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Pirates attack Greek oil tanker off Nigeria: IMB

Pirates attacked a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria Friday but failed to hijack the ship after the crew hid in a safe room, the International Maritime Bureau said. The tanker was anchored off Lagos when armed pirates boarded early on Friday, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB’s piracy reporting…

Suu Kyi urges ‘healthy skepticism’ over Myanmar reform

Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday urged “healthy scepticism” over Myanmar’s dramatic reforms, saying only the rule of law can cement recent political progress and foster clean investment. Speaking at a gathering of world business leaders in Bangkok, she also warned China and the United States against turning…

Asian markets fall on weak US, China data

Asian markets fell Friday and the euro hit a near two-year low against the dollar amid Europe’s deepening debt woes, while disappointing US data and Chinese manufacturing numbers also sapped sentiment. With investors scrambling for safer haven assets such as the yen, Japan’s finance minister pledged “decisive action” if it…

Sheep rain down on cars in Australia

Sheep plunged onto cars on a busy Australian highway after a truck carrying 400 livestock crashed while crossing an overpass, spilling its cargo into the path of terrified motorists below. The dramatic accident late Thursday near Melbourne saw dead and injured sheep fall onto at least two moving cars and…

Putin heads to Berlin as Syria crisis escalates

Germany on Friday urged Russia to curb its support for Damascus, ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Berlin and Paris that is set to be dominated by the escalating Syria crisis. “In our view Russia should recognise that we are not working against Russian strategic interests when we want…

Mubarak verdict and sentencing to be broadcast live

Egyptian state television will broadcast live the verdict and sentencing on Saturday of ex-president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and security chiefs in a murder and corruption trial, official media reported. State television will charge foreign media between $7,000 and $10,000 to buy the coverage, the official MENA news agency quoted…

Eurozone unemployment at record 11%

Eurozone unemployment stood at a record high of 11.0 percent for the second month running in April, with Spain the hardest hit at 24.3 percent, revised official figures showed Friday. More than 17.4 million people were jobless in the single currency area in April, more than 3.5 million of them…

Pakistan ‘CIA doctor’ appeals conviction

Lawyers representing the Pakistani doctor jailed after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden appealed against his conviction on Friday. Shakeel Afridi was on May 23 sentenced to 33 years in jail under Pakistan’s archaic system of tribal justice, worsening Pakistan’s already precarious relationship with the United States. He was…

Global hunt for Canada ‘body parts’ murder suspect

A global manhunt was under way Friday for a Canadian porn star suspected of dismembering his boyfriend and mailing the body parts, after a video of the grisly killing surfaced online. Interpol posted the picture and profile of Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who is being hunted across Canada over the…

Brazil lawmakers red-faced over mystery underwear

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Mystery underwear found during a parliamentary session earlier this month is causing a lot of red faces in the Brazilian Congress, a report said Thursday. The red and white panties, described by O Globo daily as “rather large” and “not a G-string,” were inadvertently dropped…

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