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U.S. welcomes Libya rebel probe of leader’s murder

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday welcomed a Libyan opposition investigation into the assassination of General Abdel Fatah Yunis, chief of the rebel army fighting to oust Moamer Kadhafi. Libya’s National Transitional Council said on Friday it formed a committee to probe the murder of Yunis, whose bullet-riddled and…

U.S. sees dramatic drop in Iran-backed attacks in Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq by Iran-backed militia have fallen sharply thanks to U.S. and Iraqi military operations and diplomatic engagement with Tehran by Baghdad, top U.S. military officials said Monday. The upbeat assessment signals a shift from only three weeks ago when visiting Defense…

Winehouse’s father pleads with government over rehab

LONDON — Amy Winehouse’s father went to parliament on Monday to plead for more state-funded drug rehabilitation centres as his family waits for toxicology test results on the British singer’s death. Mitch Winehouse discussed plans to tackle a gap in treatment services and wider drugs policy with Crime Minister James…

Belarus moves to ban ‘silent’ protests

MINSK — The opposition in Belarus on Monday criticised a parliamentary bill that would give Alexander Lukashenko’s regime the legal right to crack down on protesters engaging publicly in “non-actions”. The bill — submitted by top ministers to the lower house of parliament last week — proposes a ban on…

Vancouver drug control strategy calls for free crack pipes

The city of Vancouver is set to launch a novel approach to drug control by giving away free crack pipes in hopes of better connecting drug addicts with health workers, according to the Canadian Press. People addicted to crack-cocaine typically smoke it out of glass tubes, which can sometimes be…

Teenager gets bail in LulzSec hacking case

An 18-year-old British man arrested on suspicion of being a spokesman for hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous was granted bail when he appeared in a London court on Monday. Jake Davis is charged with hacking into websites, including that of Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which was out of service for…

Murdoch inquiry grows to include computer hacking

Police investigating phone hacking at the News of the World were set Saturday to extend their probe into claims that computers were hacked, in a fresh threat to Rupert Murdoch’s embattled empire. The Metropolitan police said late Friday it was establishing a new team of officers to examine claims which…

Norwegians call for tougher laws after mass killing

OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegians believe penalties for serious crimes in their country should be tightened in the wake of a shooting and bomb attack that killed 77 people in July, an opinion poll showed Monday. In a survey of 1,283 people conducted six days after the July 22 attack, 65.5…

Governments welcome debt deal, still worry about ratings

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Japan and Germany welcomed news of an 11th-hour deal to avoid a U.S. government default on Monday, but officials in both countries said Washington must do more to deal with its huge debt burden and the threat of a cut in its credit ratings. Japan, second to…

Syrian army kills 136 in crackdown: activists

Syrian forces killed nearly 140 people including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama, activists said, prompting calls for emergency Security Council talks. Activists said it was one of the deadliest days in Syria since demonstrators first took to the streets on March 15…

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