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Twenty die in Mexican prison fight near U.S. border

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Fighting in a prison on Mexico’s border with the United States has killed 20 people and wounded 12 others, authorities said on Saturday. The violence broke out this morning following an altercation between two inmates in the prison in Matamoros, a northeastern city right opposite Brownsville,…

Berlusconi’s ‘Bunga Bunga’ parties inspire line of accessories

While his fellow businessmen moan about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s constant sex scandals and the fallout for Italy’s image abroad, Carlo Pagani has decided to cash in. Inspired by the Italian leader’s “bunga bunga” parties — reportedly a form of lap dancing enjoyed by Berlusconi, Pagani’s small plastics factory has…

Wall Street protests go global; riots in Rome

ROME (Reuters) – Demonstrators rallied Saturday across the world to accuse bankers and politicians of wrecking economies, but only in Rome did the global “day of rage” erupt into violence. Galvanized by the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protests began in New Zealand, rippled east to Europe and were expected…

Air strikes take out top Yemen Al-Qaeda leaders, including Awlaqi’s son

Suspected US air strikes took out a raft of top Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen barely two weeks after a drone killed US-born jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, provincial and tribal sources said on Saturday. The seven killed in Friday evening’s triple raid included a son and cousin of Awlaqi, as well…

Iran’s supreme leader calls U.S. accusations meaningless

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday U.S. accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington were “meaningless,” state TV reported. “A meaningless and nonsensical accusation has been raised against a few Iranians in America, which was made into an…

China and Vietnam to strengthen military ties: report

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China and Vietnam have agreed to strengthen military cooperation, increase contacts between high-ranking officers and establish a hotline for the two defense ministries, in a bid to cool tensions between the Communist-ruled neighbors. The two countries, which have a history of distrust, also agreed to launch a…

Activists launch worldwide protests

Protesters launched worldwide street demonstrations Saturday against corporate greed and biting cutbacks in a rolling action targetting 951 cities in 82 countries. Inspired by America’s “Occupy Wall Street” and Spain’s “Indignants”, people took to the streets in Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo in the opening hours of the unprecedented global…

Kenya ‘to pursue kidnappers into Somalia’

Kenya’s military will pursue Somali gunmen across the frontier who they say are responsible for a spate of kidnappings of foreigners, the internal security minister said Saturday. “Our territorial integrity is threatened with serious security threats of terrorism, we cannot allow this to happen at all,” said Internal Security Minister…

Ex-warlord emerges as kingmaker after Liberian vote

Notorious ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who was filmed ordering his men to cut off the ears of dictator Samuel Doe two decades ago, has emerged as a surprising kingmaker in Liberia’s presidential election. Placing a strong third with half the polling stations tallied, the 59-year old former rebel leader looks like…

Miscommunication caused U.S. drone deaths: report

A US Marine and a Navy medic were killed by a US drone strike in April because Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, the Los Angeles Times reported. The two men were the first US military officers to be killed in a friendly fire incident involving unmanned…

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