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    Breivik verdict nears
    21 August 2012 16:27
     OSLO - As the trial of Anders Behring Breivik comes to an end, Norway is just starting to shape its future as a nation no longer isolated by its great wealth from a troubled outside world.

    Survivors of Breivik's massacre are waiting for Friday when an Oslo court passes judgment...
    Kidnappers die as hostage flees
    21 August 2012 16:22
     BENIN - Nigerian police said on Tuesday they killed four kidnappers in southern Edo state following a car chase where the hostage escaped, in the latest abduction in a region home to Africa's biggest oil industry.

    Criminal gangs kidnapping for ransom have blighted Africa's...
    Liberia president suspends son
    21 August 2012 13:42
     MONROVIA,  Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended her son and 45 other government officials for failing to declare their assets to anti-corruption authorities, in her first major step to battle graft in her administration.

    Charles Sirleaf, one of three of...
    Assange cramped but on line
    21 August 2012 11:21
     LONDON - Living on takeaway meals in a small room with a treadmill to burn off frustrated energy and a vitamin D lamp to make up for a lack of sunlight, Julian Assange has the one material thing he values most: a computer with an Internet connection.

    The WikiLeaks founder took...
    Dom Mintoff dies aged 96
    21 August 2012 10:51
     VALLETTA - Dom Mintoff, Malta's former socialist prime minister and dominant political force for more than half a century, died at his residence near Valletta on Monday, the government said. He was 96.

    Mintoff, known for his confrontational style and fiery speeches, oversaw...
    16 hurt in Lebanon clashes
    21 August 2012 09:29
     TRIPOLI -   Sixteen people were wounded in overnight clashes between Sunni Muslim and Alawite neighbourhoods in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, local security and medical sources said on Tuesday.

    Gunmen in the two districts exchanged gunfire and launched...
    Ethiopian PM dies in hospital
    21 August 2012 09:30
    ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died from a sudden infection while recovering from an undisclosed illness at a hospital abroad, the African nation's state-run television said on Tuesday.

    Speculation that Meles, 57, was seriously ill grew after he failed to...
    Rape comment backfires
    20 August 2012 17:36
     WASHINGTON - The Republican challenger for a hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in Missouri said on Sunday that he "misspoke" when he said women have biological defenses to prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape," making legal abortion rights unnecessary.

    Anger over banker cartoon
    20 August 2012 17:34
     VIENNA— The head of Vienna's Jewish community is criticizing Austria's rightist leader for posting a cartoon showing a banker with a large hooked nose and Star of David cufflinks profiting from Europe's financial crisis.

    Heinz-Christian Strache's Facebook posting showed the...
    Bacon slur for muslims
    20 August 2012 17:33
     NEW YORK — Muslims gathering to celebrate the end of Ramadan at a New York City park found uncooked bacon scattered around, and police are investigating it as a possible bias crime.

    Organizers say the bacon pieces were found in a small section of the New Dorp Beach park Sunday...
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