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Six Sinai "terrorists" held after border attack: Egypt media

CAIRO: Egyptian military forces have captured six "terrorists" in the Sinai region after an attack on a police station earlier this week that killed 16 border guards near the frontier with Israel, state media quoted a military source as saying on Friday. Egypt sent hundreds of troops and armored combat vehicles into North Sinai on Thursday to tackle militants operating near the border and commanders said as many as 20 people they deemed terrorists had been killed in the offensive. The campaign, which Cairo billed as its biggest military operation in the desert region since the 1973...
Published On: 2012-08-10

Japan irked as SKorean prez plans visit to disputed islands

SEOUL: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is scheduled to visit a set of remote islands on Friday, angering neighbor Japan which also lays claims to territory believed to contain frozen natural gas deposits that could be worth billions of dollars. South Korea controls the islands with a coast guard presence and plans to beef up maritime research in an area also rich in marine life. Lee is the first leader of South Korea to make the trip to the islands that have been a persistent irritant in relations between the two countries even after they moved on from Japan's colonial occupation to dev...
Published On: 2012-08-10

Philippine flood death toll rises to 60

MANILA: The number of people killed in floods that submerged most of the Philippine capital Manila and parts of surrounding provinces this week has risen to 60, the government said Friday. The death toll was triple the number confirmed on Thursday, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Another seven people were missing, it said in a statement. The higher tally appeared to be mostly due to the council reporting deaths that occurred earlier in the week from areas outside of Manila, rather than new fatalities. More than a month's worth of rain was dumped on ...
Published On: 2012-08-10

Pro-Islamist elected Libya assembly chief

TRIPOLI: Mohamed al-Megaryef, a staunch opponent of Moamer Kadhafi's overthrown regime who is seen as being pro-Islamist, was elected president of Libya's new national assembly. Megaryef, who had led the Libyan National Salvation Front, which grouped exiled opponents of Kadhafi, won with 113 votes in the General National Congress (GNC) against liberal independent Ali Zidane, who got 85. Libya's National Transitional Council on Wednesday handed power to the new assembly, elected July 7, in a symbolic move marking a peaceful transition after the overthrow of Kadhafi's 40-year dictatorship in l...
Published On: 2012-08-10

Assad replaces fugitive premier

ALEPPO: President Bashar al-Assad named a new prime minister today to replace Syria’s most senior government defector and his forces pounded rebels in a strategic district of Aleppo. Assad appointed Wael al-Halki, a Sunni Muslim from the southern province of Deraa where the Syrian uprising erupted 17 months ago, to head the government after Riyad Hijab fled on Monday after spending only two months in the job. Hijab’s dramatic escape across the border to Jordan dealt another blow to Assad’s authority, already shaken by the assassination last month of four of his top security...
Published On: 2012-08-09

Hundreds flee Greek fire

ATHENS: A wildfire raged through Greece’s 1,000-year-old monastic community of Mount Athos on Thursday, forcing hundreds of residents and tourists in a nearby village to flee, officials said. The blaze, which broke out on Wednesday in a forested area on the rugged Mount Athos peninsula in northern Greece, burned down two abandoned warehouses but officials said there were no reports of anyone hurt. Three hotels were evacuated in the coastal village of Ouranoupolis, next to the Greek Orthodox community of 20 monasteries, police said. ...
Published On: 2012-08-09

France clears Roma camp

LILLE: French police raided a makeshift Roma camp today, evicting 200 people as the Socialist government quietly follows the former conservative administration’s policy of repatriating illegal immigrants. Dozens of police officers in riot gear descended on the camp near the city of Lille, in northern France, shortly after dawn to oversee the evacuation of some 200 Roma living in mobile homes near a highway. The evacuation follows a series of police raids this week in Paris and Lyon during where hundreds of undocumented Roma immigrants from eastern Europe were forced from their homes. ...
Published On: 2012-08-09

Madonna courts fresh controversy

MOSCOW: Pop icon Madonna came under attack ahead of her concert in Saint Petersburg today, with a Russian deputy prime minister slanging her on Twitter and a lawmaker threatening to fine her for “homosexual propaganda”. During a packed Moscow concert earlier this week, the US Queen of Pop called on the authorities to release three members of all-girl punk band Pussy Riot, who are on trial for performing a song against President Vladimir Putin at a landmark Moscow church. At her upcoming show in Saint Petersburg today, Madonna has promised to come out in support of the city’...
Published On: 2012-08-09

India test fires Agni-II

BALASORE: Sharpening its missile teeth, India on Thursday successfully test-fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of 2000 km as part of a user trial by the Army from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. “The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from a mobile launcher from the Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range at around 0848 hours,” defence sources said. Describing the launch as a complete success, ITR Director MVKV Prasad said, “All mission parameters were met during the trial of the indigenously developed missile....
Published On: 2012-08-09

Police to be tried for Gu 'cover-up'

BEIJING: Four Chinese police officials will go on trial on Friday for attempting to ‘cover up’ a murder allegedly carried out by the wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai, state media said on Thursday. The four men tried to protect Gu Kailai ‘from being pursued for criminal responsibilities’ after the death of Neil Heywood, the official Xinhua news agency reported. All were senior police officials in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city that Bo ran until he was sacked, and where Heywood’s body was discovered in a hotel room in November. The four men were...
Published On: 2012-08-09