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Oil from giant spill reaches Chinese coast

BEIJING — Oil from a huge spill off the Chinese coast has been found washed up on the shore in two separate areas, state media reported on Wednesday. A 300-metre “belt” of oil was found on a bathing beach in the port of Jingtang in the northern province of Hebei,…

Death of hacking whistleblower probed

The death of Sean Hoare, a former News of the World journalist and whistleblower on the escalating phone-hacking scandal, was “not suspicious” and involved no third party, police said a post-mortem showed Tuesday. The post-mortem carried out on 47-year-old Hoare, who was found dead at his home on Monday, revealed…

FBI: Pakistani spy agency secretly lobbied U.S. lawmakers

Republicans and Democrats were the recipients of about $2 million in lobbying dollars secretly funneled into a U.S. nonprofit by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, U.S. law enforcement officials said in court documents filed Tuesday. Syed Ghulam Fai, who chaired the Kashmiri American Council, and Zaheer Ahmad, were arrested earlier today on…

LulzSec claims to have obtained trove of News Corp. emails

Online hacking group LulzSec said Monday night it had obtained a large cache of emails from the servers of News International, the News Corp. subsidiary which oversees global media baron Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers. Along with the emails, LulzSec said it had unearthed the email logins and passwords for News…

Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister sworn in

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister — and also its youngest — was sworn in on Tuesday, ending a five-month job vacancy a week before crucial peace talks in India. Hina Rabbani Khar, aged 34, is also expected to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines…

Watch live: Murdoch faces Parliament

Update: Murdoch testimony interrupted after he’s hit in face with plate full of shaving cream. Watch video of the attack here. Update 2: Murdoch’s testimony has ended. After a short recess, former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks is expected to testify next. Watch this live video from MSNBC.…

Japan halts Fukushima cattle shipments on radiation worries

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government ordered the suspension of all shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima prefecture on Tuesday after discovering that cattle fed rice straw contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium had been shipped nationwide. The discovery has added to consumer worries over food safety following contamination incidents…

Israeli ships surround French boat near Gaza: organiser

At least three Israeli military ships surrounded a French-flagged yacht as it neared Gaza, seeking to breach Israel’s blockade on the territory, an organiser told AFP on Tuesday. “The boat is surrounded by at least three Israeli ships and since 9:06 am (0706 GMT) all the communications have been jammed.…

Guinea president’s home hit by rocket fire

The residence of Guinea’s recently installed president was hit by rocket fire as sustained heavy weapons’ fire rocked the capital Conakry overnight, officials told AFP on Tuesday. An official in the president’s office told AFP that President Alpha Conde was unhurt. “He is safe and sound,” said the official, Francois…

‘Air-conditioned clothes’ help Japan beat heat

As jackets go it looks far from fashionable, but its Japanese maker cannot meet sky-rocketing demand for “air conditioned” coats with built-in fans. Kuchofuku Co. Ltd — whose name literally means “air-conditioned clothing” — has seen orders soar amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and…

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