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News International to pay $4.7 million to settle hacking case

(Reuters) – News International is expected to pay about three million pounds($4.7 million) to settle hacking claims by the family of murder victim Milly Dowler against the now defunct News of the World newspaper, sources close to the case told Reuters on Monday. The settlement is likely to involve close…

WikiLeaks auctions memorabilia to raise funds

Fancy a signed version of a WikiLeaks diplomatic cable, or a sachet of coffee smuggled out of jail by Julian Assange? Then the cash-strapped whistleblowing website has the auction for you. With its coffers empty because of the blocking of credit card payments by major operators including Visa and MasterCard,…

Palestinian Pres. defiant as “all hell” breaks out over U.N. plan

(Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas said he is sticking to his plan to seek full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state although “all hell has broken out” over the move opposed by the United States and Israel. Abbas, speaking en route to the U.N. General Assembly in New York,…

Libya delays unveiling new cabinet as battles rage

The birth of a new government in Libya, due on Sunday, was put off indefinitely amid disputes over portfolios and as Moamer Kadhafi diehards put up stiff resistance in their remaining strongholds. National Transitional Council (NTC) number two Mahmud Jibril said last-minute haggling delayed the announcement of the new cabinet…

U.S. families call for courts martial over deadly mission

Family members of US war dead from a disastrous Afghan mission — from which a young Marine got the highest US military decoration — called Sunday for senior officers to be court-martialed. Former marine sergeant Dakota Meyer, 23, defied orders and repeatedly drove into a village despite a Taliban firestorm…

Thousands of Taiwanese children set violin record

More than 4,600 Taiwanese schoolchildren came together for a mass violin-playing session on Sunday, breaking a world record that had stood for 86 years. An official from Guinness World Records witnessed the event that brought together 4,645 children aged under 18 at a stadium in central Changhua county, the county…

Strauss-Kahn regrets ‘moral failing’ in sex with maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s assertion that his encounter with a New York hotel maid was “a moral failing” rather than attempted rape has not persuaded her lawyers to drop civil action against the former IMF chief. Strauss-Kahn on Sunday said he had let down both his loyal wife and the French people,…

S. Korea to weigh North risks in gas pipeline plan

Seoul said Monday it would consider all possible risks as it prepares for more talks on a huge project to pipe Russian natural gas to South Korea via North Korea. “We will examine all possible measures to tackle North Korean risks and reflect them in the process of further discussions,”…

U.S. presses Pakistan for action on Haqqani network

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Pakistan to take action against Haqqani militants the United States blames for an attack on the US embassy in Kabul, officials said. Clinton met in New York with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar for 3.5 hours of “very substantial” and “very candid”…

South Korea sets sights on becoming stem cell powerhouse, again

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president vowed on Monday a series of regulatory reforms to help regain its place as a stem cell research powerhouse, trying to reclaim momentum five years after a cloning scandal. President Lee Myung-bak said that by breathing new life into the industry, it could become…

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