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New Zealand high court: MegaUpload raid was illegal

WELLINGTON — New Zealand police acted illegally when armed officers raided Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion earlier this year, a High Court judge ruled on Thursday. Judge Helen Winkelmann said the search warrants police used when they raided the Internet millionaire’s property as part of a US probe into…

Police order: Assange must turn himself in

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been served with a police letter saying he has to present himself to a London police station on Friday, according to sources. Assange has been seeking political asylum inside Ecuador’s embassy in London since last week as he tries to avoid extradition to Sweden, where…

Russia against Syria solutions ‘dictated from abroad’

Russia said Thursday it backed a political transition in Syria but rejected Western pressure to call for the exit of President Bashar al-Assad, ahead of international talks on ending the spiralling conflict. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov poured cold water on hopes that world powers have already agreed a common strategy…

Mongolians go to polls hoping for mining wealth

Resource-rich Mongolia headed to the polls Thursday to elect a new parliament, with both major parties telling frustrated voters they would deliver better shares of a stunning but divisive mining boom. Mongolia’s economy has exploded in recent years as mining giants such as Rio Tinto and China’s Shenhua moved in…

David Beckham fails to make UK Olympic team

Former England captain David Beckham revealed Thursday he had not been picked for Great Britain’s Olympic football squad. Beckham, regarded as a potential skipper of the side, confirmed in a statement he had not made the final 18-man squad as one of coach Stuart Pearce’s three over-age players. Pearce had…

EU summit in spotlight as debt crisis deepens

EU leaders debate “a big leap forward” to strengthen their union and save the euro at a two-day summit starting Thursday, but divisions may scuttle efforts to shore up the single currency. European Union heads of state and government gather from 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) as the debt crisis, now…

Suu Kyi ends triumphant European tour in Paris

Myanmar’s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi wraps up her triumphant tour of Europe in France on Thursday, after being lauded during her visits as a model of peaceful resistance to dictatorship. The Nobel Peace laureate — who spent almost two decades under house arrest for her freedom struggle —…

Historic stolen atlas returned to Sweden

NEW YORK — A 415-year-old atlas stolen from Sweden’s Royal Library more than a decade ago was recovered in the United States and has been returned to the Scandinavian country, officials said Wednesday. The Cornelius van Wytfliet atlas, which contains 19 rare maps, vanished alongside 55 other books, a theft…

Clinton hails Egypt vote but warns it’s ‘just the beginning’

HELSINKI — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday congratulated Egypt’s newly elected Islamist president, but cautioned that the election was just a first step towards true democracy. “We have congratulated President (Mohamed) Morsi and the Egyptian people for continuing on their path to democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters…

Google reaches deal with anti-racism group over ‘Jew’ search suggestion

Internet search giant Google has reached a deal under legal mediation with French anti-racism groups which objected to the search engine suggesting users add “Jew” to searches for prominent names. Both sides confirmed the deal had been reached for the groups to drop a legal complaint against Google but refused…

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