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‘Anonymous’ hackers target IMF over Greece bailout

WASHINGTON — Vigilante hackers group “Anonymous” declared Wednesday an online attack against the International Monetary Fund over the strict conditions imposed by its bailout for Greece. A tweet from “Anonymous Operations,” using the tag ‘Operation Greece,” called followers to amass on line at the IMF’s website in an apparent attempt…

Belgian child sex abuse victims sue Catholic church

GHENT, Belgium (AFP) – Dozens of victims of a child sex scandal in the Belgian Catholic church on Wednesday announced the launch of legal action against the Holy See, the first such suit in Europe. Lawyers and victims said at a news conference a summons was on its way to…

Egypt president, sons to be tried on August 3: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been ordered to face trial starting on August 3 in a Cairo criminal court for their role in killing protesters and for graft, judicial sources said. Mubarak, ousted on February 11 after mass demonstrations demanding he end…

NATO extends Libya operations to September

TRIPOLI/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Wednesday it had extended its Libyan mission for a further 90 days, after Muammar Gaddafi made it clear he would not step down, dashing hopes of a negotiated end to the uprising against his rule. The 28-member alliance originally took over a campaign of…

Pakistani journalist ‘tortured to death’ after warning of military’s ties to al Qaeda

KARACHI (AFP) – Grief-stricken relatives demanded Wednesday that Pakistan investigate the torture and murder of an investigative journalist whose disappearance was blamed on the country’s shadowy intelligence services. Saleem Shahzad, a 40-year-old father of three, vanished after leaving home in Islamabad to appear on a television talk show, two days…

NZ prisoners given carrot sticks to quit smoking: report

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand prisoners are reportedly being offered carrot sticks to help them overcome nicotine cravings as jails prepare to go smoke-free next month. A leaked internal memo from Invercargill Prison said prisoners were being supplied with two carrot sticks a day in an effort to make them…

New military head Dempsey urges response to Arab Spring

LONDON (AFP) – The man named by President Barack Obama to be the top US military officer said Wednesday that American forces must adapt to an uncertain world after the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden. In his first public comments since Obama unveiled him as his…

U.S. concerned over Libya weapons reaching al Qaeda

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The United States has real concerns about weapons from Libya ending up in the hands of al Qaeda, the commander of the U.S. military’s Africa Command said on Wednesday. “There is a very real concern for all the regional partners, and the United States shares this concern,…

Web ‘friends’ could aid enemy, China’s PLA warns

BEIJING (AFP) – Making online friends could play into the hands of the “enemy”, according to China’s People’s Liberation Army, which has said its roughly 2.3 million soldiers will be banned from using social media. The world’s largest military force has notified servicemen and women that it will strictly enforce…

US condemns killing of Pakistani journalist

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the abduction and murder of a Pakistani journalist who had written about alleged links between the Pakistani military and Al-Qaeda. “The United States strongly condemns the abduction and killing of reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad,” she said in a statement. “His…

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