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Afghan shrines last resort for Afghan mentally ill

JALALABAD, Afghanistan – The young man sits nearly naked in a small concrete room, a thick, heavy chain fastened around his ankle and bolted to the wall. Flies swarm around a wound on his wrist where shackles have rubbed the skin raw. His own waste has pooled in the corner, turning the dirt floor into a pungent mud. This is ...

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Charles Taylor accuses prosecutors of paying witnesses

Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president convicted of crimes against humanity, accused United Nations prosecutors of paying witnesses to testify against him and threatening them if they refused. Charles Taylor will be sentenced on May 30. He is expected to appeal both his conviction and the sentence Photo: EPA/EVERT-JAN DANIELS By Mike Pflanz, West Africa Correspondent 6:05PM BST 16 May ...

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European leaders scramble to contain Greek debt crisis

By Chris Isidore @CNNMoneyInvest May 16, 2012: 12:16 PM ET0:00 / 04:49Merkel: We want Greece to stay in euro NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Leaders across Europe rushed to try to reassure nervous investors Wednesday that they were working to prevent Greece from an unprecedented exit from the eurozone and the damage that might cause for other troubled European economies. Greeks ...

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New Greek election as talks fail

DEBT-stricken Greece must hold fresh elections after last-ditch talks to form a government collapsed. The new election is likely to prolonging a tortuous crisis which could see Athens exit the troubled eurozone. The new polls, expected on June 17, follow an inconclusive election on May 6 when a majority of Greeks voted against the austerity measures which Athens agreed to ...

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Child artiste among those killed in Nepal air crash

Mumbai: Child artiste Taruni Sachdev, 14, and her mother Geeta from Mumbai were among those who were killed in the Nepal plane crash on Monday. Fourteen-year-old Taruni had done a cameo role in the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Paa, in which she played his friend and also acted in several South Indian language films. When news of the aircraft crashing on high-altitude ...

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China TV blames Dalai Lama for Tibet immolations

ISOLDA MORILLO Associated Press= BEIJING (AP) — China has released a documentary accusing the Dalai Lama of orchestrating a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans, in its most elaborate attempt so far to shape international opinion about the protests against Chinese rule. The documentary shown globally by state broadcaster China Central Television features police surveillance footage of the fiery protests. Mostly ...

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Annan urges Syria to stop delaying humanitarian aid

AFP – UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged Syria to stop delaying UN access to more than one million Syrians in need of assistance. The United Nations has been negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad’s government since March and the UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said…

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Amnesty cites rights abuses in northern Mali

Amnesty International has accused armed Tuaregs and groups fighting to impose Sharia law in northern Mali of carrying out grave rights abuses such as rape, murder and using child soldiers. A report released on Wednesday by the London-based rights group said government soldiers had also carried out extrajudicial killings, branding the crisis Mali’s worst human rights situation in 50 years. ...

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