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Flight 93 ‘heroes’ honored with 9/11 memorial

America paid tribute to the “forgotten heroes” of 9/11 on Saturday with the solemn dedication of a national memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Polished granite slabs bearing the names of those who struggled with Al-Qaeda terrorists on the fourth airliner hijacked on September…

Swiss banks ‘allegedly’ providing information to US

Swiss banks have “allegedly” begun providing information to Washington on accounts held by US citizens, Swiss media reported Saturday. Local daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung reported that US authorities had “allegedly” received information from Swiss banks on their American customers, without citing sources. It said that on Friday nine banks “allegedly…

Japan to mark six months since March earthquake

Ceremonies to mourn the dead and rallies against nuclear power were scheduled to take place across Japan on Sunday as the nation marks six months since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Silent prayers are to be offered at 2:46 pm, the moment the quake struck six months ago triggering…

Philippines urged to free giant crocodile

An animal rights group urged the Philippines to free what is thought to be the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, even though it allegedly killed two people. The monster 21-foot (6.4-metre) male saltwater crocodile was placed in a penned pond after it was caught in a remote southern creek on…

Turkey wants strong ties with Arab Spring countries

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Monday begin an “Arab Spring” tour to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in a bid to forge stronger ties as relations with Israel are sinking to new lows over a flotilla row. The visit to Egypt comes amid a state of high alert…

US will not waver ahead of 9/11 anniversary: Obama

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Saturday, US President Barack Obama reflected on how the United States had “finally delivered justice” to Osama bin Laden. Even as US intelligence agencies chased down what officials said is a credible but unconfirmed threat of an…

Blair warns terror fight not over

Former premier Tony Blair, who played a key role in responding to the 9/11 attacks, said on Saturday Islamist terrorism remained a deep-rooted problem on the eve of the atrocity’s 10th anniversary. Blair praised Western powers for reducing the terrorist threat but warned leaders should not let their guard down…

IMF recognises Libya’s fledgling administration

The International Monetary Fund said Saturday it now recognizes the transitional government in Libya, paving the way for the fledgling administration to benefit from the IMF’s financial help. “Libya is now formally represented at the IMF by the National Transitional Council,” IMF chief Christine Lagarde told reporters at a G8 finance ministers’…

Rights group says Egypt abusing military trials

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has arrested and tried more civilians before military tribunals than those brought before them during the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday. “Nearly 12,000 prosecutions since February is astounding and shows how Egypt’s military rulers are undermining the…

Egypt on alert as protestors attack Israel embassy

Egypt declared a state of high alert Saturday as police clashed with protesters who raided a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo, prompting Washington to call for protection of the mission. Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district after US President President…

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