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Blasts hit Egypt gas pipeline to Israel, Jordan

CAIRO — An Egyptian pipeline sending gas to Israel and Jordan was hit by two explosions early Thursday, Egypt’s security services and the official news agency said. A first blast occurred around 1:00 am (2300 GMT Wednesday) 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the town of al-Arish in the north…

Brazil court refuses to stop work on Amazon dam

BRASILIA — A federal court on Wednesday rejected an appeal for suspending construction of Brazil’s controversial $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon until after indigenous people have been consulted. The court, based in Brasilia, upheld a legislative decree that authorized construction, which is opposed…

Online critic of drug violence beheaded in Mexico

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A man who moderated a website denouncing drug violence on Mexico’s northeast border was found beheaded Wednesday, local police said, in the fourth such apparent revenge attack since September. Police found the decapitated, tortured body in Nuevo Laredo city alongside a message referring to his alleged…

Cheaper broadband coming to low-income families

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cable companies will offer high-speed Internet service to low-income families in the United States at around a fifth of the national average price, the top communications regulator said on Wednesday. Families who qualify for free school lunches will be able to sign up for $9.95 a month high-speed Internet…

European stocks, euro tumble after Berlusconi resignation

European stocks closed sharply lower Wednesday as any early optimism that the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi would calm the markets disappeared in a wave of near panic. Dealers said investors first thought Berlusconi’s decision would clear the decks but as it became clearer that Italy faces possibly months of political uncertainty,…

French, Germans explore idea of core euro zone

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German and French officials have discussed plans for a radical overhaul of the European Union that would involve establishing a more integrated and potentially smaller euro zone, EU sources say. French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave some flavor of his thinking during an address to students in the eastern French city of Strasbourg…

Merkel calls for ‘new Europe’ as Italy hits breaking point

ROME/BERLIN (Reuters) – Italian borrowing costs reached breaking point Wednesday after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s insistence on elections instead of an interim government opened the way to prolonged instability and delays to long-promised economic reforms. In a dramatic escalation of the euro zone debt crisis, Italian 10-year bond yields shot above the…

Mother of WikiLeaks founder to protest Obama visit

The mother of Australian-born whistleblower Julian Assange on Wednesday said she would picket a visit of US President Barack Obama to the capital, Canberra, to rally support for her son. Christine Assange said she would take protests in support of the founder of WikiLeaks to Parliament House next Thursday, where Obama is…

Iran remains defiant on nuclear program

Iran vowed Wednesday it “will not budge an iota” from its nuclear path despite a new UN report hardening suspicions it is seeking atomic weapons, as an Iranian general warned Israel of “destruction” if it launched an attack. The words of defiance fell while the United States and its allies said they were…

IMF chief warns world economy risks ‘downward spiral’

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday warned the world risked plunging into a “downward spiral” of financial instability and urged Asian economies to be on their guard. Lagarde said Asia was not immune to problems currently sweeping the eurozone, as she began a two-day visit to China likely to focus on the deepening debt…

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