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EU victim of eve-of-summit cyber attack: official

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Cyber-attackers hacked into the European Commission on Wednesday, hours from a sensitive summit of EU leaders debating the military campaign in Libya, the euro debt crisis and nuclear safety, officials said. “All staff were warned this morning” that “remote access to emails was no longer operational,” a…

Two workers at Japan plant taken to hospital

OSAKA (AFP) – Three workers at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant were exposed to high radiation as they sought to restore power to reactor three, with two hospitalised, the nuclear safety agency said Thursday. “Three workers who were working to lay cables in the basement of the turbine building were…

Air raids ‘could fuel mutiny’ in Gaddafi regime

CAIRO, Egypt – Western air strikes on Libya could fuel a possible mutiny inside Moamer Kadhafi’s regime and bolster the ranks of opposition forces, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday. Although the endgame in Libya remained unclear, Gates said during a visit to Egypt that mounting pressure on…

Libyan troops target rebels after air force ‘destroyed’

NEAR AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan forces hammered rebel cities on Wednesday with tank fire forcing civilians to flee as a top British officer said Moamer Kadhafi’s air force had been almost obliterated. At the end of a day of bitter fighting in key rebel strongholds, forces loyal to Libyan strongman…

15 reported killed in Syrian protest city

DARAA, Syria – Human rights activists said at least 15 people were killed on Wednesday in the volatile Syrian city of Daraa, hub of a week of anti-regime protests, as anger reportedly spread to neighbouring towns. Activists and residents said security forces opened fire on protesters outside the Omari mosque…

Female protesters in Egypt tortured, subjected to ‘virginity test’: Amnesty

The international human rights group Amnesty International claimed Wednesday that a number of female protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were rounded up by the Egyptian military and tortured recently. Some women even said they were subjected to a “virginity test” while soldiers looked on and took pictures. Amnesty said at…

Dozens of casualties in Jerusalem explosion: police

DEVELOPING… JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An explosion on or near a bus in Jerusalem on Wednesday caused dozens of casualties, police said. Scores of ambulances converged on the area, near the central bus station and a city conference hall in a Jewish neighborhood of downtown Jerusalem. (Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing…

German ‘incest trucker’ jailed

A German court on Tuesday jailed a former lorry driver for 14 and a half years for sexually abusing his daughter, stepson and stepdaughter, with whom he fathered eight children. Spies “was utterly selfish. He treated his family as his own personal property to do with as he wished,” presiding…

Kadhafi insiders talk exit options: Clinton to ABC

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s associates have been reaching out to their contacts worldwide to see how they can “get out of this,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News Tuesday. “We’ve heard about … people close to him reaching out to people that they know…

Saudi Arabia to hold municipal elections in April

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia is to hold municipal elections from April 23 at a time of pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world, the official SPA news agency announced. “A committee has been formed… to oversee next month?s municipal council elections,” it said in an official announcement late on Tuesday,…

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