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Deadly bomb hits Pakistan funeral

A bomb explosion during funeral prayers held for a local elder killed at least seven people and wounded 23 others in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, police said. The incident took place in the district of Lower Dir, 100 kilometres northwest of the Swat valley where the military in 2009 launched…

Pakistan says U.S. warning on militants hurts ties

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The U.S. warning on militants based in Pakistan, blamed by Washington for this week’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, works against counter-terrorism cooperation between the two allies, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. It was referring to comments by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta…

Soros says European treasury needed to avoid Depression

(Reuters) – Billionaire investor George Soros has warned Europe’s debt crisis risks triggering another Great Depression unless euro zone leaders adopt a series of radical policy measures, including the creation of a common treasury. Soros, in an article for the New York Review of Books and Reuters.com, says policymakers must…

Swiss Bank UBS says rogue trader cost it $2 billion

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss bank UBS said a rogue trader had lost it $2 billion in unauthorized dealing, and police in London arrested a man in connection with the case. British police said they had arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of fraud. Swiss newspaper NZZ cited UBS as saying…

U.K., French leaders arrive in Libya

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Libya on Thursday for a visit with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a spokeswoman for his Downing Street office said. “We can confirm he has arrived,” the spokeswoman said. Cameron and Sarkozy are the most senior Western leaders to visit Libya since Moamer Kadhafi…

Obama still highly popular in Europe: poll

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s ratings have plunged at home but he remains highly popular in Europe, with 75 percent in 12 EU nations approving his handling of global affairs, a poll said Wednesday. He is also much better liked than his predecessor George W. Bush, whose rating in…

Spanish court reopens rape case against Saudi prince

MADRID — A Spanish court has reopened a probe into allegations a Saudi billionaire prince raped a model on a yacht in the Mediterranean three years ago, according to a ruling seen by AFP Wednesday. The case concerns Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah and one of…

China sentences four to death over Xinjiang unrest

BEIJING — China has sentenced four people to death over unrest in the ethnically-torn Xinjiang region, state media reported Thursday, after vowing to crack down on “terrorism” in the troubled far-western area. Two others were jailed for 19 years over a wave of deadly violence in July in the region,…

Eel slithers up man’s penis during bath

A Chinese man named Zhang Nan received a very unhappy ending during a recent trip to a spa: While sitting in a bath with live eels to cleanse his skin, an eel slithered up his urethra and all the way up into his bladder, UK newspaper Metro reported. “I climbed…

U.S. vows not to meddle with post-Kadhafi Libya

Washington respects the right of Libyans to decide their own future, a senior US official said Wednesday in Tripoli, as the African Union pushed for an inclusive government after Moamer Kadhafi’s ouster. “The United States respects Libya’s sovereignty,” said Jeffrey Feltman, the highest ranking US official to visit the Libyan…

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