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Majority of French want Strauss-Kahn out of politics: poll

PARIS (Reuters) – A majority of French do not want former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn to return to politics after U.S. prosecutors dropped charges of attempted rape against him this week, a poll showed on Thursday. The survey by pollster CSA showed that 53 percent of those questioned would…

Report claims Gaddafi nearly captured on Wednesday

(Reuters) – PARIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Libyan commandos fighting Muammar Gaddafi came close to capturing the toppled leader on Wednesday when they raided a private home in Tripoli where he appeared to have been hiding, Paris Match magazine said on Thursday. Citing a source in a unit which it…

China bans songs by Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys

China has banned websites from featuring 100 songs by artists from Lady Gaga to the Backstreet Boys, a statement on the culture ministry’s website said. The ministry said it aimed to regulate the “order” of the Internet music market, adding songs that “harm the security of state culture must be…

Twelve killed in series of Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD — Twelve people, among them six policemen, were killed and 14 others wounded in a series of attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, security and hospital officials said. Six policemen were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives Wednesday night at a police checkpoint in Ramadi,…

Egypt rights groups complain of official ‘crackdown’

CAIRO — Egypt’s leading human rights groups said on Wednesday they will complain to the United Nations that the ruling military and cabinet are cracking down on civil society groups. The military has accused its critics of receiving foreign financing and the government earlier this month announced an investigation into…

Far-right activist denies contact with Norway killer

OSLO — Paul Ray, the far-right activist thought to be the “mentor” cited by Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik, on Wednesday denied having contact with the man who has confessed to 77 murders. “Everyone has been pointing the finger at me. That’s why I’m here in Norway now. I’m not…

Powerful quake rattles remote area of Peru

LIMA — A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook eastern Peru on Wednesday and was felt more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) away in the capital Lima as well as in neighboring Ecuador and Brazil. Seismologists from the US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 1746 GMT,…

Foreign journalists freed from Tripoli hotel

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – All the foreign journalists who were held in a Tripoli hotel for days by armed Gaddafi loyalists left it unharmed on Wednesday. Representatives of the International Committee Red Cross came to the Rixos Hotel, arranged for them to leave and provided transport away from the hotel. Some 35 foreign correspondents,…

Apple succeeds in getting Samsung phones banned in some European nations

THE HAGUE — A Dutch judge on Wednesday banned the sale of three smartphones built by Samsung in several European countries in the latest blow to the South Korean electronics giant from rival Apple. “Samsung’s smart phones cannot be sold. That goes for the Samsung S, the Samsung S II…

US wants UN to free $1.5 billion of Libya aid

UNITED NATIONS — The United States called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday to press for an easing of Libya sanctions so that it can send $1.5 billion of humanitarian aid. The 15-member council will meet from 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) to discuss a proposed US…

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