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Argentine folk singer killed in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, one of the stars of Latin American folk music, was shot dead in Guatemala City early on Saturday when gunmen riddled his car with bullets, authorities said. Cabral, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a protest singer, was on his…

Pakistani Army: New York Times article ‘a direct attack’

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Reports in the New York Times criticizing the Pakistan army and the powerful intelligence agency is a “direct attack” on Pakistan’s security, the army spokesman said on Saturday. Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistan army’s chief spokesman, repeatedly criticized the Times’ reporting and said it was…

Pakistan regains control with 95 dead in Karachi

Pakistan announced on Saturday its troops had taken back areas of Karachi occupied by armed groups and arrested more than 100 people after political violence across the vast port city claimed 95 lives. Four days of unrest has been blamed on political and ethnic tensions, with gunmen firing on two…

Berlusconi firm fined 560 million euros in bribery appeal

A Milan appeals court Saturday ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company Fininvest to pay 560 million euros to rival media group CIR in a bribery case, a judge told the ANSA news agency. In October 2009, a Milan civil court ruled that Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) was entitled…

South Sudan proclaims independence to tears of joy

South Sudan’s parliament speaker proclaimed the fledgling state’s independence on Saturday, marking its birth as the world’s newest nation and splitting Africa’s largest country in two. “We, the democratically elected representatives of the people, based on the will of the people of South Sudan, and as confirmed by the outcome…

Gaddafi threatens to take the Libyan war to Europe

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi threatened to take the war in Libya to Europe on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces. Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step…

Police arrest 1,401 in Malaysia democracy protest

Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon, making 1,400 arrests on Saturday during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform. Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a massive security operation but it failed to thwart the outlawed demonstration…

Afghan spy agency guard kills two Americans

An Afghan spy agency bodyguard shot dead an American soldier and development worker in a gunfight triggered by a roadside argument Saturday before being killed by return fire. The shootout in the northern province of Panjsher, one of the most peaceful parts of Afghanistan, is the latest in a series…

20 dead in attack on bar in Mexico

At least 20 people were killed when gunmen attacked a local bar in Monterrey in Mexico, authorities said. The attackers, who came in two pick-up trucks and one car, stormed into the bar “El Sabino Gordo” and opened fire on the patrons, they said. “Up to now, we have found…

Hitler’s hometown revokes his honorary citizenship

VIENNA (Reuters) – The Austrian town of Braunau, Adolf Hitler’s birthplace, has revoked the Nazi dictator’s honorary citizenship — even if he never actually was awarded one. The town council voted unanimously late Thursday to strip Hitler of any honors he may have received and which did not expire automatically…

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