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Israel arrests teen girls over hate attack on Palestinians

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem police arrested two 15-year-old girls on Monday, bringing to seven the number of Jewish teenagers arrested in connection with a brutal hate attack on young Palestinians last week. “Two 15-year-old girls were arrested today, in addition to the five youngsters already arrested,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told…

Oil prices dip amid Mideast, eurozone worries

NEW YORK — Oil prices eased slightly in cautious trade Monday as investors kept a close eye on Middle East tensions and the eurozone’s economic uncertainties. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light sweet crude for delivery in September, closed at $95.97 a barrel, dipping four cents from…

Mexico murders almost triple since 2005

MEXICO CITY — The murder rate in drug-violent Mexico has almost tripled since 2005, government figures showed Monday, though officials did not specify how many homicides were linked to the country’s war on drugs. A total of 27,199 people were killed in 2011, or 24 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, compared…

Leaked documents: Shell oil spending millions on security in Nigeria

Shell is paying Nigerian security forces tens of millions of dollars a year to guard their installations and staff in the Niger delta, according to leaked internal financial data seen by the Guardian. The oil giant also maintains a 1,200-strong internal police force in Nigeria, plus a network of plainclothes…

11-year-old Pakistani girl faces death penalty for Quran burning

An 11-year-old Christian Pakistani girl said to suffer from a mental disorder could face the death penalty under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws, after she was accused by her neighbours of deliberately burning sacred Islamic texts. Rifta Masih was arrested on Thursday, after complaints against her prompted angry demonstrations, and…

Joint chiefs chair: Afghan leaders ready to curb ‘insider attacks’

Afghan leaders appear ready to take decisive action to curb unprecedented “insider attacks” by Afghan recruits that have killed 40 Western troops this year, the top US military officer said Monday. “For the first time, I found that my Afghan counterparts are as concerned about the insider attacks as we…

Pussy Riot protester questioned about biting police officer during sentencing

Former chess king turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov faced the threat of prison Monday after being questioned over claims that he bit a policeman at the sentencing of the Pussy Riot punk rockers. The bizarre but serious charge could put the 49-year-old behind bars for five years and deliver even…

Al-Qaeda leader arrested in Algeria

Three armed Islamists, including a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) thought to be close to its leader, have been arrested in southern Algeria, official media reported Monday. Necib Tayeb, also known as Abderrahmane Abou Ishak Essoufi, one of the oldest members of Al-Qaeda’s north African branch,…

More than 20 killed in violent upsets in Venezuela’s overcrowded prisons

More than 20 people were killed in the latest outbreak of violence in Venezuela’s overcrowded prisons as heavily armed gangs fought for control of a prison near Caracas, authorities said Monday. Iris Varela, the minister for prison affairs, told state-run media that the clashes erupted Sunday in the Yare I…

Hemingway cafe in Madrid saved from near-certain closure

Madrid’s iconic Cafe Gijon, whose past clients include Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali, has won a last-minute reprieve from near certain closure. The cafe had warned it would have to draw the curtain on its 120-year history after Madrid’s cash-strapped City Hall granted the licence to its lucrative terrace to…

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