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Egypt builds wall around Israel embassy

CAIRO — The Egyptian authorities are erecting a wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo as relations between the two neighbours who signed a peace treaty in 1979 are at a delicate phase. The wall, about two metres (6.5 feet) high, consists of prefabricated cement slabs that are being installed…

Leaked cable: Lebanon speaker pleased with 2006 Israel raids

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s parliament speaker, a seemingly unshakeable ally of the powerful Shiite Hezbollah, drew pleasure from Israel’s deadly raids on the militant group in 2006, a leaked US diplomatic cable said. The July 2006 cable, classified confidential and released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks last week, said speaker Nabih Berri…

Netflix starts streaming video to Latin America

MEXICO CITY — US video giant Netflix on Monday announced the launch of its television and movie streaming service to Latin America and the Caribbean. The service started Monday in Brazil and would be made available in 43 countries and territories in the region over the next week, wrote Rochelle…

Japan to focus on clean energy exports

TOKYO — Japan will develop and promote new clean energy technologies after the nuclear crisis, new foreign minister Koichiro Gemba said on Monday. “We have bullet trains and water. From now on, there will be environmental technology,” said Gemba, signalling a shift away from nuclear power, a technology the country…

World is safer 10 years after 9/11: EU, NATO

The world is safer today than in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the United States, with global terror groups weaker than 10 years ago, senior EU and NATO officials said Monday. A decade after Al-Qaeda traumatised the United States, the terror network has lost its leader, Osama…

Blair was ‘godfather to Murdoch’s daughter’

LONDON — Former prime minister Tony Blair is godfather to one of Rupert Murdoch’s young children, sources said on Monday, raising fresh questions about British political links to the media mogul’s empire. The revelation first emerged in a Vogue magazine interview with Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng, which also contains claims…

British torture inquiry to examine Libya claims

A British inquiry into alleged complicity in the mistreatment of suspected terrorists said on Monday it would look into new claims that Britain was involved in rendition of suspects to Libya. Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Gibson inquiry in July 2010 to probe allegations that secret services were…

D.Telekom could miss fee if AT&T deal fails: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Deutsche Telekom AG could miss out on a multi-billion dollar break fee if regulatory hurdles cause the failure of its $39 billion deal to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T , a person familiar with the matter said. “There are a number of options under which the (break fee)…

China denies providing weapons to Libya

BEIJING — Chinese companies have not provided Libya with any “military products”, China’s foreign ministry said Tuesday, after reports of Beijing offering weapons to the ousted Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper reported on Sunday that Beijing offered huge stockpiles of weapons to Kadhafi during the final…

West Bank mosque torched as police dismantle outpost

QUSRA, Palestinian Territories — Vandals set fire to a mosque in the northern West Bank early on Monday in an apparent retaliatory attack after police dismantled three homes in a Jewish settlement. The mosque in Qusra village, some 15 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Nablus, was damaged when two tyres…

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