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Senators Lieberman and Collins ask for security review after attacks

US senators called for a comprehensive probe into security protocols at US facilities worldwide Friday after protests that left four Americans dead and several missions torched or breached. Two different sets of lawmakers wrote letters to US officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seeking investigations into security operations, and…

Protests target U.S. symbols across Muslim world

Furious protesters targeted symbols of US influence in cities across the Muslim world, attacking embassies, schools and restaurants in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam. At least six protesters died in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan as local police battled to defend American missions from mobs of stone-throwers, and…

‘Messiah’ mourned at elaborate Sun Myung Moon funeral

More than 30,000 mourners, many weeping openly, attended the elaborate, flower-strewn funeral in South Korea of their “messiah” and Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon. In a ceremony on Saturday that had all the trappings of a state funeral, Moon’s carved, red-lacquer coffin was carried by men in military-style uniforms…

Golf tournament suspended as typhoon lashes Taiwan

Play in the second round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan was abandoned, as strong winds and rain caused by a passing typhoon lashed the island, organisers said. The blustery and damp conditions at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club on Saturday forced officials to reduce the…

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping ‘appears in public’

China’s Vice President Xi Jinping has made a public appearance, state media said, following swirling speculation about the whereabouts of Beijing’s leader-in-waiting. Xi had not been seen in public since September 1 and cancelled meetings with four foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving rise to intense…

Remains of astronaut legend Neil Armstrong buried at sea

The cremated remains of legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong were scattered at sea, in a ceremony aboard a US aircraft carrier paying final tribute to the first man to set foot on the moon, NASA said. US Navy personnel on Friday carried Armstrong’s remains to the Atlantic Ocean one day…

Colombia nabs men with $40,000 in cash in their stomachs

Colombia police said they have arrested two men who had each ingested about $40,000 before trying to enter the country, in what may be a novel form of money laundering. The men were detained separately during the past week at the international airport in Colombia’s second city of Medellin and…

NASA finds two ‘hot Jupiters’ in star cluster

US scientists have for the first time found proof that planets can form and survive around sun-like stars within dense star clusters, NASA said Friday. Astronomers have spotted two Jupiter-like orbs in the Beehive Cluster, a collection of around 1,000 stars that appear to be swarming around a common center.…

Chrysler chief confident about U.S. but not Europe

The US economy continues to demonstrate underlying strength and contains the seeds of future growth for the auto industry, Chrysler’s top executive Sergio Marchionne said Friday. But he blamed German officials for impeding a rationalization of the industry in Europe that could bring it back to health. During presidential elections,…

Pirate Bay co-founder detained in Sweden

The co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website was on Friday detained in Sweden, days after his deportation from Cambodia, officials said. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, faces a one-year prison sentence for promoting copyright infringement in his home country. “The person who was recently arrested in Cambodia, suspected of hacking…

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