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Russia recognizes Libya’s rebels as world leaders meet

Russia on Thursday officially recognised Libya’s rebels as the governing authority in the country, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The Russian Federation recognises Libya’s National Transitional Council as the ruling authority and notes its reform programme that includes the development of a new constitution, holding general elections and…

Phone leak reveals foul-mouthed Berlusconi

A foul-mouthed Silvio Berlusconi is caught saying he wants to leave Italy, according to a leaked phone conversation published by Italian media as part of a probe into a blackmail plot against the prime minister. “I’m so transparent, so clean in everything I do. There’s nothing I could be reproached…

WikiLeaks cable: U.S. troops handcuffed, shot Iraqi children in raid

According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70′s and five children ages five and under. McClatchy is reporting that the soldiers then…

Almost 10 years on, 9/11 conspiracy theories abound

For some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attacks: yes, the American government. Defying countless official and non-governmental enquiries, media reporting, and often common sense, a significant number of people fervently disbelieve that Osama bin…

Billing dispute reveals CIA torture flights

A billing dispute in New York has revealed details of secret CIA rendition flights that transported terror suspects around the world following the September 11 attacks, newspapers reported. The Washington Post, one of a handful of media outlets alerted to the public court documents by a London-based rights group, said…

Vandals destroy Jewish monument in Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) – Vandals destroyed a monument to victims of a World War Two pogrom against Jews in Poland, covering it with racist inscriptions and swastikas in green paint, police said on Thursday. It was the latest in a recent series of racist and xenophobic acts of vandalism targeting the…

World powers, new Libyan leaders meet to map out reconstruction

PARIS (Reuters) – Leaders of the Libyan uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi sit down with world powers on Thursday to map out the country’s rebuilding, 42 years to the day after the former strongman seized power in a coup. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose…

Libyan military says Gaddafi in desert town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is in a desert town outside Tripoli planning a fightback, a Libyan military chief said on Thursday, as Libya’s interim rulers conferred with world powers on reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of war. Abdel Majid Mlegta, coordinator…

WikiLeaks releases encrypted mystery file

UPDATE: WikiLeaks blames Guardian journalist for release of 251,000 unredacted U.S. cables WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks released a mysterious encrypted file on Wednesday after telling its followers on Twitter to stand by for “an important announcement.” WikiLeaks did not identify the contents of the 571 megabyte file and it could not…

British plane flying $212 million to Libya

LONDON — A British plane flew $212 million worth of Libyan banknotes to Libya on Wednesday after an assets freeze aimed at the then leader Moamer Kadhafi’s regime was lifted, a British official said. The notes, amounting to 280 million Libyan dinar, should be available to replenish cash machines and…

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