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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Nayef dies, leaving no apparent successor to the throne

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of King Abdullah, died on Saturday, the royal court said, leaving the oil powerhouse with no apparent successor to the throne. Prince Nayef, a long-serving interior minister, “died outside” Saudi Arabia having recently left the Gulf state for medical treatment,…

Egyptians choose new president amid political chaos

Egyptians were voting on Saturday in a run-off presidential election between an Islamist and ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s last premier amid political chaos highlighted by uncertainty over what powers the winner will have. Some 50 million Egyptians are eligible to cast ballots in the two-day poll, which sees Ahmed Shafiq…

Category 2 hurricane threatens Mexican coast

Hurricane Carlotta strengthened to a category two storm Friday as it barreled toward Mexico’s Pacific Coast, US monitors warned. The storm was packing winds of 105 miles (170 kilometers) per hour and was moving northwestward at 12 miles (19 kilometers) per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a…

At least 16 dead as Paraguay police evict peasant squatters

ASUNCION — At least 16 people were killed and dozens hurt Friday in armed clashes that erupted when police tried to evict landless peasant farmers squatting a privately-owned farm in Paraguay, officials said. Interior Minister Carlos Filizzola told reporters that seven police officers and at least nine peasants died in…

Canadian judge strikes down ban on physician-assisted suicide

MONTREAL — The Supreme Court of British Columbia on Friday said a ban against physician-assisted suicides was unconstitutional. The ruling related to the case of a 64-year-old woman named Gloria Taylor who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, and was one of five plaintiffs seeking to overturn legislation that prohibits doctor-assisted…

Alleged LulzSec hacker may avoid extradition to United States

Ryan Cleary, a 20-year-old allegedly linked to the activities of the LulzSec hacking collective, could escape extradition to the US on charges of computer misuse if he is tried in Britain for the same charges. Cleary was indicted on Tuesday by a grand jury in Los Angeles on charges that…

Activists urge civil disobedience against Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers

Activists on Friday urged women to get behind the wheel for Sunday’s first anniversary of the Women2Drive campaign, which resulted in the arrest of people defying Saudi Arabia’s ban on women drivers. “The key to ending the ban imposed on women driving in Saudi Arabia starts with women themselves,” said…

U.S. health officials urge restaurants to stop selling South Korean oysters

US health authorities have urged restaurants and food outlets to stop selling all fresh, frozen and canned oysters, clams and mussels that came from South Korea over contamination fears. “These products and any products made with them may have been exposed to human fecal waste and are potentially contaminated with…

Obama to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao at G20 in Mexico Tuesday

President Barack Obama will meet next week with China’s President Hu Jintao at the G20 summit in Mexico, the White House announced on Friday. Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters that the two leaders, who last met in Seoul at the nuclear summit in March, would discuss key…

Alleged massive wine fraud shakes Burgundy

An alleged massive wine fraud has shaken Burgundy, where investigators are focused on one of the region’s largest dealers and the local wine board is suing a former ally. “The Burgundy wine industry has decided to join proceedings as a civil party in order to be fully informed of the…

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