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German executives sentenced in death of Italian workers

ROME — An Italian court on Friday sentenced German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp’s director-general in Italy to 16.5 years in jail for the deaths of seven workers after a fire at its Turin plant in December 2007. Harald Espenhahn was convicted by a court in Turin in the north of the country…

Star of Egyptian revolt blasts world’s elites as “partners in crime”

WASHINGTON — The Google executive who became the hero of the Egyptian revolution cropped up at the pinnacle of international finance Friday, chiding the elites for supporting strongman Hosni Mubarak. “I actually feel like Joe the Plumber,” said Wael Ghonim, drawing laughs after his introduction on a panel at the…

Mubarak ‘may face death’ if proven guilty

CAIRO — Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, detained pending a probe into corruption and state violence, may be jailed or hanged if found guilty of ordering the killing of demonstrators, state media said on Friday. The state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram quoted the head of Cairo’s appeals court, Zakaria Shalash, as saying that…

Banking stem cells could save Japan nuclear workers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Health officials should collect blood from workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in case they are accidentally exposed to high levels of radiation and need a stem cell transplant, Japanese researchers said on Thursday. They said gathering blood from the workers would give them…

Italian activist killed in Gaza after kidnap

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A radical Islamist group hanged an Italian activist on Friday hours after kidnapping him in Gaza, Hamas said, as Rome denounced the “barbaric murder.” The pro-Palestinian activist was found hanged in a house north of Gaza City, the ruling Hamas government said. “The government…

NATO leaders say Kadhafi must go

RIPOLI (AFP) – The leaders of Britain, France and the United States said a Libyan future including Moamer Kadhafi is “unthinkable”, as the defiant fist-pumping strongman toured the streets of Tripoli. Western powers struggled meanwhile to stay united over a NATO-led air campaign that has so far failed to budge…

Egypt military to reconsider protester sentences

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers, who have drawn fire from youth groups for a crackdown on protests, said on Thursday they were reviewing the cases of protesters recently sentenced in military trials. The transitional military government, which took over after protests forced president Hosni Mubarak from office in February, said…

US refuses to return to frontline in Libya

BERLIN — The United States resisted pressure Thursday to return its warplanes to the frontline in Libya even as NATO vowed to keep bombing Moamer Kadhafi’s forces and pressed the strongman to quit. As NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin struggled to heal a rift over the mission, rebels said…

Israel to spell out peace policy to US Congress

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he would use a rare speech to a joint session of the US Congress in May to spell out his plan for forging a lasting peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu, in televised remarks to his Likud party, said he aimed for…

U.N. officials defend report critical of Israel’s Gaza assault

Responding to an Israeli call for retraction, the principal researchers behind the United Nations’ Goldstone Report — which was highly critical of the Israeli military’s actions during the major assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 — insisted that no details have come to light that would contradict their findings. Though critical…

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