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Suspected POW mass grave found in Philippines

MANILA — Philippine workers at a swimming pool site stumbled on a mass grave containing 14 skeletons believed to be prisoners of war from the Japanese occupation in World War II, police said Sunday. Police cordoned off the area in Nasugbu town, about a three-hour drive south of the capital…

Libya command structure divides US, NATO allies

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The United States and key allies France and Britain are struggling to hammer out a new command structure for Libyan military operations amid divisions over the role NATO should play. US President Barack Obama, in El Salvador wrapping up a tour of Latin America, admitted Tuesday it…

Battle to cool Japan plant as food jitters grow

KITAKAMI, Japan – Engineers racing to cool a stricken nuclear plant in Japan partially restored power to a control room on Tuesday, as radioactivity in more foodstuffs fuelled anxiety over product safety. An external electricity supply has now been linked up to all six reactors at the Fukushima No. 1…

Fighting still rages in Libya despite no-fly zone

TRIPOLI – Fighting raged between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and insurgents in several towns on Tuesday despite a UN-mandated no-fly zone aimed at stopping the violence. Meanwhile, as a senior US officer said Kadhafi forces were still attacking civilians, doubts persisted over the best way to continue…

Afghanistan announces crucial security handover

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan forces will take over security from NATO this summer in the capital of violence-wracked Helmand province and several other areas, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday. The move, 10 years after the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban regime in the wake of the September 11…

Google purges tainted apps from Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has remotely purged Android smartphones of applications tainted with a malicious code that could take control of the handsets and steal information. Mobile phone security firm LookOut said the purpose of the “DroidDream” code was to “download additional applications and install them silently as system applications…

Gaddafi launches massive counter-offensives against Libyan opposition

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched counter-offensives against rebel-held towns on Sunday as the popular uprising escalated into open warfare. The resilience of Gaddafi’s forces in the face of the widespread insurrection and their ability to counter-attack will increase fears that Libya is heading for a…

Heavy machinegun fire rocks Libyan capital Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched counter-strikes on Sunday to try to take back strategic towns from rebel forces, while intense automatic gunfire reverberated around the capital. The resilience of Gaddafi’s forces in the face of the widespread insurrection and their ability to counter-attack will increase…

Computer expert says US behind Stuxnet worm

LONG BEACH, California – A German computer security expert said Thursday he believes the United States and Israel’s Mossad unleashed the malicious Stuxnet worm on Iran’s nuclear program. “My opinion is that the Mossad is involved,” Ralph Langner said while discussing his in-depth Stuxnet analysis at a prestigious TED conference…

Troops kill Tripoli protesters

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Government forces shot dead at least two protesters in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, television stations reported, as a popular uprising against Muammar Gaddafi closed in on his main power base. Gaddafi appeared on the central Green Square to make an impassioned speech of defiance, after…

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