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Chile says no survivors in Pacific Ocean air crash

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – All 21 people aboard a military aircraft that crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the remote Juan Fernandez islands perished, Chile’s government said on Saturday, as rescuers and fishermen scoured for bodies. Search and rescue teams have recovered four bodies so far in the wake of Friday’s…

Strauss-Kahn flying home to France from New York

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn cleared security at a New York airport Saturday before boarding a flight headed to France, after sensational sexual assault charges against him were dropped. Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair made their way through a crowd of journalists at John F. Kennedy International Airport before…

Report: CIA worked closely with Gadhafi

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has worked closely with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi in imprisoning terrorists suspects, according to documents found in Tripoli by Human Rights Watch. The documents reveal that the CIA worked with Gadhafi’s intelligence agencies in capturing Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that has…

U.S. cable says Philippines’ Aquino ‘diffident’

Philippine president Benigno Aquino was described by the former United States’ envoy as “diffident and unassertive”, secret cables published by anti-secrecy website Wikileaks reveal. US ambassador to Manila Kristie Kenney filed the series of unflattering cables after then senator Aquino had declared his presidential candidacy and during the election campaign,…

Prosthetics runner wins silver at track and field world champs.

Oscar Pistorius will receive a historic world silver medal on Saturday but the moment will be tinged with bitterness after he was left out of the 4x400m relay team for the final. The controversial ‘Blade Runner’, who runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades, was a member of the South…

Taliban claims kidnap of 30 Pakistanis

Pakistani Taliban on Saturday claimed responsibility for the kidnap of more than 30 young people who mistakenly crossed the border from the country’s lawless northwest into Afghanistan. A spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) said those kidnapped were not boys as reported by Pakistani officials but aged between 20 and 30,…

Nazi war crimes suspect Sandor Kepiro dies

Hungary’s Sandor Kepiro, until recently the world’s most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect, died Saturday in Budapest aged 97, said his family, cited by the Hungarian news agency MTI. Kepiro was suspected of ordering the execution of over 30 Jews and Serbs in the Serbian town of Novi Sad in…

UN eyes post-Kadhafi Libya, Tripoli goes back to work

Police were back on the streets of Tripoli and business slowly resumed Saturday after a week of fighting, festivities and political tumult, in a quiet but significant boost for Libya’s fledgling government. Meanwhile the international community — hyper-sensitive to mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan — moved to ensure longer-term…

Assange could be prosecuted for unplanned WikiLeaks release

Since the unanticipated release this week, in complete and unredacted form, of all 251,287 U.S. State Department cables held by WikiLeaks, there has been plenty of blame to go around — and the possible repercussions have grown increasingly dire. Most obviously in danger are the informants in places like Iran,…

Chile police chief resigns after shooting of protester

SANTIAGO — Chile’s police chief resigned Friday after coming under pressure over the high-profile shooting death of a teenage protester that has fueled social unrest in the Andean nation. General Eduardo Gordon’s position as general director of the carabineros became untenable when the government asked him to respond to a…

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