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Karzai orders probe into NATO civilian killings

KHOST, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered an investigation into provincial government claims that a NATO raid killed six civilians in the restive east. Government officials said the six, including an 11-year-old girl, died during a military operation targeting the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. NATO said its troops…

Protesters block Shell oil facilities in Nigeria

Protesters blocked facilities belonging to oil giant Shell on Thursday in Nigeria demanding improvements to communities in the area, including new roads and stable electricity supply. About 40 protesters accused Shell of breaching a 1999 accord on the provision of electricity and roads for the Oruma, Otuasega, Elebele and Imiringi communities in…

Indian PM vows revenge for terrorist attacks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday vowed that those responsible for a series of bomb blasts that killed 17 inMumbai would be tracked down and prosecuted, as he visited the injured. “Perpetrators of (the) Mumbai blasts shall be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice quickly,” the premier said on a tour…

Israel deports all but two ‘flytilla’ activists

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Thursday it had deported all but two pro-Palestinian activists who flew into the country last week, but activists said dozens remained in jail, with several challenging deportation orders. “There are only two who are still being detained,” interior ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad told AFP, adding…

Maritime Bureau: Pirate attacks on the rise

Attacks on the world’s seas are soaring as armed and dangerous pirates become increasingly emboldened, seizing more ships than before and taking even bigger risks, an international body said Thursday. In the first six months of 2011, there were 266 piracy attacks compared with 196 incidents over the same period…

Murdoch under pressure to face U.K. Parliament

Britain’s deputy prime minister urged Rupert Murdoch Thursday to face questioning by lawmakers over the phone hacking scandal, as pressure grew on his media empire in Australia and the United States. Police in Britain made a ninth arrest in the case as the furore which has led to the closure…

Washington Post website jobs section hacked

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post said Thursday that a hacker had gained access to nearly 1.3 million email addresses and user IDs on its online jobs section. The Post said no passwords or other personal data were compromised in the attack on the jobs section of WashingtonPost.com which occurred last week.…

Michigan police hunt suspect after 7 shot dead

CHICAGO — Police in Michigan were on the hunt Thursday for a man suspected of shooting dead five women, a man and a child in two different houses in the Great Lakes city of Grand Rapids. The suspect, 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, who was armed with a handgun, had a…

U.S. Internet providers agree to block subscribers accused of copyright infringement

Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision Systems all said Thursday that they were implementing a series of “best practices” recommendations that would see the connections of subscribers accused of copyright violations slowed down or even temporarily blocked if the alleged offenses continue. The adoption of these policies, proposed by The Center…

China dismisses reports Jiang has died

China’s official media said Thursday that reports claiming former president Jiang Zemin had died were “pure rumour”, after days of intense speculation about his health. The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted “authoritative sources” in its report denying the rumour, which emerged last Friday after the 84-year-old failed to appear at…

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