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Libya holds first free national election after 40 years of Gaddafi

Voters flocked to cast their ballots Saturday in Libya’s first free national election in decades after the ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, despite protests disrupting some polling in the restive east. Gunmen killed one person and wounded another near a polling station in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, an official told AFP, a day…

134 killed in massive Russian floods

Flash floods deluged Russia’s southern Krasnodar, killing at least 134 people — many feared drowned in their beds — in the region’sworst natural disaster in decades, officials and witnesses said Saturday. President Vladimir Putin inspected the damage by helicopter, the Kremlin said, amid recriminations from residents who accused authorities of abandoning them. Television footage…

West African presidents urge war crimes probe in Mali

West African presidents said at a crisis summit on Mali Saturday that the international war crimes court should probe abuses committed in the country’s Islamist-held desert north. The six leaders also urged Malian civil leaders to secure a national unity government that could address the crisis that has hit their country since a March 22 military…

Egyptian women speak out against sexual violence

Egyptian women are speaking up against sexual violence after harrowing tales of mob attacks in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square prompted initiatives to combat the “epidemic.” Surrounded by volunteers to protect them, dozens of women took to the street on Friday to demand a “safe Tahrir,” as part of a series…

‘Anonymous’ activists in Japan pick up litter to protest download laws

About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads. In light rain, they took part in an “anonymous cleaning service” for one hour in a park and on pavements…

Seventh person arrested in British anti-terrorism operation

A woman was arrested in London Saturday on suspicion of terrorism offences in an operation that saw six men detained earlier this week but which police say is not linked to the Olympics. Officers from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command arrested the 22-year-old in an early morning raid at a home…

Great white sightings spawn shark attack fears

At least two great white sharks have been sighted not far from where the terrifying shark attack film “Jaws” was filmed off the US East Coast. While the news led to a precautionary notice from one local official, some tourists are travelling to the area in the hope of seeing…

Relief in sight as killer heat scorches U.S.

A scorching heat wave searing the United States was expected to ease soon, weather officials said Saturday, heralding relief from record highs blamed for deaths and drought-like conditions. Across the country, about 23 deaths are tied to the heat wave, one of the longest and hottest on record, according to…

Researchers identify protein that may keep flu away

SDSU researchers identify protein that may keep flu away (via The Bay Citizen) It works by boosting immune system instead of just targeting virus By Susanne Rust on July 6, 2012 – 2:01 p.m. PDT Researchers have identified a protein that may prevent the flu from making people ill. The…

UN rights body to probe Israel settlements

The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to probe Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, a move that further irked Israel which said it will bar its access to the sites of inquiry. Israel severed contacts with the council in March after the 47-member body announced…

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