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  • Police in Egypt clash with protesters

    November 30, 2013 12:55 PM 38

    CAIRO (AP) — A top Egyptian government official strongly denounced a new protest law Saturday as police fired tear gas and used batons to beat back stone-throwing demonstrators in Cairo. The violence came as a 50-member panel amending the country's 2012 Islamist-drafted constitution is scheduled to begin voting on its final recommendations Saturday

  • Ukrainian police clear Kiev's Independence Square of protesters

    November 30, 2013 5:43 AM 36

    KIEV, Ukraine – Several thousand riot police swept into Kiev’s Independence Square about 4 a.m. Saturday and cleared the area of protesters who had gathered to oppose their president’s rejection of a pact that would link this former Soviet republic more closely with Europe. Most protest leaders and reporters and many of the demonstrators who had filled

  • North Korea says U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman is a criminal, arrested for hostile acts

    November 30, 2013 3:17 AM 30

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday it had arrested U.S. citizen Merrill E. Newman for "hostile acts" against the state and accused him of being "a criminal" who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War. Newman "masterminded espionage and subversive activities against the DPRK and in this course he was involved

  • Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists see tiny hope

    November 29, 2013 8:48 PM 41

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived. New images being analyzed Friday showed a streak of light moving away from the sun that some said could indicate it wasn't game over just yet. "It certainly

  • Leeds human trafficking victims rescued

    November 29, 2013 4:40 PM 28

    Continue reading the main story Seventeen people, including children, have been "rescued" as part of a human trafficking investigation. West Yorkshire Police said the people, mostly from Slovakia, were taken from 25 different addresses in south and west Leeds. The force said the three-day-operation was part of an investigation into an "organised criminal

  • Man slashed in Virginia parking spot fight on eve of Black Friday

    November 29, 2013 12:18 PM 46

    The eve of Black Friday saw some American shoppers fighting over televisions and parking spots. A man in Claypool Hill, Va., had his arm slashed to the bone over a fight for a parking spot, police told the local NBC affiliate. Around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, two men were trying to park in the same spot. They both got out of their vehicles and 61-year-old

  • Pope Francis revamps centuries-old charity office

    November 29, 2013 10:55 AM 42

    VATICAN CITY -- When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to share the plight of the poor and let them know someone cared. That's not so easy to do now that he's pope. But Francis is still providing one-on-one

  • Iran's Arab neighbors want assurances nuclear deal not against them

    November 29, 2013 3:48 AM 30

    MANAMA (Reuters) - Iran's Arab neighbors, deeply worried about Iran's nuclear program, want assurances that Tehran's deal with world powers will indeed enhance regional security, Bahrain's interior minister said on Thursday. U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states, led by top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, have cautiously welcomed the November 24 interim accord as a step towards

  • Pope names private secretary to supervise Vatican bank

    November 28, 2013 6:02 PM 33

    ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis named his personal secretary to supervise the activities of the Vatican bank on Thursday, in a sign the pontiff wants to keep a tight grip on the drive to clean up its operations and image. Alfred Xuereb, a 55-year-old Maltese prelate, will be responsible for overseeing two commissions created by the pope to supervise the bank itself

  • Syrian troops capture town near Lebanon border

    November 28, 2013 1:24 PM 70

    President Bashar Assad’s forces launched the push into the rugged Qalamoun region along the border in order to cut off rebel supply routes and stem the flow of fighters. The fighting has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to neighboring Lebanon. Militants from Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group openly joined the war on the side of government forces