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Greek protesters walk off the job, block property tax

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek protesters halted public transport in Athens on Thursday and moved to disrupt collection of an unpopular new property tax in a growing wave of opposition to harsh new austerity measures demanded by international lenders. With the beleaguered Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou fighting to…

Alleged Iran plot may have violated U.N. treaty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States may have violated a U.N. treaty protecting diplomats and could escalate the crisis to an international court. U.S. authorities have arrested Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar for the alleged plot and accused a second Iranian man,…

New Zealand braces as oil slick ship breaks up

Salvage crews reboarded a stricken ship at the centre of New Zealand’s worst sea pollution disaster on Thursday as authorities ordered people off oil-blackened beaches. The crews, fearing that a breakup of the Rena was now inevitable, hoped to drain its fuel tanks to prevent further fuel from spewing into…

U.S. demands that Iran be punished for ‘Saudi envoy plot’

The United States has urged the world to take concerted action against Iran for an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on American soil, calling it a “dangerous escalation.” Tehran has accused the United States of fabricating the charges to distract from domestic economic woes amid growing anti-Wall Street…

World needs joint nuclear safety approach: report

The global upsurge in the use of nuclear power in countries such as China, Russia and Britain must be accompanied by a greater focus on security and the management of nuclear waste, a report said Thursday. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the respected Royal Society called for a…

Ai Weiwei named world’s most important art figure

LONDON — Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who hit the headlines during his 81-day detention by Chinese authorities, was on Thursday named as the world’s most powerful art figure by influential magazine Art Review. Ai, who was released in June after being imprisoned for “economic crimes”, tops the London-based publication’s…

Kadhafi son captured in Sirte: NTC

TRIPOLI — Mutassim Kadhafi, a son of Libya’s former leader, has been arrested in his hometown of Sirte, the new National Transitional Council said Wednesday. “Mutassim Kadhafi was captured at Sirte and was transferred to Benghazi” in the country’s east, NTC advisor Abdelkarim Bizama told AFP. “We did not announce…

U.S. seeks U.N. Security Council support for Iran action

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Wednesday sought UN Security Council support for action to hold Iran “accountable” for an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, diplomats said. France and Britain have already given strong backing to the US government. But the US administration will also…

Iran rejects “vulgar” U.S. plot allegation

TEHRAN (Reuters) – U.S. allegations that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington are a “mischievous” attempt to fuel tension between Tehran and Riyadh, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday. U.S. authorities said on Tuesday they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran’s security agencies to kill the Saudi envoy, Adel…

Fighters move in for kill in Kadhafi town

orces of Libya’s new regime were looking to move in for the kill against Moamer Kadhafi’s diehards in his hometown Sirte on Wednesday after meeting little resistance and taking several key landmarks. A day after seizing Sirte’s police headquarters, the National Transitional Council (NTC) forces were still locked in skirmishes around eastern districts and…

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