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Militants attack gas pipeline in Egypt’s Sinai

Unidentified gunmen on Saturday attacked a terminal on the gas pipeline to Israel for the fifth time since February, a security official said. Gunmen on motorbikes and cars lobbed grenades and tried to storm the terminal at Al-Shulaq in north Sinai but were confronted by armed forces, leading to clashes.…

Scandal-tainted Indian minister to quit Sunday

The chief minister of a southern Indian state who is accused of being at the centre of a $3.6-billion mining fraud will resign on Sunday, he said Saturday. B.S. Yeddyurappa, 68, head of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka state, announced he would quit in an…

Iceland citizens write a new constitution through online collaboration

By Agnes Valdimarsdottir REYKJAVIK — A group of 25 ordinary citizens on Friday presented to Iceland’s parliamentary speaker a new constitution draft, which they compiled with the help of hundreds of others who chipped in online. The group had been working on the draft since April and posted its work…

Libyan rebels apparently kill their own military commander

By Rania El Gamal BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel military commander was shot dead in an incident shrouded in mystery, dealing a blow to the Western-backed forces struggling to topple Muammar Gaddafi. Rebels said Abdel Fattah Younes, long a member of the veteran leader’s inner circle before defecting in…

Hug-a-porn-star draws crowds to Hong Kong comic fair

A Japanese porn star’s hugging contest and covetable limited edition action figures are drawing record crowds of manga-crazed youngsters to Hong Kong’s annual comic fair. Hundreds of excited teens camped out for days so they could be among the first inside the venue, turning elevated walkways leading into the city’s…

British comedian convicted of Murdoch pie assault

A British man was convicted Friday of assaulting Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie at a parliamentary hearing into phone-hacking, as MPs demanded the tycoon and his son clarify their evidence from the session. The James Murdoch-chaired British pay-TV giant BSkyB meanwhile tried to calm the waters by offering £1.0…

Reid to advance potentially final debt vote

Democratic US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he would take steps Friday that could set up a razor’s edge final vote on averting a disastrous debt default on an August 2 deadline. “This is likely our last chance to save this nation from default,” Reid said in remarks to open…

Moody’s threatens to downgrade Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – Rating agency Moody’s put Spain on review for a possible downgrade on Friday, adding to concerns that a Greek rescue package has done little to halt the spread of Europe’s debt crisis. Moody’s move to place the Aa2 government bond rating on review cited concerns over growth…

Roadside bombs kill 17 civilians in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH (Reuters) – Roadside mines killed 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan Friday when a minibus and a tractor separately hit explosives in Helmand province, officials said, adding to a 2011 toll that is so far the deadliest for civilians in the decade-long war. The minibus was traveling from Nahr-e-Saraj…

Police to question Breivik today, but no trial before 2012

Norwegian police said they will question Anders Behring Breivik again on Friday as new information emerged about his killing spree and prosecutors said he would not go on trial before 2012. This will be the second time that police interrogate the far-right extremist since Saturday, the morning after his shooting…

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