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Mexico bans wild animals in circuses — but there's no place for them to go

A new law in Mexico banning the use of tigers, elephants, zebras, lions and other exotic animals in circuses comes into effect next week. But what will happen to all of these animals?... Read more»

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U.K. safari mission lands a stuffed toy tiger

Police in southern England launched a large-scale operation, including a helicopter team with thermal imaging cameras, after reports of a white tiger stalking prey near a golf course in Hampshire.... Read more»

Afghanistan

In shift, Taliban embrace new media

In addition to tweeting in English, as well as their native Pashto, the Taliban is making a concerted effort to build the movement’s media capabilities in this crucial make-or-break year for the war in Afghanistan.... Read more»

Obama, Netanyahu meeting cordial, but tense

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Barack Obama went better than planned, both sides said Friday before emphasizing that differences remained between the two leaders and their visions for Palestinian-Israeli peace.... Read more»

Diplomats trapped by Yemeni gunman

A mob of gunmen loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh trapped the American, British, European Union ambassadors, as well as the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, for hours inside a diplomatic compound.... Read more»

'Judgment Day' or just another day?

American preacher Harold Camping has been insisting with absolute certainty that May 21, 2011, would be "Judgment Day," a day when believers of Lord Jesus would be “raptured” to heaven and the rest of the world's population would be killed off by earthquakes and other natural disasters.... Read more»

Suicide bomber kills 6 at military hospital in Kabul

A suicide bomber killed six students and wounded almost two dozen people at a heavily guarded national military hospital in Kabul on Saturday. An Afghan intelligence official says there were two suicide bombers at the hospital—one caused the blast in the hospital's cafeteria, and the other has yet to be found.... Read more»

Il Papa or Il Duce? Pope statue sparks controversy

The Vatican on Friday slammed a giant new sculpture outside Rome's main train station that portrays John Paul II but has been compared to the late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.... Read more»1

What does it mean to be a leftist in Latin America?

Leaders of an international leftist alliance descended on Managua this week to compare revolutionary credentials and strategize their next move in their hemispheric struggle against neoliberalism.... Read more»

As many as 34 killed in Syrian crackdown

Syrian security forces fired on protesters rallying against President Bashar al-Assad's government Friday, killing as many as 34, according to witnesses and activists. (with video)... Read more»

U.S. envoy optimistic on peaceful independence for South Sudan

South Sudan stands a good chance of becoming an independent nation peacefully, despite ongoing skirmishes and a build up of military forces on the disputed border between North and South Sudan.... Read more»

Analysis

Obama's call for Israel to return to 1967 borders a bold move

In his speech Thursday, President Barack Obama made it clear to both the Israelis and the Palestinians the status quo was "unsustainable," and that "Israel must act boldly to advance a lasting peace."... Read more»

New photos released of tsunami hitting nuke plant

TEPCO has released new photos of the tsunami hitting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, while the company posted a $15 billion loss prompting its president to resign.... Read more»

Torture widespread in Syria's prisons

A campaign of mass arrests in Syria began with protests and has seen at least 8,000 Syrians detained and thrown into prisons, where they are being tortured.... Read more»

Where’s the rapture?

It has come as something of a relief to think that, after tomorrow, I may no longer have to worry about the future of Afghanistan, the stalled reintegration process, the collapse of Kabul Bank, my anemic retirement account, or, indeed, much of anything else.... Read more»

Reporters' release tempered by news of colleague's death

American reporters Foley and Gillis said South African Anton Hammerl was shot by Gaddafi forces on April 5.... Read more»

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