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Al-Qaeda calls for U.S. envoy killings: IntelCenter

Al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa on Tuesday urged Muslims to storm US embassies and kill American envoys in Muslim countries in protest over a film insulting Islam, a monitoring group said. “We call on Islam’s youths to take after the lions of Benghazi (in Libya) by pulling down America’s flags…

132 inmates break out of Mexican prison

At least 132 inmates escaped from a Mexican prison near the US border, fleeing through a tunnel they dug in the old carpentry workshop, the state prosecutor’s office said. Federal, state and local police, as well as the Mexican army, were deployed to roads and highways near the correctional facility…

UN deplores ‘gross’ rights abuses in Syrian clashes

UN officials have denounced gross human rights violations by both sides in Syria, as fighting rages in the second city Aleppo with the army claiming to have secured much of a strategic district. “Midan is under the control of the army,” a military official told AFP Monday, a claim backed…

Prince Harry ‘moved to safety in Afghan attack’

Prince Harry was moved under guard to a secure location during a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion, the base where he is deployed in Afghanistan, Britain’s defence minister has said. Two US Marines were killed and unprecedented material damage caused when attackers armed with guns, rockets and suicide vests stormed…

Japanese businesses close factories in China amid violence

A swathe of Japan’s biggest corporate names padlocked factories in China Tuesday as violent anti-Japan protests sparked safety fears, and threatened economic ties worth more than $300 billion a year. Firms ranging from electronics giants Sony and Panasonic to Japan’s three big carmakers — Toyota, Honda and Nissan — temporarily…

Meet the oldest prostitutes in Amsterdam – they’re 70-year-old twins

Neither Louise nor Martine Fokkens fit the stereotype of a window prostitute in Amsterdam. The majority of women working in the most notorious public brothel scene in Europe are young, conventionally attractive and from outside of Holland. The Fokkens are 70-year-old identical twins, and very Dutch. Known as the “oldest window…

Mass grave found in Kenya’s troubled Tana River region

NAIROBI — A mass grave was discovered on Monday in Kenya’s Tana River region which has been rocked by three weeks of fighting between the Pokomo and Orma ethnic groups, police said. More than 100 people had so far been reported killed since the latest round of violence erupted in…

Too soon to call Libya attack ‘act of terror’: U.S.

WASHINGTON — A State Department official refused Monday to call an attack on a US mission in Libya in which four Americans were killed “an act of terror,” saying a full investigation had to be completed first. US and Libyan officials have offered widely differing accounts about Tuesday’s assault on…

Pakistan blocks YouTube over anti-Islam film

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan blocked access to YouTube on Monday after the video sharing website failed to take down an anti-Islam film that has sparked furious protests across the Muslim world. Attempts to access YouTube met with a message saying the website had been classed as containing “indecent material” and was…

Chevron fined $17.5 million over Brazil spill

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities said Monday they were slapping a $17.5 million fine on US oil firm Chevron in connection with a major spill off Rio de Janeiro state last year. Magda Chambriard, director general of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP), told a press conference that the new…

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