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US refuses to apologize to Pakistan over Osama bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON — The United States refused to say sorry Monday for taking out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, after its estranged anti-terror ally warned it would retaliate against any future strikes. Amid a deepening crisis between the two uneasy partners, Washington pressed for access to three of the dead Al-Qaeda…

More than 750,000 have fled Libya amid violence: UN

UNITED NATIONS — Three quarters of a million people have fled Libya since Moamer Kadhafi’s forces launched an offensive against anti-government demonstrators, the UN humanitarian chief said Monday. “The conflict, the breakdown of state infrastructure and shortages of cash and fuel are causing serious problems to the population of Libya,”…

UK conducted ‘virginity tests’ on immigrants

Recently uncovered United Kingdom Home Office documents show that the British government hid how often it subjected female immigrants hoping to enter the country to “virginity tests.” The documents, discovered by Australian legal academics Dr. Marinella Marmo and Dr. Evan Smith, suggest that at least 80 south Asian women underwent…

Sony says reboot of PSN not happening until May 31 or later

In the wake of one of the most significant thefts of data in history, electronics manufacturer Sony has been scrambling to get their online services back up, vowing that it would take place this week — but now users will have to wait just a little bit longer. That’s because…

Hillary Clinton and Biden press China on human rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joseph Biden warned China Monday the United States would press hard on human rights, over which the two sides have a “vigorous” disagreement and criticizing Beijing’s latest crackdown on dissent. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both used unusually blunt language on human rights at the start of an annual meeting…

Wildlife group pushes to save Indonesian forest after rare tiger cubs caught on film

Watch video of tiger cubs playing in the forest here JAKARTA (AFP) – Conservation group WWF on Monday urged timber firms to drop plans to clear Indonesian forest areas where infra-red cameras have captured footage of rare Sumatran tigers and their cubs. The video, recorded in March and April, shows…

Japan’s Hamaoka nuclear plant to halt operations over quake fears

TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s ageing Hamaoka nuclear plant, located near a tectonic faultline southwest of Tokyo, said Monday it would temporarily shut down its last two running reactors. Prime Minister Naoto Kan Friday called for the closure of the plant, eight weeks after a massive quake and tsunami…

Pakistan on bin Laden: ‘Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd’

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday rejected allegations that the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops in the country showed Pakistani incompetence or complicity in hiding the al Qaeda leader. “Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd,” Gilani told parliament, adding that it was disingenuous…

Gaddafi’s time ‘is running out,’ NATO declares

MISRATA, Libya (AFP) – Time is running out for Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, even as the strongman’s forces laying siege to Misrata intensified their assault on the lifeline port. “The game is over for Kadhafi. He should realise sooner rather than later that there’s…

Israel ‘to invest $1 bn’ in Iron Dome missile system

JERUSALEM — Israel plans to invest $1 billion in the development and production of batteries for its Iron Dome rocket interception system, a top Israeli defence official said in an interview published Monday. Defence Ministry director-general Major General Udi Shani told the daily Haaretz newspaper that five countries have already…

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