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Egypt’s Mubarak ‘refuses food, extremely weak’

Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, due to go on trial next week for murder, is refusing food in his hospital detention and has become extremely weak, state media reported on Wednesday. Mubarak, 83, has been detained since April on charges of ordering the killings of anti-regime protesters and corruption. He is…

Russia faces crisis if Putin returns: Kremlin advisers

Russia faces a massive crisis including economic collapse and social tensions if Vladimir Putin rather than Dmitry Medvedev stands in presidential polls, two Kremlin advisers warned on Wednesday. In the most vocal call yet for Medvedev to seek a second mandate in 2012 elections, the advisers from the Institute of…

Palestinian leaders meet to endorse UN bid

The PLO Central Council was on Wednesday expected to endorse a decision by the Palestinian leadership to seek full membership in the United Nations in September. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to address council members at the meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, which got under way late…

Norway finds ‘no proof’ of British link to gunman

Norway’s domestic intelligence chief said Wednesday there was no evidence that the gunman who admitted last week’s twin attacks had links to other cells in the country or in Britain. Janne Kristiansen also rejected defence arguments that suspected killer Anders Behring Breivik was insane, saying that he was sane and…

Landslides kill 22 after downpours in S. Korea

Torrential rain pounding South Korea on Wednesday triggered landslides which killed 22 people, flooded hundreds of homes and turned main roads into rivers of churning, muddy water. Thirteen people died when a mudslide hit an inn and three homes in the mountainous Chuncheon area 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of…

Lockerbie bomber attends pro-Gaddafi meeting

Ailing Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, convicted for life over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, made his first public appearance in nearly two years at a meeting in support of strongman Moamer Kadhafi. Megrahi, 59, who has terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August…

Dozens of boars found dead on French beach

Dozens of wild boars have turned up dead this month around a beach in western France, officials say, as they suspect poisonous blue-green algae for the deaths. Three dead boars were found on Wednesday at the mouth of the Gouessant estuary in Brittany, an AFP journalist witnessed, bringing to 31…

‘Evil’ Australian hacker faces 49 charges

SYDNEY — A man who used the online nickname “Evil” has been charged with hacking attacks that police Wednesday alleged could have caused considerable damage to Australia?s national infrastructure. The 25-year-old unemployed truck driver, who had been unable to find a job in information technology, faces 49 charges after a…

Strauss-Kahn court hearing delayed by 4 weeks

NEW YORK — A possibly crucial court hearing due next Monday in the sex crime case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been delayed by three weeks, lawyers said Tuesday. Lawyers for the fallen French politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund called on prosecutors to drop…

Mexican judge convicts 14-year-old U.S. assassin

CUERNAVACA, Mexico — A Mexican judge on Tuesday handed a three-year jail term to a 14-year-old US citizen accused of four brutal murders on behalf of a drug gang, a local prosecutor said. The judge considered Edgar Jimenez Lugo “responsible for everything presented against him,” including three kidnappings, weapons and…

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