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Chavez says first cancer treatment a success

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Friday he was preparing for a second round of chemotherapy treatment in Cuba to eliminate the risk of malignant cells. The announcement by the 56-year-old socialist leader that he had surgery inHavana last month to remove a baseball-sized tumor has called into question his fitness to run…

After bomb kills seven in Oslo, gunman opens fire on youth camp

OSLO (Reuters) – A bomb killed seven people in Norway’s capital Oslo on Friday and a gunman opened fire at a youth camp on an island, police said. Police said they believed the bombing and the shooting were connected, but could not immediately confirm Norwegian media reports that several people at…

Report: Murdoch’s hackers also targeted Julian Assange’s former attorney

An attorney who represented embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was targeted by hackers working for the now-shuttered News Corporation tabloid News of the World, he told reporters with Britain’s Channel 4 News. A number for Mark Stephens, Assange’s prior lawyer, reportedly appears in a notebook kept by Murdoch phone hacker…

Explosion shakes Oslo ‘near Norwegian govt HQ’

OSLO, Norway (Reuters) – A massive bomb shattered Norway’s main government building in Oslo Friday, killing two people police were quoted as saying by local news agency NTB. There was no claim of responsibility, though NATO member Norway has been the target of threats, if not bombs, before, notably over…

U.K. lawmaker asks for police investigation of James Murdoch

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp executive James Murdoch could face a police investigation into claims he gave “mistaken” testimony to Britain’s parliament this week, deepening the legal crisis that has engulfed the Murdoch family’s media empire. Police said they had received a letter on Friday from opposition lawmaker Tom Watson,…

At Asian security summit, China and U.S. play down tensions

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – The United States and China moved to repair strained ties on Friday, saying tensions over the South China Sea were easing with new conduct guidelines between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, meeting at…

Former employees claim James Murdoch misled British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch gave “mistaken” testimony to a British parliamentary committee, two senior ex-News of the World executives said on Thursday, the most direct accusation made so far against News Corp’s heir apparent in a phone-hacking scandal. Murdoch said he stood behind his testimony to the committee, which…

Prague to host its first Gay Pride parade

PRAGUE — Prague will next month host its first-ever Gay Pride parade, organisers announced Thursday, adding that government approval for the event offered proof that politicians welcome gays in the city. Prague Pride 2011 will run from August 10-14 and include some 60 separate events, including a colourful parade through…

Amnesty International: Hanging video shows brutality of Iran executions

LONDON — A graphic video of a public hanging in Iran of three men convicted for rape shows the “brutalisation” of the condemned and those who watch executions, Amnesty International said Thursday. In the video, which the London-based human rights watchdog said it received from a blogger, the men are…

Hundreds rally in Tunisia to denounce violence

TUNIS — Hundreds of Tunisians rallied in the capital Thursday, denouncing the “violence and chaos” that persist six months after the toppling of authoritarian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The protesters marched for three kilometres (two miles) to the central Pasteur square, closely watched by police, while chanting “Yes…

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