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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…

Mubarak trial resumes amid clashes at court

The trial of Hosni Mubarak resumed on Monday after dozens of the ousted 83-year-old Egyptian president’s supporters and opponents clashed near the Cairo courtroom before his arrival on a stretcher. The session was to hear witness testimony to try to determine who gave the orders for the killing of hundreds…

Chancellor Merkel’s party crushed by left in her own home state

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered an electoral setback in her home state Sunday, two years before a national vote and amid mounting criticism over her handling of the eurozone crisis. Key opposition parties took votes from her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the poll, the latest in a string…

Iceland charges European states with ‘bullying’

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) – Iceland’s president accused European countries on Sunday of having bullied it into agreeing to guarantee repayment of the debts of a failed bank, reviving a dispute with Britain and the Netherlands whose citizens are owed billions. When Iceland’s banking sector collapsed in the 2008 global financial crisis,…

Few labor figures on Sunday shows for Labor Day Weekend

Despite it being Labor Day Weekend, the Sunday talk shows didn’t find it necessary to have union leaders be among their guests this week. Teamsters’s President Jim Hoffa was the only person affiliated with a labor organization on a Sunday  political talk show. Hoffa appeared on CNN’s State of the…

Iran nuclear plant ‘linked to electricity grid’

TEHRAN — Iran’s first nuclear power plant has been hooked up to the national grid supplying 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity, the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation announced on Sunday. “Last night at 11:29 pm (1859 GMT), the Bushehr power plant was connected with 60 megawatts to the national…

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