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Egypt on alert as protestors attack Israel embassy

Egypt declared a state of high alert Saturday as police clashed with protesters who raided a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, prompting Washington to call for protection of the mission. Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district after US President President…

Anti-Muslim graffiti scrawled on West Bank mosque

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Vandals sprayed graffiti on the walls of a mosque and a university in the West Bank town of Birzeit near Ramallah on Friday in attacks by suspected Israeli settlers. Palestinian security officials told AFP that “Death to the Arabs” and slogans insulting the Prophet Mohammed were…

U.S. reconnaissance plane under jamming attack: aide

A US military reconnaissance plane came under electronic attack from North Korea and had to make an emergency landing during a major military exercise in March, an aide to a lawmaker said Friday. The aide said the plane suffered disturbance to its global positioning system (GPS) by jamming signals from…

British Guantanamo inmate on hunger strike

The last remaining British detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison has gone on hunger strike and said in a letter obtained by the BBC on Friday that he is being treated inhumanely. Shaker Aamer has been held at the US-run prison in Cuba for almost 10 years despite being cleared…

Israel calls Turkey’s threat to send warships ‘grave and serious’

A top Israeli minister on Friday described as “grave and serious” a threat by Ankara to send warships to escort any aid vessels trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s naval blockade. Israel and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute since May 2010 when Israeli…

U2 rockumentary opens Toronto film festival

A documentary on the Irish rock band U2′s dizzying rise to superstardom rocked Canada’s largest metropolis as it opened the Toronto film festival. Fans cheered as Bono and U2 guitarist The Edge appeared for the gala opener of “From The Sky Down,” directed by Davis Guggenheim. It is the first…

Gaddafi’s men flee to Niger, hunt for leader goes on

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Some senior Muammar Gaddafi loyalists are among a new group that has fled to Niger, security sources there said on Friday, a day before a deadline expires for the surrender of some of the deposed leader’s remaining strongholds in Libya. Gaddafi himself declared in an audio broadcast…

Berlusconi faces new scandal as Italy debt crisis deepens

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced new accusations on Friday over a prostitution scandal that has added a fresh distraction as Italy struggles to avert a debt crisis which could tear the euro zone apart. Berlusconi is reported to have told Valter Lavitola, a shadowy consultant now wanted…

IMF chief urges bold action in G7 crisis talks

Finance ministers from the world’s richest economies gathered Friday to work out how to head off gathering storm clouds, as the new IMF chief urged bold action on the sovereign debt crisis. After US President Barack Obama unveiled a $447 billion jobs plan to energise the world’s largest economy, finance…

Interpol issues arrest notice for Gaddafi, son Seif

World police body Interpol called Friday for the arrest of fugitive former Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for his alleged crimes against humanity, following a request by the International Criminal Court. Interpol said it had issued a “red notice” for the arrest of Kadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and his intelligence…

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