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Knox trial resumes in Italy, enters final stretch

ROME-The appeals case of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her British roommate during a study abroad program, enters its final stretch when it resumes Monday. The 24-year-old from Seattle who has been behind bars since Nov. 2007 was relieved to be back in court after the summer break but anxious as the trial draws to a close, ...

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Haiti peacekeepers recalled over abuse claim

Uruguay has announced the dismissal of a navy commander with the United Nations mission in Haiti after a video was circulated of an alleged sexual assault on a young Haitian man by members of a Uruguayan peacekeeping unit. The defence ministry said on Sunday in a statement that it had begun a “repatriation of the troops involved” in the incident. In addition to the ...

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Life after Assad looks ominous for Syria’s Christian minority

In the gift shop of Damascus’ Chapel of Ananias, a middle-aged Christian man called Sari explained who he thought was to blame for the stories of government brutality emerging from his country. “All the international media are liars,” he said. “Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN – they are all lying. There is no trouble here in Damascus.” Syria’s more than 2 ...

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives back on French soil

Former IMF chief faces uncertain political future after New York prosecutors drop charges of sexually assaultinghotel maid Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned to France for the first time since attempted rape accusations by a New York hotel maid dashed the former International Monetary Fund chief’s ...

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Tropical Storm Lee soaks New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Lee was drenching New Orleans on Sunday as the Southern city, inundated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, faced a test of its flood defenses from the slow-moving system. Jeannie Breuer and her husband George walk by the Mississippi River as Tropical Storm Lee slowly makes landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana September 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Dan ...

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Mass rallies revive Israel protest movement

The rally was by far the summer’s largest, with Tel Aviv’s main square overflowing with demonstrators [Reuters] An estimated 500,000 people took to the streets of coastal Tel Aviv on Saturday night, by far the largest demonstration in the social protest movement that has swept the country for two months. Protesters marched down Rothschild Boulevard, a fashionable street which has been the ...

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Libya intervention: British forces played key role, says Cameron

Prime minister suggests further military actions may lie ahead as Arab League members ‘toughen stance’ against Syria Libyan rebels stand on a missile at a military base destroyed by a Nato airstrike this week. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters David Cameron has said “armchair generals” who criticised the government’s strategy in Libya had been proved wrong as he hailed Britain’s role in ...

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Gordon Brown issues challenge over Sunday Times recordings

Gordon Brown has stepped up his campaign against Rupert Murdoch’s News International media group, sending tape recordings to the Metropolitan Police earlier today which he says challenge the Sunday Times’s assurances that it broke no laws when investigating his personal financial affairs. In a letter to Sue Akers – the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner who is heading the investigation into ...

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