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Egypt PM delays swearing-in of new cabinet

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Monday postponed the swearing-in of a new cabinet intended to deflect anger over the pace of reform. Sharaf, who heads a caretaker government after a revolt toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak in February, had hoped the sweeping reshuffle would persuade the protesters to end a 10-day-old sit-in at Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square. But the protesters ...

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Cameron Calls Emergency Session of Parliament

LONDON — Britain‘s top police official resigned on Sunday, the latest casualty of the phone-hacking scandal engulfing British public life, just hours after Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, was arrested on suspicion of illegally intercepting phone calls and bribing the police. Such is the severity of the crisis swirling around the Murdoch empire, British ...

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The US love affair with drones

One of the pleasures of traveling through the developing world is that things develop. They change. There’s always something new. Afghanistan is, depending on one’s point of view, developing, deteriorating, or doing both at once. Example: Last August found me and two fellow Americans in a hired taxi zooming past bombed-out fuel trucks through Taliban-held Kunduz, a city in northern ...

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7,500 earthquakes hit shattered New Zealand city

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP): It’s been 10 months since the first big earthquake struck New Zealand’s second-largest city. It’s been nearly five months since a far more devastating one killed 181 people and crippled the downtown. But it’s been just a few hours since yet another aftershock startled Christchurch residents during the night. “I stop breathing,” said Sheridan Cattermole, a ...

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Mumbai blasts: Probe into ‘suspect’ death

Police in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) have launched an investigation into the death of a man who was called in for questioning about deadly blasts in the city last week. Fayaz Usmani died in hospital early on Sunday, hours after he complained of feeling unwell during his questioning. His family suspects foul play, but police deny allegations of ...

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MP, top Karzai aide feared killed: police official

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a top advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a member of the country’s parliament in a residential district of Kabul on Sunday, just days after the president’s brother was gunned down at home, officials said. The spokesman for Kabul’s police chief…

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Britain’s top cop quits as hacking probe grows

  LONDON – Britain’s top police official resigned on Sunday, the latest casualty of the phone-hacking scandal engulfing British public life, just hours after Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International, was arrested on suspicion of illegally intercepting phone calls and bribing the police. The official, Commissioner Paul Stephenson of the Metropolitan Police Service, commonly known ...

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Libya rebels fighting to capture eastern oil town

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel forces on Sunday entered the oil town of Brega and fought street battles there with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel spokesman said, in the biggest offensive in eastern Libya in weeks. “The news coming from there is there is a street war going on between Gaddafi troops and the rebels, and 127 ...

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