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Some of WikiLeaks’ Bank of America files destroyed by former spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some internal Bank of America files obtained by WikiLeaks have been destroyed, according to a former close collaborator of Julian Assange, the whistleblowing website’s founder. In an email to Reuters, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who last year was fired by Assange as WikiLeaks’ co-spokesman, confirmed that he had destroyed…

World Bank ready to help Libya

WASHINGTON — The World Bank said Monday it has been monitoring Libya’s economic situation and would be guided by member countries on resuming its activities with the country. “Guided by our shareholders, the Bank will reengage with Libya just as soon as we can be helpful in the country’s recovery,”…

Denmark to lay claim to the North Pole sea bed

COPENHAGEN — Denmark on Monday presented its “Arctic Strategy” for the next decade, confirming that it intends to lay claim to the North Pole sea bed by 2014 at the latest. The 58-page report said Denmark and its autonomous Arctic territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands had agreed on…

Canada loses charismatic opposition chief to cancer

Jack Layton, whose popularity and political skill helped his New Democrats surge past the Liberals to become Canada’s official opposition earlier this year, has died at the age of 61. The charismatic and well-respected Canadian politician had appeared before the media on July 25 to announce in a halting voice…

U.S. seeks to boost aid to Libya rebel council

The United States is working with international partners on ways to continue financing the Libyan National Transitional Council as rebel forces take control of Tripoli, a US Treasury official said Monday. But Washington continues to keep frozen about $37 billion in assets of the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi and…

Obama: With Gaddafi’s era over, U.S. will be Libya’s ‘partner’

US President Barack Obama pressed Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to “explicitly” give up power and warned exuberant rebels that their struggles were “not over yet.” “The Libya that you deserve is within your reach,” the president said in a message to Libya’s insurgents, cautioning “there will be huge challenges ahead”…

Feds bust Iraqi crime ring said to be selling IEDs to Mexican drug cartels

By Grace Wyler Federal law enforcement agents in San Diego arrested 60 people in connection with an Iraqi criminal ring with ties to Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. The gang is accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs (IEDs) out of a social club for Iraqi immigrants in El…

Strauss-Kahn accuser in key talks with prosecutors

The hotel maid who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her will meet with New York prosecutors Monday for key talks that could lead to a dismissal of the case. Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old immigrant from the West African country of Guinea, says the man once…

Obama: Gaddafi’s regime has reached an end

President Barack Obama said that Moamer Gaddafi’s regime had come to an end and the Libyan “tyrant” must leave now to avoid further bloodshed. In a written statement late Sunday, Obama also looked to the post-Gaddafi era, calling on Libyan rebels who have surged into Tripoli to respect human rights.…

Norway wants explorer ship back 80 years after sinking

Eighty years after it sank in the Canadian Arctic, explorer Roald Amundsen’s three-mast ship Maud may once again sail across the Atlantic to become the centerpiece of a new museum in Norway. Canada, however, must still agree to the repatriation plan hatched by Norwegian investors, amid strong opposition from locals…

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