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Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to stand trial for underage prostitute

MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian judge ordered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on Tuesday on charges that include paying an underage girl for sex. Following weeks of scandal that have shaken his struggling center-right government, trial has now been set to start in a criminal court in Milan…

Egypt protesters undeterred by crackdown threat

CAIRO – Thousands more Egyptian demonstrators joined a mounting tide of protest against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime on Thursday, despite stark threats of a government crackdown. The revolt now holds two permanent protest camps in Cairo, blocking both the parliament building and the city’s iconic Tahrir Square with noisy rallies…

Facing growing protests, Yemen’s president says he won’t seek another term

Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, under opposition pressure to stand down, said on Wednesday he will freeze constitutional changes that would have seen him become president for life. On the eve of a “day of rage” called by civil society and opposition leaders, Saleh told parliament he had also put…

Myanmar opens junta-dominated parliament

NAYPYIDAW – Myanmar’s new junta-dominated parliament opened on Monday as lawmakers assembled in secrecy following a widely panned election for the country’s first legislative session since the late 1980s. No foreign media representatives were allowed to witness the event or even take photographs of the new parliament building where elected…

Iraq parliament approves Maliki govt

The Iraqi parliament on Tuesday gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government a vote of confidence and adopted a 43-point programme aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism. After more than nine months of political deadlock and wrangling, parliament in separate votes gave its approval to Maliki, three deputy prime…

Germany: pullout from Afghanistan to start in 2011

German foreign minister: expectations for Afghanistan lower, troop pullout to start next year Germany’s foreign minister played down the country’s expectations for Afghanistan’s future Thursday while reiterating that German troops will start their withdrawal by the end of next year as planned. After nearly a decade in Afghanistan, Guido Westerwelle…

UK students smash Treasury, Supreme Court buildings as parliament triples tuition fees

Tens of thousands of angry students rampaged through the streets of London on Thursday, smashing windows of the Supreme Court, pelting police at the Treasury with rocks, and setting fire to a Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square after parliament voted to triple university tuition fees. Students in London using chain-link…

Russian ‘sleeper spy’ found in British parliament

LONDON — A Russian woman working in the British parliament is to be deported after security services arrested her on suspicion of espionage, The Sunday Times reported. Britain’s domestic intelligence service MI5 decided that Katia Zatuliveter, 25, who works for Mike Hancock, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of…

US stored banned cluster bombs on UK soil, leaked cable reveals

The UK was silent about a loophole that allowed the US to store banned cluster bombs on its soil, according to a leaked secret diplomatic cable. The diplomatic message dated May 2009 and released by WikiLeaks reveals the two powers agreed to keep the deal quiet to avoid “complicating” a…

Britain to pay compensation to Guantanamo detainees

A British minister will address parliament Tuesday following media reports that the government is to pay millions of pounds in compensation to former Guantanamo Bay detainees. The Cabinet Office, which handles government business, said in a statement that the government would update parliament about the case on Tuesday. The settlement…

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