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U.S., South Korea to stage joint drill next month

US and South Korean troops will stage an annual joint exercise next month to improve their combat-readiness, military authorities said Monday amid high cross-border tensions. The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will begin on August 16, the Combined Forces Command said in a statement. Ulchi Freedom Guardian is an annual…

Iraq to execute Saddam’s half-brothers

Iraq will execute two of Saddam Hussein’s half-brothers within a month along with three other former regime officials, an official said on Friday, after the five were handed over by the US military. The group, transferred to Iraqi custody on Thursday morning, were among 206 high-value detainees still being held by…

Iraqi cleric Sadr lashes out at U.S.

BAGHDAD — Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday lashed out at US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s disclosure that American forces are keeping up unilateral attacks on Iran-backed insurgents in Iraq. Sadr’s spokesman Salah al-Obeidi charged in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, that Panetta had “openly…

Sudan jails journalist for reporting alleged rape

KHARTOUM — A Sudanese journalist was jailed for a month on Tuesday, and her editor fined, for publishing reports on the alleged rape of a female opposition activist by security force personnel, their lawyer said. Fatima Ghazali is the first of several journalists to be tried for articles they wrote…

Death toll spikes for Iraqis and U.S. troops

BAGHDAD — Violence killed more Iraqis last month than at any time since September, figures showed Friday after the US reported deaths that also made June the deadliest month for its troops in Iraq for three years. The Baghdad government blames Al-Qaeda for most of the 271 deaths of its…

Google breaks billion-visitor barrier

SAN FRANCISCO — Figures released by industry tracker comScore credited Google with being the first online operation to attract more than a billion visitors in a single month. Slightly more than a billion people went to Google websites in May in what comScore billed as an unprecedented turn-out on the…

German hackers convicted of stealing Lady Gaga songs

BERLIN — Two young hackers were convicted in Germany Thursday of stealing new songs from stars such as Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey and offering them for sale on the Internet, a court said. The local court in the western city of Duisburg found the defendants, aged 18 and 23,…

Citigroup doubles number of accounts it said were hacked

NEW YORK (AFP) – US banking giant Citigroup had told its clients that about 360,000 credit cards were affected by a computer hacking attack last month — nearly twice the number previously acknowledged. Citigroup said late Wednesday that the security breach had compromised a total of 360,083 North America Citi-branded…

Greek lawmakers quit over austerity cuts

ATHENS (AFP) – Two Greek government lawmakers quit Thursday over their party’s unpopular austerity policies as Prime Minister George Papandreou was to name a new government to deal with the country’s debt crisis. George Floridis, a 55-year-old former deputy finance minister, announced his departure from the ruling party’s parliamentary group…

GBTV: Glenn Beck takes his show online for $5 a month

By Glynnis MacNicol Watching Glenn Beck’s show after he leaves FOX News at the end of the month will cost you…but not as much as it costs you to read the New York Times online. The Times is reporting that Beck will move his TV show online where subscribers will be able…

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