

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Not encouraging self-immolations in Tibet: Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, Nov 19 (IANS) Saturday, November 19, 2011 –> Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has expressed concern over self-immolation protests in Tibet, saying he was not encouraging such action, a report said Saturday. He said he was very worried about the growing number of monks and nuns setting themselves afire. In an…

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Thousands protest in Egypt’s Tahrir against army rule

CAIRO (Reuters) – About 50,000 mainly Islamist protesters flocked to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to press Egypt’s military rulers to transfer power to elected civilians after the cabinet launched a move to exempt the army from parliamentary oversight. The protesters chanted Islamic songs before Friday prayers while others handed out flyers demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional proposal and ...

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How could German neo-Nazi killers have evaded police for 13 years?

Officials face difficult questions over how fugitives were able to carry out 10 murders, 14 bank robberies and two nailbomb attacks A CCTV frame purportedly show the suspected ‘doner murderers’ – Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt – during a bank raid in Arnstadt in September 2011. Photograph: Handout/Reuters At 9.15am on Friday 4 November, two men stormed into a building ...

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Is liberalism killing the copts?

– On ‘bloody’ Sunday October 9th, about 20 Copts were crushed flat on the pavement by berserk military police and their armoured vehicles, seven shot dead, and 300 wounded in a bleak and larger-than-life take on Grand Theft Auto. Although endless streams of squashed brains and dismembered corpses lying in pools of blood inundated the social media landscape in what ...

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Is Israel preparing an assault against Iran?

Skimming the newspapers as I rushed to get my children ready for school, I suddenly understood that Israel might actually be preparing for a military attack against Iran. “[United States Secretary of Defence Leon] Panetta Demanded Commitment to Coordinate Action in Iran” read one headline, and “A Bomb at Arm’s Length” read another. Feeding this hype were a series of ...

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Cambodia tribunal declares Khmer Rouge ‘first lady’ unfit to stand trial

Judges say Ieng Thirith, 79, suffering from symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s and trial ‘would not serve interests of justice’ Ieng Thirith, was minister of social affairs under the Khmer Rouge and stood accused of crimes against humanity and genocide. Photograph: Mark Peters/AP The international tribunal trying the top commanders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime has ruled that former minister Ieng ...

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