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‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ tops North American box office

Science fiction thriller “Resident Evil: Retribution” topped the North American box office at the weekend, holding off the 3D version of “Finding Nemo,” estimates showed Sunday. Both films were making their debut but the former, starring Milla Jovovich, took $20.6 million in receipts, ahead of “Finding Nemo,” which earned $17.5…

Iran foundation boosts bounty to kill Rushdie: media

An Iranian foundation has reportedly increased a bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie, saying that if the British writer had previously been killed for blasphemy an anti-Islam film currently enraging Muslims would never have been made. Iranian media quoted Hassan Sane’i, a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation,…

British royals to lodge criminal complaint over Kate Middleton topless photos

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are to lodge a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publishing of topless photographs which appeared in a French magazine, a palace spokeswoman said Sunday. “We can confirm that a criminal complaint is to be made to the French…

Muslims protest outside U.S. embassy in London

LONDON — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the United States embassy in London on Sunday to protest an anti-Islam film that has caused outrage throughout the Muslim world. Around 300 men and women joined in the protest, waving placards and chanting slogans outside the embassy building in central London, an…

Romney skips Colorado rally after small plane crash

BURLINGTON, Massachusetts — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney canceled a campaign rally scheduled in Colorado on Sunday after a crash at the airport where his plane was due to land later in the day. “Due to a plane crash involving a small aircraft at the Pueblo airport that is under…

No plans to bolster U.S. forces in the Middle East: Panetta

TOKYO — The US military has no major plans to bolster its forces in the Middle East despite a week of violent protests targeting diplomatic outposts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday. With a substantial force already deployed in the region coupled with two US Marine counter-terrorism teams sent to…

U.S.-Israeli gap on Iran nukes widens

WASHINGTON — The gap between Israel and the United States on Iran widened Sunday as Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Tehran was 90 percent toward a nuclear weapon and insisted on a “red line” from Washington. The Israeli leader, speaking on two US political talk shows, pressed the need for a…

First gay Hong Kong lawmaker seeks legalization of same sex marriage

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker is known as “Slow Beat” from his days as a disc jockey, but Raymond Chan says there is nothing slow about his plans to reform the Asian banking hub. Chan publicly revealed his sexuality only after winning a seat in the…

Libya arrests 50 after U.S. ambassador’s killing

WASHINGTON — Libyan authorities have arrested about 50 people after last week’s killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens in a mob attack in the city of Benghazi, Libya’s parliament chief said Sunday, saying it was planned by foreigners. “The number reached about 50,” Mohammed al-Megaryef, president of the Libyan National…

Iran admits its elite forces operating in Syria

DAMASCUS — Syrian troops on Sunday fought rebel fighters in the country’s two main cities Damascus and Aleppo, as Iran acknowledged for the first time it has elite forces present in Syria and Lebanon as “counsellors.” The relentless violence affected the start on Sunday of the educational year, with activists…

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