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The North Korean leadership. (AP)
SEOUL: South Korean and US troops began annual military drills Monday that North Korea warned could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula. Despite the North Korean threats to retaliate, South Korea and the United States went ahead with their first major combined military exercises since the North shelled a front-line South Korean island in November, killing four people.
BEIJING: China’s population grew to 1.34 billion people last year, the National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday, marking a modest jump for a massive population and leading experts to suggest the country may relax its generation-old one-child policy.
MANILA: Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos urged Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi on Monday to follow the example of her late husband, dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who refused to violently disperse large numbers of Filipino protesters during a 1986 uprising that toppled him.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast: Belarus has violated an international arms embargo by sending three attack helicopters to military forces supporting Ivory Coast’s longtime ruler who refuses to cede power, the UN chief said.
NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court issued notices Monday to Dow Chemicals and Union Carbide Corp. saying it will begin hearings on a petition filed by the government seeking greater compensation for survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster more than 26 years ago.
MUMBAI: Maharashtra home minister on Monday appointed Ajit Parasnis as the new Maharashtra state director general of police (DGP) and Arup Patnaik as new Mumbai police commissioner.
Coalition to press US lawmakers to drop anti-Islam bill
WASHINGTON: A coalition of interfaith and civil rights groups will hold a noon news conference in Nashville, Tenn. on Tuesday (March 1), to urge lawmakers to drop an anti-Islam bill drafted by the head of an anti-Muslim hate group and introduced recently in that state's legislature.
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We criticize Israel’s policies, but believe in its right to exist: J Street founder
WASHINGTON: J Street held its second annual conference in Washington DC this weekend.  The “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization sparked enormous controversy and was solidly criticized by lawmakers and other pro-Israel groups when it announced its support of a proposed UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli housing development on the West Bank.
Sarkozy shakes up Cabinet to boost ratings
PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy shuffled his Cabinet’s top diplomatic and security posts, jettisoning his foreign minister who has been roundly criticized for her ties to Tunisia’s ousted regime.
Italy’s Berlusconi back on trial for tax fraud
MILAN: Premier Silvio Berlusconi went back on trial Monday for alleged tax fraud, the first of several court cases to resume after Italy’s Constitutional Court watered down an immunity bill sparing the premier from trial.
British Airways worker guilty of plane bomb plot
LONDON: A jury convicted a former British Airways computer specialist on Monday of plotting with US-born extremist cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane in an attack intended to kill hundreds of people.
Belarus presidential hopeful says he was tortured
MINSK, Belarus: A former Belarusian presidential candidate said Monday he was beaten, stripped naked and hung by his hands while in the custody of secret police.
Thailand: Japanese journalist’s death not solved
BANGKOK: A Japanese journalist killed during protests in Bangkok last year does not appear to have been shot by security forces, Thai investigators said Monday, reversing their preliminary findings and raising immediate questions about the inquiry.
115 die in government offensive on Somali militants
MOGADISHU, Somalia: A government offensive against Al-Qaeda-linked militants largely subsided Sunday as officials said that at least 115 people had been killed since the violence started several days ago.
British Airways worker guilty of plane bomb plot
LONDON: A jury has convicted a former British Airways computer specialist of plotting with US -born extremist cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki to blow up an airplane.
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N. Korea threatens to attack South, US
SEOUL: North Korea threatened Sunday to enlarge its nuclear arsenal and “mercilessly” attack South Korea and the United States, as the allies prepared for joint military drills which the North considers a rehearsal for invasion.
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Alliot-Marie out in Sarkozy’s reshuffle
PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has shuffled his Cabinet, jettisoning his foreign minister who had been roundly criticized for her closeness to Tunisia’s ousted regime.
Anti-union efforts decried by protesters in US
MADISON, Wisconsin: Rallies were held across the US to support thousands of protesters holding steady at the Wisconsin Capitol in their fight against Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions.
Germany evacuates 132 in secret mission
BERLIN: The German air force evacuated 132 people from the Libya desert in a secret military mission, the country’s foreign minister said Sunday.
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52 in custody after clashes in Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia: Croatian police say 52 protesters remain in custody after they were detained during a weekend clash at an anti-government rally.
RFJ program helps capture terrorists … and save lives
WASHINGTON: Mideast watchers believe that the recent political and social upheaval affecting many countries in the region — particularly Libya — may mark a turning point in the West’s decades-old global war on terrorism.
UK plucks another 150 civilians from Libya
VALLETTA, Malta: Britain says its military aircraft have evacuated another 150 civilians from the eastern Libyan desert.
Four injured in Yangon bomb blast
YANGON: Government security officials say a bomb exploded in a suburb of the capital Yangon, wounding four people.
External forces provoking people against nuclear project: Chavan
JAITAPUR: Hitting out at the opposition parties, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithivraj Chavan alleged that some external forces were attempting to sabotage the Jaitapur nuclear plant project in Konkan region, which is meant to solve the energy problem in the state.
Ex-warlord elected speaker of Afghan Parliament
KABUL: Afghanistan's Parliament elected a former Uzbek warlord as speaker on Sunday, ending a month of squabbling over the position that has further undermined the credibility of an assembly tainted by electoral fraud.
Assailants attack Congo presidential home; 9 dead
KINSHASA, Congo: Assailants armed with machetes attacked Congo’s presidential residence, and at least nine people were killed. The president, who was home at the time, was not harmed in the attack, a government spokesman said Sunday.
Rebels kill three soldiers in Philippines
GAMU, Philippines: Communist rebels killed three soldiers and wounded four others in an ambush in the mountainous northern Philippines, officials said Sunday, despite the recent resumption of peace talks.
Labor protests draw thousands across United States
NEW YORK, Feb 26 : Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday against a Wisconsin plan to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked similar government efforts in other states.
Bomber kills at least 4 in northwest Afghanistan
KABUL: Amid screams of “Suicide bomber! Suicide bomber!” an insurgent detonated his vest of explosives Saturday, killing at least four people at a sports field in northwest Afghanistan. It was the latest in a spate of attacks that have hit nearly every corner of the country in recent weeks. A roadside bomb also killed nine people Saturday near the eastern city of Khost.
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India police arrests NALCO chairman in bribery case
NEW DELHI: India’s federal police has arrested the chairman of state-run National Aluminium Co Ltd (NALCO) for bribery, adding headache to a government already under fire for corruption scandals.
Rebels attack police in Russia’s Caucasus
NALCHIK, Russia: Militants simultaneously attacked several strategic points on Friday in Russia’s North Caucasus but killed no one, security sources said.
Uganda bans planned protests over polls
KAMPALA: Ugandan police said Saturday they will not allow the opposition to protest the re-election of longtime President Yoweri Museveni, saying such demonstrations would cause violence and destabilize the country.
Angry Irish voters turn out for historic election
DUBLIN: Ireland’s government prepared for a whopping defeat and the country for more uncertainty as angry voters turned out for a historic election triggered by the humiliating collapse of the “Celtic Tiger” economy.
Ivory Coast youth leader threatens foreigners
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast: A youth leader who backs the president clinging to power in Ivory Coast has called on people to chase out foreigners from their neighborhoods, while the UN expressed alarm about a “disturbing escalation” in violence in recent days.
‘Communications between US and Pakistan not suspended’
ISLAMABAD: America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) head Leon Panetta called the Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha on Saturday, in what sources said to “discuss bilateral issues.”
Patil defends DGP’s statement
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil endorsed state Director General of Police D. Shivanandan’s statement that the police did not have powers to take action against the oil and sand mafia and that all the raids against the mafia was a farce.
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Japan senior lawmaker sees PM resignation as an option
TOKYO: A Japanese ruling party elder suggested on Saturday that Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s resignation was an option to win opposition support for bills to enact a workable budget, adding to pressure on the unpopular leader as he struggles with a divided parliament.
Russia launches navigation system satellite
MOSCOW: Russia launched on Saturday one of the final satellites needed to complete a space-based navigation system, which Moscow hopes will challenge the dominant US Global Positioning System (GPS).

Afghan government: NATO op killed 65 civilians
KABUL, Afghanistan: Sixty-five civilians, including 40 children, were killed in a NATO assault on insurgents in eastern Afghanistan earlier this month, according to findings of an Afghan government investigation released Sunday.
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New Irish leader Kenny often underestimated
DUBLIN: Opposition leader Enda Kenny has already shattered Ireland’s 80-year-old political monopoly.

Pakistani police: Gunmen torch 2 NATO oil tankers
QUETTA, Pakistan: A police official says gunmen have torched two NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan.
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Pakistan sends another American contractor to jail
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A Pakistani court on Saturday sent another American national to jail, a day after he was detained in the northwestern city of Peshawar for overstaying his visa, a government lawyer said. The arrest of the man identified as Aaron Mark DeHaven came as ties between the US and its nuclear-armed ally Pakistan are already strained over the detention of a CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, charged with killing two Pakistanis in what he says was self-defense on Jan. 27.
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NZ rescuers find no survivors in quake city, toll 145
CHRISTCHURCH: Violent aftershocks hampered desperate efforts to find survivors in quake-hit Christchurch on Saturday as the death toll climbed to 145 and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key called for a two-minute silence for the nation to grieve.
Ireland’s ruling party faces worst defeat in 80 years
DUBLIN: Ireland’s ruling Fianna Fail party faced its worst defeat in nearly 80 years as a tidal wave of voter anger about the country being pushed nearly to bankruptcy swept an opposition party to the brink of power Saturday.
Aftershocks hamper rescue in NZ quake
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: Fresh aftershocks sent masonry tumbling among rescuers in New Zealand’s quake zone and a cat sparked false alarms of a possible survivor Saturday, as the disaster’s death toll rose to 145 with more than 200 missing.

Philippines invokes people power, 25 years on, to end corruption
MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino used the 25th anniversary of the people power revolution that drove dictator Ferdinand Marcos into exile by calling for an end to graft in one of the world’s most corrupt countries.
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Ivorian rebels seize town, threaten advance
ABIDJAN: Rebels controlling northern Ivory Coast have seized a town in government territory and said on Friday they were still advancing, raising the prospects of a return to open war.
Saudi student appears in US court
WASHINGTON: Khalid Ali M. Aldawsari, the college student from Saudi Arabia accused of buying chemicals online as part of a plan to blow up key US targets, including the home of former President George W. Bush, appeared in federal court in Texas on Friday. Aldawsari was arrested late Thursday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
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CIA man refuses to budge in Pakistani court
ISLAMABAD: US national Raymond Davis, charged with double murder after shooting dead two Pakistani nationals in Lahore on Jan. 27, refused to sign the charge sheet prepared by Lahore Police on Friday.
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New Zealand quake toll rises to 113 dead
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: Distraught relatives desperate for news of loved ones missing in New Zealand’s quake-devastated city of Christchurch asked officials Friday why it was taking so long to identify bodies pulled from the debris.
From NZ rubble, haunting texts to Mom beg for help
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