Archive | July 7th, 2011

NATO denies trying to aid Libyan rebels' advance

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – NATO denied a Libyan government charge Thursday that the alliance is intentionally using its airstrikes to assist rebel advances, saying it is sticking to its mandate to protect civilians. Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken, an alliance spokesman in Naples, Italy, said NATO is “not involved in the ground battles,” although he acknowledged [...]

EBay to buy mobile payments company Zong for $240M

SAN JOSE, California (AP) – PayPal owner EBay says it is buying mobile payments provider Zong for about $240 million in cash. The online auctioneer said on Thursday that Zong will help strengthen PayPal’s position in the mobile payments and digital goods markets. EBay Inc. says Zong works with more than 250 mobile network operators [...]

US court denies cash for suspected Somali pirate

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) – A federal judge has denied a request from a Somali man accused of piracy to have $1,600 in cash returned to him for humanitarian needs. Mohammad Saaili Shibin is accused of acting as the chief negotiator for a band of pirates that killed four Americans aboard the yacht Quest. The money [...]

NYC to study condition of 3,500-year-old obelisk

NEW YORK (AP) – It’s the mystery of Cleopatra’s Needle: Is New York City weather damaging a 3,500-year-old obelisk that has graced Central Park since 1881? The obelisk was a gift to the United States from Egypt to commemorate the opening of the Suez Canal. In January, the minister of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities [...]

OSCE demands Tajikistan release BBC reporter

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) ? A prominent trans-Atlantic security group has called on Tajikistan to release a jailed BBC reporter. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Dunja Mijatovic said Tajik authorities have failed to address her concerns over Urunboi Usmonov, who has been in detention since June 13 on charges of belonging to a banned [...]

Israel deploys airport police to screen activists

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel deployed hundreds of extra police at its already heavily guarded international airport Thursday and asked European airlines to bar potential troublemakers from Tel Aviv-bound flights in anticipation of the arrival of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists. In Paris, eight activists were blocked from boarding a Malev Airlines flight Thursday. One of those [...]

Italy trims participation in Libya campaign

ROME (AP)- Italy is trimming its participation in NATO’s Libya campaign, removing an aircraft carrier from NATO’s fleet and pulling hundreds of sailors home. Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said Thursday that the drawdown would help trim Italy’s cost by one-third ? from ?142 million ($202 million) for the first three months of the mission, [...]

Rating agencies urged to be more responsible

BERLIN (AP) – Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker is calling for “more responsible behavior” from rating agencies in the wake of a much-criticized downgrade for Portugal. European officials have been scathing about Moody’s downgrade this week, just as a new Portuguese government pushes through austerity measures. Juncker, who is also Luxembourg’s prime minister, said governments may [...]


News of the World shutting down amid scandal

LONDON (AP) – News International says it is shutting down the News of the World tabloid that is at the center of Britain’s phone hacking scandal. James Murdoch, who heads the newspaper’s European operations, says the 168-year-old newspaper will publish its last edition Sunday. The scandal has cost the paper prestige and prompted dozens of [...]

Casey Anthony to be free next Wednesday

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) – A court official says Casey Anthony, whose acquittal of her toddler’s murder has caused an outpouring of public anger, is going to be released from jail next Wednesday. Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail earlier Thursday for her conviction for lying to authorities who were investigating the death of [...]

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