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U.S. embassies attacked in Yemen and Egypt amid film protests

SANAA — Demonstrators stormed the US embassy in Yemen on Thursday, leading to clashes in which four people were killed, while protesters stoned Washington’s mission in Cairo as anger spread over a US-produced film mocking Islam. A security official said 34 people were also wounded in the clashes “that lasted…

Mexico captures suspected cartel kingpin

MEXICO CITY — Mexican marines hauled the captured boss of the Gulf cartel before television cameras on Thursday, in a new blow to a drug smuggling gang already weakened by a brutal war for the US market. The navy said one of the most wanted criminals, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez,…

Libya arrests four in connection with U.S. embassy attack

Libya authorities have informed the U.S. that at least four men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three members of his staff. “Some individuals suspected of involvement in the attack on the American Embassy in the city of Benghazi that…

Nigerian students strive for Guinness record in toothbrushing

Striving for a Guinness World Record in oral hygiene, officials in Lagos have called on 300,000 students to take out their toothbrushes on December 5 and start scrubbing simultaneously at noon. The current record was set in India on October 9, 2007, when 177,003 people gathered at 380 locations and…

Pussy Riot members announce new protest

Russia’s Pussy Riot punk group plans a new protest in Russia despite the jailing of three of its members for a performance against Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral, band members said Thursday. “We first of all want to do a new protest finally, so that we have something to…

Obama administration renews calls that China currency is undervalued

US President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China renewed calls Thursday for Beijing to let its currency appreciate further after Republican challenger Mitt Romney pressed for a harder line. Ambassador Gary Locke said that he would “not engage in political debates” but said that the US position “is very clear and…

7-foot-4 Great Dane becomes world’s tallest dog

A Great Dane who towers 2.2 metres (7 feet 4 inches) on his hind legs is named the tallest dog ever recorded in the latest Guinness Book of World Records launched on Thursday. The giant canine from Michigan in the United States eats an entire 14-kilogram (30-pound) bag of food…

Yemeni protesters storm U.S. embassy before being expelled

Yemeni protesters on Thursday stormed the American embassy complex before being driven out by police, an AFP reporter said, as angry Muslim protests grew over a film mocking Islam. All protesters who breached the fence of the US mission in Sanaa have been ejected, the correspondent reported, as security forces…

British Foreign Secretary Hague says in Iraq Assad regime ‘doomed’

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday in a visit to the Iraqi capital that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is “doomed” and should not survive. “We believe that the Assad regime is doomed, that it is not possible for it to survive, and so many crimes (have been)…

Fearing strike, world’s top platinum miner –Anglo American– shuts down South Africa work

The world’s top platinum producer Anglo American shut down its main South African operations Wednesday as fears rose that widening strikes are spiralling into an industry revolt. The latest unrest broke out on roads leading to Anglo American which halted work at its Rustenburg mines in the same region as…

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