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Son of Pink Floyd guitarist jailed over attack on royal convoy

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was jailed for 16 months on Friday for an alcohol and drugs-fuelled attack on Prince Charles’ convoy during a student protest in London last year. Charlie Gilmour, 21, had pleaded guilty to violent disorder in May but was granted bail until Friday’s hearing at Kingston Crown…

Hundreds of thousands protest against Syrian regime

Hundreds of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Syrian cities and towns on Friday to demand the release of hundreds of people detained in earlier pro-democracy demonstrations, activists said. An estimated 350,000 people demonstrated in Deir Ezzor, saidRami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while 150,000 others protested in Hama city…

E.U. to release results of stress tests on banks

The European Union this week publishes results of stress tests on Europe’s embattled banking sector amid a dangerous phase in the eurozone debt crisis that threatens to engulf Italy and Spain. The European Banking Authority, the EU’s London-based regulator for the financial sector, has carried out assessments on 91 banks…

World leaders open Libya talks in Turkey

Top officials from major Western and regional powers began talks in Istanbul Friday to discuss strategies to strengthen the Libyan opposition and force embattled strongman Moamer Kadhafi out. The fourth meeting of the Libya contact group opened at an Ottoman palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, with senior officials…

Bin Laden mulled tenth anniversary of 9/11 terror attack

WASHINGTON — Slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a top lieutenant discussed the make-up of a team of militants to attack the United States on this year’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, a report said Thursday. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, said the “communications” were recovered from…

Mexican soldiers find biggest marijuana farm ever

TIJUANA, Mexico — A Mexican military commander said Thursday that his soldiers discovered a record-busting marijuana plantation 120 hectares (nearly 300 acres) large in the state of Baja California. “It is the largest marijuana plantation in Mexican history,” General Alfonso Duarte, the commander of the military region based in the…

U.S. had close relationship with Karzai’s assassinated half-brother

As Afghanistan and Washington deal with the fallout from the assassination of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s powerful half-brother on Tuesday, it’s worth reviewing the West’s controversial backing of a man repeatedly accused of corruption and dealing drugs. The killing of Ahmed Wali Karzai, better known in diplomatic circles as AWK,…

Karzai orders probe into NATO civilian killings

KHOST, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered an investigation into provincial government claims that a NATO raid killed six civilians in the restive east. Government officials said the six, including an 11-year-old girl, died during a military operation targeting the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. NATO said its troops…

Protesters block Shell oil facilities in Nigeria

Protesters blocked facilities belonging to oil giant Shell on Thursday in Nigeria demanding improvements to communities in the area, including new roads and stable electricity supply. About 40 protesters accused Shell of breaching a 1999 accord on the provision of electricity and roads for the Oruma, Otuasega, Elebele and Imiringi communities in…

Moody’s puts U.S. ratings on review for downgrade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States may lose its top-notch credit rating in the next few weeks if lawmakers fail to increase the country’s legal borrowing limit and the government misses debt payments, Moody’s Investors Service warned on Wednesday. Moody’s is the first of the big-three credit rating agencies to place the…

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