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Riot erupts in tight Zambian election

Rioting erupted Tuesday during voting in the Zambian capital, after opposition candidate Michael Sata accused his rivals of attempting to rig a tight contest with President Rupiah Banda. Violence broke out in a slum outside Lusaka as supporters of Sata’s Patriotic Front (PF) claimed they found a man carrying pre-marked…

Palestinians hurtle towards UN showdown

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has set a collision course with Israel and the United States, determined to try to force a vote on his bid for full UN membership for a Palestinian state. Flying in the face of strong opposition, Abbas met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday…

U.S., Israeli military chiefs meet

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his US counterpart Leon Panetta met Monday at the Pentagon to discuss political changes in the region ahead of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. At the second Pentagon meeting for the two defense leaders since Panetta became Defense Secretary in…

Google under scrutiny over search dominance

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt will take center stage at a Senate hearing Wednesday into whether the Internet giant is abusing its dominant position in online search. The Mountain View, California-based Google has drawn increasing scrutiny from US and European regulators as it has grown over the years from a…

Anti-Kadhafi forces seize key Libya airport

Anti-Kadhafi fighters said Tuesday they had captured the airport and a garrison in the defeated Libyan despot’s southern redoubt Sabha, as fighting raged in two of his northern strongholds. The battlefield victories came as the United States and its allies prepared to meet on the sidelines of the UN General…

Anti-Kadhafi forces seize key Libya airport

Anti-Kadhafi fighters said Tuesday they had captured the airport and a garrison in the defeated Libyan despot’s southern redoubt Sabha, as fighting raged in two of his northern strongholds. The battlefield victories came as the United States and its allies prepared to meet on the sidelines of the UN General…

Egypt’s democratic transition lags amid confusion

CAIRO — It took 18 days of democracy protests to end Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s 30 years in power. It may yet take at least 18 months after his overthrow to see off the generals who succeeded him. The military, in charge since Mubarak was toppled in February, has said…

Israel ends police cooperation with Turkey

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Monday it was withdrawing its police representative from Turkey and ending bilateral cooperation between their forces as the diplomatic crisis between the two former allies deepened. “Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has ordered the transfer to Bucharest of the Israel Police representative in Ankara,” ministry…

U.S. calls for restraint in Yemen

SANAA — The United States on Monday called for restraint in Yemen where activists and medics said at least 53 anti-regime protesters have been killed in two days of violence. The US embassy said Washington hoped for a peaceful transition of power in Sanaa and hoped a Gulf Cooperation Council…

Necklace worn on Titanic stolen from Copenhagen exhibit

COPENHAGEN — A necklace once worn by a passenger on the ill-fated ocean liner the Titanic has been stolen from a traveling exhibit in Copenhagen, the exhibit venue said Monday. The necklace was stolen Saturday during opening hours at the exhibit hall in Tivoli park in the centre of the…

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