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Topless women protest trial of former Ukrainian prime minister

KIEV — Activists from Ukraine’s scandalous FEMEN group staged a topless protest Tuesday in a show of anger against the entire political class amid the trial against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Two young women climbed on the roof of a police truck parked in the courthouse area and quickly…

Israelis kill Palestinian teenager in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip as he came near to the border with Israel, Palestinian medics and witnesses said. The 17-year-old had approached the border east of the refugee camp of Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, the…

Norway polar bear’s toothache may have caused attack

OSLO — The polar bear that mauled a British teenager to death on August 5 in the Norwegian Arctic may have attacked because he was suffering with a toothache, Norway’s veterinary institute said Tuesday. While examining the 250-kilogram (550-pound) male that was shot and killed after attacking the campsite of…

UK parliamentary body likely to recall James Murdoch

LONDON (Reuters) – A British parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking at a now defunct UK tabloid paper is very likely to recall News Corp executive James Murdoch in person after receiving further statements that cast doubt on his previous testimony. “When we have the further information that we are seeking,…

Belarus criticizes new U.S. economic sanctions

The United States imposed sanctions last Thursday against four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to President Alexander Lukashenko in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition. “I believe that this is an act of aggression against the Belarussian people, a blow to the Belarussian economy, especially sectors which are…

Gaddafi forces fire Scud missile

Rebels fighting to end Gaddafi’s 41-year rule seized two strategic towns near Tripoli over the past two days, cutting the city off from its supply lines and leaving the Libyan leader with a dwindling set of options if he is to stay in power. The Scud missile was fired on Sunday morning…

High pressure with Germany-France talks

PARIS (Reuters) – The leaders of France and Germany meet for high-pressure talks on Tuesday to discuss what further measures they can take to shore up investor confidence in the euro zone following a dramatic market sell-off last week. President Nicolas Sarkozy andGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel are under pressure to show financial markets they are in agreement on doing…

Biden heads to China to woo next Chinese leader

Vice President Joe Biden heads to China in hopes of winning favor with the rising power’s next leader, seeking a smoother relationship after Beijing’s sharp criticism of US fiscal policy. Biden will spend five days in China, an unusually long trip that comes at the invitation of Vice President Xi…

High food prices threaten poorest: World Bank

WASHINGTON — Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned Monday. Global food prices in July were 33 percent higher than a year ago, while oil prices were up 45…

Man arrested over Sydney schoolgirl ‘collar bomb’

SYDNEY — An Australian man was arrested Tuesday in the Unites States in connection with a fake bomb strapped around the neck of a Sydney schoolgirl, police said. New South Wales state detectives said the 50-year-old was taken into custody in Louisville, Kentucky, in an operation assisted by the United…

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