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Venice gondola accident kills German tourist

A gondola and a vaporetto waterbus collided Saturday on Venice’s Grand Canal, killing a German tourist and badly injuring a young girl, Italy’s Ansa news agency reported. The accident happened around noon near the canal city’s famous Rialto Bridge as the public transport waterbus manoeuvred toward a stop, Ansa said.…

Egypt arrests brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for ‘backing Morsi’

Egyptian authorities have arrested Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, for supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a security source told AFP on Saturday. The brother was arrested in his home district of Giza, adjacent to the capital, the source said.…

Hundreds flee as wildfire menaces Idaho ski resort towns

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Firefighters battled on Friday to check a fast-moving wildfire raging near the Sun Valley ski resort in Idaho, where more than 1,000 people were evacuated as flames menaced multimillion-dollar homes in the area, authorities said. The so-called Beaver Creek Fire, the nation’s top…

Singer Chris Brown ordered to do 1,000 more hours to complete probation

Singer Chris Brown was ordered to perform 1,000 hours community service after his probation stemming from the 2009 assault on his then girlfriend Rihanna was restored, officials said. The 24-year-old R&B star’s probation was revoked last month after he was hit with misdemeanor charges following a minor traffic accident. Those…

274 missing and 24 dead after boat collision in the Philippines

By Manuel Mogato CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) – A Philippine ferry sank after colliding with a cargo vessel killing at least 24 people and leaving nearly 300 missing, the coast guard said on Saturday. Some 572 people were rescued after Friday’s accident at the mouth of a channel approaching the port…

Pennsylvania voter ID law blocked again in court

By Dave Warner Philadelphia (Reuters) – An appellate court on Friday ruled that Pennsylvania will once again be prohibited from enforcing its controversial voter identification law at the polls in November. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley issued an injunction that prohibits use of the law at the general election on…

Muslim Brotherhood pushes for more protests after bloody ‘Day of Rage’

By Crispian Balmer and Yasmine Saleh CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood defiantly called for a week of protests across Egypt starting on Saturday, a day after more than 100 people died in clashes between Islamists and the security forces that pushed the country ever closer to anarchy. Undeterred by…

Protest chic: Designer Vivienne Westwood joins successful anti-fracking demonstration

Famed fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was among hundreds of protestors who have managed to temporarily stop a purported fracking excavation in a British village. “It’s just storing up for the future, near future even, with financial problems and ultimately, you know, we’ll all fry,” Westwood told Sky News on Friday…

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp could face corporate hacking charges

By Michael Holden and Mark Hosenball LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – London police are actively investigating Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business for possible criminal violations over allegations of phone-hacking and illegal payments to public officials by its journalists, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Murdoch’s News Corp said it was…

Accused serial killer defends himself at trial: ‘I may have had sex with her, but I didn’t kill her’

By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – An accused California serial killer delivered the closing argument at his own capital murder trial on Friday, insisting as he has from the start of the proceeding that the prosecution’s case is built on nothing more than “opinions and theories.” Joseph Naso,…

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