Bahrain opposition figures given life sentences

MANAMA, (Reuters) – Bahrain sentenced eight  prominent Shi’ite Muslim activists and opposition leaders to  life in prison yesterday on charges of plotting a coup during  protests in the Gulf island kingdom earlier this year.

Country star Glen Campbell says he has Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters Life!) – “Rhinestone Cowboy”  singer Glen Campbell says he is in the early stages of  Alzheimer’s disease, and has recorded one last album as a  farewell to his fans.

China artist Ai stays quiet after freed on bail

BEIJING,  (Reuters) – The dissident Chinese artist Ai  Weiwei, whose detention in April ignited an international  uproar, was released on bail yesterday under conditions  likely to keep the outspoken critic of Communist Party controls  silent for now.

Greek govt survives vote as protesters chant insults

ATHENS, (Reuters) – Greece’s embattled government  survived a confidence vote on Wednesday that was crucial to  avoiding a sovereign default, as thousands of protesters chanted  insults outside parliament.

UK teenager arrested in global hacking probe

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British police arrested a  19-year-old man in England on suspicions that he was linked to  cyber attacks on the CIA, Britain’s anti-organized crime agency  and Sony Corp.

NY maid claims Indian consul exploited her-filing

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – India’s consul general in New  York and his family treated a former maid like a slave, paying  her $300 a month, confiscating her passport and sexually  harassing her, a lawsuit against the family said.      

Mexico captures ‘La Familia’ drug boss

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) – Mexican police captured  the suspected leader of a cult-like drug cartel yesterday in  the latest blow to a gang that was until recently one of the  most notorious in the country.

UN urges countries to extend permits for Haitians

GENEVA, (Reuters) – The United Nations urged all  governments yesterday to refrain from sending back Haitians to  their country, which is still reeling from an earthquake 18  months ago.

Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced in absentia to 35 years

TUNIS (Reuters) – A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia yesterday to 35 years in jail, six months after his overthrow in a revolution helped to inspire the “Arab Spring”.

Egypt’s ex-president Mubarak has cancer -lawyer

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak is suffering from cancer, his defence lawyer said yesterday, citing a medical report to assess whether the former leader is fit enough to face trial.

Millions still die due to lack of midwives – UN

LONDON (Reuters) – More investment in midwifery could save many of the millions of babies and hundreds of thousands of women who still die every year because of a lack of skilled healthcare during childbirth, the United Nations said yesterday.

At least 44 killed in Russian plane crash

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 44 people were killed when a passenger plane broke up and caught fire on coming into land in heavy fog in north-western Russia, an Emergency Ministry spokeswoman said today.

Ban seen as US ally, shoo-in for new term

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon may have almost blown his chances for re-election by antagonizing Moscow over the Balkans in 2008 but he has since focused on pleasing the United States, Russia and other big UN powers, making his re-election today a certainty.

Hopes fading for climate agreement

BONN, Germany, (Reuters) – “Ask for a camel when you  expect to get a goat,” runs a Somali saying that sums up the  fading of ambitions for United Nations talks on slowing climate  change — aim high, but settle for far less.

Yelena Bonner, Soviet critic, Sakharov widow, dies

MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Yelena Bonner, a relentless  critic of human rights abuses by Soviet-era authorities and the  widow of Nobel Peace laureate Andrei Sakharov, has died at the  age of 88, her children said.

Iraq hunting $17 billion missing after US invasion

BAGHDAD,  (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament is chasing  about $17 billion of Iraqi oil money it says was stolen after  the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and has asked the United Nations for  help to track it down.

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TRIPOLI – NATO admitted yesterday that its weapons destroyed  a house in Tripoli in which Libyan officials said nine civilians  were killed, an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the  alliance about its mission in Libya.

Marilyn Monroe ‘subway’ dress sells for $4.6 mln

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.,  (Reuters) – The pleated  ivory dress that blew around Marilyn Monroe in an iconic scene  from “The Seven Year Itch” sold for $4.6 million at a weekend  auction of Hollywood costumes — far exceeding its estimate.

Afghan leader says US in contact with Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) – The United States is in contact with the Taliban about a possible settlement to the war in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday, the first official confirmation of US involvement in negotiations.

Libyan rebels blame West for lack of cash

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels waging a drawn-out war to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have run out of money, their oil chief said yesterday, and he accused the West of failing to keep its promises of urgent financial aid.

Obama, Boehner team up in golf match

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner teamed up in a golf match yesterday to try to build a friendlier climate for troubled talks on the US debt and deficits.