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Italy court probes senator for defamation of black minister: sources MILAN: A court in the northern Italian city of Bergamo is investigating Senate Vice President Roberto Calderoli, a leading member of the Northern League party, for defamation after he likened the country's first black minister to an orangutan, judicial sources said on Wednesday.Calderoli said Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, an Italian citizen who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, had "the features of an orangutan" at a political rally near Bergamo on Saturday.Calderoli, who is in the opposition, has apologised and sent a bouquet of roses to Kyenge, but he has refused to step down as one of the top institutional figures in the Senate.No comment was immediately available from Calderoli.Copyright Reuters, 2013


Pirates hijack tanker off Gabon as shipping risks spread LONDON: Pirates have hijacked an oil products tanker with 24 crew on board off the Gabon coast, the vessel's operator said on Wednesday, as a surge in such attacks in West Africa's mineral-rich Gulf of Guinea threatens regional shipping.The pirates are thought to have boarded the Malta-flagged Cotton tanker, carrying a partly loaded cargo of fuel oil, on Monday near Port Gentil, Gabon, in the first reported attack in that region in the past five ...

Car bomb kills women, children in Syria's south: TV BEIRUT: A car bomb killed several civilians, including women and children, in a town in Damascus province on Wednesday, Syrian state television said.The car was parked near the Amari Mosque in Kanaker, a town south of the capital, the channel reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, quoted activists as saying seven people had died.Copyright Reuters, 2013

Abbas to brief PLO on Kerry peace talks push AMMAN: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will tell the PLO leadership about the US push to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on Thursday in order to decide whether to take part, a Palestinian official said.The official spoke a day after Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the issue for five hours in Amman over an iftar dinner, the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast during the month of Ramadan.A positive Palestinian ...

Mild weather to help Black Sea wheat crops MOSCOW: Rain and mild temperatures are likely to help the wheat harvest in parts of the Black Sea region during next week, meaning no damage to crops still to be harvested in Russia and Kazakhstan.Unfavourable weather patterns remain the key risk for global food supplies and have made about 16 percent of China's wheat crop unfit for human consumption, farmers and analysts told Reuters on Wednesday.Import demand to compensate for the damage could make China ...

British official unemployment rate steady at 7.8pc LONDON: The British unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent in the three months to the end of May, unchanged from the quarter to the end of April, official data showed on Wednesday.The number of unemployed people dipped to 2.505 million from 2.511 million over the same period , the Office for National Statistics added in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Japan PM Abe visits island near disputed chain TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday visited coastguards who patrol waters around islands at the centre of a dispute with China, as election campaigning stepped up a gear.Abe was in the remote Okinawan island of Ishigaki in the East China Sea, 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) southwest of Tokyo, where he told crews his resolve to stand up for Japan was undimmed."The security environment for our territorial waters has become increasingly serious, as Chinese ...


 



 
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