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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…

Putin sent to Russia by God: Kremlin aide

Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia by God to help it deal with its troubles in the early post-Soviet era, the Kremlin’s top political adviser was quoted as saying on Friday. “To be honest, I think of Putin as a person who was sent to Russia by fate and the…

Pakistan rebukes U.S. assessment of journalist’s murder

Pakistan on Friday warned its cooperation in the US-led war on Al-Qaeda was at risk after heavily criticising the top US military officer for suggesting it could have approved a journalist’s murder. The row threatened to further strain relations already damaged by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden two…

Visa again blockades WikiLeaks’ credit card donations

U.S. credit card provider Visa said Thursday that a payment processor in Iceland briefly opened the floodgates to donations to secrets outlet WikiLeaks, so they took the necessary steps to close them again. Icelandic payments processor DataCell had said the blockade was lifted yesterday after months of stalling from Visa…

Paris prosecutor taking on new Strauss-Kahn allegations

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Friday it has opened a preliminary inquiry into a complaint filed by French writer Tristane Banon alleging an attempted rape by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The case throws up a new headache for the Frenchman, who is in New York…

UK Prime Minister’s former aide arrested over phone hacking

British police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the prime minister’s former communications chief and ex-editor of the News of the World tabloid, over the phone hacking scandal, Scotland Yard said. London’s Metropolitan Police said a 43-year-old man was in custody at a South London police station “in connection with allegations…

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