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Pakistan cleric arrested over dancing death decree

Police in Pakistan on Tuesday arrested a Muslim cleric accused of sentencing six people to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country. “Police have arrested a cleric and his companion for issuing the death decree, but they totally denied it,” local administration officialAqal Badshah Khattak told AFP. “The…

Eight killed as Italy hit by new quake

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake which struck northeast Italy on Tuesday killed eight people and injured several others, police told the ANSA news agency. Three people were killed in San Felice del Panaro when a factory collapsed, two others died in the town of Mirandola, one in Concordia and one in Finale, police captain Salvatore Iannizzotto in Modena said.…

UN says most victims in Syria town were massacre

Most of the victims of the massacre in the Syrian town of Houlawere summarily executed, the UN rights body said on Tuesday, amid global outrage over the killings. “It’s believed that under 20 of the 108 killings can be attributed to artillery and tank fire,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Most…

New computer virus potential destructive to Iran

A Russian computer firm has discovered a new computer virus with unprecedented destructive potential which could be used as a “cyberweapon” by the West and Israel against foes such as Iran. Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s biggest producers of anti-virus software, said its experts discovered the virus — known as Flame — during an…

Report: Obama personally oversees Al-Qaeda ‘kill list’

US President Barack Obama has personally overseen a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda suspects should be placed on a “kill list,” the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing dozens of top officials and former advisers, said the administration had developed what it termed the “kill list” as part of a stepped-up drone war against…

US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last…

Egyptian runoff candidate’s HQ torched in Cairo

Unidentified assailants set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq on Monday after officials said he would face a Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the second round. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went up in flames hours after election officials announced that the former premier,…

13 children among 19 dead in Qatar mall fire

A fire that erupted at a nursery in a huge Venice-themed shopping centre in the expat-dominated Qatari capital of Doha on Monday killed 19 people including 13 children, the interior ministry said. Four of the children who died were Spanish, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman in Madrid, while Paris announced…

Cyber attack on Iranian oil ministry is ‘most sophisticated’ computer worm yet

A cyber-attack that targeted Iran’s oil ministry and main export terminal was caused by the most sophisticated computer worm yet developed, experts have warned. The virus appears to have been directed primarily at a small number of organisations and individuals in Iran, the West Bank, Lebanon and the United Arab…

Tropical depression Beryl hits Jacksonville, Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl slammed into Florida on Monday, toppling trees and downing power lines in the coastal city of Jacksonville and forcing the cancelation of Memorial Day commemorations. After coming ashore near the Florida-Georgia state line overnight, Beryl lost steam and winds fell below 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour,…

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