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Berlusconi says opposition ‘ruining’ Italy

STRASBOURG — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi accused the left-wing opposition of ruining Italy as he met with EU officials in Brussels, a trip critics say was arranged to skirt legal hearings in Rome. Berlusconi told reporters he was travelling to Brussels and Strasbourg “to reassure European institutions” about his government’s…

International Criminal Court hears formal complaint on priest sexual abuse

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague on Tuesday received a formal complaint on sexual abuse by Catholic priests, in a request that seeks the prosecution of Vatican officials for “rape, sexual violence and torture.” Filed by the U.S.-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in conjunction with the Survivors…

Iran to pardon U.S. hikers jailed for spying

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said in interviews Tuesday that Iran would release two US hikers jailed for spying in a couple of days on bail which their lawyer said had been set at $500,000 each. “I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will…

Nintendo looks to boost 3DS with new games

Nintendo unveiled a string of new software titles at a highly anticipated Tokyo trade show on Tuesday, as it attempts to boost sales and reignite interest in its struggling 3DS handheld games console. But Nintendo shares tumbled more than 5 percent on the Osaka bourse with investors underwhelmed by the…

Al-Qaeda releases 9/11 anniversary video: SITE

Al-Qaeda has released a video marking the anniversary of 9/11 which includes a message from its slain leader Osama bin Laden to the American people, monitoring group SITE Intelligence said Tuesday. SITE said the 62-minute video titled “The Dawn of Imminent Victory” also includes a speech by Al-Qaeda’s new chief…

Egypt military to widen state of emergency

CAIRO — One of Egypt’s ruling generals said Monday the military will expand a state of emergency because of a “breach in public security” after protesters stormed Israel’s embassy and clashed with police, state news agency MENA reported. The ruling military council issued a decree to widen the scope of…

U.S. lawmaker: China ‘drunk’ with economic might

WASHINGTON — China seeks to match US military might, hacks US government computers “daily,” and is “drunk with economic power,” a key US lawmaker warned Monday as he warned against new cuts at the Pentagon. “The fact is, China keeps our admirals up at night. And for good reason,” House…

Turkish PM saw Gaza raid as “grounds for war”

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan saw “grounds for war” with Israel last year after a deadly raid on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza, according to a transcript of a recent interview. State news agency Anatolia released late on Sunday what it said was an original Turkish-language…

Memo reveals Bush admin. push-back against Afghan rebuilding plans

An Oct.30, 2001 draft strategy memo (PDF), published this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, reveals that the Bush administration initially did not want to engage in rebuilding efforts in a post-Taliban Afghanistan, even as officials publicly said they would. The memo, obtained by George Washington University,…

Explosion rocks French nuclear waste site, killing one

CODOLET, France — At least one person was killed and four injured in a blast at a nuclear site in the south of France on Monday as the government sought to play down fears of a radioactive leak. France’s state nuclear regulator had said earlier that there was a risk…

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