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Murdochs to face UK government inquiry, FBI to probe News Corp

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch on Thursday caved in to pressure from Britain’s parliament to answer questions over alleged crimes at one of his newspapers and denied that News Corp was drawing up plans to separate its newspaper holdings. Murdoch said News Corp had handled the crisis engulfing his media empire “extremely well in every way possible” making just “minor ...

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US debt talks deadlock drags on

President Barack Obama has told lawmakers he wants agreement on a US debt deal in 24-36 hours, Republican and Democratic aides say. A fifth consecutive day of cross-party negotiations at the White House between President Obama and congressional leaders failed to make a…

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Blasts in Mumbai revive terror

NEW DELHI — For the second time in three years, Mumbai suffered a major terror attack Wednesday as three explosions rocked India’s financial capital, killing at least 21 people, wounding more than 60 and spreading fear and panic across the sprawling city. The blasts, detonated over an 11-minute period beginning at 6:54 p.m., just as commuters were heading home or ...

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Murdochs face committee summons

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 to attend the session. The younger Murdoch had offered to ...

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Suicide attack hits memorial for Karzai’s brother

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 Kandahar, where cabinet ministers visiting from the capital Kabul had ...

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Afghan civilian war deaths hit record level: UN

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, increased ground fighting and more deadly air strikes. The United ...

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5 French soldiers die in attack in Afghanistan

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. The French troops had been guarding a meeting of local ...

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WikiLeaks Julian Assange fights extradition

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 supporters claim is being manipulated to…

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Specialist divers arrive at scene of sunken Russian ship

Moscow (CNN) — Specialist military divers have arrived at the site where a Russian cruise ship sank over the weekend, killing at least 100 people, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The highly trained divers, who specialize in rescue operations and lifting sunken ships, have orders to present a plan to raise the “Bulgaria” as soon as possible, the ministry ...

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