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UPDATE: News Corp. alters BSkyB bid amid scandal, defers to commission’s decision

UPDATE 12:10 EDT: The Wall Street Journal has clarified, saying that News Corp. has merely altered the concessions it had added to its bid for BSkyB. Previously, News Corp. had offered to spin off its 24-hour Sky News channel to ward off concerns about media domination. From WSJ: News Corp.…

Pakistan rebukes U.S. assessment of journalist’s murder

Pakistan on Friday warned its cooperation in the US-led war on Al-Qaeda was at risk after heavily criticising the top US military officer for suggesting it could have approved a journalist’s murder. The row threatened to further strain relations already damaged by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden two…

CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer’s show

CNN announced Wednesday that it will cancel former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s 8 p.m. talk show, “In the Arena,” and instead move Anderson Cooper’s newscast from 10 p.m. EST into Spitzer’s former slot, the New York Times reported. Cooper’s newscast will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. as well. “I’m…

Pro-Palestinian activists plan to flood Israeli airport

JERUSALEM — Israel was making intense preparations on Monday to foil plans by hundreds of activists to flood Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport on Friday in a show of solidarity with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to coordinate all law enforcement and…

British soldier missing in Afghanistan

A British soldier has been reported missing in southern Afghanistan, with NATO launching a manhunt to find him. “The Ministry of Defense can confirm that a British serviceman is missing in Afghanistan. An extensive operation to locate him is under way,” the ministry said in a statement tonight. “The individual…

Texas warns Americans to avoid Mexico border town

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The southwestern state of Texas is warning Americans to avoid the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo over the July 4 independence day weekend, fearing that US citizens will be targeted. State and local police have “received credible intelligence from multiple sources that indicates the Zetas Cartel…

Grenade wounds 17 Afghan schoolchildren

KABUL — A suspected militant on a motorbike threw a hand grenade at the gates of a school in north Afghanistan on Sunday, injuring 17 children, the interior ministry said in a statement. The incident took place in Maimana, the main city of Faryab province, the ministry said, adding that…

Europe clears urgent aid to save Greece from default

Eurozone finance ministers cleared the way for Greece to receive urgent funds to avoid imminent bankruptcy, but warned it would take weeks to conclude a new bailout for the debt-hit nation. Greece is expected to receive 12 billion euros from the eurozone and IMF by July 15 after the ministers…

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,…

Shriver to terminate marriage with Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver, the wife of actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has filed for divorce, according to documents filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Shriver, 55, cited “irreconcilable differences” with her husband, whom she met in 1977 and married in 1986. Schwarzenegger, 63, admitted in May that he…

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