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Deadly suicide bomb rocks Nigeria U.N. building

ABUJA — A suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday, killing at least 18 people, leaving others trapped and blowing out large areas of the building, officials said. Witnesses reported that the bomb went off after a suspect forced his way through security…

British planes attack bunker in Gaddafi’s home town

British planes fired missiles at a bunker in Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s home town of Sirte, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. “At around midnight, a formation of Tornado GR4s… fired a salvo of Storm Shadow precision-guided missiles against a large headquarters bunker in Kadhafi’s home town of Sirte,”…

Libyan rebels to seek U.N. seat in September

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Libyan rebel political leader said on Friday the transitional government-in-waiting will seek a seat at the United Nations next month following the apparent overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi this week. “We hope that next month Libya will be occupying the seat it holds at the United Nations,”…

Casino attack in Mexico’s Monterrey leaves 53 dead

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – Masked gunmen killed at least 53 people at a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, leaving it ablaze with patrons trapped inside in one of the worst attacks in a major Mexican city in years. Analysts and officials said the brazen assault had all the hallmarks…

Japan’s Prime Minister to resign with no clear successor

TOKYO (Reuters) – The race to pick Japan’s sixth leader in five years appeared on Friday to be shaping up as a battle between the most popular contender and a rival backed by a party powerbroker, although with five candidates in play, the outcome was hard to call. Prime Minister…

Bomb blast reported at UN offices in Nigeria

A bomb explosion rocked the UN office in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday, a UN spokeswoman told AFP. “We spoke to our colleagues in Lagos, who confirmed that the explosion was caused by a bomb. But we have no further information for now,” said the spokeswoman. A spokeswoman for…

Rebels send in special forces to hunt for Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they were sending in special forces units in their hunt for fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi, whose supporters are now pinned down in pockets of resistance in the capital, Tripoli. The rebel leadership announced it was planning to move from the eastern city of Benghazi,…

Japan lifts ban on beef following radiation scare

TOKYO — Japan on Thursday lifted bans on beef from disaster-hit regions, a month after imposing restrictions over fears thousands of cattle had been contaminated in the Fukushima nuclear accident. Bans on beef from Iwate, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures were lifted after effective safety measures protecting livestock from contamination had…

Book showing Ikea founder had deeper Nazi ties makes waves

STOCKHOLM — The founder of Ikea admitted long ago he foolishly flirted with Nazism in his youth, but a new book is making waves in Sweden with claims his ties to the fascist movement went much deeper than he has acknowledged. Ingvar Kamprad, the 85-year-old Swedish billionaire who founded and…

U.S. surveillance drone crashes in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan — An American surveillance drone equipped with a camera crashed in southwestern Pakistan Thursday close to the Afghan border, local officials said, adding the wreckage had been recovered. The unmanned aircraft went down because of a technical fault just inside Pakistani territory in Chaman town, in insurgency-hit Baluchistan…

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