Libya rebels take casualties in fight for Brega

AJDABIYAH, Libya,  (Reuters) – Rebels on the eastern  front of Libya’s civil war lost 11 men in the past 24 hours  fighting to capture the strategic oil terminal and refinery at  Brega on the Mediterranean coast, hospital sources said.

FBI sees mortgage fraud growing as economy stumbles

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Mortgage and investment  schemes targeting troubled U.S. homeowners jumped in 2010 and  may increase further if the economy does not improve, the FBI  said yesterday.

Syrian forces kill 20 protesters after Friday prayers

AMMAN, (Reuters) – Syrian forces shot dead at least  20 protesters yesterday, activists said, as tens of thousands  demanded the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, chanting  “we will kneel only to God”.

Norway names commission to judge attack response

OSLO,  (Reuters) – Norway appointed a nine-person  commission yesterday to investigate the attacks that killed 77  people last month, including the police response that has been  criticised as slow.

Hip-hop star offers new skills to quake-hit Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – James Tabuteau has been  living in a ramshackle tent camp in Haiti’s capital since last  year’s catastrophic earthquake wrecked his home, struggling to  find enough unskilled temporary work to feed his young family.

UK’s Cameron under pressure over cuts after riots

LONDON, (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron  risks his government’s austerity drive, particularly its plans  to cut police funding, becoming the focus of Britons’ fears  about the future after the worst looting and rioting in decades  hit English cities.

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AMMAN/HAMA, Syria – Syrian forces killed at least 19 people  in raids near the Lebanon border and in the country’s Sunni  tribal heartland, activists said, pursuing a military campaign  to crush street protests against President Bashar al-Assad.

In Twitter era, authorities must adapt or struggle

LONDON,  (Reuters) –  With social media brutally  accelerating the news cycle and allowing rumours from riots to  bank failures to spread at lightning speed, politicians,  businesses and governments must adapt fast.

Texas Governor Perry to run for US president

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a  staunch conservative with a Washington outsider’s resume, will  seek the 2012 Republican nomination for U.S.

Bollywood “untouchables” film sparks controversy

NEW DELHI, (Reuters Life!) – An Indian film over  caste discrimination against “untouchables” has been mired in  controversy with protests from caste groups forcing the  producers to cut parts of the film, highlighting deep-seated  social tensions in the rising economic power.

James Cameron gives Hollywood 3D advice: try

RALEIGH, North Carolina, (Reuters Life!) – Since  director James Cameron’s “Avatar” raked in $2.8 billion at  global box offices, Hollywood has flooded theaters with wave  after wave of 3D movies, but some industry watchers wonder if  theatergoers are now drowning in it.

Aid officials: not the time to cut U.S. food aid

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Aid officials warned yesterday that the famine in the Horn of Africa would escalate  significantly if October rains fail to materialize, and  cautioned U.S.

S.Africa honeymoon suspect can be extradited -court

LONDON,  (Reuters) – A British businessman accused of  arranging for his wife to be murdered while they were on  honeymoon in Cape Town can be extradited to face trial in South  Africa, a court ruled yesterday.

Soul searching lies ahead as riots cool in Britain

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David  Cameron will face pressure today to soften his austerity  plans, toughen up policing and do more to help inner-city  communities after days of riots and looting laid bare deep  social tensions in a depressed economy.

Wall St slumps again as investors shun risk

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – U.S. stocks tumbled more than  4 percent yesterday, almost wiping out gains from a relief  rally the previous day, as rumors about the health of French  banks sparked concern that the euro zone’s debt crisis could  claim new victims.

U.S. FDA approves Gilead’s once-daily HIV pill

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. regulators approved a  once-daily HIV pill by Gilead Sciences Inc, giving a new source  of revenue to the leading maker of HIV medicines as it faces  expiring patents.

Rupert Murdoch endorses Carey as next in line

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch acknowledged  for the first time publicly that his son James is not the  preferred choice to succeed him as News Corp CEO, at least in  the near-term.

Violence erupts outside London but capital quiet

LONDON, (Reuters) – Violence flared in English cities  and towns yesterday night but London, where thousands of extra  police had been deployed, was largely peaceful after three  turbulent nights in which youths rampaged across the capital  virtually unchecked.

US sect leader gets life in jail for sex with girls

SAN ANGELO, Texas,  (Reuters) – Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, who heads a breakaway Mormon sect, was sentenced  to life in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting two  underage girls he claimed as “spiritual” brides.

Turkey raises pressure on Assad, tank assaults expand

AMMAN, (Reuters) – Turkey demanded yesterday that  Syria’s leaders stop the killing of civilians and said it would  watch events there in the coming days, raising pressure on  President Bashar al-Assad, who said his forces would continue to  pursue “terrorist groups”.

Major protests erupt against Chile’s Pinera

SANTIAGO, (Reuters) – Protesters battled police in  Chile’s capital yesterday in the latest unrest against deeply  unpopular President Sebastian Pinera, possibly sidetracking his  top priorities such as capital market reforms.

U.S. asks panel to decide Guatemala labour case

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States said yesterday it was requesting a dispute settlement panel to hear  its year-old complaint that Guatemala has failed to protect  workers’ rights as required under a free-trade agreement.

Brazil official arrested in tourism graft sweep

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Police arrested Brazil’s deputy  tourism minister yesterday in a corruption sweep tied to  funding for major sports events, the latest in a series of  scandals to tarnish President Dilma Rousseff’s government.

Global policy actions fail to halt stocks rout

WASHINGTON/LONDON, (Reuters) – Political leaders  failed to halt a global stock market rout that gathered steam  yesterday as investors lost confidence that Europe and the  United States can rein in their budgets quickly and fear spread  of a double-dip recession.

British riots spread on third night of violence

LONDON, (Reuters) – Rioting and looting spread across  and beyond London yesterday as hooded youths set fire to cars  and buildings, smashed shop windows and hurled bottles and  stones at police in a third night of violence in Britain’s worst  unrest in decades.

Nikkei falls over 4 pct, biggest loss since quake

TOKYO, (Reuters) – The Nikkei average tumbled more  than 4 percent in heavy volume today, posting the biggest  one-day fall since the March earthquake as investors fled the  stock market in the wake of a plunge on Wall Street and a  downgrade of U.S.

“The White Mouse,” WWII heroine and spy, dies at 98

SYDNEY, (Reuters Life!) – Nancy Wake, a much-decorated  World War Two spy and Resistance heroine known as “The White  Mouse” for her ability to remain undetected, and who at one  point was the Gestapo’s most wanted person, has died in London  at the age of 98.

Classic “Dirty Dancing” film to get Hollywood remake

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters Life!) – The classic 1987 film  “Dirty Dancing” is getting a remake, adding songs from the  1960s and brand new compositions to some of the original music,  film studio Lionsgate said yesterday.

Film ‘One Day on Earth’ eyes new ‘life’ in theaters

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters Life!) – Fans of the movie  “Life in a Day” who think it is a one-shot chance to see a film  portraying one day in the life of ordinary people around the  world should think twice — quite literally.

Saudi pulls ambassador from Syria, denounces violence

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King  Abdullah demanded an end to the bloodshed in Syria yesterday and  recalled his country’s ambassador from Damascus, in a rare case  of one of the Arab world’s most powerful leaders intervening  against another.

More violence in British capital after riots

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Groups of youths attacked shops  and damaged a police car in north London yesterday as police  sent in reinforcements to prevent more rioting on the scale that  laid waste to another area of  the British capital 24 hours  earlier.

Sudan confiscates entire newspaper edition-editor

KHARTOUM,  (Reuters) – Sudanese security forces have  confiscated the entire edition of an independent newspaper in  the capital Khartoum, its editor said yesterday, the latest sign  of a media crackdown.

Outkast rapper Big Boi arrested for drugs

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Miami police arrested Outkast  rapper and “Hey Ya” singer Big Boi yesterday for possessing  ecstasy and other drugs that the performer’s lawyer later  characterized as “contraband.” Media reports cited the Miami-Dade County Corrections  Department’s website as listing the rapper, whose real name is  Antwan Patton, as having been arrested for having ecstasy, MDMA  powder and Viagra, for which he had no prescription.

World leaders to confer on debt crises this weekend

PARIS/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Global leaders yesterday arranged a round of emergency calls to discuss the twin debt crises in Europe and the United States that are causing turmoil in financial markets.

Brazil’s Rousseff gov’t hit by another resignation

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A top official at Brazil’s agriculture ministry tendered his resignation  yesterday following corruption allegations, the latest blow to President Dilma Rousseff’s seven-month old government.

Somali government declares Islamist rebellion defeated

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said yesterday his military had defeated Islamist rebels battling to overthrow his Western-backed government after the al Shabaab group began withdrawing fighters from the capital Mogadishu.

Saleh to leave hospital, fighting flares in Sanaa

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave hospital soon, a government source said yesterday, as clashes between his loyalists and opponents flared in the capital he left when protests against his rule turned into open warfare.

NATO helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, killing 31

KABUL (Reuters) – A NATO helicopter crashed during a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan, killing 31 US soldiers and seven Afghans, the Afghan president said yesterday, the deadliest single incident for foreign troops in 10 years of war.

United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The United States lost its  top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s yesterday  in an unprecedented reversal of fortune for the world’s  largest economy.

Wall St closes worst week since Nov ‘08 with wild day

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed out their  worst week in more than two years yesterday in a volatile  session that saw the major indexes whip back and forth before  the S&P 500 ended down less than a point.

Storm Emily kills four, may reform over Caribbean

MIAMI, (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Emily killed four  people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, authorities said yesterday, as remnants of the storm drifted over the Caribbean  with a “high chance” of restrengthening into a tropical  cyclone.

India’s Gandhi family scion steps closer to power

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – The illness of Sonia Gandhi,  India’s most powerful political leader, may have set off a risky  succession that could propel her inexperienced son Rahul to  government just as the ruling Congress party battles corruption  scandals and high inflation.

Investors flee economic gloom, policy paralysis

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Investors around the world  dumped stocks and commodities yesterday and rushed to the  security of cash and government bonds, hammering equity indexes  to their lowest levels of the year on fears of a spreading debt  crisis and slowing growth.