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CIA using secret Somalia prison facility: report

WASHINGTON — The US Central Intelligence Agency is using a secret facility in Somalia for counterterrorism purposes as well as a secret prison in the Somali capital, the magazine The Nation reported Tuesday. The report said the CIA has “a sprawling walled compound” on the coast of the Indian Ocean…

Assange’s lawyer: Accusers may feel sex was ‘disturbing,’ ‘disrespectful’

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been fighting a long legal battle regarding multiple rape allegations against him in Sweden, but his lawyer conceded Tuesday that he didn’t want to “challenge whether [the accusers] felt Assange’s conduct was disrespectful, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing at the boundaries of what…

Gunmen abduct two Americans in southern Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – Gunmen in the Philippines kidnapped three people early Tuesday, including a naturalized American woman and her 14-year-old son, police said. The gunmen stormed a beach house on Tictabon island, near the southern port city of Zamboanga, and took three holidaymakers, city police chief Edwin de Ocampo told…

Newly discovered Da Vinci to go on show in London

A rediscovered painting by Italian master Leonardo da Vinci estimated to be worth $200 million (142 million euros) will go on display in London later this year, the National Gallery announced. “Salvator Mundi”, which was painted around 1500, depicts a figure of Christ holding an orb and will be shown…

Clinton says Syria’s Assad has lost legitimacy

WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy and is “not indispensable,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday as tension soared over an assault by Assad loyalists on the U.S. and French embassies in Damascus. Clinton condemned the Syrian attacks and said Washington did not believe…

U.S. lays bare concerns on Pakistan army

In suspending aid, the United States is showing it will no longer give the benefit of the doubt to Pakistan’s military after a long debate on how to handle the powerful institution. President Barack Obama’s administration took office with a determination to strengthen Pakistan’s weak democratic leaders and crafted a…

Eurozone ‘may allow’ selective Greek debt default

Eurozone finance ministers are open to the possibility of allowing a selective debt default in Greece within a new rescue plan for the country, the Dutch finance minister said Tuesday. “It’s not excluded anymore, clearly,” Jan Kees de Jager said on arriving for talks with European Union counterparts, one day…

Japan quake makes 2011 costliest disaster year

Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in March are set to make 2011 the costliest year on record for natural disasters, German insurance giant Munich Re said on Tuesday. Total economic losses for the first six months alone were $265 billion, easily exceeding the $220 billion recorded for the whole of…

Last orders for warning-free booze in Australia

Australia’s major alcohol brands on Tuesday launched voluntary health warnings on their labels targeting children, pregnant women and excessive boozing in a country famed for its binge-drinking culture. DrinkWise, an industry body representing 80 percent of Australia’s big alcohol names by volume, said new labels would be phased in on…

China province seeks to ease ‘one-child’ policy

China’s most populous province has asked for permission to ease the one-child policy after more than 30 years, an official said Tuesday, as concerns grow over gender imbalances and an ageing population. Guangdong in southern China wants Beijing to allow couples where just one parent is an only child to…

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