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Activists launch worldwide protests

Protesters launched worldwide street demonstrations Saturday against corporate greed and biting cutbacks in a rolling action targetting 951 cities in 82 countries. Inspired by America’s “Occupy Wall Street” and Spain’s “Indignants”, people took to the streets in Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo in the opening hours of the unprecedented global…

Kenya ‘to pursue kidnappers into Somalia’

Kenya’s military will pursue Somali gunmen across the frontier who they say are responsible for a spate of kidnappings of foreigners, the internal security minister said Saturday. “Our territorial integrity is threatened with serious security threats of terrorism, we cannot allow this to happen at all,” said Internal Security Minister…

Ex-warlord emerges as kingmaker after Liberian vote

Notorious ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who was filmed ordering his men to cut off the ears of dictator Samuel Doe two decades ago, has emerged as a surprising kingmaker in Liberia’s presidential election. Placing a strong third with half the polling stations tallied, the 59-year old former rebel leader looks like…

Miscommunication caused U.S. drone deaths: report

A US Marine and a Navy medic were killed by a US drone strike in April because Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, the Los Angeles Times reported. The two men were the first US military officers to be killed in a friendly fire incident involving unmanned…

Iran case shows growing national security role of Drug Enforcement Administration

By Basil Katz NEW YORK (Reuters) – The idea of Mexican drug cartels cooperating with Iranian plotters to carry out bombings and murders in the United States may be far-fetched. That is because the alleged plan by Iranian-American suspect Manssor Arbabsiar and a co-defendant to use a Mexican gang to…

U.S. drone strike kills son of the ‘blind sheikh’

WASHINGTON — A US drone strike on Friday killed the son of an Egyptian cleric tied to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, US-based monitors said, citing a militant group. Ahmed Omar Abdul Rahman, son of the blind sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, was killed Friday on the “frontlines” in Afghanistan,…

Obama sends 100 combat troops to Uganda

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama said Friday he is sending 100 combat troops to central Africa to help and advise forces battling Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebels accused of rape, murder and kidnapping. The US troops, subject to the approval of national authorities, could deploy in Uganda, South Sudan,…

Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – A group of students stormed Goldman Sachs’s central Milan offices on Friday ahead of worldwide protests against financial inequality planned for the weekend. The Italian demonstrations are the latest bout of anger at banks and financiers as outcry spreads throughout the world following the occupation of Wall Street inNew…

Berlusconi wins confidence vote, but still weak

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a vote of confidence on Friday, giving his struggling center-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life. Berlusconi, who said before the vote that the country would be thrown into economic and social catastrophe if his government collapsed now, won the vote…

Israeli soldier Shalit to be returned home by Thursday

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit is to return to Israel on Tuesday at the same time as 450 Palestinian prisoners are freed if the terms of a swap deal are respected, a senior Israeli official said on Friday. “We hope that the timetable laid out in the agreement will be respected…

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