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Libya rebels launch assault on gateway to Tripoli

Libyan rebels launch a promised assault on a key gateway to Tripoli early Wednesday, attacking government positions just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital, an AFP correspondent reported. Buoyed by controversial French arms drops and intensified NATO-led air strikes on the regime’s frontline armour, the rebels launched an assault…

Banks wrestle with no-default help for Greece

Leading banks were meeting in Paris on Wednesday on how to support a new rescue for Greece, their spokesman told AFP shortly after a rating agency issued a new warning and another downgraded Portugal. The critical issue, which has delayed until September any eurozone decision on a new rescue for…

Japan to ‘stress test’ all nuclear reactors

Japan said Wednesday it will run “stress tests” on all its nuclear reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about…

UK newspaper hacking scandal widens

The scandal over claims that British tabloid News of the World hacked the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler took a new turn as it emerged that families of the 7/7 London bombings may also have been targeted. Graham Foulkes, whose 22-year-old son David was among the 52 people killed,…

White House: Iraq has little time to request troops stay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday said time was running short for Iraq to issue a request for U.S. troops to stay in the country beyond the end of this year. “We are waiting … to see whether or not the Iraqi government makes a request of us.…

Sudan jails journalist for reporting alleged rape

KHARTOUM — A Sudanese journalist was jailed for a month on Tuesday, and her editor fined, for publishing reports on the alleged rape of a female opposition activist by security force personnel, their lawyer said. Fatima Ghazali is the first of several journalists to be tried for articles they wrote…

Italian police raid suspected ‘Anonymous’ hackers: report

ROME — Italian police Tuesday detained 15 suspected members of an international hackers cabal called “Anonymous” blamed for several major online attacks, an Italian newspaper reported. The suspected hackers, including five minors, were picked up by police, questioned and later released, while authorities also seized dozens of computers, the Italian…

North Korean cyber attacks against U.S. and South Korea ‘a test run’

SAN FRANCISCO — Cyber attacks on US and South Korean military websites in March may have been a test by North Korea or sympathizers, according to a report released Tuesday by computer security firm McAfee. “The combination of technical sophistication juxtaposed with relatively limited execution and myopic outcome is analogous…

Verizon prepares fees for mobile users who download too much information

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday became the latest U.S. mobile data carrier to announce that it would implement usage-based pricing for Internet access, claiming the new fees would mean light users no longer “subsidize” those who rely on the company’s current unlimited data plans. Though the company currently offers a $30-per-month…

Lawyers: Protect IP Act would align U.S. Internet policy with ‘repressive regimes’

A group of Internet and intellectual property law professors have penned a letter to congressional lawmakers in opposition to the Protect IP Act, which would give the government sweeping new powers to take websites offline, censor search engines and sue Internet publishers accused of infringing activities. In the letter, they…

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