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Anti-Kadhafi forces seize key Libya airport

Anti-Kadhafi fighters said Tuesday they had captured the airport and a garrison in the defeated Libyan despot’s southern redoubt Sabha, as fighting raged in two of his northern strongholds. The battlefield victories came as the United States and its allies prepared to meet on the sidelines of the UN General…

Egypt’s democratic transition lags amid confusion

CAIRO — It took 18 days of democracy protests to end Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years in power. It may yet take at least 18 months after his overthrow to see off the generals who succeeded him. The military, in charge since Mubarak was toppled in February, has said…

Israel ends police cooperation with Turkey

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Monday it was withdrawing its police representative from Turkey and ending bilateral cooperation between their forces as the diplomatic crisis between the two former allies deepened. “Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has ordered the transfer to Bucharest of the Israel Police representative in Ankara,” ministry…

U.S. calls for restraint in Yemen

SANAA — The United States on Monday called for restraint in Yemen where activists and medics said at least 53 anti-regime protesters have been killed in two days of violence. The US embassy said Washington hoped for a peaceful transition of power in Sanaa and hoped a Gulf Cooperation Council…

Necklace worn on Titanic stolen from Copenhagen exhibit

COPENHAGEN — A necklace once worn by a passenger on the ill-fated ocean liner the Titanic has been stolen from a traveling exhibit in Copenhagen, the exhibit venue said Monday. The necklace was stolen Saturday during opening hours at the exhibit hall in Tivoli park in the centre of the…

UN leader accuses big business of health cover-up

UNITED NATIONS — UN leader Ban Ki-moon Monday accused big business of putting public health at risk “to protect their own profits” as he launched a summit on everyday diseases killing tens of millions each year. About 36 million people die each year from cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other…

‘Heavy fighting’ in Sudan border region

Heavy fighting in Sudan’s war-torn border region saw rebels loyal to an outlawed political party drive government forces out of a key garrison town, the party’s secretary general said on Monday. Yasser Arman also demanded that the government release more than 140 leaders of the northern branch of the Sudan…

Strauss-Kahn ‘rape attempt’ writer to go primetime

French writer Tristane Banon, who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her in 2003 will appear on primetime television Monday, a day after the former IMF chief broke his media silence. Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old French author who is the daughter of a family friend of Strauss-Kahn, has…

News International to pay $4.7 million to settle hacking case

(Reuters) – News International is expected to pay about three million pounds($4.7 million) to settle hacking claims by the family of murder victim Milly Dowler against the now defunct News of the World newspaper, sources close to the case told Reuters on Monday. The settlement is likely to involve close…

WikiLeaks auctions memorabilia to raise funds

Fancy a signed version of a WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, or a sachet of coffee smuggled out of jail by Julian Assange? Then the cash-strapped whistleblowing website has the auction for you. With its coffers empty because of the blocking of credit card payments by major operators including Visa and MasterCard,…

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