Cameron Calls Emergency Session of Parliament

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LONDON — Britain‘s top police official resigned on Sunday, the latest casualty of the phone-hacking scandal engulfing British public life, just hours after Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, was arrested on suspicion of illegally intercepting phone calls and bribing the police. Such is the […]

Judge rejects Berlusconi objections in sex case

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Milan, Italy (CNN) — The judge in Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s trial on charges of sex with a minor rejected all defense motions Monday and scheduled the next hearing for October 3. Judge Giulia Torri dismissed defense motions one by one in a hearing attended by neither Berlusconi nor […]

The US love affair with drones

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One of the pleasures of traveling through the developing world is that things develop. They change. There’s always something new. Afghanistan is, depending on one’s point of view, developing, deteriorating, or doing both at once. Example: Last August found me and two fellow Americans in a hired taxi zooming past […]

7,500 earthquakes hit shattered New Zealand city

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP): It’s been 10 months since the first big earthquake struck New Zealand’s second-largest city. It’s been nearly five months since a far more devastating one killed 181 people and crippled the downtown. But it’s been just a few hours since yet another aftershock startled Christchurch residents […]

MP, top Karzai aide feared killed: police official

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KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a top advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of the country’s parliament in a residential district of Kabul on Sunday, just days after the president’s brother was gunned down at home, officials said. The spokesman for Kabul’s police chief…

Britain’s top cop quits as hacking probe grows

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  LONDON – Britain’s top police official resigned on Sunday, the latest casualty of the phone-hacking scandal engulfing British public life, just hours after Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, was arrested on suspicion of illegally intercepting phone calls and bribing the police. The official, […]

Libya rebels fighting to capture eastern oil town

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MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel forces on Sunday entered the oil town of Brega and fought street battles there with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel spokesman said, in the biggest offensive in eastern Libya in weeks. “The news coming from there is there is a street war […]

UK govt defends Murdoch ties as scandal spirals

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LONDON – Britain’s Conservative-led government denied Saturday that it was too close to Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-hit media empire, as the mogul apologized for phone hacking by one of his tabloids in full-page newspaper ads across the country. Government records show that Prime Minister David Cameron had scores of meetings with […]