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‘Nothing new’ on missing NY Times journalists

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The New York Times said Thursday it had nothing new to report on the fate of its four journalists who went missing in eastern Libya, where rebels are battling Moamer Kadhafi’s forces. “Unfortunately, we have nothing new to report,” a Times spokeswoman said by email when asked…

UN warns of ‘shocking’ abuses in Bahrain

MANAMA – The United Nations warned on Thursday of “shocking and illegal” abuses in Bahrain where the US-backed Sunni Muslim rulers are waging a bloody crackdown on Shiite-led protesters. The violence in the strategic Gulf kingdom has alarmed Washington and sparked furious condemnation from Iran, Shiite leaders in Iraq and…

Vote reflects diminishing Congressional support for Afghan war

WASHINGTON – Facing growing budget pressure and an increasingly skeptical public, Congress’s appetite to continue funding the war in Afghanistan appears to be diminishing. The House on Thursday voted 321-93 against withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 — although a similar measure was rejected last…

‘Anonymous’ puts central banks on notice, demands Bernanke resign

Decentralized protest group “Anonymous” has encountered many foes in the past: Sarah Palin, PayPal, the Church of Scientology, MasterCard, the Westboro Baptists and even the governments of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, to name a few. But now, one of the group’s members has issued a call for perhaps their most…

Suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, 38 killed

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A U.S. drone missile strike on Thursday killed at least 38 suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region known as a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said. There were conflicting accounts about the target of the attack and those killed in…

WATCH LIVE: Japan’s English-Language News Station Covers The Quake

Watch the live broadcast of Japan’s English-language NHK television station, covering the quake and the tsunami, below. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Bahrain forces block access to hospitals, prompt UN rebuke

MANAMA (AFP) – The United Nations warned on Thursday of “shocking and illegal” abuses in Bahrain after a bloody crackdown on Shiite-led protesters which has alarmed the United States and infuriated the Shiite world. Political dissidents were rounded up at gunpoint in midnight raids and police armed with shot-guns stood…

Prince William stunned by damage in Christchurch after the quake

by Marty Melville CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – Prince William expressed his shock at the devastation in earthquake-hit Christchurch Thursday after traipsing in the rubble to inspect the stricken New Zealand city first-hand. “It’s just so sad,” the Prince said as he surveyed teetering buildings in the city centre, which…

CIA faces reduced role in Pakistan after murder row

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful spy agency appears to have gained the most from a CIA contractor’s release, by forcing the U.S. agency to recognize its importance to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, and curtailing American activities in Pakistan. A Pakistani court on Wednesday acquitted CIA contractor Raymond Davis, 36,…

Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. Skip related content The 75-year-old spiritual leader announced last week that he wanted to shed his role as political chief of the government-in-exile…

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