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‘Evil’ Australian hacker faces 49 charges

SYDNEY — A man who used the online nickname “Evil” has been charged with hacking attacks that police Wednesday alleged could have caused considerable damage to Australia?s national infrastructure. The 25-year-old unemployed truck driver, who had been unable to find a job in information technology, faces 49 charges after a…

Strauss-Kahn court hearing delayed by 4 weeks

NEW YORK — A possibly crucial court hearing due next Monday in the sex crime case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been delayed by three weeks, lawyers said Tuesday. Lawyers for the fallen French politician and former head of the International Monetary Fund called on prosecutors to drop…

Mexican judge convicts 14-year-old U.S. assassin

CUERNAVACA, Mexico — A Mexican judge on Tuesday handed a three-year jail term to a 14-year-old US citizen accused of four brutal murders on behalf of a drug gang, a local prosecutor said. The judge considered Edgar Jimenez Lugo “responsible for everything presented against him,” including three kidnappings, weapons and…

Al-Qaeda eyes strikes around the world: U.S. warning

WASHINGTON — The United States issued a worldwide caution Tuesday warning that Al-Qaeda was plotting strikes in many regions, and urging its nationals to maintain a “high level of vigilance.” The State Department anticipates “enhanced potential for anti-American violence given the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011,” said…

Egypt women demand equal rights in new constitution

CAIRO — Fifteen Egyptian groups called on Tuesday for women’s rights to be guaranteed in the new constitution, after a popular uprising that toppled the regime paved the way for a new charter. “We are not proposing a new constitution, but we want women’s rights to be included,” Amina ElBendary,…

British publisher Trinity Mirror launches internal review

LONDON — Trinity Mirror, one of Britain’s largest newspaper publishers, said Tuesday it was conducting an internal review of its editorial controls following the phone-hacking scandal. However, a spokesman insisted that the review was not an investigation, nor was it in response to any allegations against the group’s newspapers, which…

Estonia to boost web surveillance after Norway attack

TALLINN — Estonia is planning to bolster monitoring of the Internet to track potential extremist plots in the wake of last week’s massacre in Norway. “We’re waiting for the results of the investigation in Norway and after that will certainly look at whether we should make changes in legislation in…

U.S. hands over security at Basra port to Iraqi forces

BASRA, Iraq — Iraqi forces on Tuesday took charge of security at the oil export terminals at the southern port of Basra from US troops, an Iraqi navy official said. “Today, we took charge of the oil terminals at Basra from the Americans,” the official said, speaking on condition of…

Saudi billionaire, News Corp. benefactor, rebuffs calls for restructuring

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp’s major shareholder Prince Alwaleed bin Tala has rebuffed calls to change the company’s dual-class structure or leadership, the Financial Times reported in its Tuesday edition. “Investors went into News Corp knowing the class A and B share structure,” Alwaleed was quoted as saying in an…

IMF chief warns of global dangers of U.S. default

IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Tuesday the clock was ticking on a US debt deal, as the dollar slid to new lows amid concerns of a looming and unprecedented default by the world’s top economy. President Barack Obama, in a solemn late night address to the nation, hit out at what…

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