Murdochs face committee summons

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News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks has agreed to give evidence to MPs over the phone hacking scandal next week, it was announced today. But the Commons Culture Select Committee has issued a summons to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James after they said they were not available […]

Suicide attack hits memorial for Karzai’s brother

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A suicide attack on Thursday struck memorial prayers for the assassinated brother of the Afghan president, killing four people including a senior cleric in a mosque, officials said. Interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi said 13 people were also wounded when the bomber blew himself up in the southern city of […]

Afghan civilian war deaths hit record level: UN

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KABUL – The first half of this year was the deadliest six months for civilians in Afghanistan since the decade-old war began, the country’s UN mission said on Thursday. Civilian deaths hit a record high, up 15 percent on the first half of 2010, due to roadside and suicide bombings, […]

5 French soldiers die in attack in Afghanistan

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PARIS (AP) — The office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy says five French soldiers and one Afghan civilian have been killed in a bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Kapisa province. Four other French soldiers and three other Afghan civilians were seriously injured in Wednesday’s attack, Sarkozy’s office said in a statement. […]

St. Lucia Advances In CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier

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News Americas, CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Thurs. July 14, 2011: St. Lucia has advanced to the first group round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. Jamil Joseph scored three goals to help hand St. Lucia a 4-2 victory over Aruba on penalties. It is the third straight World Cup qualifying campaign that […]

Colombian Mayoral Hopeful Murder Being Investigated

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News Americas, BOGOTA, Colombia, Thurs. July 14, 2011: Authorities in Colombia are investigating the murder of a candidate for mayor who died just days after he was shot. Fernando Vargas Restrepo was shot over the weekend and died of his wounds. He was running for mayor of Yumbo, an industrial […]

Plane Crash Claims 16 Lives In Brazil

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News Americas, BRASILIA, Brazil, Thurs. July 14, 2011: Sixteen lives have been lost in Brazil after a twin-engine aircraft crashed on wasteland between two Recife neighbourhoods – Piedade and Boa Viagem. Authorities are now investigating the crash in north-east Brazil. The crew had reported problems almost immediately after take-off from […]

WikiLeaks Julian Assange fights extradition

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London, July 14: Lawyers for Julian Assange on Wednesday focused their fight against the WikiLeaks chief’s extradition to Sweden on technicalities – trying to punch holes through the warrant seeking his arrest. Assange is wanted in Sweden for questioning on allegations of rape and molestation, a prosecution he and his […]

Guatemalan Deported

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News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Thurs. July 14, 2011: A former member of the Guatemalan army whom witnesses say participated in a massacre there three decades ago that claimed at least 162 lives has been deported. The deportation of Pedro Pimentel Rios, 54, capped an effort by U.S. Immigration and […]

Venezuela Retains Control Of Prison

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News Americas, CARACAS, Venezuela, Thurs. July 15, 2011: Twenty-seven days after a prison uprising at the El Rodeo prison in Venezuela, authorities there have regained control. Police said Wednesday that more than 800 inmates have now given up their weapons and left the prison in minibuses to undergo medical examinations. […]