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British and U.S. lawmakers pile pressure on Murdoch

British lawmakers geared up to deal a body blow Wednesday to Rupert Murdoch’s bid for pay-TV giant BSkyB, as the phone-hacking scandal rocking his media empire threatened to spill over to the United States. In a rare show of unity in parliament against the one-time kingmaker of British politics, the…

Afghan president buries assassinated brother

A weeping Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday led thousands of mourners at the funeral of his brother, whose assassination could push southern Afghanistan into renewed instability. Ahmed Wali Karzai may have been dogged by allegations of links to the drugs trade and corruption, but his shock killing at home by…

California woman drugs husband and cuts off his penis, says he ‘deserved it’

LOS ANGELES — A 48-year-old Californian was arrested for drugging her husband’s dinner then cutting off his penis, saying he “deserved it,” police said Tuesday. Catherine Kieu Becker was booked for poisoning and assault with a deadly weapon after the incident in which she tied him to the bed Monday…

Gunmen abduct two Americans in southern Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – Gunmen in the Philippines kidnapped three people early Tuesday, including a naturalized American woman and her 14-year-old son, police said. The gunmen stormed a beach house on Tictabon island, near the southern port city of Zamboanga, and took three holidaymakers, city police chief Edwin de Ocampo told…

Brown accuses Murdoch papers of hiring criminals

Former prime minister Gordon Brown accused Rupert Murdoch’s media empire on Tuesday of using criminals to obtain his private documents, as MPs prepared to quiz police over phone hacking. In a major new twist in the row that led to the closure of the Murdoch-owned News of the World, Brown…

Rhinoceros head stolen from French museum

BLOIS, France — Thieves stole a rhinoceros head from a museum in France, the latest in a string of raids thought to be fuelled by an international trade, police and museum sources said on Monday. Staff at the natural history museum in Blois, 160 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of Paris,…

FBI investigating brutal hate crime against Native American family

The FBI is investigating an alleged hate crime against a Native American family after local law enforcement released the three white assailants without charges in May. Indian Country Today reported that three men armed with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar confronted Johnny Bonta and his son-in-law while they were…

French police ‘interview Strauss-Kahn accuser’

French police detectives interviewed a young French writer on Monday over her claim that former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003, a judicial official told AFP. Paris police have been asked by investigating magistrates to look into the writer Tristane Banon’s allegation against the ex-head of…

Seven deminers beheaded in Afghanistan

Seven deminers kidnapped in western Afghanistan have been beheaded by their abductors, police said Sunday, as NATO announced the deaths of three soldiers in Taliban attacks. The seven were part of a group of 28 deminers who were snatched on Wednesday in a district that is the focus of the…

Afghan spy agency guard kills two Americans

An Afghan spy agency bodyguard shot dead an American soldier and development worker in a gunfight triggered by a roadside argument Saturday before being killed by return fire. The shootout in the northern province of Panjsher, one of the most peaceful parts of Afghanistan, is the latest in a series…

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