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Head of IMF facing sex assault charges

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged on Sunday with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, in a scandal that appeared to wreck his hopes of running for president of France. The charges threatened to create a leadership vacuum at the IMF, overseer of…

Taliban on Twitter?

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban once banned all television, music and cinema in Afghanistan, but now they are fighting their war via Twitter, the online messaging network that revolutionised global communication. The Islamist extremists sent out their first tweet in English on May 12 claiming “enemy attacked in Khak-e-Safid”, with…

Japan shuts down nuke plant near quake zone

TOKYO — Japan shut down the final working reactor at a nuclear plant near a tectonic faultline Saturday as Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged a new law to help compensate victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Workers suspended the Hamaoka powerstation’s number-five reactor at 1:00 pm (0400 GMT) in a…

15 Yemen protesters wounded by armed civilians

SANAA — Armed civilians opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in Yemen’s second-largest city Taez on Saturday, wounding 15 of them, medics and witnesses said. Tension simmered in Yemen as Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani is expected to arrive in Sanaa, in a new attempt to convince rivals there to…

Syria death toll climbs amid anti-regime protests

DAMASCUS — Syrian troops killed three people and wounded several others on Saturday in the border town of Tall Kalakh, a witness said, as the toll rose despite a presidential no-shoot order and dialogue offer. “The security forces, who had been encircling Tall Kalakh since the morning, fired machineguns. At…

Pakistan demands no repeat of bin Laden raid

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s parliament Saturday demanded an end to US drone strikes on its territory and called for an independent probe into the raid by US troops that killed Osama bin Laden to ensure there is no repeat. The strongly worded message came after a joint sitting of parliament…

Obama’s Middle East peace envoy resigns

By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell announced his resignation on Friday, throwing a new question mark over the Obama administration’s failed effort to restart direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. President Barack Obama called Mitchell “one of the finest public servants that our…

Massive crowds descend on Yemen capital to demand ruler’s exit

Stunning footage: Unprecedented crowd turns out to call for Saleh’s resignation SANAA (Reuters) – Huge crowds across Yemen demanded on Friday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave after months of unrest which has put the Arab world’s poorest country on the brink of an economic meltdown. But in a defiant speech to…

Bradley Manning activist sues feds over confiscated laptop, electronics

A computer expert and vocal supporter of Pfc. Bradley Manning has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the seizure of his laptop and other electronic equipment by federal agents. David House, 23, was returning to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2010, after a vacation to Mexico, when all…

Man beheads British woman in Tenerife supermarket

MADRID (Reuters) – A British woman was decapitated in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife on Friday by a man who then fled into the street grasping her head, the local emergency services said. The mayor of the town of Arona, quoted by Spanish media, said the…

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