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Somalia's parliament gets new speaker

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia’s parliament has elected a close ally of the president as speaker, possibly ending divisions that have recently split the legislature. Lawmakers applauded and cheered Friday when Sharif Hassan Sheik Adan was announced the winner, beating four […]

Bangladesh 'blocks Facebook' over political cartoons

Bangladesh has blocked access to Facebook after satirical images of the prophet Muhammad and the country’s leaders were uploaded, say reports. One man has been arrested and charged with “spreading malice and insulting the country’s leaders” with the images, an […]

Canadian commander in Afghanistan Daniel Menard sacked

The commander of Canada’s forces in Afghanistan has been dismissed following allegations of an inappropriate personal relationship. A senior Canadian military official said allegations against General Daniel Menard were being investigated. He gave no details. The military said the dismissal […]