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Iran hangs man convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl

TEHRAN — Iran has hanged a man convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl in a village near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday. The report identified the murderer by his initials Q.K. and added that he had buried the…

Activists suspect Israeli spies behind flotilla woes

ATHENS (AFP) – Jumpy activists on the ill-fated mission to Gaza insist the evidence is mounting that Israeli secret services are behind the slew of mishaps that have dogged the flotilla. Two “sabotaged” boats and a stream of bureaucratic obstacles have prevented the convoy from setting sail from Greece to…

Libya rebel city tense as Gaddafi ultimatum expires

MISRATA, Libya (AFP) – The besieged Libyan rebel city of Misrata braced for a new bombardment by Moamer Kadhafi’s forces on Tuesday as an ultimatum for its surrender expired a day after shelling killed 14 people. Loyalist tanks thrust into the western suburbs of the oil-rich North African nation’s third…

British actor performs ‘The Passion’ for 72 hours

LONDON (AFP) – “Frost/Nixon” actor Michael Sheen was giving a 72-hour live performance of The Passion over the Easter weekend, bringing the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life to his home town. Sheen, who played interviewer David Frost in the 2008 Oscar-nominated film, was giving the marathon performance in Port…

Eight Libyan rebels die in fighting on Misrata road

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they repelled a government attack on Misrata on Saturday and praised a “positive change” from NATO after it carried out several air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces there. The fighting centered on theNakl al-Theqeel road to Misrata’s rebel-controlled port, where a Red Cross-chartered vessel carrying medical…

Rebels blame Gaddafi in oil pipeline bombing

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – A NATO air strike killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega on Thursday, medics said, and insurgents reported Muammar Gaddafi’s forces killed five more in a bombardment of besieged Misrata. Wounded rebels being brought to the hospital in Ajdabiyah in rebel-held east…

US forces fire on Libyan vessels: command

BERLIN — US planes and a destroyer attacked Libyan ships after reports they were “firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels” in the northwestern port of Misrata, US Africa Command said Tuesday. “A US Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol aircraft, a US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry…

Gaddafi forces ease attacks on rebel-held Misrata, coalition planes present

ALGIERS/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi eased their attacks on rebel-held Misrata on Saturday as planes belonging to the Western coalition appeared in the skies above the city, a rebel said. “The shelling has stopped and now the war planes of allies are above the sky…

Florida court rules governor can kill high-speed rail line

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – About $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail project in Florida will go elsewhere after the state’s Republican governor rejected the deal out of hand, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday. LaHood said the Obama administration was pulling the plug on the…

Oman forces disperse protesters peacefully

SOHAR, Oman – Tanks peacefully dispersed protesters blocking the port in Oman’s industrial city of Sohar and the coast road to Muscat Tuesday as protests were also reported elsewhere, AFP journalists and witnesses said. Meanwhile, demonstrators have camped in Muscat outside the consultative council, the Gulf state’s equivalent of a…

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