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Chavez foes say his absence a security risk

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition said on Saturday President Hugo Chavez’s prolonged convalescence from cancer in Cuba put the country’s security and sovereignty at risk and it stepped up calls for him to delegate his powers. “It is clear Chavez does not have the capacity to fully exercise his power…

Fighter jet intercepts plane near Obama

WASHINGTON — An F-15E fighter jet rushed out Saturday to intercept a small passenger plane flying near the presidential retreat of Camp David, where President Barack Obama is relaxing, US military officials said. The fighter jet intercepted the plane around 1:20 pm (1720 GMT) as it flew into restricted airspace,…

British journalist’s Iraq kidnapper jailed for 15 years

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court handed down a 15-year jail term on Saturday to a man it convicted of taking part in the abduction of a British journalist in 2008, a judiciary spokesman said. Spokesman Abdel Sattar al-Beriqdar did not identify the convict by name but said the court had…

Clinton urges Gaddafi to deliver democracy not threats

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded on Saturday that Moamer Kadhafi deliver democracy instead of threats, after the Libyan leader warned Europe of stinging attacks unless NATO halts its air war. “Instead of issuing threats, Kadhafi should put the well-being and interests of his own people first and he…

LulzSec to disband after newest data dump

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Lulz Security group of rogue hackers announced it was disbanding on Saturday with one last data dump, which included internal AOL Inc and AT&T documents. LulzSec, which gained wide recognition for breaching the websites of Sony Corp, the CIA and a British police unit among…

Syria protest group warns of coming ‘volcano’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces continued their crackdown on protestors with another four civilians killed, as a protest group called for demonstrators to expect “a volcano” this week. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have reinforced there since Friday” near the Lebanese…

AFP Fans mourn Michael Jackson, two years on

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Michael Jackson fans paid their respects Saturday to the late King of Pop on the second anniversary of his shock death, as his famous “Thriller” video jacket went under the hammer in Los Angeles. Fans were allowed to place flowers by the singer’s mausoleum at the…

Civilians killed as Syria presses crackdown: activist

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Four civilians were shot dead by Syrian security forces on Saturday, as tanks entered a border village with Turkey and workers there scrambled to erect a tent city anticipating a new refugee exodus. “Two civilians were killed in Kassir by gunfire from the security forces who have…

Two bombs found at Denver area shopping mall, FBI says

DENVER (Reuters) – Two bombs were found inside a Borders Bookstore in a suburban Denver shopping mall overnight, the FBI said on Saturday. Police were summoned to the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood early on Saturday after a store alarm sounded, the FBI said in a news release. Police discovered…

Germany’s Greens back Merkel’s 2022 nuclear deadline

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany’s Green party on Saturday decided to accept a government decision to close all nuclear reactors by 2022 instead of pushing for an earlier deadline. Ahead of the extraordinary meeting in Berlin, the party leadership called on members to support the government, although some of the 819…

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