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Judge rules treasure-hunters must return sunken booty to Spain

MIAMI — A Florida company that found sunken treasure from a 19th century warship must return more than a half-million silver and gold coins to the Spanish government by next week, a federal judge in Tampa ruled Friday. In addition, Spain does not need to reimburse the deep sea recovery…

Cirque du Soleil to perform at Oscar awards

LOS ANGELES — Spectacular Canadian-based Cirque du Soleil will perform as part of this year’s Oscars show, organizers said Friday. The one-off performance, part of the February 26 Academy Awards show, will feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act, with over 50 artists involved. They will…

Man arrested near Capitol in FBI terrorism sting

WASHINGTON — A Moroccan man was arrested Friday as he tried to carry out an Al-Qaeda suicide bombing in the US Capitol, under the watch of the FBI which was conducting a sting, officials said. The FBI said it conducted an undercover operation as part of a longstanding terrorism probe…

Art exhibit of kinky nuns, tattooed Christ, sparks protests in Spain

Catholics and conservatives have denounced as blasphemous two recent exhibitions in Madrid featuring kinky nuns in lingerie and tattooed and near-naked Christs. Catholic group AES called a demonstration for Friday evening outside the Fresh Gallery in Madrid against its latest exhibition: “Obscenity”, a collection of photographs by Canadian artist Bruce…

China to launch manned spacecraft this summer

China will launch a manned spacecraft between June and August on a mission to take three astronauts to the Tiangong-1 module currently orbiting the Earth, state media reported Friday. The trio will blast off on board the Shenzhou (“Divine Vessel”) IX which will manually dock with the module, Xinhua news…

ICE agent killed, another injured in incident of ‘workplace violence’

One immigration agent was killed and another injured Thursday in a shooting in a federal building in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, officials said. One agent shot and wounded another, after which a third agent shot and killed the original shooter, officials said in a late-evening press briefing, after…

Pakistan suicide attack kills seven: official

A suicide attack ripped through a Pakistani market on Friday, killing at least seven people and wounding 45 others near a mosque in the country’s tribal badlands, officials said. The bomb exploded near a Sunni Muslim mosque as the main Friday prayers were taking place in Parachinar, in the past…

Google bypassed Apple privacy settings: report

Google and other online advertisers bypassed the privacy settings of an Apple web browser on iPhones and computers in order to survey millions of users, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The Journal said the companies used a special code that tricks Apple’s Safari software into letting them monitor the…

Thai police seek new Iranian bomb suspect

Police in Thailand said Friday they were hunting for a fifth Iranian suspected in a failed bomb plot in Bangkok that has sent tensions between Israel and Iran soaring. The tourist magnet has stepped up security following Tuesday’s blasts, the third bomb incident to shake world capitals in less than…

Germany’s president resigns in blow to Merkel

Germany’s president resigned Friday after a string of scandals, handing Chancellor Angela Merkel a political headache at home as she battles to lead Europe from its debt crisis. “I am … today stepping down from the office of federal president to free up the way quickly for a successor,” Christian…

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