Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Palestinians throw eggs at Canadian leader's car

Dozens of Palestinian protesters hurled eggs and shoes at the convoy of the visiting Canadian foreign minister Sunday in a show of defiance toward Canada's perceived pro-Israel stance.

John Baird was visiting Ramallah to meet Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki when demonstrators pelted his convoy.

The Palestinian protesters also held signs reading: "Baird, you are not welcome in Palestine" and "Baird, Jerusalem is our capital."

Baird defended his government's support for Israel, calling it "the only liberal and democratic state in the region."

Canada has been one of only a few Western countries to stand by Israel as it has come under fierce international criticism over deadlocked negotiations with the Palestinians, the recent Gaza war and settlement construction.

6 executed for drug trafficking in Indonesia * Indonesia brushed aside last-minute appeals by foreign leaders and executed by firing squad six people convicted of drug trafficking, including five foreigners, sending a message that the new government will not compromise its approach to narcotics.

Four men from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Netherlands and an Indonesian woman were shot to death simultaneously just after midnight Saturday, several miles from a high-security prison on Nusakambangan island. The other, a woman from Vietnam, was executed in Boyolali, according to attorney general office's spokesman Tony Spontana. Both areas are in Central Java province.

Their bodies were brought from the island by ambulances early Sunday either for burial or cremation, as requested by relatives and representatives of their embassies.

Boko Haram is blamed for kidnappings, deaths in Cameroon * Boko Haram attacked a village in northern Cameroon early Sunday, killing three people and staging its largest kidnapping yet in the country, the information minister said, adding that some of the hostages were children.

In a separate attack in Nigeria, a suicide bomber killed four and injured 35 others in the northeast town of Potiskum, according to a Nigerian media outlet.

The Cameroon attack took place in the village of Mabass, in the far north region, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said. …

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