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Canadian held in Libya as US oil spy suspect: report

A Canadian suspected of industrial espionage on behalf of the United States has been prevented from leaving Libya for security reasons, the newspaper Oea reported on Monday. It said Douglas Oriali, who also has Australian and Irish citizenship, is suspected of working with US intelligence “to gather information aiming to…

White House, France quash Michelle Obama ‘hell’ claim

WASHINGTON — The White House and the French embassy in Washington moved quickly Thursday to shoot down claims that Michelle Obama told her French counterpart Carla Bruni that life was “hell” as first lady. The allegations were contained in the book “Carla et les Ambitieux” (“Carla and the Ambitious”), by…

Iran frees American woman hiker on bail: prosecution website

American hiker Sarah Shourd, held in Iran for more than a year on suspicion of spying, has been released on bail, the Tehran prosecution announced on its website on Tuesday. “Sarah Shourd has been handed over to the officials of the Swiss embassy in Iran which represents US interests after…

Palestinian with hostages at Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv

Israeli officials: Palestinian holding hostages at Turkish Embassy after gunfire A Palestinian took hostages in the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv Tuesday after shots were fired outside, Israeli police and a Foreign Ministry official said, in an incident that appeared to have only an indirect link to recent tensions between…

US foreign aid to subsidize outsourced jobs in South Asia

Is American foreign aid being used to subsidize the creation of overseas jobs that replace US workers? A recent project announced by USAID suggests the answer may be yes. The US Embassy in Sri Lanka announced late last week that it will be funding a new program in the South…

US embassy vehicles torched in Afghan capital

Rioting erupted in Kabul Friday when scores of Afghan men set fire to two US embassy vehicles after one collided with a civilian car killing a number of occupants, officials and witnesses said. Television pictures showed the vehicles in flames and young Afghan men throwing stones at them. NATO’s International…

US Embassy workers tested after suspicious letter

2 US Embassy workers in Paris undergo medical tests after opening suspicious letter. Two men who work for the U.S. Embassy in Paris underwent medical tests after handling a suspicious letter Friday, but the embassy said preliminary analysis suggested it was not harmful. “There is no indication that the envelope…

US asks Israel to probe case of girl who lost eye to tear gas canister

Washington has asked Israel to investigate an incident where a US student lost an eye after she was hit by an Israeli tear-gas canister during a West Bank protest, the US embassy said on Monday. Emily Henochowicz, 21, was apparently hit in the face by a tear-gas canister fired by…

Report: Bin Laden wife, children under house arrest in Iran

DUBAI — Six of Osama bin Laden’s children and one of his wives, missing since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, are under house arrest in Iran, newspapers reported on Wednesday, quoting a family member. “Until a month ago we did not know where the siblings were,” Omar bin Laden, 29,…

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